The Greenacre Curriculum
Like everything at Greenacre, our curriculum is guided by our vision and our values. Most importantly, however, it is
shaped by our school mission. The practical steps we undertake to do this are outlined below.
Our Curriculum Model
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced at three levels:
- Access the world around me – below P4
- Build on what I know about the world – P4-8
- Connect with the world and my wider community – P8 and beyond.
The Access Curriculum provides pupils with the initial skills to explore the world around them. It supports pupils to
access the tastes, textures, sights, sounds and smells that our world has to offer and builds engagement so pupils are
ready to learn.
The Build Curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to build upon established levels and begin to develop
early literacy and numeracy skills and apply these in different situations. Traditional academic subjects are
encompassed in a creative curriculum ensuring knowledge is not only developed but applied to different aspects of
The Connect Curriculum promotes life skills, vocational opportunity and externally accredited outcomes. It focuses
on inclusion within the local community and develops a sound foundation for life after Greenacre. Creating the
connection between skills and ‘real life,’ the curriculum allows pupils to develop their abilities to become
independent learners, working towards their own aspirations and goals. Pupils explore their role within society and
are supported to become active participants within their local community.
Our curriculum is our progression model and pupils are assessed against the knowledge and skills they are expected
to gain each half term. Progress is assessed through moderated work scrutiny and teacher assessment. More
information can be found in our Assessment Policy.
In the classroom we use a multi-method approach that integrates knowledge about special educational needs and
the way children learn.
Our timetables are divided into five areas:
Where relevant, teachers use Letters and Sounds a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics.
In KS4, pupils can access qualifications in the following areas:
- English, Mathematics and ICT Functional Skills
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Certificates in Personal Progress and/or Personal and Social Development.
- AQA Unit Award Scheme
In Post 16, pupils can access qualifications in the following areas:
- English Skills Award and/or Functional Skills English
- Maths Skills Award and/or Functional Skills Mathematics
- NOCN Certificate in Personal Progress
- NOCN Certificate in Independent Living and Employability.
- European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
Our accreditation is updated on an annual basis to ensure it continues to meet the needs and aspirations of our
pupils. All accreditation pathways are personalised to individual students to support their academic ability and
Extra-curricular activities are an important and exciting feature of school life and contribute enormously to our
pupils’ social and academic development. There is an extensive menu of extra-curricular activities on offer including
arts and sporting provision with opportunities to take part in workshops and field trips. We also offer pupils the
chance to experience different cultures and experiences through our range of local, national and international trips
and visits. Theatre trips, visits to exhibitions and museums plus excursions to local colleges occur regularly and
provide further opportunities for pupils to enrich and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
If you would like further information about any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.