Our Curriculum Statement
Academic Year 2018-2019
The curriculum can be defined as every learning opportunity provided by the school. We intend to help the children develop in many ways; socially, culturally, emotionally and spiritually as well as academically.
As a whole school we follow the LCP phonics scheme, with the children being split into their appropriate phases across the school.
For reading we split our books into coloured book bands. Each coloured box has a variety of Oxford reading tree fiction and non fiction books, alongside a number of real, everyday books that the children enjoy choosing from.
Maths is drawn from the White Rose Hub, exploring key skills and developing mastery across the subject.
For RE we use the Understanding Christianity syllabus and the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
During the first year at Richard Hill School, reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory curriculum. This sets out clear learning objects and outcomes for the education of children from birth to the end of reception year, aged 5. It is envisaged that most children will meet the early learning goals by the end of their reception year. Your child learns skills, acquires new knowledge and demonstrates their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. All these areas of learning are important and interconnected.
Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. The prime areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
In addition, there are four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Art and Design
Our classroom is a very busy learning environment with a variety of different provision and resources available at all times. We plan our curriculum to meet the needs and interest of our pupils. We teach a range of engaging topic to inspire our children to get excited about learning. The children have opportunities to learn through carefully planned whole class, teacher-led and guided tasks. There is a strong emphasis on learning through play so children also self-initiate or ‘choose their learning’ inside or on a larger scale using our outdoor environment.
Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
As the children move into KS1 and KS2 the curriculum follows the new National Curriculum which became statutory from September 2014.
The National Curriculum is split up into English, Maths, Science, Computing, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Languages, PE and Music.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced creative curriculum which fully immerses the children in their learning. A Topic new letter will be sent home every term to inform you of what your child will be learning this term so that you can help to support their learning at home.
In literacy, Richard Hill aims to offer children an exciting and stimulating curriculum with a novel-led approach. We use the new National Curriculum as a basis for developing the children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening. There is an emphasis on giving children the technical knowledge and language, through grammar sessions, which they can apply to their writing as well as using these to discuss and improve their work. Children in Reception and KS1 read to an adult every week and in KS2 children spend more time reading texts in a group setting, enabling them to explore and understand the deeper meanings within the texts. Children have access to a wide variety of books in their classrooms and in the library. We encourage all children to read every day at home, starting in Reception, to foster a love of reading. The phonics programme followed is the letter/sounds.
Maths is often taught as a more discrete subject as skills are learnt and applied. The children will learn number names, how to read and write numbers, various methods of addition and subtraction including number bonds. They will practise timetable facts and link this to division, extending the level of difficulty throughout their school life. Real life problem solving enables the children to apply these skills and understand the reasoning behind certain mathematical concepts.
The aim of Science at Richard Hill Primary School is to allow the children an opportunity to explore, ask questions and get excited about investigating the world around them. The Science curriculum is skills based and encourages children to explore their own questions and ideas in an increasingly unstructured way.
In KS1 the children will:
* Cover topics such as plants, animals, humans, everyday materials and their uses, seasonal change and living things and their habitats.
* Develop their scientific skills by sorting, observing, classifying, testing, investigating, asking questions and researching to find their answers.
In KS2 children will:
* Develop further understanding of plants, animals including humans and living things and their habitats.
* Cover further topics including; rocks, light, skeletons, muscles, digestion, teeth, the human circulatory system, forces and magnets, states of matter, sound, electricity, properties and changes of materials, earth and space and evolution and inheritance.
* Develop their scientific skills further by making models, explaining their findings, designing their own experiments, comparing, pattern seeking, drawing diagrams, applying their knowledge, and measuring.
Throughout their primary education, children at Richard Hill will cover all the basic topics across Physics, Biology and Chemistry and will have a wide and varied understanding of these topics based on first-hand experiences and investigations.
Our computing curriculum aims to enable pupils to not just understand the hardware they use within school but how different forms of software are created to bring their games and applications to life. Our curriculum aims to allow pupils to 'look under the hood' and develop programmes, test bugs and communicate with the global community in a safe and encouraging environment.
Throughout the pupils ICT journey, E-safety is taught and celebrated to enable pupils to not only identify how to keep themselves and each other safe but to understand where they can go when they feel worried online.
Art & Design
Art and Design aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. At Richard Hill, pupils will explore a wide range of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture and use a variety of materials such as pastels, watercolours and clay to create their own pieces of art. They are given opportunities to discuss and make comments on their own work, the work of their peers and other artists and crafts people. Pupils will learn about the work of various famous artists, architectures and designers and how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Design & Technology
Design and Technology aims to inspire pupils to look at the world around them and investigate the use of structures and mechanisms to become the next generation’s designers and inventors. In this subject pupils have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products whilst learning to use a range of tools and techniques for construction. Design and Technology also teaches cooking skills where pupils have opportunities to prepare and cook simple savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, learn about where food and ingredients come from and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.
The activities that we plan will link to our current class topics to inspire and immerse children in their learning. We regularly organise craft afternoons where parents are invited to participate in themed activities.
For more information about the Curriculum at Richard Hill School please see our class pages, where you will find a copy of each classes yearly topic overview, along with termly curriculum newsletters which go into greater depth.
Or feel free to contact us through the school office.
At Richard Hill C of E Primary school Religious Education is taught using the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity scheme of work.
In line with guidance, 50% of all RE teaching is about Christianity with lessons being taught, in the main, using the lesson outlines found in the Understanding Christianity scheme of work. For the other 50% of RE lessons, the children are taught about Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism along with learning about those who hold a different World View rather than follow a particular religion.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, the children have a weekly 45 minute lesson of RE. In KS2 the children in Years 3 – 6 take part in weekly 1 – 1 ½ hour lesson of RE. In these sessions, the children are taught using a range of activities which encourage learning through different learning styles. Teachers use drama, art, craft, music, film, internet, religious artefacts, visits to places of worship, visits from members of faith communities, as well as small group and whole class discussion time.
The children are encouraged to develop their questioning skills and to explore, with others, their own and other people’s views about life and spirituality. They are taught the importance of listening to and respecting the views other people hold. The children are also encouraged to share their opinions and beliefs with others too.
Our RE learning at RHS is supported by links with our local C of E Church, All Saints, and the Rector and congregation who attend there, as well as via other local and city church links. The children also have opportunities to meet with and listen to representatives of the different world faiths or world views as they take part in visits to places of worship or we receive visitors in to school.