The Curriculum

We set a routine at the school to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum . This however is an engaging and flexible process but ensures continuity through key stages one and two.

Imaginative strategies and exciting resources are often used to capture pupils’ interest and ensure they remain engaged and enthusiastic throughout the lesson.

Ofsted Report 2014

Curriculum by term

Find out what your child is learning in school this academic year:

Autumn Term

Autumn Term information:

Spring Term

Spring Term information:

Summer Term

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Phonics and Reading Schemes

The school uses a number of packages and schemes to supplement reading skills, these include Bug Club Phonics Bug, Letters and Sounds, the Oxford Reading Scheme, Rigby Stars and Rigby Rockets, for example. These schemes go hand in hand with novel and book reading and exercises.

The views of all pupils are valued and nurtured and many have opportunities to play an active part in the life of the school, such as through the school council or being a prefect, so all feel special. Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated and all pupils have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Ofsted Report 2014

Creative Curriculum

To enable our pupils to achieve their full potential we strive to give them the chance to take part in as many first hand experiences as possible. We believe this has a positive impact upon their learning, especially in writing. It also can broaden their life experiences.

This approach involves learning not only from visitors to the school and visits outside, but also between pupils within classes and across Key Stages.

You can read about many examples of this in our news section.

SMSC and Fundamental British Values

All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils.

Here at Richard Avenue SMSC is a key part of school life and our provision has been deemed as “outstanding” by OFSTED in our last two inspections. Our school not only ensures pupils receive a good standard of SMSC development but in doing so we also actively promote the fundamental British values. We feel by doing this our children have a better sense of themselves, the world and other people and helps them to form positive relationships with others.

What is SMSC ?

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural. Below we give information on each:

  • Spiritual development encourages our children to have a strong sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. We do this by providing opportunities to be reflective and engage in opportunities that promote a sense of enjoyment and fascination with the world around them.
  • Moral development helps our children to understand the difference between right and wrong, and encourages children to think through arguments and to have a reasoned opinion.
  • Social development encourages our children to co-operate well with each other, build positive relationships and be part of a successful multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural community. It also encourages the acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British Values, thus they develop the skills and attitudes that will allow them to fully participate and contribute to life in modern Britain.
  • Cultural development enables our children to appreciate cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others. It promotes children’s interest in different cultures, improves their understanding of them, and helps them to respect different faiths, beliefs and cultural diversity.

Pupils’ behaviour in the playground, in the dining hall and as they move around the school building is exemplary. They are polite and courteous, showing excellent manners, and listen to each other and take turns. They look after and care for each other well.

Ofsted Report 2014

How do we promote SMSC at Richard Avenue?

We feel that by meeting requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, providing relevant activities and experiences within our broad and balanced curriculum within the classroom and beyond the classroom, are all ways of ensuring our pupils’ SMSC development. Our pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. The school’s ethos and teaching support the rule of English civil and criminal law and we do not teach anything that undermines it.