At Ringway Primary School we believe that education is a key factor in transforming the lives of children so that they can be whatever they choose to be. We believe in nurturing children so that they thrive in school and as a result are ready to learn and progress towards their goals.
We believe all children are entitled to an engaging and enriching curriculum, and should be accessible to them, enjoyed by them, and which results in them knowing and remembering more.
At Ringway Primary we provide a broad academic curriculum. The curriculum is designed in a sequential and coherent way so that children build skills, knowledge and understanding towards defined outcomes in each area by the end of year 6.
The school teaches all individual subjects in the National Curriculum. These are organised into blocks of learning of varying lengths, planned around a theme. Each individual subject is organised through a progression model that maps out the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to be taught towards specific end goals. Teachers use the subject specific progression for each area to formulate their long-term plans. Teachers make clear the subject specific skills and knowledge being taught so that children have a clear understanding of each subject area. The themes allow teachers to link together subject areas to that they make sense to the children. Learning is regularly revisited over the course of the school year or key stage so that children’s understanding is built on and deepened over time.
All learning starts with revisiting prior knowledge. This is scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will model explicitly the subject -specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow pupils to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Teachers support children to practise new learning, questioning for understanding, checking for misconceptions and giving clear and appropriate feedback.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the relevant cross-curricular themes to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each topic where objectives have been covered. The progression grids in each subject are used to support assessment.
Our children will be given a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom to create memorable learning opportunities and to further support and develop their understanding and language acquisition.
We believe that, although the learning environment and pupil’s work may demonstrate how our pupils are exposed to our curriculum, the true impact of this can only be seen when children show that they know more and can remember more about what they have learned. We ensure that pupils have opportunities to meet concepts ad learning in a variety of ways and over an extended period so that knowledge and understanding is embedded. We use work scrutiny to demonstrate that the curriculum has been taught in a well-sequenced and coherent way that allows children to experience and embed the relevant learning that meets the end of unit objectives.
We use pupil voice to check that pupils are retaining knowledge from across the curriculum and making the appropriate connections across units of learning.