Welcome to the Curriculum page

On this page, you will find information about the curriculum coverage of the school.

Our School Curriculum

At Ravensdale, we believe that being mentally and physically healthy is at the forefront of achieving a happy and successful life. Therefore, facets of these areas are woven throughout the curriculum in areas such as Commando Joe, R-time and the daily run, in discrete ways such as Lego Therapy to develop social skills and through a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, including residential visits in every year group.
With Maths and English, we have implemented research based strategies to ensure that we maximise progression and pupil engagement: Talk for Writing, Mastery maths and whole class shared reading. This is also true of specific interventions which are implemented where the need arises. The broader curriculum is based on history or geography topic themes covering a wide range of areas. These have been systematically designed to ensure that pupils progress in both skills and knowledge. Both history and geography topics have strong links to the local area and have been chosen to develop cultural capital, as well as to enthuse children about these subjects. As the children progress through the school, topics of a more complex nature (such as World War2) are studied. Our subject leads carefully monitor each curriculum area and the detailed progression documents are available on our website.
Children are naturally curious beings who often learn best when active. Therefore, wherever possible, we make our learning hands on and practical, often using visits or visitors and taking learning outside. Our popular half termly parent partnership mornings enable parents to learn more about the curriculum through a presentation and then working alongside their child in class. We look forward to meeting many of you there!

For more information on the National Curriculum, please visit this page.
To read about our Equality Policy, please click here.
To read about our Equality Information and Objectives Policy and Statement, please click here.

Our long term plans for 2020-2021 are:
Year 3 Long Term Plan
Year 4 Long Term Plan
Year 5 Long Term Plan
Year 6 Long Term Plan


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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.


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We follow the White Rose Scheme for maths. This includes a greater emphasis on mental calculations and a more varied approach to written calculations, reasoning and problem solving. 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.


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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.


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Children have the opportunity to be taught and develop new skills using laptops and iPads in the classrooms, both as tools to support learning in other subjects, and to develop the necessary specific computing skills. We aim to give all children opportunities to use a wide range of software in order to develop their skills in an engaging and creative way, whilst covering the curriculum.
Online safety is taught each half-term to enable children to learn how to use the internet in a safe and responsible way.


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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.


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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.


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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):

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PSHE aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and to become informed, active, resilient and responsible citizens. Through outdoors and classroom-based activities, children develop speaking and listening skills, the ability to work as a team, problem solve, empathy for others and develop perseverance. PSHE is taught through the delivery of practical and classroom-based lessons, covering the three-core theme: Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the wider world. The school council and children’s parliament play an active role within the school, raising money for charities and voicing the opinions and concerns of their peers. Resources which are used to support the learning are PSHE Matters scheme, internet-based resources such as Betty’s Bus and Lillets and Derby city council RSE planning. Books which may support RSE at home included: Flour Babies by Anne Fine, What’s Happening To Me by Susan Meredith, Relationships by Pete Sanders and Let’s Talk about Sex by Robie H.Haris.

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