The curriculum is a powerful tool to promote a love of learning and willingness to explore. The GHF curriculum is underpinned by our distinctive vision and our core values, promoting a sense of wonder and responsibility for the world we live in. We are committed to developing the whole child and, along with ensuring that our pupils develop academically, we strive for them to become well-rounded, happy, caring and confident individuals. Throughout our curriculum, we will ensure that pupils have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.
Our curriculum intentions are divided into four main aims:
- To develop happy, healthy and good citizens
- To develop highly motivated life-long learners
- To ensure all pupils are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding so that they are prepared well for the next stage of their education and can achieve their full potential.
- To promote within pupils a sense of spirituality and appreciation of the world and their place within it.
Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education, the statutory requirements for Relationship and Sex Education 2020 (under review and consultation) and additional teaching, experiences and opportunities which meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school in order to achieve our intentions.
Please read our full Curriculum Policy below.
We are very proud of the exciting curriculum we provide at GHF. As many areas of the curriculum are naturally interrelated, we find the most effective approach is through topic work and we have an exciting range of topics and themes which our pupils love. As we have some mixed year classes, we work on a two year cycle so that there is no chance pupils will repeat a topic. Our topics are enriched with fantastic visits and visitors and everyone loves the opportunity to get dressed up and fully emerged into a theme. As it is not always possible to make meaningful links across the breadth of the curriculum, there are parts that are taught discretely. However, it is our full aim to ensure that pupils apply the skills they have learned in purposeful ways, throughout.
Starting with pupils in our Reception classes, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which covers seventeen Early Learning Goals in seven key areas of learning. Our pupils learn through planned and purposeful play and through a mix of activities that are led by adults or initiated by the child themselves. Please follow the link to find out more about Reception.
From Year 1 onwards, we follow the current National Curriculum in accordance with legal requirements. This is a nationally set programme in which pupils are formally assessed in the core subjects at the ages of 7 and 11.
The core National Curriculum subjects are:
Alongside these core subjects, we teach the foundation subjects:
- Design & Technology
- Art & Design
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Languages - French
Our curriculum also encompasses Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education focusing on the development of the children's moral and spiritual understanding.
Trips and Visits
All our pupils have the opportunity to take part in school visits. These may range from a visit within easy walking distance, a day visit further afield or an extended residential stay. Such visits provide first-hand experiences and great pleasure which in turn motivates and stimulates the educational learning process in many areas of the curriculum. The school does rely on parents’ contributions towards transport and entrance fees in order to offer these curriculum enriching visits and their generosity has meant that very few trips have been cancelled.
Residential visits take place in Year 4 and Year 6. These are outdoor adventurous trips, to Kingswood in South Yorkshire and PGL at Caythorpe.