At Key Stage 1 there is great emphasis on the teaching of phonics and reading. In Reception, daily Phonics is taught and in KS1 Phonics is taught three times a week. Phonic intervention sessions run to accelerate progress. These interventions continue into KS2.
At Key Stage 2 we extend and develop each child’s reading skills. Since the ability to read is the most vital part of a child's education, considerable time and care is spent upon the teaching of reading. The School uses a variety of approaches and techniques tailored to individual requirements. The core reading schemes are Ginn 360, The Oxford Reading Tree, “All Aboard” and Rigby Star, but this is supported by a wide variety of other reading material.
Children are encouraged to take their reading books home to read with their parents, and to share other books, including those from our well resourced library. As a school, we are continually trying new reading materials, matched to the wide interests and abilities of the children. In KS1 children are helped and guided towards suitable reading material. As they go through the school, they are given more responsibility for their choice of reading.
Unless a child can express himself verbally in full sentences he is unlikely to make much progress in reading and writing. We therefore spend as much time as possible talking with the children and encouraging them to talk to us. They then learn how to form their letters, and are able to write sentences of their own which can be read independently of the child. They are encouraged to express themselves on paper through experimental writing. This leads to writing stories, poems and factual accounts for themselves. Alongside this, attention is paid to speaking and listening, spelling, handwriting, punctuation and grammar.
A range of writing is introduced in KS1, including story writing, writing recounts, explanations, instructions, reports and poetry. In KS2 story writing is further developed to include plays, journalistic writing linked to argument, persuasive writing and extended narrative. Poetry, writing biographies and autobiographies are also included.
All children receive a daily maths lesson. A variety of maths schemes are used to support the New Framework. The framework provides continuity and progression throughout the school. Workshops are held to explain strategies to help parents support their children with maths at home. Care is taken that the child's progress towards numeracy is logical and thorough. In most cases work is done with the help of apparatus of all kinds and in as meaningful a manner as possible.
Mathematics is linked to real life situations wherever feasible and careful records are kept as to which concepts a child has mastered. The New Curriculum provides opportunities for oral and mental work and children formally record appropriate activities. The curriculum for KS1 includes Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning, Geometric, Measures and Statistics.
At KS2 all the KS1 elements are further developed, with Algebra being added.
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship)
PSCHE and Citizenship helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, including circle time, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so, they recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. They find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how they were organised and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events. Pupils will develop skills, through research, using a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence and engaging in active discussion – skills that will prepare them for adult life.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of problem-solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is an important link between the natural and social sciences and is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment.
At Radnage School, teaching geography is increasingly being taken outside the classroom to gain a “hands on” experience of geography. This ranges from fieldwork in the school grounds to visits and walks around the village.
All children have the opportunity to develop musical skills through singing and percussion work. Music is essentially a practical subject. The curriculum encourages pupils to sing, compose and use percussion instruments in order to develop their creative skills. Through active listening, pupils’ awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed. The school provides pupils with plenty of opportunities to enjoy making music through learning to play an instrument and singing with choirs.
Additional funding has led to all the Year 3 and 4 children learning the recorder and ukulele. Radnage School puts a lot of emphasis on children enjoying music at all levels and we strive to ensure that children are inspired by talented musicians and develop a love of music.
ART and DESIGN
Art is, for most pupils, a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure. We encourage pupils to develop their creative and imaginative talents through learning skills and techniques and using a variety of materials and tools. In KS1 drawing, painting, sculpture and learning about the work of a range of artists is part of the curriculum, whilst at KS2 pupils will be encouraged to improve their techniques and share ideas in a sketchbook.
This is either taught discretely or as part of a theme. We encourage an enquiring mind, an understanding of the world around us and aim to develop scientific skills through first-hand experience. Lessons are presented in a practical, relevant context. Children solve problems by making close observations, planning, predicting, fair testing and recording their findings in a systematic way. Throughout the curriculum, knowledge and working scientifically are the main components. We also hope to foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things.
The school achieved a Bronze Eco Schools Award. We will implement the new Primary and use resources from a wide variety of sources to help implement the scheme.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE (MFL)
A modern foreign language, French, is taught in KS2 where speaking and listening skills, reading and writing will be introduced following the Buckinghamshire Scheme of Work.
Computing prepares children for using technology in our rapidly changing world. Children use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse and present information. Through focussed Computing lessons and cross curricular themes, we place emphasis on developing the children’s skills in:- ·
- Finding things out
- Developing ideas and making things happen
- Exchanging and sharing information
- Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses
- Understand what algorithms are
- Write and test simple programs
- Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats
- Using software and hardware
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
The aim of religious education is to enable pupils:
- To acquire knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
- To develop the ability to explore, to reflect on, and to respond to human experience, drawing on their study of religion.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and religious assemblies if they wish, and should contact the Headteacher if they wish to do so. Alternative provision will be made for your child. Our School Worship is Christian based but not exclusively so.
A daily religious assembly is held either as a whole school or in key stages. It is an important part of our school day.
Visitors are invited to take our Friday assemblies – these are special because we celebrate achievement and share good work. The Priest in charge or other members of the Clergy take assembly once a week. The Clergy also work in Year 3/4 once a week. Services are held at St Mary’s Church to celebrate Spring/Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and Christmas Carols.
Technology, including Information Technology, is integrated into the curriculum, and all children have the opportunity to use computers, and design and make items, including modelling, sewing, food and nutrition.
With the Olympic Legacy, the school uses the additional funding for buying in expert coaches to work alongside staff members. Within the physical education curriculum, children have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for traditional team sports such as football, rounders, unihoc, and netball. After experiencing these opportunities for repeating movements the children participate in simple games situations, developing the ability to cope with success and failure in competitive and co-operative activities.
The children have both indoor and outdoor lessons incorporating movement and apparatus work. The School has outstanding facilities for these activities, providing a beautiful playing field and large surfaced playground adjoining it. A hall provides excellent facilities for indoor physical educational activities, including Gymnastics and Dance.
Extracurricular sports activities are run by external agencies and paid for by parental contributions or the sports funding grant. Additional field space for competitive games will be provided for upper Key Stage 2 children. Swimming will be added to the curriculum in KS2.
Country Dancing and Maypole Dancing is a tradition of the School and dancing displays are given annually.
This is not taught as a separate entity but as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education Policy in KS1. In KS2 the School Health Education Programme includes sex education as an integral part of the curriculum development. Parents are notified of any specific instruction given to the older juniors as it arises and will be invited to a meeting at the school to discuss this.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons. The school encourages the acquisition of skills and attitudes which allow pupils to manage their relationships in a responsible and healthy way.
A School Library system is in operation. All children have the opportunity to take home a book from the main library each week and also a class library book. Storysacks are also issued on a regular basis.