Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to deliver the expectations of the new National Curriculum that was introduced in September 2014.  We aim, through our curriculum to enhance the learning experiences of the children by celebrating and using the wealth of heritage and culture within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The curriculum has been designed with a thematic approach for the majority of subjects. English, Maths and some strands of Science and Physical Education have been designed to be taught as discrete subjects, with links to the topics where appropriate. We have recently begun using the RGTSA Curriculum, which was designed by a working party of educational professionals in Greenwich.  This year, we will adapt the curriculum, to ensure that it meets the needs of our pupils and community.

Mathematics

At Gallions Mount we believe in providing a rich and engaging mathematics curriculum that enables all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths.  We follow a Mastery Approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics in order to develop children’s conceptual understanding, which is key to developing competent and confident mathematicians. Within daily mathematics lessons children are taught the key concepts in number, geometry, statistics and measurement.  The children are encouraged to develop conceptual understanding through the use of practical equipment such as: number lines, bead strings, number squares and place value equipment.  Problem solving is an integral part of the mathematics curriculum, providing opportunities for children to use and apply their knowledge in a range of contexts and situations. In addition the integration of problem solving with the mathematics curriculum enables children to develop their higher order and creative thinking skills. The teaching of mental calculation and recall of number facts is carried out in a consistent and progressive way using the Numeracy Passport. When children have achieved all their targets on the passport they receive a badge and move onto the next stage.  

New from September 2016 - Inspire Maths 

From September 2016, Gallions Mount will be introducing the Singapore approach to teaching Maths in Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Although current year groups have not accessed this curriculum in previous years, the fundamental models and approaches will be introduced through transition units to ensure that the pupils benefit from this new approach.  Although Year 6 will not be following this approach using the text books, they will be adopting some of the approaches and models to support their learning.

Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore's state primary schools.

  • Accessible pupil textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians 
  • Built on a concrete - pictorial - abstract approach, ensuring secure foundations and deep understanding of mathematical concepts 
  • Uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery

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English

At Gallions Mount we believe in guiding children towards a life-long love of the written word in all its forms.

Reading

We endeavour to share with the children an appreciation of the cultural significance of books as well as the importance of reading as a means of empowering individuals in society. Consequently we believe that all children should have a wide range of literary experiences across a variety of contexts to help them become competent, proficient and sophisticated readers.  To support this we use core texts suggested by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and promote the Power of Reading approaches to the teaching and learning of English.

Phonics

We believe that phonological awareness is an essential part of learning to read.  We encourage children to apply their phonic knowledge, along with other strategies when tackling texts.  Phonics, however, is not just another strategy but a body of knowledge that children need to acquire.  Children experience a discrete daily phonics lesson based on the letters and sounds programme, from nursery to year 2 and in to KS2, where necessary.

Writing

We also recognise the importance of children learning the skill of writing. We acknowledge its significance as a means of communicating and recording ideas, opinions and knowledge but we also encourage the children to value its role in supporting their thinking and learning. We strive to give them ownership of this tool so that they can use it to shape, organise, and refine their thought processes in a variety of learning contexts. We also hope to provide opportunities for children to express themselves through writing in a way that may be deeply personal but will allow them to explore their feelings and emotions.