Curriculum Provision

A Child working on a computerIn providing for your child we are guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum and National Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy.

At Ravenscroft the curriculum gives children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of numeracy and literacy, whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical, artistic, practical and social skills. We provide a broad and balanced education that allows for the individual needs of each child to be met within well-planned learning experiences.

Key Stage 1
Year 1 – Age 5 to 6
Year 2 – Age 6 to 7

Key Stage 2
Year 3 – Age 7 to 8
Year 4 – Age 8 to 9
Year 5 – Age 9 to 10
Year 6 – Age 10 to 11

Core Subjects
Mathematics
English
Science

Ten Foundation Subjects
I.C.T
History
Geography
Design Technology
Art & Craft
Music
Physical Education
PSHE/Citizenship
Religious Education
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Y3-Y6

Mathematics
We aim to provide a Maths curriculum that is accessible and meaningful to all children, giving them the skills and knowledge they will need for future learning and living. We want each child to have a positive attitude towards Maths and to have the self-confidence to deal with all aspects of number in a logical and independent manner.

Maths may be covered in any or all of three ways – Class work, group work or individual work. Whole class teaching is often followed up by activities suited to the needs of different ability groups.

English
The study of English helps children understand how language works by looking at its’ structures and origins. To enable children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to enable them to communicate with others effectively, they will develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Using the knowledge they gain they can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

Radio Ravo helps develop good listening and communication skills. Children in Y5 and Y6 present the weekly programme that features the whole school community. Children are encouraged to read a variety of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts to enable them to become enthusiastic and critical readers.

Science
Children learn about a wide range of living things, materials and phenomena. They investigate by exploring, observing, asking questions and collecting evidence. They learn to work independently and with others, communicating their ideas by using scientific language, diagrams, charts and graphs.

ICT
‘ICT expands horizons by shrinking worlds.’
David Brown (Chairman of Motorola Ltd)

ICT prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world. They will learn how to employ rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Children use ICT to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly and creatively.

Design Technology
In Design Technology we prepare children to participate in the technology of tomorrow.  They learn to think creatively. They will solve problems by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems, which they will then evaluate. They will become discriminating, informed and innovative.

History
The study of history helps children understand how the past has influenced today’s society, how they fit into that as an individual and as a member of a community. Children consider how the past influences the present. What past societies were like, how they organised their politics and what beliefs and cultures influenced their actions.

Geography
Children studying Geography develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of problem solving skills.  It is a focus for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and for children to explore cultural diversity.

Physical Education
Through P.E. children learn new skills, discover their aptitudes and abilities and make choices about how to become involves in life long physical activity. At Ravenscroft we provide opportunities for children to be creative and competitive, to face different challenges as individuals and in teams. In the Summer Term Y6 pupils have the opportunity to attend a Residential. They take part in team building and outward bound activities.

Art and Design
Children are provided with opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination. To develop their skills through a variety of techniques, including painting, drawing, textiles, pottery and 3D work. They will explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, crafts people and designers from different cultures.

Music and Sing Up
Music and Singing is at the heart of Ravenscroft, we are Platinum Sing Up School. Children are able to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. All children have access to a wide variety of instruments and at KS2 specialist teachers support delivery.

Religious Education
Collective worship, broadly Christian in nature, is offered daily. Religious Education helps children develop a framework of values, attitudes and beliefs and a respect for beliefs and values of other races, religions and ways of life. The right to withdraw for both children and teachers on the grounds of conscience is respected at Ravenscroft.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
We aim to develop an enthusiasm for languages through KS2. We teach Y3 and Y4 Basic French. Y5 and Y6 learn Spanish. We hold yearly Creative Curriculum weeks that develop and enhance children’s knowledge of different cultures and languages.

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
PSHE and Citizenship help to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed active, responsible citizens. Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and community. In doing this they will learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning, reflecting on experiences and issues that are a part of growing up.

Sex Education
The Governors consider that sex education should form part of the curriculum. Appropriate and responsible sex education is an important part of preparing children for adult life. They view parents as the key figures in helping their children to cope with the physical and emotional aspects of growing up and in preparing them for challenges and responsibility which sexual maturity brings.

The teaching in school is complementary and supportive to the parental role, and it is handled with care and sensitivity by the staff. It forms part of our PSHE/citizen and science curriculum. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these classes but the governors consider that sex education should form part of the curriculum.