The Ridgefield Curriculum
At Ridgefield Primary our motto, ‘Brave Explorers, Great Thinkers’ underpins all the work we do in school. It reflects the strong focus we place on building a learning community and our vision to ensure that every child is happy and experiences success. Resilience, independence, perseverance and co-operation are fostered as fundamental learning tools for life.
The essential elements of the Ridgefield Curriculum are:
- Talk – Develop language skills, speaking and listening, enriched vocabulary through variety of quality learning experiences
- Touch – Provide practical real life experiences
- Trips – Make trips an integral part of the curriculum to enrich experiences and vocabulary
- Teams – Develop collaboration
- Thinking – Develop enquiry based learning and deep thinking
- Trust – Build relationships and a safe, secure and happy learning environment
- Technology – Use a variety of resources to enhance learning
Through the ‘7Ts’ we ensure that the children are at the centre of their own learning and acquire ‘learn to learn’ skills. We bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics. Outdoor learning and Forest school provision allow children to take measured risks and enable them to apply their learning skills across a broad range of experiences.
The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
At Ridgefield, we believe passionately that high standards in the basics should never compromise the broader curriculum. All our children study the full range of National Curriculum subjects (see below for details) alongside other experiences and opportunities. This supports the children in developing the knowledge, skills and experience that will prepare them for the future.
Learning Challenge Curriculum
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is a question based approach to delivering the National Curriculum. It develops, stretches and ignites the children’s imagination and they have the opportunity to learn in many different ways as outlined in the 7Ts. Teachers assess what the children already know and the children then plan what they would like to find out by generating a series of questions, giving children ownership of their learning. They have the opportunity to explore their world, drama and performance at every opportunity; or by learning to investigate problems and develop their scientific enquiry skills. We make use of the local area and local people to bring the learning alive.
ICT is used for children and by children as an integral aspect of the teaching and learning process from Nursery to Year 6.
The learning culture is promoted through four Learning Behaviours which were developed with the children. These behaviours are: Work Hard, Don’t Give Up, Try New Things and Push Yourself. They are used to promote positive attitudes to learning and remind and empower children so that they become responsible for their own learning and future success.
At Ridgefield Primary we have Subject Leaders who play an important role in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review across the school. They are committed to delivering high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum and work relentlessly to ensure every child achieves the best they possibly can.
English and Maths
The teaching of English begins with the highly successful synthetic phonics programme, Read Write Inc, delivered by expertly trained staff. We use the RWI programme, Guided Reading and Reading Recovery Book Bands to support children learning to read. The enjoyment and development of Reading and Writing skills take place as discrete subjects and in the context of other curriculum areas. Parents are encouraged to read at home with their children and support their children in practising handwriting and spellings at home.
Children’s mathematical skills are developed in a variety of ways through a daily maths lesson. They are encouraged to work independently and cooperatively through investigation, problem solving activities, mental calculation skills and strategies and written work in an effort to gain confidence, promote enjoyment and recognise the power and relevance of mathematics in everyday life. Children are expected to learn the times tables and number facts and parents are requested to support their children with these.
The impact is measured through several means:
- Outcomes for EYFS, Yr1 Phonics Check, end Of KS1, end of KS2
- Progress and attainment data for each year group
- Attendance data
- Behaviour log
- Pupil Voice
- Subject Leader monitoring
Children leave Ridgefield with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have a firm grasp of basic skills, a strong sense of moral purpose and respect for others which prepares them well for their next destination.
Curricula for Individual Year Groups
Below are the individual curricula for each year group:
Please find here
for information on the Reception Class curriculum.