All school policies are available to view at the School Office. Paper copies are available on request. If you would like more information about any aspect of our school curriculum please speak to Ms Aslam, the Deputy Head, or Ms Brown, the Head Teacher.
As well as being important in its own right, achievement in English is the key which unlocks achievement in all other subjects and is central to our school vision of creating confident, articulate individuals. Our aim is therefore that our children can express themselves fully, fluently and self-assuredly in speech and through the written word. This includes the ability to write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with varying degrees of formality. Our objective is also to promote a love of poetry and literature and to enable our pupils to read widely and with enjoyment.
Within the daily mathematics lesson children extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of all areas of maths. Central to this is them developing a secure grasp of place value so that they can accurately use efficient written and mental calculation methods. This, coupled with a focus on mathematical reasoning, enables pupils to confidently apply new learning in problem-solving contexts. Our Calculation Policy ensures progression in methods and we host Parent/Carer Workshops to ensure that families feel able to support their children with the strategies which we teach.
Our pupils are given a range of scientific experiences, which enable them to explore ideas and raise different questions about the world around them. Using scientific vocabulary, children classify and describe materials and living things as well as identify processes that occur in the natural environment. They plan enquiries recognising how to set up fair tests and explain which variables need to be controlled. They are also encouraged to make their own practical decisions about equipment, measurements and observations made and then identifying evidence that refutes or supports their ideas. This will then inform conclusions and further tests.
Art and Design
In Art and Design, we aim to engage and inspire pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We provide opportunities for the children to explore and develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of different cultures through art as well as to discover the works of great artists and designers. We seek to provide rich experiences in order to stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination and encourage them to express themselves using a variety of media.
The teaching of Computing in the new National Curriculum involves pupils learning about Programming, Online Safety and Digital Literacy. Our cross-curricular approach ensures that there is a context for children’s learning and a clear purpose for the skills they are developing. The ever-changing nature of technology means that one of our core aims must be to develop children’s confidence in the use of computers and new technology so that they feel empowered to take advantage of future hardware and software.
In Design Technology children are set a problem which they need to investigate and use their creativity and imagination to resolve. They engage in the process of designing, making, evaluating and adjusting their creation to meet the design brief. Through this process we aim to develop the children's intellectual skills through the medium of problem solving and also encourage independent learning, such as the pupils learning how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
Our History curriculum helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our intention is to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically and understand the methods of historical enquiry so that they can weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We recognise that learning outside the classroom is invaluable and so endeavour to plan relevant educational visits to support learning whenever possible.
Foreign Language - French
All pupils learn to converse in French from a native speaker. The focus of these lessons is on developing children’s confidence in speaking and responding to conversational French through games and activities. During their time at Godwin our children acquire every-day French vocabulary, are able to conduct simple conversations - asking and answering questions with increasing fluency and continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
In Geography we aim to equip our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Through stimulating lessons we hope to instil a fascination about the world and its people that will inspire our pupils to want to find out more. Children will also develop the geographical skills needed to interpret sources of geographical information (such as maps and globes), communicate geographical information (including through maps and writing) and collect, analyse and communicate data gathered through fieldwork.
At Godwin, we make links between global issues and our curriculum, as well as discussing these in our Philosophy for Children sessions and assemblies.. We believe that exploring global citizenship themes will help our children develop their own moral compass, become more confident in standing up for their beliefs and more skilled in evaluating the ethics and impact of their decisions. Our children learn about themselves as members of a community, with rights and responsibilities for themselves, for others and for their environment.
In Music, we encourage the children to develop an appreciation of all types of music by creating an awareness of rhythm and melody and by enjoying making music. Children in Years 5 and 6 benefit from instrument tuition in school from the ‘Every Child a Musician’ initiative. Those in Year 3 and 4 learn to play the ukulele during weekly sessions delivered by specialist tutors. We are proud to have a successful school choir who are asked to perform at a range of events.
As part of our commitment to encouraging our children to adopt healthy lifestyles, we believe that it is our responsibility to introduce them to a wide range of sports and activities. We ensure that our pupils acquire and develop skills which allow them to enjoy participating in both individual exercise and team games. We aim to improve children’s ability to work collaboratively as team members and foster a good sporting attitude, including values such as fairness and respect. We enter teams across a range of sports in a number of local competitions
Religious Education follows the Newham agreed syllabus and, through learning the core values of the main world religions and drawing parallels between them, our pupils gain respect and understanding of different faiths. We believe that this appreciation is key to promoting harmonious community relationships. However, Parents/Carers have the right to withdraw their children from R.E. lessons. If you would like to do so, please discuss this with the Head Teacher.