Curriculum and Assessment
Our Unique Curriculum is underpinned by the N.C 2014, using the Lancashire LEA Scheme (LPDS), together with Key Learning statements for each year group; linking directly to our continually evolving and improving Assessment process. To ensure a consistent and moderated approach in all subject areas, we work closely with our Cluster schools .
The Lancashire Tracking Tool supports our tracking, target setting and assessment process; the statements Entering , Developing and Secure (Secure+ ++) are used against Year Group Expectations in our assessment reporting. These are also known as Age-Related Expectations.
For more information please see the Assessment Parent Workshop or come and speak with your child’s classteacher.
Our curriculum reflects the unique qualities of our woodland setting; this is always a main consideration in planning and teaching a wide variety of subject areas.
We are very proud of our Forest Schools’ approach and make sure our children (of all ages ) are fully familiar with the many and diverse merits of Rivington and the surrounding area.
Pre-School and Reception start off the Forest Schools’ activities (which continue throughout KS1 & 2.
These develop independence, resilience, problem solving and enquiry skills.
Each class also has particular links with the outdoors through different curriculum areas:
KS1 begin to understand the School’s place in history by learning about significant events; School was built in 1566- placing it even before some events studied! Local History has it’s place in each class, with the depth of understanding being reflected by the age of the children. The environment is part of Geography, History, Art, Science , Maths , PHSE, P.E & English….in fact any curriculum area has a link to the wealth of experiences outdoors.
This is true too at Y3/4; they begin to develop map reading skills and use them in the local area on planned walks with specific geography or science objectives in mind- often both. Map Reading then -to OS 6 fig Grid Reference is a Y5/6 skill – is put to good use through local history/geography study, linked to the local area.
Our annual Hike Up the Pike for everyone in school – is a fantastic use of these skills and their development. In 2015 the whole School community Hiked ‘up the Pike’ in beautiful sunshine- using different routes before meeting at the School field for 2.30pm, where the PTA provided afternoon juice and fruit. 2016 saw the same plans still being carried out in the pouring rain! Smiles all round a sth erain dripped off noses, the children were determined to complete their Hike….and they did! (The school field was swapped for a return to school…..drinks and snacks!)
Children were sponsored to raise money for the PTA – both were great days all round, with a super sense of achievement!
In KS2 our children also have the opportunity of an enriched curriculum through our High School Links. As our children go on to a variety of High Schools there are many different activities and experiences available. For example: Y6 & Y5 Taster days, Drama, Cookery sessions, Extension and Challenge activities, for Y6 at Albany High School . Weekly German lessons with Parklands language specialist and Sports with Southlands Sports Partnership.
The above examples are just a ‘taste’ of learning in our school……….
Please see Class pages and timetable information for further details.