Curriculum

The Curriculum at Gateway Academy

At Gateway Academy we have adopted the National Curriculum (2014). In addition we supplement some programs of study with curriculum content that we have developed our selves. Our values run through everything we do and are visible in everything the children do. These underpin our approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).

We teach a number of projects that we have created and refined over a number of years. At Gateway Primary we trialed and published projects such as Project Antarctic (Year 5), World War 2 (Year 6), Cirque D Soleil Engineering Project (Year 4), Literacy Scheme of Work (Whole School) and as Gateway Academy we have developed our Speaking & Listening programme (Reception & Year 1). We use modern technology whenever it is appropriate because we believe it is essential to teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

All our curriculum design is sharply matched to our pupils learning needs. At Gateway Academy we created (2013-2014) and now use a core set of Aims & Objectives across the key subjects of English Mathematics and Science. This is complemented by the aims and objectives ewe use for our foundation subjects. See link:

Aims and Objectives English Maths and Science

Aims and Objectives Foundation Subjects

In Early Years we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES.

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/

 This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. These areas are:

·         Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·         Physical Development

·         Communication and Language development

·         Literacy

·         Mathematics

·         Understanding the World

·         Expressive Arts and Design
 

For more information on our Early Years curriculum, we have included links to our documents that give you further information about our ethos, our environment and how we involve you as parents and carers.

EYFS Policy
EYFS Key Elements of Teaching and Learning
EYFS Key Person and Family Groups
EYFS Outdoor Learning Guidance

From September 2014 children in Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 will follow and be taught programmes of study from the 2014 National Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science.

Children in Year 2 and Year 6 will still follow and be taught programmes of study from the existing National Curriculum (2000) until the end of the academic year 2015. From September 2015, they will follow and be taught programmes of study from the National Curriculum 2014. See Links:

KS1 Ages 5 – 7 English Maths & Science Curriculum Map

KS2 Ages 7 – 11 English Maths & Science Curriculum Map

We also follow the National Curriculum (2014) for Foundation subjects: (Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education. See Links:

KS1 Ages 5 – 7 Foundation Subjects Curriculum Map

KS2 Ages 7 – 11 Foundation Subjects Curriculum Map

We enrich the curriculum with termly trips that our matched what pupils are learning in school. We believe that all children have the right to develop their musical skills so we offer free instrument tuition at Key Stage 2 to our pupils. We also offer a range of free clubs and activities including football, dance, cricket, Eco club, Podcast club and homework club for years five and six.

Art and Design

 

At Gateway School, we encourage all pupils to develop their creativity and imagination in art and design by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes.

In Key stage 1, pupils begin to explore and experiment with colour, shape, pattern and texture to represent their ideas and feelings. During Key Stage 2, pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. We have visiting artists and craft workers who work alongside pupils and give pupils firsthand experience of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in the environment. We have themed art weeks where parents are encouraged to get involved through workshops and use our atrium gallery to display artwork in a variety of scale and media. Pupils in year 2 and year 5 visit the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Most classes from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the Art Express scheme of work. Children follow practical sessions of work; drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, digital media, collage and textiles. Pupils are able to explore ideas and creativity, develop art skills and processes, evaluate and plan work and investigate art across different times and cultures. Children in the Foundation stage follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

How parents can help -

There is a wealth of free museums and galleries to visit in London as well as public buildings and sculptures around the city. Parents are also encouraged to teach art and craft making skills to their children; from sewing, knitting to model making with scrap materials.

Design Technology

Design and technology (DT) is the part of the curriculum in which pupils learn to design, make and evaluate functional products or systems.

At Gateway, DT lessons always comprise practical and technical activities. In school children will carry out designing and making tasks involving, structures, mechanisms and textiles as well as a food-based activity.

Within the framework of the National Curriculum, pupils at Gateway are expected to develop the design and technology capability to help them in practical and educational settings. These skills include:
·         creative designing and problem solving
·         making functional products and systems
·         considering aesthetic, social, economic and environmental issues
·         reflecting on other people’s designing and making
·         becoming discriminating consumers of products and systems

DT consolidates a range of curriculum areas. It supports Literacy as children practice reading when making sense of instructions, seeking information, scanning and skimming texts, as well as reading captions and labels in design work.  DT also provides ample opportunity for the practical application of mathematics through calculations and measurements. ICT is another important part of the DT curriculum as pupils have access to a range of related activities including those where they:
·         use, draw and paint programs to model ideas
·         use databases and other information sources for research
·         develop their understanding of sequencing and control systems
·         use digital cameras to record their work
 
How can parents help?

Design and technology is everywhere. We are surrounded by it but often don't think about how and why things are the way they are. Take a moment with your children to consider some of the everyday household items that you own which have been affected by advances in Design and Technology. How have they changed in recent years and why? If your child has a keen interest in DT then click on the link below. This will take you to a number of webpages which will help them to develop their DT knowledge and understanding. 

Geography

Geography explores the relationship between people and places and the interaction between them on a local and global scale.

We believe our children should have the opportunity to learn about their own area, the wider world and the people who live in these places. In investigating places and themes children at Gateway observe and ask questions about geographical features and issues, collect and record evidence to answer questions and analyse the evidence to draw conclusions and communicate their findings.

Infant classes focus on our immediate environment and children start to make comparisons with the wider world. Their activities vary between written and more fun based activities.

Junior classes study the weather, map work, environmental changes, local area and comparisons with the wider world. Some year groups are lucky enough to study a continent where their learning becomes all encompassed in that environment.

How parents can help - 

Use a globe at home to try and find different continents and countries. Look at maps and atlases with your children and encourage them to find capital cities or use the key to find different geographical features such as rivers or mountains. Look at google earth to zone in on different places in the world.

History

History allows children to develop an awareness of the past and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society.

At Gateway, children are given opportunities for role play, drawing and making as well as writing. Visits are made to the local area, museums and other places of interest to enhance their learning. They are encouraged to look at images, artefacts and evidence and use ICT for research to expand their historical understanding.

In the infant classes, children begin to make comparisons between past and present and are introduced to different types of historical sources. In Year 1, this is set in the context of the Victorians and in Year 2 the children learn about The Great Fire of London and Florence Nightingale.

In the junior classes, children are encouraged to develop a sense of chronology and learn about changes in everyday life over long periods of time. In Year 3 children are taught about Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. In years 4-6 children are taught about aspects of British History from various eras including the Romans and Anglo-Saxons, the Tudors and World War II. Through the topics learnt the children are able to develop their research, enquiry and communication skills.

How parents can help - 

Living in London, we have so much history on our door step. Why not take your child to a museum, or read non-fiction books with them about what they are learning in class. 

ICT

ICT stands for 'Information and communication technologies' and involves the use of a wide range of technologies, including computers. ICT is taught as its own subject but is embedded in all other subjects across the school curriculum.

At Gateway, ICT lessons are used to teach children a wide range of skills in a variety of contexts. This will include using different software programs in the ICT suite or on laptops to develop transferable lifelong skills. It will also include using other hands-on resources to help the children understand the practical uses of ICT. Children study a variety of topics throughout the year which involve finding things out, exchanging and sharing information, developing ideas and making things happen.

Interactive Whiteboards are used in some way in the majority of lessons and ICT is used in all other curriculum areas. Children will regularly use ICT to collect data in Numeracy and Science, record role play in Literacy, model and control things in Design and Technology and however else will engage and enhance learning. This embedded use repeatedly models and reinforces children’s computer skills so children begin to use ICT intuitively and are able to choose the best resource for the job.

ICT is all around us. It is used in all areas of life; by providing a solid understanding of the basics of ICT technology, children are well equipped to understand the constantly evolving technologies around them.

Internet Safety

  • At Gateway we take Internet safety extremely seriously.
  • We have an Internet Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the World Wide Web safely.
  • Children are not permitted to access the Internet without the presence of an adult and even then specific pre-checked websites are used.
  • The entire school network is protected by a filtering firewall that stops any inappropriate material being viewed or downloaded.
  • An Internet incident report system is in place to record and help investigate issues should they arise.
Literacy - Writing

We believe that language is a powerful tool for learning and social development. We are committed to developing pupils’ competence in understanding and expression of spoken and written language.  Our aim is to develop in pupils a positive attitude to learning, language and each other: to develop pupils’ competence as listeners, talkers, readers and writers.

We recognise that writing is a complicated process and therefore, in order for children to succeed, our planning provides a range of scaffolds to support their success. These scaffolds include; talk for writing, drama and role play, embedded ICT, writing for a range of purposes and audiences, explicit grammar teaching in context, exposure to high quality texts, visual and language scaffolds as well as the systematic teaching of spelling and handwriting.

Each year group covers a range of genres as set out in the Primary Literacy Strategy. We use the ‘Gateway Progression in Teaching’ documents to plan daily Literacy lessons for all pupils. These include speaking and listening, writer’s knowledge, purpose and audience, EAL grammar, word and sentence level and structure and organisational features, in order to meet the needs of our pupils. As part of our commitment to raising attainment in writing across the school, all year groups have the opportunity to write for an extended period (double literacy), every Thursday. In addition to this, all pupils have a cross curricular ‘Big Writing’ lesson on a fortnightly basis.

Parents can support children’s writing by encouraging them to write for a range of purposes and audiences at home. For example;

  • Shopping lists/ to do lists
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Story writing
  • Captions for photographs
  • Labelling

This can be in English or in their home language. Furthermore, parents can encourage their children’s writing achievements through supporting homework, handwriting and spelling that have been set for them. 

Music

During the primary phase, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding of music through a range of musical activities that integrate performing, composing and appraising. Music can be used as a powerful tool to build pupils’ self-esteem, encourage social interaction, aid long-term memory and with strong links to maths and language, music can effectively support pupils’ progress in core subjects.

In the Early Years, singing, playing and exploring pitch, rhythm and dynamics is part of the daily routine. In Key Stage 1 and 2, Music is taught weekly as part of the national curriculum. In Key Stage 2, all children will learn to play one or more instruments as part of a whole-class teaching approach. All children from Reception to Year 6 take part in a weekly singing assembly which involves learning different types of lively and exciting songs from memory.  There are a number of visiting instrumental teachers who teach various brass instruments, guitar, cello and violin. Gateway Academy has both an infant and a junior choir. Children meet weekly to practise songs and perform once a term in an assembly.  Professional musicians often work with Gateway Academy to allow children to experience and appreciate a wider range of musical genres. This has included visiting string quartets, brass ensembles, African drumming, singing specialist and samba groups. Projects have also included working with the Wigmore Hall and The Royal Albert Hall.

Most classes from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the Music Express scheme of work. This involves children listening carefully and responding physically and emotionally to a wide range of music.  They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory and create short compositions, with increasing confidence, imagination and control. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects. They work on their own and in groups to improvise and develop their own musical compositions. In year 3, children take part in whole-class recorder lessons and are introduced to reading musical notation. In year 4 children take part in whole-class violin lessons, taught by a professional musician.

How parents can help -

Songs can be a great memory aid for learning and there are many nursery rhymes and educational songs you can sing with your child. If you have internet, youtube can be a great help to sing along to unfamiliar songs.  Clapping rhythms or using body percussion is also a great way for children to learn and remember longer sequences, especially younger children.

If your child takes an instrument home, please encourage them to practise for 10 minutes every day and make sure you and your child know how to look after the instrument carefully  as they are very delicate and expensive.

There are many opportunities for children to be involved in music within the community. If your child is interested in receiving alternative instrumental tuition please refer to this website for more details. http://www.triboroughmusichub.org/

Maths

Mathematics is an integral part of everyday life both in terms of concepts and thinking skills involved.  Children will find in Maths the skills needed to make sense of the world, see patterns and structure and be able to analyse data and the results of experiments.

Maths is taught for an hour every day and the lesson is comprised of a short, fast mental starter and leads onto the main teaching point.  During each term, pupils cover the four main strands of Mathematics which are:

  • Using and Applying
  • Number
  • Shape, Space and Measures
  • Data Handling


​At Gateway, we aim to develop both an enjoyment and a fascination for mathematics through an appreciation of the basic structure of the subject. As a result, children are able to cope confidently with everyday problems in life.  Children are encouraged to become both independent and co-operative learners and have the confidence to creatively tackle all types of mathematical tasks. Opportunities are given for children to undertake investigations and problem solving activities as part of their maths curriculum. Each classroom has its own maths area, which contains materials required for everyday use in mathematical activities; children have access to counters, Dienes, Cuisenaire rods, Numicon, number squares/lines, and money. Calculator skills are taught as part of the curriculum in Key stage 2. Children regularly take home Maths activities which reinforce and consolidate class based work. 

We recognise the importance of times table knowledge in the development of mental strategies within children’s learning.  To encourage these skills, we practise times tables daily and have a Key Stage 2 Times Tables Challenge every half term. Children compete to win a trophy and the winning class’s photograph is displayed in the Atrium.

There are many ways to help children at home with Maths.  Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. Talk about Maths at home and place into real-life contexts:

  • Take children shopping and talk about the quantities and cost of anything bought.
  • Point out the different shapes and containers found around the home.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates, notice patterns.
  • Tell the time, look at timetables/calendars and discuss duration of different events. 

​All children benefit from positive, enthusiastic attitudes towards their learning! 

P.E. & Games

We believe that physical education is very important for the emotional and physical health of our children. The children not only learn how to throw and catch but they learn to understand the need for sharing, commitment and fairness. Coordination and motor skills are enhanced in lessons which benefits children’s all round development in these critical years of growth.

Children will have one 45 minute indoor P.E. lesson a week and a 1 hour outdoor Games lesson (in Year 5, swimming takes the place of Games). There are a wide variety of clubs for children to participate in including football, cricket and dance. All children are expected to participate fully in lessons.  

Throughout the school, children will be able to participate in dance, gymnastics, athletics and a variety of outdoor games (football, netball etc). In year 5, children will learn how to swim.  Gateway aims to provide a balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities. Teachers seek to cater for each pupil's abilities and preferences. Over the course of the year, children who are particularly skilled in a specific area of P.E. will be given the opportunity to participate in competitions.

To get the most out of indoor PE lessons it is important that the children wear appropriate clothing to allow a full range of movement.  All junior children are expected to bring the correct PE kit to school on the day they have their PE lesson.  The correct kit is a white T-shirt and black shorts or track-suit pants as can be seen on the children below. Parents can also help by trying to ensure that children have a healthy and balanced diet. Furthermore, parents should try to encourage children to engage in physical exercise out of school hours in order to maintain a basic level of fitness.  

PSHCE

PSHCE stands for personal, social, health and citizenship education. PSHCE is regarded as an essential part of the broad and balanced curriculum, to enable our children to reach their full potential as individuals, as well as members of their class, the school and the wider community. Children should develop high levels of self esteem, co-operate effectively with others and recognise their rights and responsibilities as happy, healthy and successful citizens in society.

At Gateway, PSHCE lessons are taught twice a week during 15 minute class assembly sessions. The subject is broken down into repeating key themes, which are re-visited each year. These themes include ‘Myself and My Relationships’ and ‘Healthy and Safer Lifestyles’. These recurring themes are then considered in greater depth, and with a shifting focus, as the children progress through the school. For example, children in all year groups consider different aspects of emotional well-being and communication at the beginning of the academic year. PSHCE class assemblies are taught through a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including brainstorming, class discussion, group work, circle time, games, problem solving tasks and social stories. 

In PSHCE lessons, it is crucial that children learn how to show respect for one another, and themselves, listen to each other’s ideas, develop their opinions and gain an understanding of their rights and responsibilities in school, the wider community and the world.  PSHCE lessons take time to promote a better understanding of the community, culture and beliefs of all children.  PSHCE develops children’s understanding about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and discusses strategies and attitudes that will empower them to do this. The sessions provide opportunities for children to make informed judgments and choices about situations they have or may experience.  Children are also encouraged to participate as citizens of the school, especially through membership of School and Eco council. 

As part of a healthy lifestyle, it is important to ensure that your child has a balanced diet, including five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. It is also important to make sure that they are exercising regularly outside of school, while keeping hydrated and rested (lots of water and sleep).  The Change4Life website below has some helpful hints. There are various clubs in the community that you may wish your child to participate in (see links).  There are some fantastic places you could visit in London to promote your child’s understanding of citizenship and the community –take a trip to the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street?

RE

RE is taught as part of the basic curriculum but is not in the National Curriculum. Legally, it has to be taught according to a locally agreed syllabus prepared by a specially convened standing conference.

At Gateway school, RE is taught within the framework of the Westminster Agreed Syllabus. The requirements set out in this syllabus indicate that a minimum of 5% of curriculum time should be used for teaching RE. This amounts to 45 minutes each week in Key Stages 1 and 2.  RE must be provided for all registered pupils at school, although parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons. Should any parent wish to exercise this right they are asked to speak to Ms Lochner, the Headteacher.

Broadly, the aims of RE are consistent with the non-statutory QCA attainment targets. Firstly, it aims to develop knowledge and understanding of Religion (learning about religion) and, secondly, to explore and respond to human experience (learning from Religion). The Westminster Agreed Syllabus meets these requirements and uses the study of several major world faiths to explore a wide variety of topics.

For children in the Foundation Stage, RE teaching is integrated in the Early Learning Goal relating to Knowledge and Understanding about the World.  Children learn about basic themes such as celebration, new life and family and explore these concepts within different religions, primarily through storytelling and class discussion. For example, when learning about celebration, children will discuss the different types of celebrations they have encountered (birthdays, Eid, new birth) before finding out about important dates celebrated within a particular religion, i.e. Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus. The children’s developing thoughts and ideas are recorded in a class ‘big book’.

In Key Stage 1, RE is taught distinctly on a weekly basis. Children learn about concepts such as ‘change’, ‘specialness’, ‘belonging’, and ‘ritual’, by considering their own experiences of these themes and then relating these ideas to religious contexts.  For example, in Year 1 children learn about special people in their lives and then relate this to special figures in different religions. Christianity and Judaism are the main religions taught within this Key Stage. 

In Key Stage 2, RE lessons are also taught weekly. The main religions taught within Key Stage 2 are Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.  Children learn about religious concepts in more detail using a range of teaching and learning strategies, such as brainstorming, drama and hot-seating, class discussion and debate, re-telling, sequencing and ordering pictures and extended writing activities. Links are made with the learning across many curriculum areas, particularly Literacy, History, PSHCE and ICT.

Reading

At Gateway we believe that children need to be supported in the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. This must go hand in hand with encouraging all children to see themselves as readers and to value books as a source of pleasure and enjoyment as well as for information. Children need to develop a positive approach to reading and value this as a lifelong skill.

Our policy for guided reading forms a key element in the teaching of literacy at Gateway. It is an integral aspect of all learning opportunities in literacy. It is expected that children need to be capable and fluent readers in order to become capable and fluent writers. We also recognise the importance of developing children’s speaking and listening skills and the involvement of reading at home. Literacy especially in upper KS2 is heavily weighted to the learning of reading skills which then in turn can be applied to their writing skills. Children are grouped according to their individual needs and taught the full range of skills that they require to decode a range of texts as well as respond to the texts with insight.

Reading is taught discretely but also applied across the curriculum in all subjects and in a variety of contexts. Children have access to a wide variety of resources. We have a fully stocked library which covers many different genres; our librarians work very hard to ensure titles are relevant and the children are interested in reading them. Reading skills are applied in all curriculum subjects at Gateway. The high profile of reading is reflected through our book corners, treasure chests and range of books in the classrooms and throughout the school.

Parents have the ability to influence their child/children’s attitude to reading and ensuring they have a positive attitude to reading. Talking about books and sharing them together can be an enjoyable and effective activity. We understand that many parents speak more than one language and at Gateway we think that regular practise and a focus on reading for pleasure is a skill everyone can give to their child. Reading with your child can take many forms and doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to a particular genre or even language! Making sure your child has a quiet place to read is also important. At KS1 and lower KS2, we ask for your support in filling out a home/reading record that indicates you have heard your child read. For upper KS2, the children complete reading diaries which gives them an opportunity to apply reading skills learnt in school. 

Phonics

Reading can change lives.  At Gateway we are committed to improving the teaching of reading.  We aim to give children the skills to be ability to read independently and effectively for meaning.

Phonics forms the language we speak, read and write. Language is made up of words. Words are made up of sounds (phonemes). When we write, we use written symbols (graphemes) to represent the sounds. These graphemes may be single letters or combinations of letters such as sh, oy and igh. The 26 letters of the alphabet create 44 phonemes and 144 letter combinations.

At EYFS and KS1 phonics is taught for up to 20 minutes daily. This is called the discreet teaching of phonics. What is learnt during these discreet teaching lessons is applied throughout the day in speaking, reading and writing, in a language rich curriculum. Children are given lots of opportunities to practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. Schools are required to assess children’s phonic skills at the end of Year 1. This involves teachers sitting with each children individually and asking them to read a list of words. They are shown 40 words in total - 20 are real words and 20 pseudo (made up) words.  The children read regularly with teachers so the reading of a list of words should not be unusual for them. The purpose of the check is to ensure children can use their phonics to decode words. Children who do not meet the standard in Year 1 will take the check again when they are able to decode. This is usually in Year 2.

Read to and with your child as often as possible. Talk about words, letters, and sounds in the house and when you are out and about. Make letters in fun ways such as in clay, play dough, or sand and talk about the sound each letter makes and the sounds they make when they are combined. Make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss other ways to help your child learn phonics. 

Science

Through science at Gateway we aim to give all our children some understanding of the world around them. When children are studying science at the primary level, they should be acquiring specific skills to help them to think scientifically and to have an understanding of scientific processes.

At Gateway, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study. These topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at Gateway. Topics such as Electricity and Plants are taught in the infants and studied again in greater depth throughout the Juniors. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases enthusiasm for the topics.

All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations. Specific vocabulary for topics is taught and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced through experiments and experiments rely on evidence. We hope through our teaching our children develop an interest and enthusiasm for Science.

Our school uses Q.C.A. Science Guidelines from which the science scheme has been devised. There is an adequate resource bank in school and specialist items are loaned from Project Loan library.

The Science Museum in London is a fantastic place for children to learn interactively whilst having fun. Look at the topic your child is studying and read non-fiction books with them about what they are learning in class.

Spanish

At Gateway Academy, Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2 (years 3-6). Children learn to speak, write and read Spanish and in addition learn about the culture and traditions of some Spanish speaking countries.

At Gateway, we take an active approach to learning Spanish. Throughout the juniors, children receive a 40 minute Spanish lesson each week where they have the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and phrases, practise their spoken Spanish and as they progress throughout Key Stage 2, children are expected to read and write in the language as well.

We use interactive dual language books to enable children to use strategies they learn in literacy, to decode Spanish texts. In addition, we use songs, role play and games to reinforce vocabulary which in turn, enables children to become more confident Spanish speakers.  At Gateway, we teach the children to know and understand how to, ask and answer questions, use correct pronunciation and intonation, memorise words, interpret meaning, understand basic grammar, use dictionaries, work in pairs and groups to communicate in Spanish and look at life in another culture.3

Parents can help by encouraging children to share the vocabulary and songs they learn in Spanish at home.

Sustainability

Gateway Goes Green.

We are constantly striving to make Gateway a more sustainable school.   Sustainability is an integral part of the school ethos as we think about the impact that our actions have on the environment. 

Sustainability is taught throughout the school in lots of different subjects.  We combine the theory of sustainability with a hands on approach to get the children involved in everything from recycling to planting, composting and saving energy. 

Eco Club is an action committee made up of one child from each class.  Their job is to periodically carry out an Environment review and create an action plan.  They are then responsible for being the Eco ambassadors for their class.  We have a fantastic outdoor classroom, complete with its own wind turbine, solar panel, water butt and compost facilities where the children learn to utilise the worlds’ natural resources.  We also have fantastic areas both indoors and outdoors for growing a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and plants.  We are always very pleased to harvest our home grown produce and we developing our own little social enterprise by selling to parents. 

Sustainability is taught across the curriculum in a variety of subjects such as Science, Geography, PSHE, Spanish, Literacy and DT.  But to create the sustainable environment we are aiming for, students and teachers alike are encouraged and encourage each other to think sustainably throughout the day through simple actions such as turning off lights and closing doors to keep heat in.

You can help our children to think about their impact on the environment by recycling, saving energy, walking more…. Lots of simple actions that combined will make a big difference.  Why not try planting a seed with your child and watching it grow into something you can cook – it’s easier than you think and we’re happy to help if you want more ideas on how to get started.