The curriculum at Greatfields School
The curriculum is not just what happens in the classroom but in every area of school life. Students need to have access to a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences if they are to develop into well rounded individuals ready for the challenges and opportunities that await them after they leave school. The school offers a broad and challenging curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom, with an equal emphasis on the core subjects, humanities and the arts.
Key Stage 3:
The emphasis at Key Stage 3 is for students to have a deep learning experience in all of their subjects. The curriculum is constantly reviewed by Heads of Department to ensure it is meeting our students’ needs. We want our students to enjoy their learning and to share our teachers’ passion for their subjects. It is important that knowledge as well as skills is at the heart of each subject’s curriculum.
The school operates a three year Key Stage 3. Subjects such as PE, art and Performing Arts are such an important part of our students’ development and by running a three year Key Stage 3 we are protecting these subjects and enabling all our students to have access to these subjects for as long as possible.
Key Stage 4:
The majority of students will study the EBacc subjects in order to ensure that they study a language and humanities subject until at least GCSE. In the modern world a knowledge and understanding of history/geography is increasingly important in order for our students to understand the events that are occurring around them. We also strongly believe that a knowledge and understanding of a second language is beneficial to students from a cultural as well as linguistic perspective.
However, for a small group of our students the EBacc route is not the best route for them and they will follow a more vocational pathway alongside the core subjects. In addition, they still have the opportunity to study subjects such as art, Performing Arts and PE to ensure they have access to a broad curriculum.
The school’s enrichment programme plays a central role in the life of the school because we know how important it is to provide students with a wide range of clubs, visits and experiences that they may not otherwise be able to access. We have a busy after school programme including a wide range of sports’ clubs; dance and drama; art; STEM; and modern languages. We run a wide range of trips for students, mostly to London, in order to develop the cultural capital of our students.