Guide to our Curriculum

We work towards all our pupils becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. This guide lets you know how the curriculum supports these key goals. It captures our emphasis on promoting active and thoughtful learners, intent on achieving their best.


OUR CURRICULUM AIMS ARE:

  • To promote highest possible achievement for all pupils irrespective of race, gender, culture or disability.
  • To promote pupil's intellectual, spiritual, creative, cultural and physical development.
  • To prepare pupils to become responsible citizens, confident, independent, healthy individuals and life-long learners in the 21st century.

At the heart of all of this is the school's motto of:

‘Explore, succeed…soar!’


THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM:

The Early Years Foundation stage (Age 4-5)

In the Foundation Stage the children learn through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. When staff judge children to be ready they begin working on the National Curriculum. At Ravensthorpe we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum to enhance the learning experiences of the children.

Please click HERE for more information

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum sets out what children should know, understand and do in each year group in the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education. We follow a local Peterborough syllabus to teach Religious Education.

Please click HERE to read a copy of the National Primary Curriculum 2014.

Please click HERE for a summary of the new National Primary Curriculum


OUR CREATIVE CURRICULUM

Our Curriculum is designed to develop subject knowledge skills and understanding and develop key social and learning skills. We plan topics and themes which will engage children and make learning meaningful. These themes draw together different parts of the National Curriculum. There will be lots of opportunities for children to use new technology to support their learning. We are also committed to developing the Arts , school sport and environmental awareness through our curriculum.

We want to help children develop the academic , technological and personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives.

We use Cornerstones Curriculum as a resource to support teaching across the curriculum.

An overview of the cross-curricular topics children will be learning about can be found HERE.

 To find out more about the Cornerstones Curriculum, please click HERE.

Throughout the year we'll let you know which topics your children will be learning about - look out for our class information booklets and subject information leaflets throughout the year.

 

 

TEACHING PHONICS

We use a range of approaches to ensure that all our children become confident and enthusiastic readers. One approach is through the teaching of phonics. Teachers follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work to teach phonics supported by 'Phonics Bug' resources in the classroom. All children in Year 1 take a Phonics Screening Test each June to check upon their standard of their phonics knowledge.

Information about Letters and Sounds can be found HERE.

Information about Phonics Bug can be found HERE.

Information about the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test can be found HERE.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR AND ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Our children get on many interesting and educational trips during their time at Ravensthorpe. We also enrich their learning by giving them opportunities to exhibit their work to you in a variety of different ways. We have a range of community visitors who come to support learning, for example, fire-fighters, health-workers and story-tellers. Year 6 children have the opportunity to take part in a challenging and team-building residential trip. We also offer a range of extra-curricular -school clubs for Key Stage 1 and 2 children at lunchtimes and after school.

If you have any skills that you think could support our curriculum please talk to your child's class teacher as you would be very welcome in school.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will you assess my child's progress?

Teachers at Ravensthorpe will constantly be assessing your child's learning. This may take the form of day to day observations and questioning or a more formal task at the end of a unit of learning. Assessment is vital to learning however we believe it should not be a stressful experience for either pupils or parents. We are currently developing a new system for assessing a child's progress without the use of 'levels'.

How will I be told about my child's progress?

You will find out about your child's progress during a termly “Parent-Teacher’  meeting. Here you will be able to share information about the progress your child has made as well as their targets for the next term.