Curriculum

           

Curriculum Rationale

 

 

Intent

At the heart of the curriculum is the development of the whole child. We have carefully revised our curriculum based on research to ensure it fits the needs of our children, providing them with the tools to embed knowledge into the long-term memory and apply this knowledge in a variety of ways. The curriculum continues to provide a broad, well balanced, and motivating offer which stimulates learning.

The curriculum is driven by our six half-termly values: respect, friendship, responsibility, empathy, honesty and independence, which were chosen by both children and staff. 'A Valued Me' emphasises the importance of these key beliefs that children and staff embody here at Redhill. It encourages our children to be confident, independent learners who are resourceful, think for themselves and harness a strong sense of what's right and wrong; and resilient learners who persevere when faced with challenge, who are not afraid to take risks and are actively involved in their learning due to a desire to achieve their highest potential. By teaching our children these lifelong skills, we are preparing them for their next steps in education and beyond.

Our curriculum is a fusion of essential knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, which focuses on the well-being of the individual and entire community. Through this carefully planned program of learning, we will provide our children with the skills and capabilities to become accomplished citizens, both locally and globally, regardless of their starting points. Vulnerable learners including those who are pupil premium and/or SEND are considered fully when delivering our curriculum starting with providing good outcomes for all pupils, so that we are narrowing achievement gaps, wherever they appear. The senior leadership team, DSLs and SENDco monitor the outcomes of these groups and use the information to further inform our curriculum intent. Our overarching ambition is that no child is left behind and that every child is supported to reach their full potential.

To further develop the children's understanding of the world we live in, we have a series of themed weeks which we feel are essential to our curriculum here at Redhill. These include British Values Week, Friendship Week, Healthy Lifestyles Week, E-Safety Week and Aspirations and Careers Week.

Throughout their time at Redhill Primary Academy, children are given the opportunity to attend three residential visits: Kingswood Nursery and Infant Centre in Forest School in Year 2, the Isle of Wight in Year 4 and Arthog Outdoor Education Centre or Outward Bound in Year 6. We understand how important these visits are for our children to develop independence and self-confidence. It also offers further opportunities to experience learning in the great outdoors and enhance the social, personal and emotional development of all pupils.

We are also very proud of the range of after school clubs we offer at Redhill Primary Academy. These include relaxation and stretching classes, choir, STEM club, art club, cooking club, ICT club, chess club, French, Spanish, German and various sporting clubs like football, basketball, archery, multi-skills, netball, hockey, gymnastics, dance and street dance to name a few!


"Redhill maintains a strong focus on pupils progress and well-being."

"Sport, art and music strongly feature in school life and play an important part in pupil’s development”.

“Pupils at Redhill Primary School enjoy being part of a stimulating and caring learning community, which offers an orderly, pleasant and safe atmosphere. Pupils are enthusiastic about all aspects of their school life”.

Ofsted Inspection November 2017

Implementation

Our curriculum design has been created through a culture of collaboration amongst staff, children and governors, where we are constantly identifying and sharing our best practice to allow for continuous growth and collective ownership of teaching and learning throughout the primary age range.

The curriculum is mapped out for the year for each year group from Nursery to Year 6 (please see the curriculum maps below to see an overview of this year's chosen topics). Each term, teaching and learning is delivered through a theme, creating a cross-curricular approach where subjects, wherever possible, are linked together; nevertheless, key knowledge and skills of the individual subjects are not overlooked and have been carefully planned by teachers to create schemes of work. This planning ensures coverage and progression across the key stages and is monitored by subject leaders through our Teaching and Learning Policy.

We also ensure that planning is based around a meaningful context, providing children with first-hand experiences wherever possible and building on prior knowledge. For this reason, we make excellent use of our outdoor classroom, forest school and sensory garden, alongside residential visits and class visits linked to our curriculum themes. We are proud of our international links through our partnership with a school in Kenya, our commitment to Fairtrade and sustainability within our own school grounds. The Science Gold Quality Mark, Gold Arts Mark and P.E. awards also show our commitment to the development of the scientific, technological, artistic, creative and sporting talents of our children, enabling them to achieve their potential in all aspects of their lives. We place a strong emphasis on reading as we recognise that this is the key to unlock all other learning and underpins the rest of the curriculum.

Impact

The impact of the school's curriculum can be seen in the books children produce, the aspects of the curriculum which children are able to articulate through pupil voice discussions and the outcomes for all groups of pupils within the school. Everything we do is with the child at mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.

Pupil progress is completed through ongoing assessment and through three key assessment points during the year. Work is planned to address misconceptions and gaps in learning identified through assessments to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of all pupils.

Children leave Redhill Primary Academy with a love of learning; with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and globally aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area; and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be.

In May 2021, Redhill Primary Academy was incredibly pleased to once again achieve the Quality Mark in English and mathematics, the full report can be viewed here.