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School Curriculum

Teaching & Learning

The curriculum of the school is designed to provide equal opportunities for all.

We also consider our curriculum to be part of a child's life long journey in education. We acknowledge and build upon learning which has taken place before children enter our school and we lay the foundations which we hope will enable all our children to make the best possible use of the educational opportunities they are offered after they have left our school.

In KS1 and KS2, we teach the core subjects, i.e. English, Mathematics and Science, together with Information Communication Technology, Art and Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Religious Education, PSHCE and Spanish


English

Speaking & Listening

We aim to encourage children to express themselves and to communicate fluently and articulately, with clarity and purpose, in an interesting and varied manner. Similarly, they are encouraged to listen and to appreciate other speakers with all their variations of tone, vocabulary, dialect and content.

Activities will build upon the oral language and experiences, which pupils bring from home. We aim to give the children the skills to read for both pleasure and information and to give them study skills in the use of reference books. Teaching will cover a range of stimulating literature, both fiction and non-fiction, and should ensure that pupils regularly hear and share stories and poetry.

Reading & Writing

Success in reading is achieved through partnership between home and school. Therefore, we encourage children to take an independent reading book, a library book and an individual school planner/reading record, which we ask you to sign when you hear them read. Positive parental comments in this booklet will be much appreciated and questions to challenge your child’s reading can be found within the planner/reading record. We ask that parents accept the responsibility for the care and return of all books. Book bags are available for purchase from the school office.

We offer a huge variety of books for your children to read, including those from high quality reading schemes and a variety of ‘real books’ that can be found in the school libraries. We ask parents to share in the teaching of reading both at home and in school. We offer a weekly ‘Book Time’ session every Thursday from 8:50-9:10am and we warmly invite you to spend these sessions reading with your child. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 and for those who require in KS2. The children are taught in differentiated groups, to allow us to meet their needs successfully. All children in Years 1-6 will be given a weekly spelling list to learn as homework and will be tested weekly, results will be written in the child’s reading record/school planner. Our English teaching is based on the National Curriculum and grammar skills are taught regularly. We teach different genres of fiction writing, including poetry and a variety of non-fiction text types through the ‘talk for writing’ storytelling approach. We endeavour to have interesting, dynamic learning experiences to suit all learning styles on offer to excite and enthuse our children about English.

At Redwell Primary School, the children enjoy English and have embraced the Storytelling techniques, not just in English lessons but across the wider curriculum too. Our texts are at the heart of our curriculum and feed into all other subjects through the deepening stages. With reading and storytelling comes a wealth of vocabulary, by the time a child has completed their learning journey with us, they will have a readymade word bank at their disposal. They will also have been exposed to over forty different stories, ranging from quest stories, to stories from different cultures. We believe that by following the Storytelling School approach, we are not only developing literacy skills but also allowing children’s confidence to flourish. 


Mathematics

Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

At Redwell Primary school we aim to develop a positive attitude and enjoyment of learning towards Mathematics and the ability to solve problems through decision making, and reasoning in a range of contexts. We believe that Mathematics should provide a rich variety of learning experiences relating to everyday life.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we relate the mathematical aspects of the children's work to the Early Years Outcomes document and the Early Learning Goals (ELG), as set out in the EYFS profile document. Mathematical development involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve and master their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems (fluency), and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures, exploring patterns and relationships. Children are encouraged to access a wide range of Mathematical resources to support their learning.  The EYFS curriculum for Mathematics is split into two aspects: number and shape, space and measures. We continually observe and assess children in these areas using age-related objectives, planning the next steps in their mathematical development through a topic-based curriculum.


Science

Science plays an important part in all aspects of life today. As a school, we feel that good scientific knowledge and understanding will prepare our children for adulthood. Science can further children’s natural curiosity and give them ways of working and thinking to explore the world in which we live. In accordance with the school policy on teaching and learning, staff aim to teach science in ways which make it relevant and meaningful, drawing whenever possible on examples taken from the real world.


Geography

Enquiry will form an important part of our work and involve direct practical experiences within the local area. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge of places and environments throughout the world; an understanding of maps and their range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. Field visits are arranged to enhance geographical study.


Design Technology

We aim to give children the skills to identify the opportunities and need for design and technology activities, investigate these and where appropriate generate design plans and make prototypes, evaluating the finished product. Pupils will be given opportunities to work with a range of materials, including food and fabric.


Computing

We aim to produce learners who are confident and effective users of ICT, communicating and handling information across the whole range of the curriculum. This will include the use of computers and cameras to store, retrieve and sort information. The school is well equipped with computer equipment. All classrooms are equipped with a projector, interactive whiteboard and visualiser. We also have pupil laptops, DSI’s and i-Pads for use by the children. 


History

When teaching history, we aim to fire the children’s imagination about the past in Britain and the wider world. Stressing the importance of how the past influences the present, we teach children about past societies, developing their sense of chronology and understanding of significant events and people. During historical study, children are encouraged to find evidence, evaluate it and draw their own conclusions. History gives children an opportunity to research.


Religious education and collective worship

At Redwell Primary School, there is a daily act of collective worship, the children will gather for an assembly as a whole school, key stage or class. Many of the assemblies are based on our Redwell values. We also celebrate festivals and special events from all major world religions. Each assembly allows time for prayer and quiet reflection and is of a broadly Christian character. 

Our program of study for Religious Education follows the County’s Agreed Syllabus and covers a wide range of world religions and faiths and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of the child. We encourage the children to develop mutual respect and tolerance for other people’s values and beliefs. Opportunities for visits to places of worship are provided and we have visitors to lead worship in school from time to time. Parents may request that their child be withdrawn from all or part of our Religious Education program or collective worship and we will make available details of the content to help parents with this decision.


Arts

We aim to give the children the skills and opportunities to express themselves in a variety of media and forms. Through this we hope they may develop aesthetic awareness and appreciation and satisfy their creative instincts and needs. The children are given the opportunity to participate in singing and music making and learn to appreciate a range of forms and styles of music. We aim for music making to be fun and enjoyable, both through actively taking part and enjoying the performances of others.


Physical education

We value the importance of regular physical exercise to promote the health and physical well-being of every child. All children receive regular PE lessons teaching games skills, gymnastics, dance and athletics. After school and lunchtime PE clubs are offered and are led by school staff and professionals from local sports clubs. Redwell School is part of the Wellingborough Schools Sports Partnership which organises tournaments and competitions for a variety of sports.


Personal, Social and Health Education

The school covers aspects of personal, social and health education as integral parts of other areas of the curriculum. The Healthy Schools Award demonstrates recognition of the work done by the school in this field. Pastoral care is embodied within the school ethos and all staff are responsible for monitoring the care of the pupils in their class. Circle Time takes place regularly in every class and we use the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials across the school. There is, however, a conscious effort to ensure that the following aspects are covered within the curriculum:

Citizenship: Is the fundamental belief that at the centre of any educational training is the need to prepare students for the future. To be able to cope with a rapidly changing society and to offer sustained fulfilment in their lives, all children are taught to form good attitudes, disciplines, relationships, responsibilities and standards; thus to become good positive citizens making a valued contribution to the quality of life within society.

Care for the Environment: Children are encouraged to respect and care for their environment. This is fundamental to the school ethos and the quality of life which all who work and live within the community are striving to achieve. We actively encourage recycling of a variety of materials.

Sex and Relationships Education: The Governing Body has decided that sex and relationships education shall be integrated into the curriculum, not isolated, taken out of context or over emphasised. At this age this is usually covered during our PSHCE curriculum.

Health and Safety Education: We aim to give the children an awareness of the need to care for their own bodies through good personal habits. We aim to teach them knowledge and skills of safety education in the home, at play and on roads, as well as in school.

Drug Education: We recognise our responsibility to respond to substance misuse and we aim to work in partnership with health and social services, the Police and other agencies. Further details of our programme can be found in our drug education policy. At this age we usually cover this area of education through our PSHCE curriculum.


The Foundation Stage

In Reception classes, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. Learning is organised in these areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development 
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design 

Learning is through play and through direct teaching of foundation skills. In all areas of the curriculum, children work on carefully planned activities to meet their needs. The staff spend time observing the children to gain evidence of their development and to inform future planning. Provision for children in the Foundation Stage (Reception Year) is good because members of staff work together exceptionally well as a team, enabling children of differing abilities to do very well in all areas of learning. By the time children start Year 1, most are working well beyond the levels expected for their age. Children particularly enjoy the exciting activities planned around a shared theme.