Riverbridge Primary follows the National Curriculum 2014, a pdf of the whole document can be found at the end of this page. The curriculum is supported by a Progression of Skills document for each subject which shows how we build on a subject, developing a depth of understanding as a child moves through the school.
Children in Reception class follow the Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into 17 Early Learning Goals. These fit into 7 key areas: -
- communication and language
- physical development
- personals, social and emotional development
- understanding of the world
- expressive arts and design
Whilst we are in a transition period between the 'old' and 'new' National Curricula, children in Years 2 and 6 will be taught the pre-2014 Curriculum for English, Maths and Science for assessment in 2015 as new assessments will not be issued until 2016.
All through the school, children are taught in mixed ability classes. They progress through the classes according to age and the teachers ensure the learning provision is planned in such a way to keep each child stretched and keen to learn more.
Year groups are categorised into what is known as Key Stages, with Year 1 and 2 being Key Stage 1 and Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 being Key Stage 2.
We follow Letters & Sounds for our Phonics programme however this has been adjusted to reflect the raised expectations of the New Curriculum 2014. Children are taught in Phases across the year groups and membership of these phases will change to reflect the progress of individuals.
The Power of Reading programme provides the foundation for our English curriculum and supports with meaningful links across the curriculum through the use of quality children's texts.
No one reading scheme is followed to support the children's individual reading development, we ensure there is a wide variety of books for all of our children regardless of age or ability as we believe reading skills are best developed through a wide 'diet' of reading opportunities.
The same curriculum subjects are taught as for years 1 and 2, at an appropriate level for the children as they progress through Key Stage 2.
The children in years 4 will also attend a weekly swimming lesson. They will be taught to develop their skills in the water as well as life-saving and survival skills. Our pupils also compete in 2 local swimming galas.
We computers in every classroom as well as 15 laptops along with a wide range of technical equipment such as hand-held cameras and computer-linked microscopes.
We encourage and promote fitness throughout the whole school, and provide many opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports and activities. Children in KS2 compete in the District Sports competition.