Curriculum

Riverston School successfully delivers a bespoke and engaging curriculum for pupils of all ages and ability levels. The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the academic curriculum, but also a diverse array of out of lesson activities including clubs and specialist events. These activities complement teaching and learning within the formal curriculum and they serve to promote the cultural, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of our pupils. We are highly aware of staff influence and appreciate the impact of what the pupils learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into healthy, positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with each other while developing knowledge, understanding and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. 

Values

Our values are reflected in our School Ethos: ‘Bespoke Learning for Life’ which is at the heart of the design and delivery of our curriculum. We actively ensure that pupils are given bespoke academic experiences, often tailor made to meet individual and different needs. Our distinctive curriculum is designed to ensure that mainstream, gifted and talented as well as pupils with special educational and learning needs are challenged and developed in a way to prepare them for future life in both academic and vocational routes.

Riverston School offers:

  • A caring and supportive environment with a focus on excellent provision of pastoral care
  • An education geared to get the very best from every child – stretching them academically to achieve and even exceed their expectations
  • A full program of activity, brimming with opportunity
  • A foundation that nurtures children and means when they leave the School it is as well balanced, considerate, confident and competent individuals

The Nursery’s aims:

  • To instil a joy of learning
  • To build children's confidence and self-esteem
  • To improve language and communication skills
  • To encourage independence
  • To teach children to show consideration for others
  • To help prepare children for starting school
  • We never lose sight of the fact that our children are individuals and we work closely with parents to achieve each child's individual potential.
  • Most of all, we know Nursery should be fun.

The School’s Aims:

  • Provide a safe, supportive and caring environment in which to work.
  • Provide a contemporary, innovative, engaging and enriching education.
  • Equip our pupils with a range of life skills - academic, vocational, social, creative, sporting and moral.
  • Build confidence and self - esteem and prepare our boys and girls for the next step in their education.
  • Generate an understanding of the need for care and consideration for others within our community and the wider world.
  • Work in partnership with parents and guardians to help our pupils achieve their full potential.
  • Work with external academic and industry based institutions in order to offer a varied learning experience.
  • In our 16+ provision we ensure that a programme of study appropriate to pupils’ needs is in place. All pupils are given the opportunity to learn and make progress whilst preparing for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of an independent life in British society.
  • In addition, we specifically ensure that all pupils with Autism and other mild to moderate Special Educational Needs are given the support to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

To this end, the general principle governing the curriculum of the school is that every child shall be entitled to and shall take up an innovative curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • Promotes a love of learning and the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at the school.
  • Prepares the children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the next stage of education and leading on into adult life.

The school provides for all children access to the areas of experience below:

  • Aesthetic and Creative – incorporating the arts across the curriculum in a way that fosters a heightened awareness of and appreciation for all that touches our lives.
  • Ethical and Spiritual - values and relationships. Values of school, study of multi-society and religion whilst not undermining the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Linguistic - four dimensions of language, listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • Mathematical - numerical, spatial, scientific and practical.
  • Physical - co-ordination of mind and body.
  • Scientific - observation, enquiry, technology, environment.
  • Technological – learning about the processes and knowledge related to technology.
  • Human and Social – the study of personal, social, health and economics which encourages respect for other people. Inspiring and regular careers guidance.

The previous academic year 2016-17 was a year of growth, discovery and development as we prepared to navigate a curriculum without levels, or at least levels as we knew them. With the removal of levels from the national curriculum, we knew we needed to explore contemporary and more successful means by which to monitor progress of the individual child. In order to ensure we were effectively assessing our pupils in a way which makes sure their results mean something, we decided that a levelling system was still required, however it is one which has been devised to work with and towards the new 1-9 GCSE grading system. The intention is that this will create cohesion and one single and clear assessment structure that starts in key stage one and continues in to key stage four and five.

Each department has produced an Academic Plan for each subject. This is essentially a programme of study, providing an overview of the skills and content for each subject at key stage one and through in to GCSE, BTEC etc.