Curriculum

At Redmile CE Primary School we believe in making all learning purposeful and meaningful. We do this by teaching the national curriculum and personal excellence curriculum through the use of projects for the art and design, geography, history and computing. We also make links, where possible to English, maths and science.

Projects allow teachers to create lessons and activities that leads to a high quality end product that is exhibited to an authentic audience. Projects are designed and planned to cover all aspects of the national curriculum whilst at the same time providing a rich, real life learning experience. This way of learning allows our students to develop their own self-confidence, independence and creativity, as well as develop skills that prepare them for a world outside of school. 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.

Guiding these projects are our school-wide termly focuses:

  • Autumn Term - Peace, power and conflict
  • Spring Term – Identity, diversity and equity
  • Summer Term – Sustainable development

To support learning further, we have specialist Spanish and music teachers as well as sports coaches to deliver games, gymnastics, swimming and dance. RE and PSHCE are also taught discreetly.

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

Throughout all projects, 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.

Gallery


Class 3 investigating the digestive system.
 
We love Science at Redmile!

We visited the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC in Birmingham...
 
...then the whole school held our own ‘Super Science Fair’ for parents where we showcased all of our science skills!

We love to take part in ‘Woodland Adventures’ and use our wonderful surroundings to learn all about nature as well as team working.
 
Our school loves to be creative; this is a giant piece of artwork about the creation story from the Bible.

Key Objectives

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

English

Our aim is that all pupils will become fluent readers and creative writers who make effective decisions about the use of the English language.

Children embed and apply their understanding of both spoken and written language across the curriculum, through a wide range of activities. These inspire the children to develop a love for reading, broaden their vocabulary and furthers their understanding of grammatical features.

Spelling and Phonics

In Reception and Year 1, we use the Read Write Inc. programme for the teaching of phonics, reading and writing. Children explore phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (written letters) on a daily basis.

Set 1 sounds are the initial letter ‘speed sounds’, which children are taught to recognise rapidly. They are taught in the following order: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk

When children progress to Set 2, they will learn more representations of the sounds (e.g. ay as in play, ee as in tree and igh as in high). Every sound has a list of green words linked to it, so your child can ‘sound out’ and ‘blend’ words containing the new sound they have just learnt (for example s-p-r-ay = spray).

When learning their Set 3 sounds, they will be taught that there are alternative graphemes for each sound, e.g. ee as in tree and ea as in tea.

Find out more information on the Read Write Inc website by following the links below:

  • Read Write Inc Phonics - reading and writing kits developed for parents who want to support their child’s phonics learning at home.
  • How To Videos - a series of videos to help parents better understand how phonics is taught in school.
  • Reading at Home - advice for parents on supporting children at home.

From Year 2 to Year 6, our comprehensive spelling programme combines the teaching and application of spelling rules and patterns with elements of punctuation and grammar appropriate to their ability and age.

Older children are set weekly spelling lists to learn, based on their spelling focus in class. These are tested on a weekly basis.

Find out more information in the documents below:

Reading/Novel Studies

Children are taught the essential skills of reading (decoding and comprehension) whilst also using a rich and varied range of literature to further extend their knowledge and vocabulary. Our culture of reading helps children to foster a love of books and encourages them to read for pleasure.

We have a wide range of books that inspire children to learn to read; these are carefully matched to the children’s reading ability and interests. We also have a small but well-stocked library (The Snug) where the children can borrow books to enjoy and read at home as well as in school.

As part of our English curriculum, each class undertakes a novel study each half term where they dig deeper into a novel to find hidden meanings and to be transported into the world of that novel. This allows the children’s imagination to go wild, as their writing tasks revolve around that particular novel.

See our Recommended Reading lists on each of our class pages.

Please visit Books for Topics (external link) for more suggested reading.

Visit the Oxford Owl website (external link) which has over 100 free ebooks for you to enjoy with your child.


Class 4 enjoying our class read of ‘Phoenix’ by S.F. Said..
 
Our immersive classrooms.

Author Grant Koper sharing his book, ’The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away’.
 
The Snug.

Writing

Through high-quality teaching, our children learn how to articulate their thoughts and points of view clearly and effectively for their audiences. We provide our children with a wide exposure to vocabulary, thus ensuring that they broaden their creativity with the English language. As a school, we continue to set high standards for our children so that they can continue to achieve highly, and develop as creative and skilled writers.

We present our children with vast opportunities for writing, including a variety of extended pieces for different audiences and purposes. Writing lessons aim to inspire and unlock the creativity of the children by using a variety of stimuli, including: author visits, visual literacy, novel studies, community connections, school trips, and cross-curricular links.


Class 4’s powerful pieces of writing based on their topic and novel study, ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo.
 
Class 2’s amazing writing about the Great Fire of London.

Class 1 wrote letters to cheer up Freddy in their story, ‘Fly, Freddy, Fly’.
 
One of our vocabulary walls to share from what we have read.

Showing off some fantastic examples of creative writing.

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 three times a week:

Foundation Subjects

Skills Frameworks:

 

All documents on this page are pdf files unless otherwise stated.