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Grewelthorpe C of E Primary School

Grewelthorpe Church of England Primary School

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Curriculum Subjects



Speaking and Listening
Talk is fundamental to children’s development and learning. We develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in this area through a range of activities including games, discussion, interaction and drama.

Our aim is to produce fluency, understanding, love of books and provide the study skills required for gaining information from the printed word. We use a range of reading schemes in school including Songbirds, Jelly and Bean, Words and Pictures, Dandelion Launchers, Oxford Reading Tree, Phonics Bug and Big Cat. These schemes offer a breadth of reading experience for children in a structured format which ties in with the national book band levels and beyond.


Phonic sessions are taught daily in KS1. In KS2 the approach is carried on in spelling sessions and also intervention programmes for children who need extra support. We follow the letters and sounds approach as outlined in 'Letters and Sounds':Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics in the Early Years, found in the Primary National Strategy 2007.


Written workWritten Work
Children are encouraged to express their own ideas carefully and record facts accurately. From the early infant stage, good vocabulary and its imaginative use is encouraged. We teach phonics, spelling and grammar in a structured programme throughout the school.



Drama is integrated in various forms such as hot seating, role play and improvisation. We also feel it is important for all children to take part in performances.  


We introduced French throughout the school in September 2005 and have a dedicated part time French teacher.


Mathematics is taught through practical activities, mental maths, problem solving and structured investigational activities. Wherever possible is mathematics is also taught through other curriculum areas.


We see all aspects of science as a rational way of finding out about the world. Our children are encouraged to critically observe the world around them, ask questions and test out their ideas about the physical laws they encounter on a daily basis. Health education, including sex education, comes under the umbrella of science.

History and Geography

In history and geography, through integrated themes, we look firstly at our local environment with direct observation and investigation to make sense of our surroundings, and later to apply the knowledge in the context of the wider world.

Creative Arts and DT

Working with waterThe children are encouraged to express themselves in a variety of creative forms including painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, woodwork, needle-craft, singing, music making and cooking. The inspiration for developing creative skills is taken from the topic being studied and is backed up with an educational visit whenever possible.

We place great emphasis on developing a love of music throughout the school, giving every pupil the opportunity to play an instrument. Starting with listening games, action rhymes and songs children gain a strong aural and vocal grounding which they can use to further develop their musical ability with the use of instruments and ICT. In addition to group work in class lessons children may choose to learn to play various instruments from our in-house teachers. These include the recorder, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and piano.

Religious Education & Collective Worship

As a Church of England school we aim to include the principles of a Christian faith within everything that we do and this is reflected in our school acts of worship at special services involving St James’ Church in Grewelthorpe. The children have an act of worship every day, and the clergy visit the school regularly along with members of the wider church family.

The North Yorkshire syllabus that we follow includes finding out about other faiths. The Dioceses encourage children from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds to work together to understand each other’s ways of life and to promote global issues.

Physical Education

Physical development is an important aspect of the curriculum and includes dance, aspects of drama, gymnastics, games and swimming. PE lessons are skills based with mixed groups of boys and girls taking part. All the children attend weekly swimming lessons, which develop their water confidence.


IT workThe school benefits from having net-worked multimedia computers in every classroom and a bank of laptops that can be used in the classroom or computer suite providing every child with access to a computer where appropriate. Word processing skills, data storage, retrieval and problem solving activities occur in all subjects and ICT is employed wherever it enhances the curriculum.



All computers and laptops have controlled Internet access with safeguards and passwords used to ensure no child gains access to unsuitable material.  

There is a wealth of advice and help for parents and children on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly at home and we have included some useful website links below: