Curriculum

Our Curriculum 

At Richmond Methodist Primary and Nursery School, our sequential curriculum enables children to ‘know more and remember more’ by regularly ‘revisiting and recalling’ core knowledge. Knowledge is incrementally built in small chunks and consolidated through ‘deliberate practice’, ensuring that key facts are transferred into long-term memory. Our children therefore become fluent learners who can draw on connected knowledge and apply it in context.

Our broad and deep curriculum is underpinned by our school vision of ‘doing all the good we can’. Our RMS curriculum not only advances children’s academic progress but our exceptional enrichment opportunities also develop children’s cultural capital and personal development by valuing ‘all’ endeavours and encouraging them to become the best version of themselves. Our curriculum empowers ‘all’ children to have a strong voice, to be aspirational about their own future and to leave a legacy for the school, the community and the wider world.

Assessment

Our teaching staff deliver quality-first teaching and staff-expertise is utilised effectively to ensure different subjects areas are taught by experts. Our assessment culture is based on assessment for learning with quality verbal feedback. Knowledge checks and low-stakes quizzes allow teachers to identify and consolidate gaps in current knowledge before moving on. Our approach reduces cognitive overload for pupils and reduces workload for staff.

We have a system of two-week knowledge checks in each subject, assessing only the content that has been taught. Forgotten knowledge or gaps in knowledge are identified, and the whole class or groups are targeted, and that knowledge is re-taught until secure.

We have two summative data drops per academic year in September (baseline) and June for reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling and maths. We use PUMA, PIRA and GAPS for children in Year 1 – 5 and SATS papers for children in Year 6.

Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014 and the Equalities Act 2010

 

Overview

The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Follow this link to the Department of Education website.

Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.

Our Curriculum

please expand the topics below for more information

Art and Design

Intent

Here at RMS, our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within their own lives and are able to reach their full potential – ‘doing all the good they can’. Our high-quality art and design education ‘for all’ engages, inspires and challenges children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our children are encouraged to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the local, national and worldwide culture and creativity.

Implementation

Our Art and design curriculum is structured in a mixture of half termly and termly units. We teach the equivalent of one lesson per week but the length of the lessons vary based on the learning activities children are undertaking and may include enrichment afternoons or days.

Children learn and develop a wide range of knowledge, skills and techniques within their art and design lessons. They learn about local, national and European artists as well as artists, architects and designers from other cultures. Our children learn about artists and designers both in history and those alive today. You can see children’s developing ideas, progress and pieces of artwork in the sketch books that they keep throughout the school.

The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Impact:

Our high-quality, knowledge-rich, sequential art and design curriculum equips children with the knowledge, skills, creativity and cultural capital to flourish as individuals and make a positive difference for each other; their families; our community and the world.

Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment on FFT Curriculum Tracker. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.

Click here to view the Two year curriculum overview for Art

British Values

At RMS our values are underpinned by the British values of Individual Liberty, Democracy, Tolerance, The Rule of Law and Mutual Respect. Every classroom has a British Values display which is referenced during class discussions where appropriate and a larger, interactive display is situated in the hall where children can record their own thoughts or opinions. This display is referenced in our weekly assemblies by adults and children.

These over arching British Values feed directly into our whole school values, inspired by Christian Values.

We feel this focus on Christian, yet also global generic values, provides preparation for an appreciation of life in modern Britain. This runs along side our learning about people, faiths and cultures both within and beyond Richmond.

 

Computing

Intent:   

Here at RMS, we aim ‘for all’ children to develop computing confidence and become, responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. Our whole school ethos and aim is for all of our children to be ‘Ready, Mutually Respectful and Safe’ and this is no better demonstrated than in our Computing Curriculum offer. Through a sequential and progressive skills curriculum, we aim to equip all our children with the necessary knowledge and understanding of current technologies to enable them to ‘do all the good they can’, and as technologies develop, enable them to thrive within a global network and digital future. We aim that all children use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private and can identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet and other online technologies.  

Implementation

Our whole curriculum including Computing is designed ‘for all’ to access and succeed. Our equality vision is built on championing fairness and ‘doing all the good we can’ to enable every child to meet their potential and therefore ‘do all the good they can’, both now and in the future. We use technology to enable equal access to aspects of our broad and balanced curriculum by scaffolding and promoting equality of opportunity, closing gaps and building confident engagement in learning. 

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core structure of our computing curriculum is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. We encourage enquiry based and problem-solving approaches which will provide life-long skills in preparation for the technological future, whatever that may look like.  

Children are encouraged to ask questions and find solutions. Building on their knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Our computing curriculum is taught within a context and purpose. Classrooms are equipped with an up-to-date screen and laptop, whole class sets of laptops and ipads are available.

Children are encouraged to increase their subject knowledge vocabulary and use their increasing skills to communicate more effectively with a wider audience. In RMS, Computing is taught as a stand alone subject and used to enable and deepen learning in other subjects such as English and Mathematics. Children are taught to respect the online community, behave responsibly and keep, at all times, both themselves and each other safe. This is in line with our ‘Ready, Mutually Respectful and Safe’ school ethos.

Impact

A high-quality computing education equips ‘all’ pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Our children will be well-placed to take up their responsibilities as global citizens, ‘doing all the good they can’.  Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate, able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. This will be at a level suitable for the future workplace and our RMS children will be enabled to be active, responsible and respectful participants in a digital world. They will be ‘Ready, Mutually Respectful and Safe’. 

Please click here to view the Two year curriculum overview for Computing

Design and Technology

Two Year Curriculum Overview – DT

Intent

Our RMS design and technology curriculum is ‘for all’. We do ‘all the good we can’ to ensure our teaching and learning is inspiring, rigorous and practical and accessible ‘for all’. The children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Our children will acquire ‘sticky knowledge’ and will retain this knowledge in their long-term memory as life-long learning so they can always respond to new challenges, understand problems and create solutions. We aim to equip our children with the relevant and useful skills which they can then utilise to ‘do all the good they can’ in a rapidly changing world.

Implementation

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

The children will be taught through the main characteristics of: Designing, Making, Evaluating, Using Technical Knowledge and Food Technology.

At Key Stage 1, children will design purposefully based on design criteria. They will generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology. They will make, selecting from a range of tools and equipment, materials and components. The children will evaluate by exploring existing products and evaluating but also reflecting on their own creations against design technology. The children will increase their technical knowledge by building structures and mechanisms, exploring how they can be made stronger, more efficient and more stable.

At Key Stage 2, children will use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products which are fit for a purpose. They will generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer aided design. They will make by selecting from a wide range of tools, equipment, materials and components. The children investigate and analyse a range of existing products. They will evaluate their own and other’s work, using collaboration to improve. They will understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world. Children will develop technical knowledge and they apply their understanding of how to improve more complex structures. They will understand and use electrical systems in their products and apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.

The principles of cooking, nutrition and healthy eating will be taught in both key stages.

Design and Technology will be taught weekly or as a block of lessons, as appropriate.

Impact

By the end of each key stage, all pupils will know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programmes of study.

Instilling a lovely of cooking in pupils will open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Our high-quality design and technology education is ‘for all’ so all can make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation as our children ‘do all the good they can’, both now and in the future.

Geography

Curriculum Intent 

Our high-quality geography curriculum will inspire pupils in a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our aim is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible for all’ and allows pupils to develop a knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Children’s  increasing geographical knowledge will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. The curriculum is designed to have a balance of core knowledge (facts, location, vocabulary) and a sense of place (senses, emotions, values, opinions) in order to develop a knowledge and understanding of real places as well as how people affect the environment and are influenced by it. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. At RMS we strive to do all the good we can’ to enable children to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of their locality so that they are inspired to care ‘for all‘ and seek to improve the world around them. 

Implementation 
Geography is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Our curriculum has been sequenced to enable pupils to gradually widen their sense of scale from their immediate geography to the global. In EYFS children begin to gain an understanding of their immediate environment and the people and communities around them. In KS1 children will begin by looking at the local environment before moving on to study and compare the wider world. In lower KS2, children explore the United Kingdom and Europe. In upper KS2, pupils will look at the world on a global scale, including studying how the landscape is shaped by both the environment and by peoples’ actions. Throughout KS1 and KS2, map and fieldwork knowledge is developed through a series of fieldwork enquiries. Children will have opportunities to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Impact

Over time, our children will develop a contextual knowledge of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine, including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. They will understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time. Our children will be competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. They will be able to interpret a range of sources of geographical information and communicate their geographical information in a variety of ways. Our children will be equipped to appreciate the wonderfully, diverse world around them, both now and throughout their lives, to continue ‘doing all the good they can‘ to protect our Earth and to preserve it ‘for all‘.

Two year curriculum overview Geography Dec 21

History

Curriculum Intent 

The aim of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible ‘for all’ and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. At RMS we strive ‘to do all the good we can’ to make full use resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. As a result of placing their own history in a chronological context, children will also gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Our children will be equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically. weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We aim to enable our children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Implementation 
History is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans. Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for and the local area is also utilised with opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Within our knowledge-rich approach, there is a strong emphasis on people and the community of our local area. 

Impact

Our children will know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day. They will know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world. Our children will gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms and understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. They will be able to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.  Our children will be able to use the methods of historical enquiry and gain historical perspective by putting their own growing knowledge into different contexts. Children who attend RMS will proudly take their place in our complex and diverse society, gaining and appreciating their shared cultural capital but able to define their own identity within this context. They will seek to ‘do all the good they can‘ by understanding the past to contribute to a positive future ‘for all‘.

Two year curriculum overview History Dec 21

Maths

Intent 

At RMS we believe Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline, developed over centuries and which provides the solutions to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We aim to enable our children to seek answers to questions and throughout their life, ‘do all the good they can’ to understand the world around them. For this we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education and therefore, the ability to reason mathematically. We aim to teach our children that Mathematics is ‘for all’ and through it all can appreciate the beauty and power of Mathematics, a sense of enjoyment and a life-long curiosity about the subject.

Implementation

Through our maths curriculum which is accessible ‘for all’, we equip ‘all’ children with the knowledge and skills that they will need throughout life. Children will engage with varied and frequent practice on increasingly more complex problems over time, so that they have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately. They will develop processes and secure understanding. Children will follow a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and learn to develop an argument, justification or demonstrate proof using mathematical language. Our children will apply their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Resilience and a ‘Can do’ attitude are key. Our school mantra is ‘Mistakes = Learning!’.

We engage ‘all’ children through whole class teaching for mastery, using the concrete, pictorial, abstract where appropriate to develop the children’s mathematical understanding and using fluency, reasoning and problem-solving activities to deepen learning and enable all children to ‘do all the good they can’

Impact

Our children will be able to solve problems, both mathematical and otherwise, simple and more complex. This dexterity to make connections in their thinking and reasoning will be complemented by a secure foundation of known facts. All of our children will become confident and fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. They will be able to reason mathematically, both individually and as part of a team, listening to others and reconstructing their own thinking. They will be skilled in using discussion to probe and remedy misconceptions. Our children will be able to choose specific vocabulary so they can explain their thinking processes and conclusions, presenting a mathematical argument or proof as they ‘do all the good they can’ in making sense of the wonderful mathematical world around them.

Click here to view the Curriculum Overview for Maths

Modern Foreign Languages

Intent 

At Richmond Methodist Primary School, we aim to stimulate children’s curiosity about languages and cultures from around the world, with a particular focus on French language and culture. We aim to liberate our children from insularity and provide an opening to other cultures. This mirrors our whole school ethos of inclusion and we aim to construct an appreciation ‘for all’ of ‘all’ who live in our local and global community.

We aim that our children will understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. Our children will speak with increasing accuracy, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of ‘doing all the good they can’, communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. We will teach our children to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learned. Our children will discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. 

Implementation 

The children at KS1 and KS2 have 30 minutes of French per week. At KS1, the children learn about the language and French culture in a fun way through songs, games and creative activities. At KS2, where a foreign language is now statutory, French is taught following the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work and is delivered by a French language specialist. Here children extend their oracy skills and develop literacy skills as well in a variety ways including songs, games and poetry. As far as possible, cultural knowledge and oracy skills are consolidated and extended in other areas of the curriculum. 
French is taught from Year 3 to Year 6MFL is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group in the juniors. Our curriculum has been sequenced to enable pupils to gradually widen their grasp of the spoken and written French language. Our French planning includes games, video clips and songs. Lessons also exposes children to francophone countries and culture, allowing them to develop an understanding for the wider world, as well as allowing them to relate French language and culture to their own. By exploring aspects of French grammar, they can gain a more secure understanding of English grammar as well. 

Impact

Children will be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing. They will develop a life-long love of discovery and interest in other cultures, literature and travel. Learning another’s language brings cohesion to societies and Methodism is about connections. Our children will be equipped to continue to ‘do all the good they can’ appreciating ‘all’ who they meet. Wherever they live or travel, our children, as able communicators, will be enabled to deepen their understanding of the world and our languages curriculum will provide our children with many opportunities within our local and global communities.

Click here to view the Two year curriculum overview for MFL

Music

Intent  

At Richmond Methodist School, we intend to make music an enjoyable learning experience ‘for all’.   We endeavour to ensure children gain understanding of what music is, through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a range of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.  We want to foster the children’s curiosity for music, as well as gaining understanding of the inter-related dimensions of music through engaging lessons.   

Our intent is to develop reflective, expressive, inquisitive musicians who have the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other as well as different cultures and for the subject itself.  At RMS, we strive to ‘do all the good we can’ by sharing our music with the local and wider community which also provides the children with the opportunity to prepare, rehearse and perform to others, increasing their self-confidence, creativity and developing a sense of achievement.   

Implementation

Within the lessons, children work with respect for each other and help to foster positive character traits.  Through their musical learning, the children develop resilience and confidence by working in a range of contexts, such as working individually and in groups.  The children are encouraged to offer support and celebrate achievements they all make, offering wide opportunities for all, regardless of their experience, ability or skill.

Children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy. Our children will learn through listening to music, experimenting, improvising, manipulating and composing sounds to express themselves. 

Impact

‘All’ of our children will have learnt to appreciate that music is a universal language ‘for all’. It embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our high-quality music education will have engaged and inspired our children to ‘do all the good they can’, develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

As our children progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination.

Click here to view the Music Year A curriculum overview

Click here to view the Music Year B curriculum overview

Personal, Social, Health, & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

Click here to view the Two year curriclum overview for P.S.H.E

Intent

Here at RMS, our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Curriculum (P.S.H.S.E.E) is the core of our wider curriculum and through which our pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. We want our children to thrive in the development of personal attributes such as kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty. All at Richmond Methodist Primary School, (RMS), inclusive of adults and children, endeavour to ‘do all the good we can’ and we aim to enable children to continue to be reflective, resilient and responsible members of their local, national and global communities. In particular, we seek to ensure our curriculum is tailored around the specific needs of our children, creating a school community that sets inclusiveness and equality at the heart of everything we do. Our school is a welcoming place and our children believe in the values both British and Christian that underpin who we are. Alongside our Religious Education Curriculum, we aim to place our P.S.H.E curriculum as integral to our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. We also ensure our children gain a sound understanding of financial themes.

Implementation

Our curriculum is well planned, sequential and structured. It builds in developmental progression by revisiting themes in each year group, so learning is age appropriate and continually enhances prior learning. In line with the PSHE Association recommendations, our curriculum develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education). Our planning incorporates trends identified through data generated through the Growing Up in North Yorkshire Bi-annual Questionnaire and also Pupil Conferencing on themes that matter most to the children themselves. We deliver our P.S.H.E.E. curriculum through a question-based model, using age appropriate stimulus including stories, discussions, role play and online resources. We provide opportunities for children to safely try out their new knowledge, ideas and skills so it can be used confidently in real life situations. Relationships and sex education (RSE), is delivered sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the cultural context of each child and as in integrated part of our developmental PSHE education programme. School recognises that for many themes, parents and carers are the prime educators and school builds on this prior learning.

Impact

Our children are ‘ready, respectful and safe’. They feel welcomed and are welcoming to all people and new experiences. They are reflective, respectful, responsible and resilient. They understand how to keep themselves and others safe.

NYCC Curriculum Entitlement Framework for PSHE and Citizenship

Guide for Parents & Carers Educating Children at Home

Relationships and Health Education

What does Relationships and Health Education mean for your child?

Sex and Relationships Support for Parents

Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs

Talking to your child about Sex and Relationships

The School has a Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy, available on request, formed after consultation with parents, teachers and governors. It determines our curriculum which has been planned using statutory guidance and in line with the P.S.H.E Association Programmes of Study. Our RSE content is interwoven within our P.S.H.C.E curriculum and also through other relevant curriculum areas such as Science. The key content of our RSE Policy is detailed in the following letter to parents. LETTER TO PARENTS

British Values

At RMS our values are underpinned by the British values of Individual Liberty, Democracy, Tolerance, The Rule of Law and Mutual Respect. Every classroom has a British Values display which is referenced during class discussions where appropriate and a larger, interactive display is situated in the hall where children can record their own thoughts or opinions. This display is referenced in our weekly assemblies by adults and children.

These over arching British Values feed directly into our whole school values, inspired by Christian Values.

We feel this focus on Christian, yet also global generic values, provides preparation for an appreciation of life in modern Britain. This runs along side our learning about people, faiths and cultures both within and beyond Richmond.

PREVENT – what does it mean and how can I help

All teaching and non teaching staff have attended the PREVENT training.

Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty

Educate Against Hate – Parents Hub

Mental health and wellbeing

Some children and young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the recent change in circumstances. Schools and colleges will continue to offer pastoral support to pupils working remotely. There are also online resources available to help you and your child with mental health and wellbeing, including:
 MindEd, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
 Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
 Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff 
 
Public Health England’s advice and guidance for parents and professionals on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing includes key actions you can take to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing, such as supporting safe ways to connect with friends. It also emphasises the importance of children continuing to remain fit and active and, wherever possible, having the 60 minutes of daily physical activity, recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. Further advice and support to help pupils remain physically active are available from Youth Sport Trust and Sport England.
The Department for Education has put together some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need. Where further support is required, NHS mental health services remain open, and they have digital tools to enable them to connect with people and provide ongoing support, so you should continue referring to your local children and young people’s mental health service when needed. 
There is also a range of support directed at children and young people, including: 
• free confidential support can be accessed anytime from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by: o texting SHOUT to 85258 or calling Childline on 0800 1111 or calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994 
• online information on COVID-19 and mental health is available on the Young Minds website 
• the Think Ninja (freely available and adapted for COVID-19) app educates 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well 
• Rise Above (adapted for COVID-19) website aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16 Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015. It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline.

Please click here to see sleep and Tiredness – NHS advice

Please click here to see Yoga ideas for children page

(school is not responsible for content- parents and careers should always follow ideas and suggestions as they feel is appropriate)

Anti Bullying

At RMS we do not tolerate bullying. We use the National Anti Bullying Awareness week’s to highlight our anti bulling stance however it is omnipresent through our behavioural policy and in every conversation where we are “Ready, Mutually Respectful and Safe” and we always “do all the good we can” at every opportunity. We teach our RMS family:

  • the definition of respect and acceptable behaviour choices.
  • that bullying is an unacceptable behaviour choice.
  • that we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online to keep ourselves and others safe.
  • where to find help when we find behaviour unacceptable.

We hope this work enables us to continue to learn and grow as members of the school and wider community.

pshce-approach-to-bullying-pack

Top tips for children and young people

Top tips for parents and carers

Economic well being

My Money Week

Safeguarding support for parents and carers

Talking Pants – NSPCC

Roadwise for Schools

Healthy food & activity tips for you & your kids | Change4Life

Talk to Frank

Friendly and confidential drug advice for parents

Physical Education

Intent 

At Richmond Methodist, we believe that PE is ‘for all‘, a vital part of school life and ultimately our children’s well-being, both present and future.  It is therefore our intent to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures all children will benefit, whether through developing existing skills, learning new skills or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations.  

It is our intent to ensure that our children understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education. In addition, it is our intent to use physical education as a vehicle to ‘do all the good we can’. This is through developing communication and leadership skills within lessons, through our ‘Sports representative’, ‘House Captains’ and ‘playground leader’ groups. Children will be taught how to cooperate and collaborate with others as well as teach them understanding of fairness and equality.  

We believe that participation in sporting activity is a key element of developing a school in which pupils are proud of the community in which they belong. Therefore, great emphasis is placed upon additional sporting opportunities beyond the lesson within lunchtime and after-school clubs, intra and inter-school competition and festivals as well as directly trying to support the local clubs within the Richmond area and our feeder schools. Our aim is to provide our children with a life-long love of sport and physical activity and to guide them to pursue their interests outside of school. We believe this links directly with our school ethos of ‘doing all the good we can’ and is another way in which we can positively engage with our local community and be active citizens within it.  

Implementation 

We will develop our children’s competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. They will be physically active for sustained periods of time, throughout the school day as part of our ‘Teach Active’ lessons and timetabled ‘active breaks’. Our children will engage in competitive sports and activities and through our P.E. and also wider P.S.H.E. curriculum, lead healthy, active lives. 

The children will receive physical education through exploring their physical environment and developing their locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skill and knowledge through a range of contexts within a year. The emphasis is put upon exploration and creative co-ordination in movement. PE is broadly divided into four strands: 

Games –which include knowledge of ball skills and ball games in Key Stage 1, and in Key Stage 2 football, rugby, netball, hockey, dodgeball, cricket, basketball, golf, tennis and rounders.
Gymnastics – involves developing the pupils’ knowledge skills on the floor and on different apparatus.
Dance – a variety of themes are taught, some linking with other subjects, others taught as discrete dance projects. 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities – this element of the curriculum is largely covered by two residential visits that take place in Years 4 and 6 but is also included within our outdoor learning lesson and as part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum. 

In Key Stage 1 and 2 athletics is taught. There are opportunities for extra-curricular teaching in football, netball, dodgeball, multi-skill, golf, hockey, cricket, tennis, tag-rugby and basketball. In years 3 /4 swimming is taught. It is also available to those children in Year 5 and 6 who have not achieved the end-of-Key-Stage-2 swimming standards. Parents should note that there is a request for a voluntary donation to cover the cost of pool fees and transport. However, no child is excluded on grounds of cost. 

Throughout the year, we aim to provide a number of taster session to allow pupils to experience different sports, such as Judo. Again, we hope to give children experiences that will inspire them to pursue their sporting interests outside of school and throughout their childhood and beyond.  

Impact 

‘All’ of our children will have received a high-quality physical education curriculum that will have inspired them to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. ‘All’ children will have had opportunities to become physically confident, supporting their mental and physical health, both now and for the future through ‘doing all the good they can’ in sport. Through the P.E. curriculum, our children learn first-hand why fairness is so important and ‘all’ are valued. They also understand how our school vision of being ‘Ready, Mutually respectful and Safe’ will stand them in good stead to succeed and excel, be strong and resilient through life’s journey. 

 

Please click here to view the Two year curriculum for PE

Religious Education

Please click here to view the Two year curriculum overview for R.E

Religious Education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education

Intent (Why)

At RMS, our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (S.M.S.C.) curriculum is omnipresent throughout all our learning but particularly, Religious Education, and ensures each and every child maximises their personal development, enabling them to be the best version of themselves. We welcome all to our school and our curriculum is ‘for all’. We encourage children to learn about as many faiths and identities as possible and to reflect on what this means to them. Through this process, the children’s sense of self develops and flourishes.

We encourage children to strive to:

‘do all the good they can, by all the means they can, in all the ways they can, in all the places they can, at all the times they can, to all the people they can, as long as ever they can’.

(John Wesley – The Founder of Methodism)

This is our Methodist ethos and the work of God in our school but it is a generic code of conduct and inclusive to every faith ethos or for those with no faith. We consider ourselves a family, both as a school and as a community. We promote our school ethos in every interaction in our school.

Our Religious Education gives us the opportunity to reflect on ways we can ‘do all the good we can’, using the teaching of different faiths to guide our ideas so as to better understand the influences on ourselves and our communities. We value the SMSC learning children experience at home and we work in partnership with both families and the Methodist Church. To be a responsible Global citizen, we need to know and understand our global communities. This understanding and a shared cultural capital enables peace and harmony ‘for all’.

Implementation (How)

Knowing, more, remembering more and being able to do more.

Spiritual development

We explore many different beliefs and identities. We foster awe and wonder, making time to be mindful and in the moment. Our children are given opportunities to appreciate the possibilities of there being something or someone beyond ourselves, which faith names as God/Gods. We respect and seek to understand the beliefs of people of all faiths and people with no faith. We value each other’s feelings and opinions. We enjoy learning about ourselves, others and our world. We offer opportunities to reflect, grow and flourish in our collective worship, R.E, P.H.S.E and the school environment. We also explore our spiritual development through creative and imaginative opportunities.

Moral development

We learn to make wise and positive choices, both individually and collectively. We respect the law and understand the consequences of positive and negative choices. We appreciate the role of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system. We investigate moral and ethical issues without conflict, prejudice or bias. We study philosophy to enable us to question, evaluate and grow our sense of self. We offer reasoned views through engaging with our twelve ‘Values for All’ our ethos and our behaviour policy.

Social development

We use a range of language and communication skills. We all have a voice. We participate in the local community. We appreciate diverse viewpoints. We participate, volunteer and cooperate. We empathise to develop strategies to resolve conflict and learn the value of democracy. We strive towards understanding and so we promote peace and harmony.

Cultural development

We appreciate our shared culture and explore fully our together heritage. Our History is an important part of our present and future. We look for links, causes and effects. We learn about other cultures, celebrating both similarities and differences. We celebrate diversity whilst cherishing community. Together, we share in as many cultural opportunities as possible.

We teach through an enquiry approach where we ask questions to increase our knowledge and make connections between themes and perspectives. Our umbrella learning as a Christian school is focused around core Christian concept blocks. The blocks are sequential, progressing across a year and vertically through the school.

  • We make sense of a religious text, piece of art or music: developing pupils’ skills of interpretation; understanding how Christians interpret, handle and use biblical texts and other resources; making sense of the meanings of these aspects for Christians.
  • Understanding the impact: examining ways in which Christians respond to biblical texts and teachings, and how they put their beliefs into action in diverse ways within the Christian community and in the world.
  • Making connections: evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.

What difference does this make?

Impact

Through our SMSC learning, we aim to improve academic standards but also create an equality of opportunity and maximize our children’s life chances. We will strive to build a cohesive, harmonious community ‘for all’ through a well-rounded understanding of, and respect for, both self and for others.
Our children leave KS2 able to look back on a secure, engaging and happy primary education and can be proud of their successes. They are able communicators, responsible citizens and resilient life-long learners. We want them to be confident that they have always done ‘all the good they can’ and will continue to do so. They will have made and be good friends, making friendships that will endure. The children will be able to encourage others – when necessary and have leadership skills, but above all, be interested in the world around them and keen to make a positive contribution to society. We hope that they will be willing to share and reflect upon their own and other’s perspectives and thoughts, be able to work with others, without prejudice, understand changes and be eager for challenge. They will see the wonderful world as ‘for all’ and will have the secure foundations to begin to understand their place in it.

During their time in school children take part in acts of collective worship.

It should be noted that parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE teaching and should contact the headteacher should they wish to do so.

Remote Education Provision

What is expected?

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to staff, pupils, parents or carers and Governors about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home, which also applies where individuals need to isolate. Richmond Methodist Nursery and Primary School has the capacity to offer immediate remote education ‘for all’.  

Remote education in Richmond Methodist Primary and Nursery School consists of high-quality, sequential live and recorded teaching and learning via Microsoft Teams, making flexible use possible in the context of limited or shared device access. We will continue to teach all or most of the normal planned curriculum in the remote environment, which remains underpinned by our vision of ‘doing all the good we can’. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, more practical subjects like art, design technology, computing, music and science.  Knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject. It will allow for daily meaningful interaction between adults and children, which provides not only ambitious learning but also effective assessment and feedback.

Our remote, restorative, and responsive curriculum will cover a broad and balanced range of subjects, providing frequent clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school. Our programme of remote learning will build up to the equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school – three hours for EYFS and KS1 and four hours for KS2 – and include daily contact with teachers. Teaching will be differentiated and provide both support and challenge as appropriate, to meet the needs of all children.

Younger children and some children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) may not be able to access remote education without adult support so school will adapt teaching and learning materials accordingly to meet individual needs.

Our plan for remote education has been devised in consultation with staff and parents. We have evaluated what aspects of remote education went well in 2020 and we need to keep, what aspects to stop, what aspects we need to improve and what aspects we need to start delivering that we were not able to deliver last year.

A large part of our recovery curriculum will be supporting children, families, and staff in delivering, managing, and using high-quality, sequential remote learning via Teams. We will:

  • share remote learning expectations with staff, parents and Governors.
  • ensure all staff are trained and feel confident using Teams.
  • support children and families to access remote education.
  • loan school iPads and laptops for those families with limited access to devices or families with multiple siblings who are sharing devices.
  • supply printed resources and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access or for our younger children or SEND pupils who may require different and additional resources.
  • establish ‘Remote Learning Behaviour Expectations’ around being ‘Ready, Mutually Respectful and Safe’, including expectations around being respectful, using mute, using camera, use of chat.

  • Class Dojo and Tapestry will remain in use for communication, as our parents welcome this, and the communication element has already proved to be invaluable in summer term 2020. Teachers and parents will be able to message one another to share information and offer support. The Class Story page will offer the chance for teachers to celebrate children’s work and maintain our school community. Use of Class Dojo and Tapestry will be in-line with the Class Dojo and Tapestry Usage Policies.
  • For children in Years 1 – 6, Teams will be for teaching and interaction and Class Dojo will only be used for sharing some resources/worksheets, communication and celebrating success. For children in Nursery and Reception, Teams will be used for teaching and interaction and Tapestry for observations, assessment, and messaging. We will continue to use Dojo and Tapestry in school when not in lockdown.

What Remote Learning will look like at RMS?

  • Staff will set up a weekly timetable from September 2020– with a learning objective for each lesson. Teachers will differentiate the tasks into bronze, silver, and gold challenges. These will be sent home weekly so that parents are aware of the sequence of learning.

  • All live lessons will be recorded to provide flexible access for families. MS Teams will support school in offering true online learning with the opportunity for children to communicate with staff – often in the form of ‘drop-in’ and feedback sessions following live teaching.
  • Richmond Methodist Primary and Nursery School will provide daily live English and maths unput and ‘drop-in’ sessions – with short input from the teacher and then a period of supervision and opportunities for support, challenge and feedback. Sessions can be differentiated eg. L, M, H. One staff member from each team can lead a differentiated input or session inputs can also be whole class. White Rose Maths resources will be used, as they are matched to our current maths curriculum model.
  • We will deliver daily phonics activities in N/R/Y1/Y2 (Y3 if required) – Differentiated sessions for each phase can be taught, using breakout rooms. These sessions should involve direct teaching of new sounds, to ensure accuracy of phoneme pronunciation and grapheme formation. Trained and skilled support staff can deliver phonics sessions.
  • Weekly live whole class reading and guided reading sessions will take place for each child in line with our RMS Reading Blueprint. 1:1 reading for vulnerable children / our lowest 20% and reading interventions can all take place remotely. All staff will be involved in leading guided reading sessions and individual 1:1 reading (using breakout rooms). Children will have access to the Big Cat eBook Library, which matches our Guided Reading scheme in school. Staff will allocate eBooks at the correct level for children to read them at home.  
  • We will deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which does not over-rely on long-term projects and on-line research. Foundation subjects (and science) will be taught weekly with one live input daily. Eg. Monday – Science, Tuesday – History, Wednesday – Art/DT. This will include live teaching then period of supervision for feedback/questions. We will deliver two sessions of PE and encourage daily activity – which can include on-line sessions. KS1 (and EYFS) will offer a home accessible continuous provision model (e.g. Rainbow Challenges KS1). These will be independent learning challenges the children can flexibly complete in non-directed time during the school day.
  • We will gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum through questioning and providing feedback, checking work throughout the daily live teaching session. We will ask parents to share high quality photographs of work. These can be ‘liked‘ to demonstrate they have been seen rather than a comment written, unless teachers feel this is necessary.  When using work from home as an assessment, we will ensure we are aware of the level of adult scaffolding. We may ask parents to show the help they have given. The questions children ask in a Teams ‘chat’ can help gauge children’s understanding and additional support that may be required.
  • We will support children’s positive mental health and wellbeing and allow for social interaction between peers through supervised Teams playtimes, supervised by support staff. Each class will be divided into four playtime groups – that include friendship groups. Support staff may, if necessary, provide a smaller playtime group for vulnerable children.
  • PSHCE will be core to our recovery curriculum to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. We will ensure that there is regular, direct teaching of PSHCE with opportunities to follow the planned curriculum AND in response to the social and emotional needs of children.
  • Mental and physical wellbeing is a priority for our whole school community. As such, school staff will plan to break up lessons and ‘screen time’ by encouraging physical activity and breaks between lessons. Staff could provide links to online physical activity/mindfulness eg. Joe Wicks, Cosmic Yoga.
  • Collective Worship will take place twice weekly via Teams – 11am on Mondays and Fridays. Fridays CW will be our Celebration Assembly. Rachel Pinkney will also record one assembly per week to be shared by the class teacher.
  • We will plan for and teach internet safety in week one of every half term and revisit regularly.
  • Staff will monitor pupil engagement via Teams and work submitted on Class Dojo/Tapestry and contact families to provide additional support if required. Staff should monitor engagement overtime by completing a register or downloading a list from participants.
  • RMS has taken steps to build safeguarding into our remote education set-up. Chat and email functions have been disabled in Teams for all children. Parents have signed a Teams user agreement and behaviour expectations will be embedded into remote learning activities. Our usual safeguarding policy and method of reporting on CPOMS applies at all times.
  • On a weekly basis we will record the percentage of engagement in live learning and the percentage of engagement by returning completed work for each year group. Senior leaders will monitor engagement over time.
  • Richmond Methodist School expect regular engagement in remote learning and if class teachers have not had any engagement during a school week (either in live learning or by returning work), then they will contact parents via Class Dojo, then via a phone call home to check-in and provide further support for remote learning. Staff will use CPOMS to report concerns if there has been no engagement for one week.
  • Our SENCO will check in with our vulnerable families weekly and support engagement and the Headteacher will contact families whose engagement is a cause for concern via phone call or doorstep visit.
  • Our SENCO will contact Children’s Social Workers and Early Help team at the start of a period of local or national lockdown (or when a vulnerable child needs to isolate) to discuss the support provided by the school and agree a risk assessment.
  • PPA (Planning Preparation and Assessment) can be done remotely and will take place on Wednesday pm for Year 3 / 4, Thursday pm for Year 5 / 6 and Friday for Year 1 / 2 and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).
  • SLT meetings will take place remotely, Wednesdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm.
  • Staff meetings will take place remotely, Tuesdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm.
  • Meetings will only take place when required for urgent and essential business and staff will be encouraged to attend these virtually at home.
  • School will direct parents to Oak Academy for daily learning activities, in the event that a class teacher is unable to plan and deliver remote education.
  • If children or parents themselves are too ill, then they should let their child’s class teacher know and there will be no expectation to engage in remote learning.

       Feedback During Remote Learning:

  • Our techniques for feedback during periods of “remote learning” align with our in-class practices.
  • Teaching staff give whole-class verbal feedback during live lessons on Teams. They give feedback to groups or individuals by using breakout rooms.
  • Teachers gauge how well all pupils are progressing through questioning.
  • Teachers give feedback and assess progress daily.
  • Children’s work will be uploaded by parents onto their child’s Class Dojo and Tapestry portfolio to be monitored and approved by the teacher. This will inform teachers of next steps in learning.
  • For children unable to access live feedback, teachers can communicate with them using Class Dojo, Tapestry or via a phone call.

Supplementary Work:

  • Children with Lexia log in do this daily and staff can monitor progress.
  • Set a weekly sum dog task for all children in Y1 – Y6.
  • All children have a Big Cat eBook Library login, enabling them to read books at their level from home.
  • Children and parents will be signposted to the ESafety page on our school website. Children will be encouraged and reminded regularly how to stay safe online.
  • Continuous provision challenges for children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Rainbow Challenges).

Logistics for Critical Worker and Vulnerable Learner Bubbles in school:

  • Our CW/V bubbles will be taught and staffed by teaching and support staff combinations who usually teach in those age ranges to minimise close contacts in line with our Risk Assessment.
  • Teaching staff will focus on leading on-line learning, assessment, and feedback for all children, including critical worker/vulnerable children. Support staff will lead sessions and support smaller groups/individuals with engagements and closing the gap activities.

Our approach to remote learning will follow the current school timetable but may be adjusted (and continually reflected on) to safeguard staff and children’s physical and mental well-being over time.

KS1

8.40 -11.30 Core Subjects including movement breaks

11.30-12.30 lunch

12.30 Short input followed by Foundation Subject Rainbow Challenges

(No expectation for staff for staff to be available online)

2.30- 3.00 End of day activity (e.g., story, sharing time)

KS2

9,00/9.15 -12.30 Core subjects including movement breaks

12.30-1.30 lunch

1.30- Foundation Subject (inc. Science) Input followed by Independent Learning Challenges. There is no expectation for staff to be available on-line.

3.00 – 3.30 End of day activities for children in school and at home (story/circle time / sharing work)

Appendix 1

From 8th January 2021 the Department for Education’s expectations are that schools:

  • set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
  • set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum
  • EYFS and KS! 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort
  • KS2: 4 hours a day across the cohort
  • provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos
  • have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern
  • gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks, and provide feedback, at least weekly, using digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate
  • enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding

Reading

Intent – Reading curriculum aims

At RMS, we place reading at the heart of everything we do because is the foundation for all learning. Our reading curriculum develops our children’s ability to read fluently and understand what they are reading. Through reading in particular, our children have opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

The National Curriculum for English (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

We foster an appreciation and love of books and reading at every opportunity, including through:

  • Sharing high-quality books with the children
  • Weekly school library slots for each class
  • Reading for pleasure opportunities in the school day
  • Reading being a focal point in our ‘Learning Cycle’
  • Author visits
  • Celebrating World Book Day
  • Investing in books and reading in our school

We encourage all children to read at home every day. We ask parents to record this in their child’s reading diary.

Implementation – How we teach reading

Reading in EYFS and KS1:

We recognize that strong foundations for teaching early reading are essential. To be able to read, children need to be taught an efficient strategy to decode words. That strategy is phonics. It is essential that children are actively taught and supported to use phonics as the only approach to decoding. Other strategies must be avoided. Phonic decoding skills must be practised until children become automatic and fluent reading is established.

Our children begin learning phonics in their second week in Reception.

We follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ systematic synthetic phonics scheme.

Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children receive daily phonics lessons and take part in three reading practice sessions per week. The book they are reading is accurately matched to their current phonics knowledge.

The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:

  • decoding =   phonics
  • prosody =   reading with meaning, stress and intonation
  • comprehension =  understanding the text

After the third reading practice session, the child can read % of the words. It then goes home to be read for fluency practice.

When Year 2 children are secure in all phonics phases, they progress onto the Collins Big Cat KS1 book bands, pictured below:

Reading in KS2:

In KS2, we teach reading through a whole-class guided reading approach, which consists of:

  • Three 20-minute whole-class guided reading sessions (teacher and children read class book and discuss, question and develop skills)
  • One 20-minute discrete comprehension per week
  • Daily reading for pleasure sessions (children enjoy reading and teachers hear individual readers)

Reading continues to be developed to include higher order reading skills, where greater emphasis is placed on inference and deduction. Reading for understanding, skimming, scanning, summarising, making references or supporting a view are all important features of KS2 reading.

Our KS2 children develop reading stamina and independence. Children develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. This fosters an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and develops vocabulary.

Children progress through the Collins Big Cat KS2 book bands, pictured below:

Supporting Children With Reading

School has invested in a subscription to Collins E-books to support reading provision and encourage engagement with reading at home.

Impact – How does our children’s reading knowledge develop?

Our children progress from decoding to reading with automaticity and comprehension. Children in Year 6 read widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

Our lowest 20% of readers across the school become more fluent and not only progress academically but their confidence increases and attitude towards books and reading becomes a positive one.

Science

Intent

At RMS, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Our Science curriculum is ‘for all’. We aim to ensure that ‘all’ of our children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Underpinning this will be a developing excitement, curiosity and awe of natural phenomena. Our children will develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that will help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. We aim to ensure all of our children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We are also aiming to ensure ‘all’ of our children have a secure foundation in their understanding of the world and are able to ‘do all the good they can’ to contribute to the world’s future prosperity. 

Implementation

Children will develop a secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. Through scientific investigation, children will develop understanding through practical activity and be encouraged to develop critical and creative thought, correcting misconceptions as they learn. An important aspect of Science at RMS is for the children to learn and use technical terminology and extended specialist vocabulary, both while in discussion during practical investigation and also when writing up their findings. This will be modelled by the adult in the environment. Children will be encouraged to explain their reasoning and use discussion to clarify ideas. Our children will apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. When appropriate, cross curricular links will be sort to maximise children’s engagement. Working scientifically is embedded throughout the different contents so our children learn to use a variety approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry should include; observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources

Impact

Our Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in our children about our universe and promotes respect ‘for all’,  the living and non-living. We believe that science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Our children will also develop their spiritual self as they appreciate with awe and wonder the beauty and complexity of the natural world. The discipline of searching for answers based on evidence enables our children to ‘do all the good they can’, both during their time at school and also throughout their lives, as they understand the power of rational explanation. This understanding of the world will enable our children to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

 

Please click here to view the Two year curriculum overview for Science

Writing

Intent – Writing curriculum aims

At RMS, our writing curriculum develops our children’s ability to write coherently and speak confidently. Effective written and spoken communication is key to our pupils’ personal growth.

The National Curriculum for English (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing and spoken language
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

We intend to inspire our children to explore and celebrate the written and spoken word, developing essential literacy skills to enable them to thrive in their future education and lives.

Implementation – How we teach writing

At RMS, we engage children in exploring and writing in a variety of styles and for differing purposes and audiences, using a rich and varied vocabulary. Children are taught to vary the structure of their sentences and to continue to increase the range of their vocabulary. We provide many experiences where children can develop their spoken fluency and ability to communicate independently. Grammar and punctuation skills are taught within the context of each lesson. We strive to teach the children to improve fluency and automaticity in the accuracy of writing and editing.

Speaking and listening:

We place great emphasis on oracy across school. Children must first be able to articulate their sentences before they can translate their ideas accurately onto a page. Our children are exposed to high-quality, Standard English, modelled by their teacher. Children have lots of time for deliberate oracy practice, which may include discussion with a partner or group to orally develop their ideas, rehearsing sentences orally or a drama activity.

Foundations of writing:

We recognise that strong foundations for teaching writing are essential.

To be able to write, children are taught how to:

  • sit correctly
  • hold a pencil correctly
  • form letters (handwriting)
  • sound out spellings (decode)
  • speak using standard English
  • form sentences orally
  • understand the meaning of words

Writing is promoted across our continuous provision activities in EYFS and KS1 and children are encouraged to write everything and anything which sparks their interest.

Talk For Writing:

At RMS, we teach writing based on an approach called ‘Talk For Writing’. ‘Talk for Writing’ is an engaging framework for teaching writing, based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to orally imitate the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version.

Some of the core teaching practices and principles of Talk For Writing are:

  • Use a strong model text
  • Read and explore models attentively
  • Teacher as model reader and writer
  • Teach language needed orally as well as through reading
  • Think aloud to explain
  • Gradual release of responsibility (shared writing and guided writing before independent writing)
  • Small steps, bit by bit
  • Pitch it high and expect everyone to succeed
  • Differentiate through scaffolding
  • Lots of scaffolded practice where needed

At RMS, we teach writing in 3 stages, based on Talk For Writing:

Imitation phase: A creative ‘hook’ engages the pupils with a sense of enjoyment, audience and purpose. Teachers may provide a stimulus such as a film clip, interesting object, wordless picture book, visitor or visit as a starting point. The teacher will then share a model text with the children. The model text has built into it the underlying, transferable structures and language patterns that pupils will need when they are writing their own version. The model text is read for vocabulary and comprehension, before being analysed for the basic text and language patterns, as well as writing techniques or ‘ingredients’. This is sometimes learned using a ‘text map’ and actions to strengthen memory and help students internalise the text. Activities such as drama are used to deepen understanding of the text and the teacher provides plenty of opportunity to ‘rehearse’ the required vocabulary, grammar, sentence and text structure. ‘Short-burst’ writing is used to practise key focuses such as description, persuasion or explanation.

Innovation phase: Once students are familiar with the model text, then the teacher leads them into creating their own versions. A new subject is presented and the teacher leads students through planning. With younger pupils, this is based on changing the basic map and retelling new versions. Older students use boxed-up planners and the teacher demonstrates how to create simple plans and orally develop ideas prior to writing. Shared and guided writing is then used to stage writing over a number of days so that students are writing texts bit by bit, concentrating on bringing all the elements together, writing effectively and accurately. Feedback is given during the lessons, so that pupils can be taught how to improve their writing, make it more accurate, until they can increasingly edit in pairs or on their own.

Application phase: Children independently apply what has been taught and practised. Pupils are guided through planning, drafting and revising their work independently. Writing may be staged over a number of days. It is important that at the innovation and independent application stages, the writing becomes increasingly independent of the original model rather than a pale copy. Whilst four-year-olds may only make a few simple changes, older students should be adding, embellishing, altering and manipulating the original structure. From Key Stage 2 onwards, many children will be using the text structure and writing tools to write, drawing on the model, their wider reading and experience.

You can find out more about the Talk For Writing approach here:

https://www.talk4writing.com/about/

Spelling:

From the start of Reception up until mid-Year 2, our children are taught to use their phonic knowledge to spell words. We follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ systematic synthetic phonics scheme*, which actively teaches the children to use phonics as the only approach to decoding. Phonic decoding skills must be practised until children become automatic and fluent. Graphemes (a letter or group of letters used to represent a particular phoneme – sound) are taught so that children can transfer their sounds into written language.

* To find out more about ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ please visit our ‘Reading’ page or go to  https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

From mid-Year 2 onwards, on completion of all phonics phases, children are taught spelling through the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ scheme. We believe that spelling should be ‘taught, not caught’ – children need to learn spelling patterns and rules, statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ teaches spelling in a ‘Little-but-often’ structure, which allows children to revisit and review, learn new strategies (deliberate practice) and apply. A variety of strategies are suggested so that children with different learning styles can find out what works well for them. Handwriting activities are also included, to develop muscle memory of the spelling pattern. Spellings are sent home weekly and are required to be learned.

PDF documents of all ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ planning for Years 2 – 6 can be found below:

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Impact – How does our children’s writing knowledge develop?

Our children write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. They are equipped with a strong command of the written word and a high standard of literacy, which prepares them for secondary school and their life beyond education.