In History we follow the chronological story of Britain from The Stone Ages, the Romans, The Anglo-Saxons, The Middle Ages, Trade and industry and the era of the Second World War up to the end of Key stage three in year 9. The GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 follow a detailed study of Britain in the Twentieth Century. As well as using a range of textbooks, a number of visits to local and national historical sites help to make History an enjoyable curriculum subject. The proximity of Greenwich and the River Thames provides a valuable source and opportunity to investigate local History.
In Geography we follow the National Curriculum to gain an understanding of the local area, South East England and a variety of other regions throughout the world. Pupils learn about weather and climate, features of the landscape, maps and fieldwork. Pupils will also have to find out about the regions people inhabit and their life style and the associated environmental issues.
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
In Key Stage 3, the teaching of History and Geography is combined under the title 'Topic'.
Apart from acquiring the subject knowledge based on the national curriculum, our pupils are encouraged to improve their ability to understand ideas and to form and articulate their personal opinions and views. Both, oral and written communication skills are taught through discussions and written tasks. Frequent debates also offer an excellent opportunity to improve their team work skills. The subjects are taught with strong emphasis on current affairs which brings relevance to the topics studied in class. The subjects are delivered with strong cross curricula links, drawing from a number of other subjects such as History, Geography, Science, Art and Literature. This lesson forms part of our Form Time SMSC programme, alongside Citizenship, PSHE and SRE.
Information Communication Technology and Computer Science
The teaching of ICT and Computer Science involves the use of computers to communicate information, process data, produce media or to control machines. Pupils learn how to use word processors, DTP software, spread sheets, databases, web design, sound, and video and graphics applications. Pupils work at their own workstation in our well-equipped ICT suites and have on-line access to network files and the Internet. Pupils are encouraged to email accounts to store, transfer and backup their work. Pupils have their own school email address and can use file attachments to transfer work between home and school. The facilities include a variety of software for cross curricular activities and for GCSE coursework in Years 10 and 11 and A Level Computer Science classes in Riverston College.
Computers are an important tool used widely in the world outside school. It is inevitable that pupils will use a computer and other ICT equipment after leaving school so the skills and confidence gained in using this equipment in these lessons are vital to pupil’s success in the future.
Although it is useful for pupils to have access to a computer at home, it is not absolutely essential. What is important, however, is that pupils have as much hands on experience as possible, i.e. using computers with different types of software. Pupils can also access the ICT suite at lunchtimes and after school in an effort to maintain a high standard of work throughout the curriculum.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Riverston School, French is taught from Year 7 to Year 11.
The aim of the department is to create an environment in which all pupils can achieve their potential academically. The use of interactive activities in lessons helps to further enhance learning and teaching in a fun way.
In our teaching we set out to develop the pupils’ ability to communicate effectively in French as well as providing an insight into the French culture and history.
Forest school is a holistic learning process that uses the outdoor environment and aims to raise self–awareness and self-esteem in all participants and is an inspirational process that offers children opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem, through small achievable tasks and hands on learning experiences. The sessions are child led under the supervision of staff and a fully trained forest school leader.
Forest school builds on a child’s innate curiosity, motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves. Forest school helps children to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.