At Greengates Primary Academy, we are keen to develop the whole child. Through our shared vision, we are driven to give the children of our school community the best start to their personal, academic, and working life.
Pupil Leadership Team
Children are a key part of our school and therefore each year, we hold democratic elections to select representatives from each year to sit on the Pupil Leadership Team. The members then meet with Miss Kaur to discuss school matters, issues that the children would like to raise, representing their classes wishes and feelings. The Pupil Leadership Team also contribute towards the development plan of the academy. This is a key part of British Values in action.
We have an active eco-council who meet regularly to develop our eco-strategy and consider way to reduce our impact on the environment.
The council also meet with other eco-groups in the Garforth school community. The school leaders are Miss Proud and Miss Kolbaba.
At Greengates primary Academy, we have a vast range of high-quality clubs that children can access. These include a range of sports and academic clubs. The pupil leadership team are currently collecting pupil voice on future clubs they would like to see in school.
Educational Trips and Residentials
Educational trips and residentials are an important part of our school offer. Learning in new environments, being a responsible citizen and independence are all key life skills. We also believe that new experiences are also key to developing ambition and developing an understanding of the wider world.
KCU – Kindness, Compassion and Understanding
Team KCU delivered their award-winning anti-bullying campaign at Greengates Primary Academy. The interactive campaign delivered in classrooms focuses on instilling the values of kindness, compassion and understanding, as well as raising awareness around empathy, equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion with a view to reduce bullying, hate crime and loneliness within the school environment. Within the campaign, pupils have an opportunity to talk about their feelings and emotions, make a contribution towards their community and school and support and encourage their peers. They will continue to work with us as a school to support our work on personal development.
The children gave the following feedback.
Our pupils said…
‘You have to be kind to each other.’ Y1
‘We liked the KCU team. They were very kind people.’ Y2
‘It is important to use gentle words and be understanding with each other.’ Y4
‘We liked the assembly and the workshops. We got to talk about all the ways we can show kindness to each other Y5
We offer a vast range of musical instrument tuition opportunities. Children can learn to play instruments as part of the curriculum, but in addition to this a number of our pupils elect to take advantage of further tuition. We ensure that pupil premium children also have access to this. This offer enables pupils to develop their own personal interests and talents. Each year we have a music concert to showcase pupil talents and progress.
As well as a high-quality PE curriculum, children at Greengates Primary Academy are able to particulate in a vast range of sporting events, which include inter and intra-school opportunities. We participate in a number of competitive events led by Sports UK. We also hold regular sessions where children are able to try sports and activities. This enables children to try new things together, but also have access to local clubs to develop interests outside of school.
Votes for Schools
Each week we take part in the Votes for Schools poll, across KS1 and KS2 (Years 1-6). Votes for Schools is a key element of our curriculum, including rich exposure to issues involving British Values and social moral spiritual and cultural development. The approach allows pupils to consider current world issues and have their say in terms of the opinion they develop on a question over the course of the week. The week starts with a school assembly and then later in the week there is a further class based sessions, which ends with a vote.
Each year we participate in Young Voices in Sheffield. This involves the school joining other schools to form a huge choir and perform to parents. Prior to this, the children spend time learning the songs and developing their singing and performance skills.
At Greengates Primary Academy, we have a mindful approach to PSHE/HWB, which brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Each class have a teddy which they use as part of their Jigsaw lesson.
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw (quickly identified by their colour scheme) designed to progress in sequence from the beginning of each academic year:
Term 1: Being Me in My World
Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
Term 3: Dreams and Goals
Term 4: Healthy Me
Term 5: Relationships
Term 6: Changing Me