Curriculum

At Redmile we strive to give our children an outstanding broad, balanced and fun curriculum. We plan whole school topics incorporating all subjects. We aim to have a launch event to inspire and motivate the children about the new the topic then, as a finale, we have a celebration of what the children have learnt throughout the term. We share work in special assemblies and invite parents in to see work as well as to attend Workshops to raise awareness and develop understanding further.

We ensure that the children cover all the aspects of the curriculum over the key stage through careful planning, assessment and monitoring; a lot of this is done collaboratively to ensure consistency throughout the school.

To ensure all children at Redmile have high quality first teaching in all areas of the curriculum our teachers receive regular training and attend network meetings to keep them fully up-to-date with current events. To support learning further, we have Spanish and music teachers as well as sports coaches to deliver games, gymnastics, swimming and dance.

Our classroom displays reflect the learning taking place each term and we try to organise trips and visitors to school to enhance learning further.

Our children tell us what topics they would like to learn about and we organise our plans around them. Children are at the centre of all learning and we are proud to work with them and their parents to help them achieve their full potential.

If you would like to know more information about the curriculum, please contact the school office or visit the National Curriculum web page (external link) on the Government website.

How we deliver the Curriculum

We take a whole school thematic approach to teaching and learning here at Redmile C of E Primary School.

What is a thematic approach?

This is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme.

It allows learning to be more natural and less fragmented.

It allows literacy to grow progressively, with vocabulary linked, and with spelling and sentence writing being frequently, yet smoothly, reinforced.

It guides connected ideas to follow on easily.

The result of working the thematic approach is that children:

  • Will have fun,
  • Will be more actively involved,
  • Will develop learning skills more quickly, as each one is connected to and reinforced by the other,
  • Will be more confident and better motivated.

Our Themes for Academic Year 2015/16

Term Topic Focus
1 On our doorstep This will large focus on history and geography of our local area.
2 Space This exciting topic will have a main focus on science but also incorporate history, D+T and ICT.
3 Rio Carnival This topic will tie in with the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The children will learn about all aspects of life in Rio as well as the history of the Olympics with the Ancient Greeks.

Throughout all topics children are taught skills in art, design and technology, science and ICT. RE can be integrated into topic areas as well as following the RE scheme of work, PSCHE are also developed discretely and throughout each day. As a school we ensure throughout the time in each key stage the children are taught every aspect of the curriculum and build on the knowledge and skills of previous years.

Key Objectives

These documents explain the suggested objectives for the subjects for Years 1 to 6:

Reading, Spelling and Phonics

We use the Read Write Inc. programme for the teaching of phonics. Find out more information in the documents below:

Mathematics

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)

To help develop children’s fluency in mathematics, we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts each half term. Children should aim to practise their KIRFs at least 3 times a week:

Mental Maths Challenge

Year 1/2:

Year 3/4:

Year 5/6:

All Mental Maths Challenge documents are in pdf format.

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