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Greenfield School

What's on Offer?

When considering a private education, we believe that the quality of the provision for teaching and learning should be excellent and this ought to be a given. We welcome visitors to our school so that they can see our small group teaching in action, witness the creative ways in which all our lessons are delivered and be reassured that excellent classroom teaching is a baseline expectation at Greenfield. 

Our broad curriculum includes multiple weekly lessons in Mathematics, English, Science, Languages (French and Spanish) and Physical Education, as well as weekly lessons in History, Geography, PSHE, Understanding the World (debating, current affairs etc.), Art, Art Carousel (gymnastics, architecture, set design and other artistic pursuits), Religious Education, ICT/Computing, Design & Technology.

Whilst day-to-day classroom teaching is very important, we believe that it is the 'added extras' which makes Greenfield such a special place to learn. Below is an overview of some of the areas that help to make every day at Greenfield a great day and the many ways in which our all-inclusive fees are utilised to ensure every child has the best possible education.

Forest School 

Since the ‘take off’ of outdoor learning, there have been an increasing number of studies on the benefits of learning outside, particularly in a woodland environment. We are lucky enough to have two forest schools at our home on Old Woking Road, which are incredibly popular with the children.

Nearly every day a class of children is taken into our onsite Forest School, a wooded area at the edge of our playing fields, complete with tepee, log piles and open campfire space. The area is used for ‘traditional’ Forest School sessions, but the woodland is also used as an opportunity to take the classroom outside, for lessons such as English and Mathematics. This opportunity, to take academic learning outside the four walls of a classroom, allows children to think differently about their understanding of concepts and apply them to problems presented to them in the real-world environment of the Forest School.

As an even larger area, the off-site Forest School gives children the opportunity to follow windy woodland paths and explore in the trees. Eventually the site will also have a canopied base camp, where children can shelter from the weather, light a fire and enjoy the odd marshmallow or two!

The Forest School ethos consists of six main principles. These include and explain the importance of Forest School taking place in a woodland environment where nature has been allowed to ‘run wild’, providing the children with infinite inspiration and allowing them to see the impact that they can have on the natural environment. Forest School is play based and learner centred, meaning the children are not told what they should be doing and what task they must complete, but they are given the chance to explore and create their own games. This freedom and space support their learning of skills such as creativity, independence, confidence, resilience, sharing and communication. Forest School is there to provide stimulus which promotes the development and growth of each child and their individual needs.

Examples of Forest School tasks include: mud monster faces, art patterns, natural weaving, den building, whittling, lighting fires, ‘cooking’ with natural resources (which usually turns into potion making!), searching for invertebrate and map drawing (sometimes to find the monsters that call our Forest School their home!).

Read our Forest School blog to find out more about what outdoor learning brings to the children at Greenfield. You can also view photographs of the our time in the Forest School here.

Performing Arts Exposure 

Specialist Teachers – Staff & Curriculum

Our curriculum staff and peripatetic teachers are all industry professionals who are still working musicians, composers, dancers or actresses but who have also trained as teachers. This gives a unique and real world relevance to our curriculum. Students are exposed to varied syllabi and have a breadth of curriculum which is exclusive to Greenfield. They also have a genuine experience as to the value of Arts as a vocation.

The children have exposure to every instrument in the Orchestra and in Jazz and Rock Music. They get to experience Music Technology first hand and look at the history of music to influence their own compositions.

Every child leaves Greenfield able to read Music and with an appreciation of Performance Arts, whether that be as an audience member, performer or musician.

Instrumental Lessons

Children are taught instruments in small groups and with specialist teachers on a weekly basis and on a range of instruments to enhance their Music curriculum. These are as follows:

Year 1 and Year 2

Recorder

Year 2

Violin

Year 2 and 3

Ukulele

Year 3 and 4

Trumpet

Did you know? 85% of our children take instrumental or drama tuition from a specialist teacher on a one to one basis. These lessons come at an additional charge, with costs available on request.

Industry Hub

We have a great deal of Performing Arts expertise in our parent body and accordingly are running networking events to put Woking on the map as an industry hub in Theatre, Film and Television. These professionals are also working as ambassadors of the Performing Arts for our children.

Festivals and Competitions

The Music and Drama department has enjoyed great success at local festivals including winning Junior School Choir and Orchestra categories many times. Many of our students are entered for group and solo performances across varying instruments and disciplines. These festivals not only reward the children for their valuable hard work but also give them the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from an industry professional.

Annual Arts Week

Greenfield has recently added an exciting venture to their calendar. Each year the school will take inspiration from an Artist and the Art, Drama, Dance and Music departments come together to produce a week of celebration for the arts. This includes:

  • Workshops from professional artists and dancers.
  • Gallery events.
  • Play Performances.
  • Dance performance with afternoon tea for local care homes.
  • Composition workshop with working musicians and orchestras from other local schools.
  • Whole School mural creation
  • Trips to live Theatre.
  • Art and Dance therapy day.

Performance Opportunities

Opportunities to perform on stage are plentiful at Greenfield and we encourage all children, regardless of whether they are a budding musician, thespian or debate king or queen, to embrace every chance to tread the boards. In addition to the below, every child in the school also takes part in the following whole school performance events: Christmas Carol Service, Remembrance Performance, Spring Concert, Summer Celebration, Class Assemblies and Performing Arts Assembly.

Year Group

Performances

Fledglings, Owlets and Owls

Advent Performance and Summer Celebration: An opportunity for the children to get used to people watching them. These are informal celebrations of the children’s work and an opportunity for the children who are able to speak and sing in public.

Robins

Christmas Concert Performance and Summer Celebration: The children perform a structured concert with songs, words and dance. This is a formal performance opportunity with costumes but is pressure free and fun!

Reception

Nativity and Summer Show: The children tell the story of the Nativity and perform in costume and on stage. As they move through their Music and Dance curriculum, the children’s developing skills enable a Summer Performance which includes musicianship, dance and acting and tells the story of a child’s take on finding a solution to a Global Problem.

Year 1

Pantomime: Developing their skills in choral speaking, choreography and storytelling, the children take on the roles of the Chorus in a full-scale pantomime with a live Orchestra.

Year 2

Pantomime and Violin Recital: Year 2 perform the main roles in the Lower School pantomime – each child works from a script and leads the performance with singing, acting and dance, performed on stage with a live audience. The children also showcase their Violin skills in a Recital during the Summer Term.

Year 3

Film Making: The children in Year 3 explore film studies concluding in their very own Film Premiere, complete with popcorn and a red carpet. They write the scripts, film the movie and write the accompanying music before presenting the end product to their parents at this very special annual event.

Year 4

Full Scale Musical: The children are cast in their roles, learn the songs, dances and script, and present a full scale, 40 minute Musical with a live Orchestra.

Year 5

Shakespeare Festival: The children learn about the plots and themes of Shakespeare culminating in a festival combining Art, Drama and English. The children will present scenes in original text as well as modern adaptations of the stories of William Shakespeare.

Year 6

Musical Performance: Our very own West End style performance of a famous Musical. The children audition for their roles and perform a musical extravaganza with full, changing set, costumes, Orchestra and ticketed audience.

Developing Talent 

The beauty of a school like Greenfield is that the skills and talents of the children are so broad and this has helped us to develop an exceptionally passionate body of staff who, in addition to their curriculum teaching, go above and beyond to ensure that those children with particular strengths are given the opportunity to excel.

Our talent programmes are designed to extend those pupils who show great aptitude in particular areas of the curriculum, such as Academia, Art, Music, Drama or Sport. We are passionate about offering these opportunities to all those children who stand to benefit from the extension and are proud to offer the following programmes at no additional charge.

Subject Area

Talent Development

Sport

In Years 3-6, Sports Masters are invited to attend lunchtime sessions with a member of the PE department who specialises in coaching a particular sport. We are very fortunate to have a brilliantly diverse PE department, each with their own passions and skills for netball, cricket, hockey, rugby, football and more. These teachers offer children who have shown promise in a particular sport the opportunity to benefit from some small group coaching and additional time on the sports field or court. This extra tuition offers the children specialised and focussed coaching to ensure they make the best possible progress. It enables the children to get even more out of their timetabled PE lessons by ensuring they have tailored input from specialist teachers who equip them with techniques and offer individualised coaching that they can continue to work on during lessons, clubs and games.

Art

Our Art Scholars are pupils who have been identified by our Head of Art as having the potential to be successful in applying for an Art Scholarship at Senior School. Throughout their time in the Lower School, and even Early Years, the children’s potential is observed and, when entering Year 3, those with the passion and raw talent are invited to work towards an art portfolio to support any future scholarship applications. Our Head of Art works closely with the Departmental Heads at local senior schools to ascertain the level of accomplishment each school is looking for and she then uses this information to structure a programme that allows the Art Scholars to produce a portfolio of their best work, suitable for applying to their chosen school. 

Music

We have enjoyed a history of great success for Music Scholarships to competitive senior schools. Our musicians at Greenfield are notably committed, generous and driven young people who have chosen to enhance their talent through hard work. The children have a great deal of exposure to performance opportunities and a brilliantly varied curriculum and so are often successful in their applications. To enhance this further, our Scholars are offered this extra preparation:

  • A weekly, one to one Music Theory and Music Aural lesson.
  • A weekly group meeting to enhance musicianship.
  • Compulsory access to Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Wind Band and House Band.
  • Live Orchestral performance opportunities including a trip to the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Entrance to solo and group performances at local Music Festivals.
  • Public Performances including recitals, concerts, festivals and celebrations.
  • Preparation of a Portfolio to show their skills and insights and to build a profile of them as a performer.
  • Exploration of differing musicians and performers through workshops, live performance and discussions.
  • A Scholars Recital to celebrate the hard work of the children.

Arts Hub

Greenfield has a Saturday Arts Hub. This is centre, offering expert tuition for children in Music, Dance and Drama from beginner to vocational level. This enables children who have graduated from Greenfield to continue with our outstanding Arts training and also allows for children both inside and outside of our school community to benefit from extra tuition to professional standard. Many children who attend are at full time Drama and Dance Schools and some have won prestigious roles in West End Productions.

Drama

Each year we have a number of children who wish to undertake the preparation for a Drama Scholarship at senior school and these numbers increase year on year. Their preparation starts in Year 5 and includes the following:

  • Exploration of differing artists and playwrights through workshops, live performance and discussions.
  • Live Theatre performance opportunities including an organised trip to the West End.
  • Preparation of a Portfolio to show their skills and insights and to build a profile of them as a performer.
  • Practice interviews with the Head of Drama from other schools.
  • Monologue preparation and performance at Festivals, Recitals and Workshops.
  • A group devised drama performance at the Woking Music Festival.
  • A Scholars Recital to celebrate the hard work of the children.

Arts Hub

Greenfield has a Saturday Arts Hub. This is centre, offering expert tuition for children in Music, Dance and Drama from beginner to vocational level. This enables children who have graduated from Greenfield to continue with our outstanding Arts training and also allows for children both inside and outside of our school community to benefit from extra tuition to professional standard. Many children who attend are at full time Drama and Dance Schools and some have won prestigious roles in West End Productions.

Dance

RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern Dance is taught by a professionally trained teacher to all children in the Lower School. As well as this, Greenfield is fortunate enough to be situated just a few miles from two of the best dance schools in the country. Accordingly, we benefit from having outstanding dancers who are able to add value to the department. With more senior schools inviting applications from outstanding all-round performers, we like to encourage these children and give them a great deal of performance opportunities throughout the year.

Our dancers perform original and challenging choreography at our Remembrance Performance, Christmas Events, Spring Concert, Prize Giving, Scholars Recital and Performing Arts Assemblies which occur half termly. They also take part in Music and Dance Festivals and regularly successfully audition for productions at the Woking New Victoria Theatre with professional companies.

Dance students have gone on to be awarded places at the following schools:

  • White Lodge – Royal Ballet Junior School - 2016
  • Elmhurst Performing Arts School - 2017
  • Sylvia Young Theatre School – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Arts Hub

Greenfield has a Saturday Arts Hub. This is centre, offering expert tuition for children in Music, Dance and Drama from beginner to vocational level. This enables children who have graduated from Greenfield to continue with our outstanding Arts training and also allows for children both inside and outside of our school community to benefit from extra tuition to professional standard. Many children who attend are at full time Drama and Dance Schools and some have won prestigious roles in West End Productions.

Design and Technology

To have a specialist Design and Technology teacher and dedicated DT room within our school is something we never take for granted. The opportunities available to each and every pupil are endless and all of our children move onto senior school with substantial experience that many other children will not have benefitted from.

Whilst few senior schools currently offer Design and Technology based scholarships, our Head of DT identifies those children who have shown the potential to excel in this area and works with individuals to create a suitable portfolio of their work. We were very proud that one of our pupils successfully applied for a DT scholarship in 2018.

Academia

The basis of almost every educational setting is academics and we believe that children with higher than average ability should benefit from the same challenge in lessons as every other child. This is why we are so passionate about differentiated teaching and why our split-group teaching for core subjects is so important.

In addition to this, our Extension Groups ensure children who excel in Mathematics or English are challenged further and given the opportunity to take their learning to the highest possible level. Classroom teaching is always differentiated and those children who are bright are stretched within their usual lessons, but Extension Group allows our teachers to test the boundaries of their understanding and often study at a level way beyond their chronological age.

The individualised attention that these children receive during Extension sessions allows them to explore unknown and often extremely challenging concepts in the security of a small bubble where there is always help on hand.

 

Support for all 

At Greenfield we believe that additional support, when required, should not be limited to those with defined or diagnosed needs but should be available to all children throughout their time at the school.

We are extremely proud of our Learning Enrichment Department, which provides dedicated support to those children who have mild to moderate learning needs but who can otherwise thrive in a mainstream school environment.

However, the Learning Enrichment Department also offers support, of all descriptions, to children throughout the school who may need short-term assistance. Be it a friendly listening ear or help to get to grips with a new timetable, we ensure that all our children benefit from the care and consideration of the Learning Enrichment Department, should they need it.

One of the main ways in which the children benefit from our well-staffed Learning Enrichment Department is via our Booster groups.

Extension and booster groups 

Our Extension and Booster Groups are offered to those children in each year group (Y3-6) who the teachers feel would benefit most. With usually only 4-8 children in each group, the Extension and Booster Groups enable those children who are ready to take their understanding to the next level, and those who need some extra support, to take advantage of some additional, focussed small-group teaching. This is one of the key ways in which we ensure children of all abilities are meeting or exceeding their potential.

Greenfield 'In Residence' Series 

Our ‘In Residence’ Series is a new venture that invites professionals to come into school (or Zoom, in the immediate future) and inspire the children with stories and information about their chosen career. Part of Greenfield’s aims and ethos is preparing children for a future in the ever-changing reality of the world and we hope that by inspiring them at a young age to pursue their dreams we will equip them with the ambition and skill-sets necessary to achieve their goals.

Enterprise Days 

Enterprise Days are hosted twice a year and offer the entire school the opportunity to immerse themselves in a particular theme or subject. From French Day to Recycling Awareness Day to Wellbeing Day and Careers Day, the themes are varied and designed to ignite interest in children of all ages. The days are led by a member of Greenfield staff and the teachers all work together to offer fun, interactive and challenging activities, outside of the usual timetable, to help the children broaden their understanding.

We are often joined on Enterprise Days by children from other local schools, to allow all the children the opportunity to benefit from the activities on offer and experience working with others to reach their goals.

Enterprise Days allow our pupils the freedom to draw their own conclusions on important local, national or worldwide issues and present their ideas to an audience. These activities promote the development of important skills such as public speaking, negotiation, debate, creativity and thinking outside the box.