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Subject Visions

ART AND DESIGN VISION

At Glory Farm School, we provide an environment where children have the opportunity to think creatively and one which inspires them to experiment, invent and create artworks through different media. We expose learners to a range of works by great artists, craft makers and designers, and give opportunities for evaluation and analysis of these works using the language of art. This provides a foundation for pupils to produce their own art works, explore and evaluate their ideas and record their experiences. Our art curriculum also builds upon skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. We also teach our pupils to understand and appreciate how art has affected (and continues to affect) the world around them historically, culturally and emotionally; and how it contributes to the past, present and future of our personal, local and wider communities.

COMPUTING VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, our children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. We encourage them to become digitally literate, such as able to use technology to express themselves and develop ideas, and be digitally fit for society, ensuring they recognise common uses of information technology and beyond. Pupils are taught, and have repeated experience of the fundamental principles and concepts of information and communication: application and evaluation of information technology; how digital systems work; and how to analyse problems and problem-solve through practical experience of programming. Our pupils leave us knowing how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly at a level suitable for the future workplace, enabling them to be active participants in a digital world.

DT VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we want our pupils to become aspirational, innovative and resourceful learners, with a secure understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Children have exposure to a broad range of practical experiences across a variety of contexts, where they can develop creative and technical skills to perform tasks confidently. Our pupils are also encouraged to critique, test and evaluate their own and others’ products along the way. On a progressive journey through nutrition, textiles and construction, we aim to open up a world of enterprise and culture and build pupils’ repertoire of D&T knowledge and skills, enabling them to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. 

ENGLISH VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping all pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We are committed to developing their love of literature through widespread reading for pleasure and information. Therefore, our children enjoy and are engaged with reading. We strive to ensure that children can read easily, fluently and with a good understanding of the rich, varied heritage our literary world offers.  By reading regularly, children acquire a wide range of vocabulary, knowledge of grammar and linguistic conventions. Our children in turn become writers that are able to communicate and explain their ideas through comprehensible writing for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Through well modelled discussions and questioning, children use language to prepare their ideas before writing, ensuring clarity of thought. We value the importance of spoken language and the vital role it plays in underpinning the development of reading and writing. Therefore, we immerse our children in a vocabulary rich environment, filled with opportunities to discuss, make presentations about their work and participate in debates that will capture their interests. Our varied English curriculum enables pupils to gain all the skills of language, which are essential for their participation in our society.

GEOGRAPHY VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we want to explore the world! We believe that Geography should inspire every child to explore and understand their place within the local, national and international environment. As we ensure each child develops a deep contextual knowledge of significant places and world issues, we are confident that this will enhance each child’s place as a globally-aware citizen of the future. By teaching inside and outside the classroom, using ICT and visiting areas of geographical interest, we are able to engage a child’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge about the world. Our geography lessons allow every child to develop and utilise a whole range of skills: communication, problem solving, observation, analysing, working as a team, working with maps, interpretation of a variety of data and recording findings in different ways. Leaving Glory Farm Primary School with a secure understanding of human and physical geography will enable every child to continue their exploration of their world into their futures.

 

HISTORY VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we want to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world. We equip pupils to ask perceptive questions about the past, think critically, weigh evidence and develop their understanding of various methods of inquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims and to construct interpretations of the past. We develop pupils’ historical perspective by applying their own knowledge to different contexts and understanding connections and differences between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history. Children also explore the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Pupils leave us with a coherent, chronological understanding of Britain’s past; how people’s lives have shaped this nation; and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

MATHS VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we use a mastery approach in maths to ensure all our children are engaged and recognise how it applies to everyday life. It is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Our children make rich connections across mathematical ideas where they develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We regularly rehearse arithmetic skills with increasingly complex problems, developing conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge. Within lessons, our children follow lines of enquiry, conjecture relationships and develop arguments and justifications. They are able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects as well as to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we want our pupils to develop a positive international outlook alongside language learning as a way to understand the importance of communication and cultural understanding in the world in which we live.  We teach through exciting, engaging lessons, including cross-curricular activities. Our aim is that children will be able to understand spoken and written language; speak with increasing confidence and fluency, paying attention to pronunciation and intonation; write at varying length for different purposes and discover an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. Children will be prepared to have a go at and be enthusiastic, life-long language learners.

MUSIC VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we want to inspire pupils to develop a love of music. We perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. We learn to sing and create and compose music.  All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons, with visiting peripatetic providers. Our children also explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Through our curriculum, we are confident that our pupils are given access to the universal language of music as a tool by which to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we encourage everyone to be physically active for sustained periods of time by providing at least 2 hours of PE every week. We educate our children to help them lead a healthy and active lifestyle and inspire everyone to be active at break and lunch by providing equipment such as skipping ropes, music to dance to and balls for throwing. Through our PE lessons, we develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and we promote fair play and respect for our peers. Children are provided opportunities to participate in a variety of clubs and activities outside of the school day, as well as engaging in competitive sports and activities within school and in the wider community.  

RE VISION 

At Glory Farm Primary School, we want our pupils to increase their understanding, respect and tolerance of all world faiths and beliefs. This equips children to make informed life choices and become respectful citizens. We do this through exploration of differing answers to the same questions, consideration of others' opinions and with opportunities for a wide range of experiences. Through R.E, children will study current issues relevant to a wide range of religions and will be able to offer their own opinions. Children learn to articulate their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences clearly and coherently, while respecting the right of others’ opinions to differ. They also gain a sense of their own identity and understand the responsibilities they have as a citizen of the United Kingdom.

RSE/PSHE/LIFE EDUCATION VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we value Life Education (Physical, Spiritual, Health and Emotional development and Relationships and Sex Education) and through it we deepen our pupils’ understanding of the ever-changing world in which we live. We provide our pupils with real life experiences (enhanced by establishing relationships with the wider community) which allows pupils to increase their social awareness, their empathy for others and supports them to become independent and active citizens. Children also learn how to look after their physical and mental health: how to make effective healthy choices; how to take ownership of this; how to develop confidence to express their emotions and in becoming emotionally literate. We also equip pupils to recognise and manage the benefits and risks associated with the online world, which is increasingly impacting on our lives. By the end of primary school, we want our pupils to be able to manage their own relationships, emotions, health and life choices effectively, and be able to participate positively in our society. 

SCIENCE VISION

At Glory Farm Primary School, we encourage pupils to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about science. We equip them to think critically about the universe around us and understand the impact that nature, processes and methods of science have on the world.  Our curriculum provides opportunities to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in biology, chemistry and physics through practical and enjoyable experiences and encourages pupils to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. We aim for our children to leave us understanding that science has changed our lives and are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.