Raynville Curriculum Statement
At Raynville we are committed to creating an environment where our children love learning. Through our curriculum, we endeavour to develop the skills, knowledge and learning attitudes of our pupils so that they are equipped to be the best that they can be. We value the importance of enriching our pupils’ curriculum with real life experiences, through trips and visitors, so children have first hand opportunities to embrace their learning. We set high expectations and strive for independence in all areas regardless of a child’s starting point in life. At Raynville, we place our values at the core of everything we do and prioritise pupils’ understanding of the necessity for being ready, respectful and responsible. We feel this is essential in preparing children to be respect and inclusive of all so that they can positively contribute to our wider community.
Raynville Academy Curriculum Years 1 – Years 6
The programmes of study for the National Curriculum set out what the school is required to teach. “The quality of teaching, as shown by pupils’ good achievement and lessons observed during the inspection, is consistently good overall and some is outstanding.” (Ofsted 2017).
Assessment of Pupil Learning
At Raynville Academy, we use a wide range of ‘Assessment for Learning’ strategies in school. This is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there.
Children are assessed throughout each lesson and through their work in books by their class teachers and other members of staff in school. This information is then used to plan and adapt learning effectively to ensure that all children are learning at the appropriate level and are challenged in their learning.
We use internal electronic tracking systems to plot pupil’s progress and attainment and use this information in half termly pupil progress meetings to ensure that all pupils are achieving to the best of their ability. This information is shared with parents during the school year, as the children being assessed within a 6-point scale at either Beginning, Within or Secure age appropriate learning goals.
Our EYFS Curriculum has been designed to meet the need of OUR children. It focusses on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills, developing a broad vocabulary and becoming effective communicators. We strive to create a love of reading through carefully chosen stories, used to enhance our chosen themes for each half term. The themes were chosen to help our children learn to respect other cultures and communities, to make links between their personal experiences and learn about the world they live in. It is therefore unique to Raynville Academy.
The Raynville EYFS curriculum has been written in accordance with the latest version of the ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)’ (September 2021). The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning and development that are important and interconnected:
- Communication and language.
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Physical development.
- Understanding the world.
- Expressive arts and design.
However, the first three areas in the list above, known as the prime areas, are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive:
We have developed the curriculum giving communication and language skills a high priority. This is in line with Development Matters 2020: “The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively.”
A high priority is also given to the teaching of reading. We aim to teach children to read and develop a love of books as soon as they arrive at Raynville, and books are used to teach topics and to enhance our whole curriculum.
We follow a systematic approach to phonics teaching based on the Read Write Ink scheme.
We underpin our curriculum with the Personal Social and Emotional Development of all our children. We strive to enable children to be safe, happy, confident individuals. We also encourage self-regulation as much as possible and introduce rules and boundaries through modelling good behaviour and reflection time.
The curriculum is based around cross-curricular topics. Each topic planned is included in the curriculum for specific reasons and we want to ensure that all children leave the Reception Year ready to start the KS1 curriculum.
At the end of their Reception Year, the children will be assessed against 17 Early Learning Goals. This is called the Foundation Stage Profile. The Profile will be shared with parents and used by the child’s next teacher for planning his/her learning in Year 1.