Curriculum at Ruislip Gardens Primary School
The aim at Ruislip Gardens Primary School is to provide opportunities for pupils to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. The curriculum at Ruislip Gardens Primary School has been developed to deliver the expectations of the new National Curriculum from September 2014. Our curriculum is child centred, using ‘pupil voice’ in its design, building on previous knowledge and being flexible to pupil interest and open ended as themes develop. This curriculum is driven by our school’s 4 life-long values (Resilience, Responsibility, Respect and Reflection) so that pupils develop a broad and deep understanding of key skills in curriculum subjects as well as becoming spiritually, morally and culturally aware of the national and global society we live in. We ensure that all pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
Staff provide many opportunities to help our pupils to develop their social skills and their own personalities through participation, co-operation, developing their communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills. These skills are being developed throughout our school in a variety of approaches such as role play, justifying choices for strategies and content in their learning, mixed ability learning, sharing resources, resolving conflicts and employing lovely manners in all they do. Teachers carefully plan opportunities to explore how our and other communities and societies function and to explore the values and beliefs of others.
We implement our curriculum through a Topic Based approach, using Geography History or Science as starting points, where skills are taught at every stage to encourage cross-curricular learning through a variety of experiences. We strive to make learning creative and use a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the different ways that pupils learn. The staff team worked together to review the curriculum, building links as pupils move through primary school to ensure their knowledge is strengthened as well as broadened.
We have ensured there is full coverage of the new National Curriculum and a clear progression of skills and knowledge within each subject. In EYFS we use Development Matters to plan for progression. At Ruislip Gardens we want to create reflective, engaged and excited pupils. We aim to develop them to be independent and we encourage a growth mindset. Where possible, we provide pupils with memorable experiences and diverse, rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. These experiences give purpose to our learning, but also bring the world closer for our pupils, helping to raise aspirations and broaden horizons.
A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, develop a sense of personal pride in achievement and provide a purpose and relevance for learning. Every Year group has a long term plan to ensure each teacher has clarity as to what to cover. At the start of every topic, we assess pupils’ understanding of the topic with a 'Knowledge Harvest'. This serves as a dual proses: we use this information to plan our lessons but also use it to reflect upon at the end of each unit to see what pupils have learned and consequently, the progress they have made.
Using Bloom's Taxonomy ensures that teachers ensure that all levels of critical thinking have been required over the length of a unit. As a result, pupils will develop the critical thinking skills needed for real life. We believe that by building on knowledge and helping pupils begin to apply, analyse, synthesise and evaluate, is the key to helping them grow and prosper in school and beyond.
Topics give our children to opportunity to really delve into their learning from the perspective of historians, geographers, artists, designers and engineers. They have opportunities to deepen and apply their knowledge and subject specific skills throughout each unit. Resources, trips and experiences not only give the children real-life, first-hand experiences of their learning, but they also enable them to have fun. The impact of this in an increase in 'cultural capital' for our children. We finish each unit with a 'Festival of Learning', an end of unit outcome with a different focus each term. Again, this gives purpose to our curriculum and also offers another opportunity to engage our parents in their child’s journey in school.
We asked or pupils to tell us what they want the curriculum to look like. We used their responses to make a word cloud.
As Headteacher I would like to welcome you all to our school. Ruislip Gardens Primary School is a very special place. Visitors comment positively about the school, from the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm to the staffs ongoing commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life. I am personally very proud to be a member of this community.
The school recognises the value and uniqueness of each individual child and adult at Ruislip Gardens. We celebrate the talents and gifts of each child and enable them to develop to their full potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.
Our shared vision “Growing and Achieving Together” underpins all we believe in. Our core values
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment
- Establishing lifelong values
- Developing confident and independent learners
- Inspiring excellence
- Enabling everyone to succeed
show how Ruislip Gardens is dedicated to ensuring we help all our children become successful and happy young people. Their learning and personal development are our driving force.
With support and advice from all our stakeholders we were able to develop Ruislip Gardens 4 Life-long Values:
Each value has a definition, which you can read in the vision and values
section of the website.
I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our school if you have
not already, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Finally I would
like to thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with the
privilege of educating your precious children.