Welcome to the "Curriculum" Page:

On this page, you will find information about the curriculum that the school covers

Our School Curriculum


For information on our Curriculum Enrichment Days please visit this page

Underpinning our curriculum is our belief that all children have a range of strengths and talents. Our job is to find where their individual strengths lie and work with them. Children will find out whether they prefer learning in a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic way and our planning and teaching reflects these learning styles. Children also learn best if they are well hydrated and have regular brain breaks. We request that parents provide a sports style water bottle for their children so they can drink water during lessons. We incorporate "brain gym" and "activate to concentrate" sessions into the school day which enable the children to exercise both hemispheres of their brain simultaneously, helping to maintain concentration.
Our curriculum is currently undergoing a transformation, teachers have changed year groups and teams and have revised plans to meet the needs of our children and make learning even more stimulating. This is an exciting change which has enabled us to make the most of cross-curricular links and increase our focus on children developing life-long skills for learning in an ever-changing world, in addition to knowledge.

For more information on the National Curriculum, please visit this page.


Our long term plans for 2017-2018 are:
Year 3 Long Term Plans
Year 4 Long Term Plans
Year 5 Long Term Plans
Year 6 Long Term Plans

Our long term plans for 2016-2017 are:
Year 3 Long Term Plans
Year 4 Long Term Plans
Year 5 Long Term Plans
Year 6 Long Term Plans

Our long term plans for 2015-2016 are:
Year 3 Long Term Plans
Year 4 Long Term Plans
Year 5 Long Term Plans
Year 6 Long Term Plans

Our long term plans for 2014-2015 are:
Year 3 Long Term Plans
Year 4 Long Term Plans
Year 4-5 Long Term Plans
Year 5 Long Term Plans
Year 6 Long Term Plans

English:
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The teaching of English at Ravensdale Junior School, aims for each child to read, speak and write with confidence and understanding. Children explore a wide variety of genres as required by the new September 2014 curriculum. Genres covered vary from fiction such as poetry, plays, long and short stories to non-fiction such as reports, instructions and explanations.
Children are taught to read and develop their comprehension skills through the application of our RAVENS Reading Assessment Focuses. Children are encouraged to read regularly at home and have an allotted time in our wonderful Library each week to freely choose a book to take home and enjoy. Drama, which the children enthusiastically participate in, is used to aid speaking and listening, self-confidence and acting skills. It is one of many strategies to encourage understanding of texts and dialogue.
Children develop their powers of imagination through creative writing activities. They are taught to plan and sequence ideas, draft, edit and redraft work. Cross curricular writing is also a high priority and is often used in English lessons. Grammar, spelling and punctuation skills are taught in line with the National Curriculum and the children are encouraged to aim high and use exciting and powerful vocabulary.
Handwriting and the presentation of work has been one of our priorities over the last few years. Children learn a specific style of joined writing (Ravensdale Handwriting) and are given regularly opportunities to practise it in sessions which are recognisable in each class. They are expected to consistently use it across the curriculum when writing.

Mathematics:
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We follow the Primary National Strategy for maths. This includes a greater emphasis on mental calculations and a more varied approach to written calculations. A thorough knowledge of mathematical tables and number bonds is essential. Children increasingly use their maths skill to tackle problem solving involving shape, data and measuring as well as number. We have recently written our new calculation policy, a copy of which is available from the office.

Science:
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Both nature and physical sciences are included in our studies. We aim to develop skills of observation, investigation and recording, through hands on learning in the environment and experimentation, including data collection, planning and evaluating. Emphasis is placed on the correct use and understanding of scientific vocabulary.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE):
Relationships and Sex Education forms part of the basic curriculum for all children. We follow the Local Authority guidance which is a programme of health education including lessons to help children prepare for growing up, carefully linked to their age and stage of development. Parents are given the opportunity to view RSE material and discuss content prior to its delivery. Following this, if there are concerns parents are welcome to discuss these as they do have the right to withdraw their children from this work.

Computing:
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Children have weekly lessons to enhance their computing skills. During each school year, children are taught how to program, how to use multimedia software and how to handle data in line with national curriculum requirements. Children are regularly taught about the importance of keeping safe online with lessons on e-safety each half term.
Additionally, ICT skills are enhanced through use of the internet and other software to raise standards across a range of subjects.

History:
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In History we aim to develop all children's sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. Our purpose is to introduce children to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past, while engendering a love of the subject. At Key Stage 2, history is about people, important events and developments from recent and more distant times. As well as chronological understanding and knowledge of facts, we develop the skills of historical interpretation and enquiry.
Our curriculum will make strong links to our local history and encourages children to have an appreciation of their own rich historical environment.

Geography:
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In Geography we aim to stimulate children's interest in their surroundings and the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth's surface, thereby enhancing their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth's environment and its people.
We aim to develop knowledge and understanding using studies of children‟s own locality to appreciate the similarities and differences that exist between people and places. Children use geographical enquiry skills, geographical terms as well as making and using maps, photographs and resources on the internet.

Design Technology:
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Children learn to work independently and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They are encouraged to explore what products are used for and to consider the needs of the people who use them.
Children are taught to develop knowledge, skills and understanding and are given opportunity to apply these when developing ideas, planning, making products and evaluating them.

Art and Design:
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Children are taught to closely examine and explore the world around them. They are encouraged to be creative and to use their imaginations. Children use a range of media to represent images as well as learning about artists and their work. Children will have the opportunity to use 3D, painting and drawing through each year.

PMFL - French:
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Children are taught to understand and appreciate other cultures and languages, with an emphasis on French. They are taught using a range of interactive methods, with the aim of making language learning as fun as possible. Children will have the opportunity to consolidate this language learning in Year 6 with an optional trip to France.

Physical Education:
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At Ravensdale pupils enjoy being active and using their creativity and imagination in physical activity. During their time in KS2, children are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding of P.E. through different areas of activity – Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and Outdoor Initiatives. We aim to ensure that all children should achieve and feel success in sport, regardless of their ability. P.E. also helps children learn that playing fairly and co-operatively together makes sport more fun.

Music:
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Children are taught music across the school. Their curriculum includes five key elements of music. Firstly, learning to control sound through singing and playing instruments, secondly by composing their own music and performing to others, responding to music and exploring their feelings to what they hear and being able to discuss using the correct musical vocabulary. Finally we ensure they have access to a wide range of music from different times and cultures.

Religious Education (RE):
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Through our RE curriculum we aim to develop the children's knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions including Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism during the weekly lesson. Children are encouraged to respect and respond to the different religions, beliefs, values, and traditions. They are given the opportunity to develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as a citizen in our multi-cultural society. R.E. at Ravensdale does not seek to promote or force religious beliefs on children, nor to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs.

Collective Worship:
Our daily act of worship supports the RE curriculum. It takes place with the whole school together. Although it is broadly Christian, stories and festivals from other faiths are regularly included. Collective Worship also includes acknowledgement of awards and achievements. Visiting speakers are invited to give our children a broader understanding of the world around them.
Collective Worship is an important part of the school day as it gives our whole school community the opportunity to meet together and consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of life. We also use this time to keep children up to date with world events.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from R.E. and Collective Worship. If for any reason you wish to do so, please discuss this matter with the Head teacher.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship:
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PSHE and Citizenship aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Children develop speaking and listening skills, the ability to discuss and research issues. They learn how to sort out problems together and how to make choices that may affect them in later life. The subject is taught through PSHE lessons and Class and School Councils. The councils meet to celebrate success, identify needs for the class and school and sort out problems. Areas covered in PSHE lessons range from sex and drug education, looking at children’s rights and responsibilities, local democracy, moving to secondary school, solving conflict and making choices to how rules and laws will affect them when they get older. We use Cambridgeshire PSHE planning resources, SEAL materials and planning provided by Derby City Council as a basis for our PSHE teaching.