The Curriculum Ethos @ Greenways
Our children love learning through a theme based curriculum. It brings the skills, knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum alive and makes it exciting so that the learning is embedded. When you step inside our school you will notice the high standards of our bright displays and well-behaved children focused on their learning.
As stated above, the curriculum has been tailor-made for our children and links to our local setting and community. We are improving it further by continuing to develop our grounds and outdoor learning. We have fully trained staff in the Forest Schools and Beach School programmes so that all children can experience outdoor activities e.g. pond dipping, roasting marshmallows in our fire pit or learning about spring tides on one of our Southend beaches.
As well as having lots of space on our grounds, we are lucky to be right next door to many local heritage sites, such as Priory Park and Southchurch Hall. Classes regularly visit the local area, whether it is children creating artwork out of natural materials or visiting a local supermarket to look at the packaging. We offer more regional trips, again linking with the topic themes to inspire and immerse the children in their learning, e.g. Chessington for a fairgrounds topic, or the V&A Museum of Childhood for a topic about how we play. We have also developed a programme of progressive residential experiences from Year 1 culminating in our Year 6 residential ‘It’s Great Up North!
The Federation of Greenways has a vibrant team of people working together, inspiring each other to learn. Our staff are on the cutting edge of developments and take risks to develop learning; achieving high standards whilst making it fun. We are part of the Learning in Harmony Trust and as such children, parents, staff, governors, local schools and those in Newham communicate closely and work together.
The Federation of Greenways is an inclusive school where children's emotional well-being, attitude and educational needs are valued and supported.