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Curriculum Statement

At Redhills School we aspire to provide a high quality education for all of our pupils.  We aim to create an exciting and well balanced curriculum which supports the needs of all learners, promotes high standards and ensures that the school’s principles about learning become a reality.

We will provide a safe, secure and supportive environment for all children to learn.

We promise that every child will have the opportunity to shine.

We believe that children at our school are entitled to a range of first hand experiences and activities which will support them in becoming life-long learners and citizens of the 21st century.

 

We have created an exciting and well balanced curriculum by:

 

  • Offering a curriculum with exciting and engaging themes based on learning.
  • Offering a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which prepares our children for the next stage of education and their life in the community.
  • Nurturing curiosity and a thirst for learning.
  • Offering excitement, awe and wonder and foster children’s engagement.
  • Providing first-hand experiences both in the school, school grounds and wider afield.
  • Fostering pupils’ independence, responsibility and self-initiated learning.
  • Ensuring there is skills progression and a raising of standards.
  • Allowing time for work of quality and depth with time to reflect.
  • Being responsive to the children’s interests and pupil voice.
  • Celebrating achievement.
  • Creating an environment where all children feel secure and valued.
  • Embracing diversity within our own community and beyond and be firmly committed to the principles of equality for all children.

 

 

Whole School Themes

 

At Redhills we have created a theme based curriculum, which children love, with themes which run across the whole school.  ‘What If?’, ‘Amazing’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Imagine’ are just a few of the topics covered over the year.

 

Core Curriculum

 

As well as providing an exciting curriculum for our children, we place a high value on our core subjects, reading, writing and maths within our topics.  We ensure that our children become effective communicators and are confident with numbers. Our goal is for every child to be able to read by six, and become a confident reader by the age of seven, as this is the foundation stage for all areas of their education.  We also instil a love of reading for pleasure and learning through our daily literacy, our excellent library, and the motivational programme Accelerated Reader, which helps older children engage more directly with their independent reading and learning. We aim to provide high-quality mathematics education that supports a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.  We aim to ensure that Redhills children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and can solve problems by applying their mathematics.

 

 

Physical Development

 

Redhills Primary School is committed to the following aims:

  • To provide a good learning environment for physical activity; to ensure that changing facilities have sufficient space, and are appropriate for the children.
  • To challenge gender stereotypical beliefs and attitudes and promote positive images of boy/men and girls/women enjoying activity at all levels of achievement; (not just elite performer)
  • To ensure that all physical activity is enjoyable and makes a positive contribution to the pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem;
  • To provide all pupils with a varied and positive experience of physical education/activity;
  • To cater for the physical needs of all pupils (whatever their age and ability);
  • To ensure lunch times are productive periods where activity is encouraged and purposeful;
  • To promote an understanding of the benefits of an active life style through the school’s culture which embraces all members of the school community;
  • To work in partnership with other agencies to promote activity patterns which are supported by extra-curricular and community activity provision.

 

 

Phonics at Redhills

 

The school teaches children to read through a systematic approach to learning synthetic phonics, using the Department for Education’s resource Letters and Sounds.   It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.  This detailed and systematic programme begins in the Foundation stage when children are four and five, with the aim that they become fluent readers by the age of seven. At Redhills we use a range of resources and activities, including the Jolly Phonics, to support children’s learning of phonics and to engage all learning styles - visual, aural and kinaesthetic.

 

 

 

Gifted and Talented in the Curriculum

 

We always look for opportunities to develop the skills and talents of our pupils. We provide differentiated work within our classes as well as enabling our Gifted and Talented children to be part of wider events tailored to their abilities.

 

 

Sharing our Curriculum

 

We hold regular open afternoons at the end of our themes of work to keep parents and carers up to date with what children are learning in school and to celebrate their successes.  Every Friday morning we hold a Celebration Assembly, which we invite parents and carers to attend, to celebrate all aspects of our children’s achievements.

 

Diversity and Equality

 

We embrace the diversity in our school.  We have a thriving EAL (English as an Additional Language) community.  We run a REAL (Redhills English as Additional Language) group which is an opportunity for parents and carers to work with a trained language assistant and for parents to share a cup of tea and conversation.  We support children with English as an additional language by providing small, focused intervention groups to support their language and communication. We have Young Interpreters (bilingual and monolingual) who support the youngest EAL children at lunchtimes and who are available to accompany new EAL parents around school.

 

We have a dedicated Speech and Language Assistant who provides tailored programmes to support children with their speech and communication skills.

 

At Redhills School we aim to provide high quality teaching that is differentiated to meet the needs of the majority of pupils. Some of our pupils will need something additional to and different from what is provided for the majority of pupils. In supporting children who require additional support we work to provide a pupil-centred process that engages pupil, family, school staff and other professionals in planning for and implementing high quality, needs led provision that is consistent across the school.

 

We use a graduated response to meet the needs of pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). This is achieved through the regular monitoring and reviewing of all pupils’ progress. Initial concerns registered by teachers, parents/carers or other agencies are addressed by appropriate differentiation within the classroom. Where pupils continue to make inadequate progress despite support and high quality teaching, the class teacher will work with the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) to assess if a pupil has a significant learning difficulty and agree appropriate support. In some cases it may be necessary to seek assessment by or advice from an external professional such as a speech therapist, specialist teacher or educational psychologist. This will always involve discussion and agreement with the pupil’s parents/carers.

 

We ensure that all staff in the school are able to identify and provide for those pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) thus ensuring that all of our pupils are able to access the same opportunities for learning and social development fulfilling their potential, promoting their well-being and achieving maximum progress.

 

Supporting Parents and Carers

At Redhills we understand the importance of working with our parents and carers to support the children in our school to achieve their potential. We welcome all parents and carers into Redhills and believe that supporting our parents and carers in all aspects of their lives has a positive effect on our children’s achievement and attendance. Redhills works with parents and carers  to access individual family support, take part in groups such as parenting courses, return to work, improving literacy/numeracy etc  Redhills is also really keen to engage parents in creative, fun and sporting activities in anything from Netball clubs to Knitting groups. Our community café is now providing a permanent safe place for our parents to access all of the above and more, with ongoing support from our full time Parent Support Adviser.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

 

At the end of the school day we provide opportunities for children to engage in a range of activities including a choir, tag rugby and sports activities.

 

At Redhills we run our own early morning breakfast club from 8 am and Exwick Ark provide after school provision to 6pm every evening.

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