Our Curriculum & Assessment of Learning

Raynville Academy Curriculum Years 1 – Years 6

The programmes of study for the National Curriculum set out what the school is required to teach. We have created a curriculum for Raynville pupils, linking learning around topic themes in order to ensure that learning is relevant and purposeful. Our children enjoy their lessons, which are full of exciting activities and chances to experience the world. The curriculum is rich and varied, including many trips out of school, special events and visitors. Children regularly learn outside for their classroom, whether in the playground, on the school allotments, or in our Forest Schools area. “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 2012) Curriculum plans are under review currently and will be updated during September. 

Assessment of Pupil Learning

The National Curriculum Tests and Teacher Assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two were reported in levels for the last time in the Summer Term 2015. From September 2015 Key Stage Two test outcomes will be reported as a scaled score, where the expected score is 100, pupil attainment will be determined in relation to whether a child is above or below the expected score. Progress will also be measured using the scaled score and a conversion between each child’s end of KS1 score and end of KS2 scaled score.

At Raynville Primary, 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.

The Early Years – Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) is taught in Nursery and Reception. The staff in Foundation plan and deliver a hands-on curriculum around topic themes and children’s interests. The topic might relate to the time of year, for example “Autumn”, exciting times in the children’s lives like the birth of a baby or extensions of their imaginary play (Dinosaurs is often a popular theme).
The topic enables staff to enhance the experiences of the children through structured play and teaching activities. The Foundation Stage staff teach phonics to help children off to a flying start with reading.

Pupils in Foundation work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) as outlined by the Department of Education. The areas of learning and development consist of three prime areas and four specific areas.

The prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress.

These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical
  • Personal, Social and Emotional

The specific areas apply and reinforce the prime areas:

  • Literacy (reading & writing)
  • Maths (numbers & shape, size and measures)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (people and communities, the world & technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (exploring and using media & being imaginative)

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.


The children are grouped in classes of approximately 30 pupils.

During the working day children may be taught as a whole class or in mixed ability or ability groupings. Children may take part in targeted interventions for Literacy and Numeracy as part of their day, helping them to accelerate their learning.

Key Stage 1 and 2

The New National Curriculum came into force in September 2014. We have spent the last year developing our curriculum to meet the new requirements and will continue this work into 2014/15. We expect that our new curriculum will enable our children to learn, achieve their best, and enjoy finding out about new ideas. In line with our school values we will nurture, challenge and inspire our pupils, families and staff to achieve their best.

Our children really enjoy learning through the foundation subjects, many bringing in related work which they have done spontaneously at home.
As we develop our curriculum in a way that suits our school, we link the core subjects of English and Maths onto the back of it, accelerating and promoting a love of life-long learning. That’s not to say everything will be taught around a theme. There will still be dedicated English and Maths lessons, but where there is a genuine link to the topic theme, we will use it to give relevance to the learning. Similarly, ICT whilst sometimes taught as a discrete subject, may be linked where appropriate to the topic.Our curriculum needs to start with our children’s home lives and work out from there. This is the hub of our thinking. We want to involve parents more, using their experiences and knowledge. We believe that when our children see their parents contributing to their education, they will also think, “This is something that my family do!” We see the value in linking learning to life and life back to learning. “Through schooling, both scientific and everyday concepts become objects of study.”The implementation of the curriculum, will go hand in hand with our drive to include parents. Both strategies feature largely in our School Development Plan.We have decided that the following are the priority areas that would make the biggest difference to our children’s rate of success: Active Listening, Resilience and Effective Communication. These are our Curriculum Drivers. By emphasising these again and again throughout the curriculum, our children will gain these attributes, enabling them to succeed as learners.A crucial element will be the use of group work to enable the children to benefit from communicating with one another. This links with our Talk Matters project across school.We work on a two year rolling programme across two Year groups to generate a buzz within that phase of school and allow for subject specialism amongst teachers.Every Half Term we will strive to use a “Wow event” to gain the interest of the children. This might be an event to spark their interest and imagination at the start of the topic, or alternatively later in the term to further inspire and enthuse, enabling them to use some of the knowledge they have acquired.

Once they leave Reception and the Foundation Stage, children are taught The National Curriculum (Years 1 to 6). Key Stage 1 is made up of Years 1 & 2. Key Stage 2 is comprised of Years 3 to 6.
Click on the links for a brief outline of each curriculum area.


See our english curriculum


See our maths curriculum


See our science curriculum

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