Our learning environment is positive, rich and challenging to stimulate all children.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, with a focus on basic skills development, that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. English and Maths are taught daily as individual lessons and through other subjects. Subjects taught in the school include: Science, Religious Education (RE), Computing, Physical Education (PE), Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Art and Design and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), predominantly French. Where possible learning is approached through cross curricular themes or 'Learning Experiences', which are designed to give learning a genuine context and purpose.
We encourage creative thinking across the curriculum. Lessons are planned and delivered to actively engage all learners. It is important that we develop children's understanding of how they learn best as well as continuing to encourage self-motivation, high self-esteem and personal responsibility for, and interest in learning.
In Foundation Stage [EYFS] as children start at school, they build on their pre-school learning. Children learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
As children begin school, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. The teachers and teaching assistants make sure that the activities are suited to each child's needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
As children move through the school in to Key Stage 1 [Years 1 & 2] and Key Stage 2 [Years 3,4,5 & 6], the curriculum remains rich and varied. We sustain high standards of achievement through careful planning, continuous assessment and tracking of children's learning. Through this on-going process we build a picture of all aspects of each child's development. Assessment takes many forms; we assess through discussion and observation as well as using more formal procedures such as short tests. Formal assessment is undertaken to support teacher assessments at the end of each term in English and Maths. This allows us to track the progress of individual children and year groups and also helps us to identify strengths and areas for development across the school. Parents receive information about progress in their child's school report three times a year at the end of term 2,4 and 6, but discussions regarding progress form a significant part of our parent consultation meetings.
Physical Education at River
River Primary School offers a broad, varied Physical Education and School Sport experience for all children. We offer opportunities in sport for pupils to be creative, competitive, co-operative and to face different challenges as individuals and within teams. We believe that physical activity ensures physical, mental, emotional well-being and encourages children to take part in sports which they enjoy sustaining into lifelong participation.
The PE curriculum is broad and balanced, is accessible to, and aims to meet the needs and interests of all pupils. Children will have opportunities to explore the areas of net and wall, striking and fielding, invasion games, Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA)/Swimming, Dance and Gymnastics.
Opportunities for All
On an annual basis, all children participate in competitive sport through our embedded programme of intra-school sport competitions (Level 1). This means that they represent their house team in different events, such as: ultimate frisbee, athletics, multi-skills, and handball. They earn points to contribute to their house totals and the winning house receives a school trophy.
A large number of children [40 %] compete in inter-school competitions (Level 2) with notable achievements in Quicksticks Hockey, Football, Tag Rugby, Netball and Kwik Cricket.
These successes lead to a number of individuals and teams progressing to represent the district in area competition at the Kent School Games (level 3). Links within local community clubs are well established with coaches from Dover Rugby Club working with our inter-school team.
Additional opportunities are made for children through our group of schools, the Samphire Learning Hub. Events such as Infant Agility, athletics and mini marathon further promote engagement, enjoyment and sportsmanship.
Gold Level Kite Mark – Recognition of Success!
The Sainsbury's School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We received a validation visit for our application for our Gold Level award on 24th September 2015.
The assessor reported:
‘It was clear from the evidence provided that the school is operating at high level. The school are going above and beyond in their efforts to offer a well-rounded sporting offer that incorporates all young people in the school regardless of their ability, congratulations on achieving your Gold School Games Mark.’
We promote positive attitudes toward healthy, active lifestyles. This is achieved not only through the PE, science and PSHCE curriculum, but also such initiatives such as the Kent Messenger Active Bug Scheme which encourages families to reduce car journeys and to use healthier alternatives to travel to and from school.
Links with the Change4life team have been established with curriculum time allocated to enhance all pupils need to sustain a healthy life style, which is also reinforced through participation within National Sports week. Previous themes for this week have been alternative exercise which incorporated Majorette workshops, Morris dancing and Medieval Sports. Olympic and Para Olympic athletes – What makes a successful athlete? National Sports week culminates with a whole school event such as: line dancing and country dancing; it also coincides with our annual Sports Day events.
Provision of support for talented young sports people
Primary - Talented young sports people are offered specific support to help them to develop their sporting potential through enrichment days designed to develop the whole sports person, engaging in individual and team activities, challenging their cognitive, creative, physical, social and personal skills. Additional opportunities to develop leadership are offered through officiating and scoring within intra-sport competitions as well as annual sports days across the whole school.
The government is providing additional funding for academic years 2016 to 2020 to enhance provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. At River this funding will be used:
By allocating funding in this way we aim to achieve sustainable improvement for a time when funding is no longer available.