The Redgate School curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and challenging. It meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum (NC) and includes modifications to make it accessible to all pupils. In addition to The National Curriculum we take into account the special educational needs of our pupils as individuals. We believe that every child have the right to an education (article 28). This is achieved by including areas such as Personal and Social Development and Health Education and by placing an appropriate emphasis on the development of communication, in its widest sense, across the whole curriculum.
Monitoring and assessment of pupils work takes place continuously. Pupils are encouraged to be involved in this process from the very beginning, when the youngest children are perhaps, simply, asked to look at a piece of work they have completed. As they grow and develop and as communication skills increase they may be asked to comment and say how it could be improved, for example by adding another colour. By Key Stage 2 some pupils will be able to contribute to assessing what they have done to achieve their target and what their next steps are.
Pupils and staff use a range of methods to record work and to monitor progress. In addition to the more usual methods of writing and drawing, models, photographs, computers, audio and videoclips are all used. We use an app called ‘Evidence for Learning’ which links photographs, teachers comments and pupils responses to assessment levels
Learning styles vary from pupil to pupil. This is taken into account when lessons are planned and teaching styles are therefore equally varied. Interactive learning is highly valued and pupils are encouraged to explore and to be independent in their learning. At the same time, every pupil has their own learning program and have many opportunities for individual and small group work on a daily basis. Practical lessons and Educational Visits are a common feature of the school week for all classes.
Following the Education Act 2002 every school must provide a broad and balanced curriculum which:
'Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.'
From September 2014 all schools in England must teach the content of the new National Curriculum with 3 core subjects: English, Maths and Science and foundation subjects: Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Languages (Key Stage 2 and above), Geography, History, Music and P.E. In addition all schools must teach R.E. We aim to deliver this through an enquiry based topic themed approach using questions to encourage exploration and enquiry.
Early Years pupils between the ages of 3 and 5 years work within the seven areas set out in the Foundation Curriculum: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Number, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding of the World.
Pupils are assessed during the first few weeks after school entry to enable staff to set appropriate targets for each individual child. A formal assessment is then made at the end of the Reception year, and this is called the Foundation Stage Profile
The next sections explain briefly how our school addresses the special needs of the pupils in each subject, whilst ensuring we fulfill our curriculum commitment.
In the Early Years pupils are taught primarily through focused play activities. One of these will regularly be based in the area of Language and Communication. In addition most pupils will have specific communication targets that will be worked towards throughout the school day. During the Reception year pupils are gradually introduced to aspects of the Literacy in the National Curriculum.
English is taught as a separate subject during Literacy lessons and as an integral part of all other subject lessons. Regular targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils. Pupils within a class with similar or identical targets may then be grouped accordingly. The targets set are carefully chosen to ensure that pupils succeed, therefore developing confidence and a positive attitude to work. During Literacy lessons pupils work towards individual or group targets in reading, writing, and speaking and listening whilst experiencing the full range of literature set out in the National Curriculum. Targets are also taken into account during the teaching of other subjects.
When the pupils are ready, they have 1:1 support in reading and writing using the ‘Switched On’ reading and writing project which supports the development of the fundamental skills needed in literacy.
A great emphasis is placed on the development of communication throughout the entire school day. A range of additional systems is used at Redgate with those pupils who require extra support in learning to communicate. These include signs, symbols, and pictures. The use of these systems gives pupils a means of developing concepts, knowledge and understanding within the curriculum and then communicating their learning to others.
In the Early Years pupils are taught primarily through focused play activities. All children have individual number targets worked on either individually or in small groups.
Mathematics in KS1 & 2 is taught primarily during a dedicated lesson, and through focused independent activities. Regular targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils. Pupils within a class with similar or identical targets may then be grouped accordingly. The targets set are carefully chosen to ensure that pupils succeed, therefore developing confidence and a positive attitude to work. Opportunities are taken, wherever possible, within the wider curriculum, to extend mathematical language, understanding and knowledge.
Our foremost aim is to ensure that, as far as possible, all pupils develop mathematical confidence in the practical situations of everyday life and that they develop a positive attitude to the subject. Consequently mathematical skills are developed across the curriculum.
In Science we aim to develop inquiring minds so that children may explore their surroundings in order to understand them and to devise their own strategies to help them solve problems. Pupils also have the opportunity to work independently and co-operatively to share ideas, formulate hypotheses and modify their thoughts in the light of experience.
History & Geography
Th children have opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures world-wide. We also aim to ensure that pupils gain knowledge and understanding of the environment and in particular their city by providing them with a range of concrete experiences that can then be further developed in the classroom setting.
Our pupils have the opportunity to use computers in order to;
- communicate with individuals; solve problems; process information; store and retrieve information; communicate with the wider community; consolidate concepts learned in other areas and develop coding skills. E-Safety is taught in a secure environment through teacher-led access to the internet.These are creative practical activities that involve children observing, identifying, investigating, exploring, categorising, modelling, planning, making and evaluating.
- Pupils of all ages have the opportunity to cook. Food technology provides many important cross-curricular opportunities for learning during enjoyable and often highly motivating activities e.g. the change of liquids to solids, following instructions and procedures, turn-taking, basic safety and hygiene rules. During such activities staff respect religious and dietary observances.Food Technology - Cooking is a favourite activity in school and we use this as a vehicle to teach pupil about healthy eating, reinforce mathematical skills, scientific understanding around changes and to develop independent skills need to cook safely.
- Art and Design: Pupils are taught different art techniques and work in different mediums. They are also taught art history and art appreciation by studying different artists. From the early stages pupils are encouraged to experiment with and explore materials. The aim is that children progress to making images and models using a variety of media in order to explore and make sense of the world.
- Music: All children explore the expressive elements of sound and music using voice, percussion and electronic instruments. They also have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of music and organised sounds in order to develop various skills. These may range from simple sound recognition to following rhythms and describing moods and feelings suggested by different pieces of music.
- Physical Education: Pupils take part in daily sensory circuits. They also get to experience sports activities from outside providers we develop body awareness and provide learning experiences in which movement plays a significant role. The development of social skills such as turn taking and PSHE issues are given a prominent role during all aspects of physical education. All children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to swim. Consideration is given to pupils with special physical/medical needs.
- Religious Education:In accordance with the l988 Education Act collective worship is held each school day, and is of a broadly Christian nature. This is either in class groups or as a whole school. Religious Education is taught in accordance with Nottinghamshire’s agreed syllabus
- .MFL: From KS2, pupils will be taught French as a part of our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum. This will be taught in a fun experiential way with pupils also having the opportunity to learn about the cultures of France and other countries
- PHSE and British Values
- This subject is taught in both a cross-curricular situation and as a separate subject. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop an awareness of themselves and others as individuals thus promoting mutual respect and understanding. There is an emphasis on personal, social and emotional development and some pupils will continue to work on individual targets developing these areas whilst accessing the wider curriculum. We work on the SEAL program and also have a value of the month.
- The Head teacher is happy to discuss any concerns parents may have.
- We aim to promote spiritual awareness and to develop personal responses to issues regarding beliefs, attitudes and values. We make available to our children the opportunity to experience the rich variety of cultures that make up our city and society.
- Design & Technology
- For some pupils computers and iPads prove to be a very motivating and practical learning tool, which provides access to learning throughout the curriculum.