At Goldfinch Primary it is our aim that all children who come here should achieve their full potential as learners. To do this, we offer a rich, varied and balanced curriculum where we provide children with the opportunity to excel in art, sport, music and dance as much as in the core academic subjects. We take pride in delivering our creative curriculum with the same high level of enthusiasm and professionalism that we put into teaching the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics.
Everything we do at Goldfinch Primary is based on our values which reflect the cultural heritage and the wide range of family backgrounds of all the children in our community. We are inclusive and respectful of all and offer a learning environment which is safe and supportive and which can meet the individual needs of all. We know that children learn best and achieve most when they have developed a love of learning and that the best way to help them to this is to offer them a range of experiences. We support them in developing their own ways to find out about the world, to ask questions, to challenge ideas, to make connections and to understand the relationship between subjects. We set high clear standards for achievement and behaviour and expect all our children will be able to reach them. With our help, they become confident and independent learners for life.
We follow the statutory 2014 National Curriculum. In order to raise the profile of reading and writing we expose pupils to a wide range of rich texts. These are used as a stimulus for speaking and listening, reading and writing. We emphasise the importance of talk in pairs and small groups throughout the school. Key writing and reading skills are taught in daily English sessions. Our phonics teaching is derived from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme; content is matched to the Early Learning Goals for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the 2014 National Curriculum objectives for Year 1 and Year 2.
The White Rose Maths Hub scheme is used to support planning in mathematics. This allows children to achieve fluency and depth in their learning through a mastery approach. Other subjects are taught through a creative, topic-based curriculum.
During the year, pupils are given opportunities to perform and present their learning in a variety of contexts and for different purposes such as showcasing and class assemblies to which parents and families are invited.
Our curriculum maps can be found below:
How we teach Phonics
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate sounds and understand the link between the sound (phoneme) and the way it is written (grapheme).
At Goldfinch Primary we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme in Early Years and continue across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). The programme is separated into six phases – your child’s teacher will be able to tell you which phase your child is currently working on.
If you require any further support, please come into school and speak with your child’s class teacher or our English Lead, Mrs Jain.
How we teach Spelling
In Key Stage 2, children have regular short spelling lessons which are focused on developing different strategies for successful spelling and learning the different rules and patterns for spellings from the National Curriculum. Interventions are in place to support children, beyond phase 2 who have yet to acquire a basic phonological understanding.
How you can help at home?
The websites below have a variety of interactive games that are perfect to play with your children at home. By the end of Year 1, your child is expected to be fluent in phases 1-5. In Year 2, your child is taught phase 6. Always check with your child’s class teacher to see which phase they are working in, before you begin practicing sounds at home.