Our curriculum is currently under review and will be in place and available on our website from September 2019. School staff are excited to be creating a knowledge-based curriculum which supports our vision for children at The Ridgeway. Our curriculum will be broad and balanced and will embed our whole-school values alongside the skills our children require to succeed.
At The Ridgeway, we are using a programme of Singapore Maths from from Year 1 to Year 6, as are all schools in the Whitley Cluster. To support children's literacy development we use the Talk for Writing approach in the EYFS, KS1 and currently in lower KS2. All staff are trained to deliver both programmes. In upper KS2 children study a novel in depth and this inspires and informs their writing.
Children in our EYFS and in KS1 are currently taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme. From September 2019, children will be taught phonics using the Read Write Inc scheme and training for this will take place in September 2019. In KS2 children are successfully using the Accelerated Reader programme to support their reading, which ensures children are reading regularly at home and are reading books that provide an appropriate level of challenge. All pupils have access to a range of reading books from a variety of schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat. Children regularly visit the school library to choose books to read in school and at home.
Pupils at The Ridgeway are fortunate to have access to Forest School. Currently two members of staff are trained Forest School practitioners with another two members of staff due to train in 2018 - 2019. Forest School takes place on the school grounds and is child-led, developing important skills such as self-esteem and confidence, collaboration and co-operation, an ability to safely manage risk, and an opportunity for all pupils to experience success. For more information about Forest School, follow this link: https://www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/
If you would like more information about the curriculum, please visit the class pages and download the medium term plans. Class pages continue to be updated termly.