Curriculum and Assessment
Rivington Foundation Primary School Primary School Curriculum Statement
At Rivington Foundation Primary School Primary School, the curriculum is designed to help everyone:
- Have a sense of belonging
- Be ambitious to succeed
- Have the knowledge they need to thrive and flourish in the 21st century global community
- Excel as lifelong learners
- Experience a world beyond Rivington Foundation Primary School
Our Curriculum Vision
At Rivington Foundation Primary we believe great learning opens doors and expands horizons. A love of learning is the greatest gift a school can bestow and should help all its children become the very best that they can be; developing a thirst for knowledge, crafting responsible citizens and building learning habits of mind that will last them a lifetime! We therefore believe in:
- We believe that all pupils are entitled to a curriculum that covers key knowledge and skills, ensuring all pupils are working towards the same objective, with depth being accessible to all;
- We believe, that ability is neither fixed or innate but can be developed through a resilient approach which refines and builds on previous understanding;
- An opportunity for all to learn through the outdoors, the school’s rich heritage and the arts;
- Our curriculum assists learning through the provision of concrete and pictorial aids alongside all abstract concepts for all pupils.
Success for all
- Our curriculum is relevant to all and we provide basic, advanced and deep learning opportunities.
- Engages all pupils by allowing them to take ownership and make decisions and choices.
- We believe in fostering communication and provide purposeful interactions with confident adults that encourages questioning.
- We strive for a feedback and reflection-rich curriculum which enables the pupils to think critically and reflect on their learning.
Skills and knowledge based
- Demonstrates high expectations in the essential subjects and challenges pupils to excel in the key skills that underpin maths and literacy.
- Allocate time for strengthening understanding, and resourceful application, of the knowledge and skills of a particular subject, not just learning more content.
- All curriculum experiences are a chance to progress and embed our four learning behaviours: reciprocity, resilience, reflectiveness and resourcefulness.
- Allows our pupils to understand their rights and responsibilities within their school, local, national and global communities.
- Fosters reciprocity between pupils as they work collaboratively to achieve common goals.
- Strengthens their self-esteem as they take pride in their work, appearance and school.
- Helps to develop parents’ understanding of the curriculum.
- Provides strategies for them to use at home.
- Fosters positive attitudes towards education.
Alongside the above, our School vision, and the values of our Seven Wonders underpin our curriculum intent and our shared purpose.
To enable this, we ensure our whole school curriculum is rich and rigorous. We begin with a sense of belonging, fostered by strong relationships which are the bedrock of our teaching and learning. We invest time in building meaningful and positive relationships with one another.
We are ambitious for every person in our school and are clear about our high expectations for everyone. We provide strong and coherent learning opportunities alongside carefully planned additional experiences to enable children to discover new talents, skills and interests. Underpinning this is the belief that every child has the potential to achieve and excel.
We aim to provide a knowledge-rich and broad curriculum for our children. Each subject is taught discretely to allow children to build on previous knowledge and skills and to enable links to be made as their learning progresses. We place great emphasis on subject specific vocabulary as we believe this allows children to communicate confidently and effectively as well as providing the foundations for their future.
To enable children excel throughout their learning journey, and to encourage them to continue on that journey as their life progresses, we are clear about the intent of our school curriculum:
- To secure for all children fluent and effective reading to enable them to access the wider curriculum, develop a rich vocabulary and enjoy reading for pleasure.
- To secure for all children a fluency in number and an ability to manipulate number to support problem solving and reasoning.
- To ensure children are able to communicate articulately and confidently in a range of forms and situations.
- To offer for all our children the knowledge and understanding of how to keep themselves mentally and physically safe and healthy.
Our curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, visits and visitors from which they can learn. It encourages them to view the world outside of Rivington Foundation Primary School with excitement and curiosity. It makes for independent and confident learners who know about their community, the wider world and how to make a positive contribution.
To deliver these goals we are purposeful and strategic in our implementation of the whole school curriculum. Our rigorous self-evaluation informs school development priorities and CPD to ensure we are effective as a whole staff team in meeting these aims and continuously develop our subject knowledge.
We have created curriculum overviews which ensure coherence and progression in both knowledge and skill development across all year groups in every subject. Our timetable is carefully structured to include blocked areas of study. Immersion in a subject allows for expertise and depth of understanding. It allows us to foster children’s curiosity and interest, give them the chance to write with real purpose, make links and retain knowledge. It allows for an efficient use of resources and greater cooperation between staff.
Each area of study is well organised and coherent, allowing implementation of teaching through the use of Knowledge Organisers, Vocabulary banks, Knowledge Strips and quizzes. The acquisition of knowledge is underpinned by the implementation of a variety of teaching methods intended to help children retain and recall their learning.
We use a range of assessments, including low stakes quizzes at the beginning and end of a study unit, ensuring that they support teaching and learning and promote progress for all children. Assessment processes reflect subject specific need and are viewed as a valued tool used positively by staff.
The development of our learning environment reflects our values and vision. We balance displays and opportunities to celebrate children’s achievements and work with working walls which support the learning journey for all children in all classrooms.