Teaching & Learning
At Ruswarp Church of England Primary we provide a learning environment which is positive, rich and challenging to stimulate all children.
Literacy and Numeracy are taught daily. We also provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Other subjects taught in the school include Science, RE, ICT, PE, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Art and Design and Modern Foreign Languages, currently predominantly French. Where possible learning is approached through cross curricular themes. We encourage creative thinking across the curriculum.
In recent years, a great deal has been discovered about how we learn, not least in the developing knowledge of how our brain works. We recognise learning styles: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, and ensure that lessons are planned and delivered in a way to 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 and high self-esteem and personal responsibility and interest in learning.
We maintain high standards of achievement through 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.
Parents receive information about progress in their child’s annual school report, but discussions regarding progress form a significant part of our parent consultation meetings.
Teaching Religious Education
We believe at this school that RE both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum.
Specifically, the teaching of RE at Ruswarp aims to enable pupils of whatever ability and level of development to:
acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, each of which is represented in North Yorkshire;
develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community;
develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions;
enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
a. developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;
b. responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of
their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practices;
c. reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the
light of their study;
d. expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful,
reasoned and considerate way;
recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society.
Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
We hope that the teaching of Religious Education at Ruswarp Church of England Primary School will encourage all learners to reflect on their own beliefs and values and to acknowledge that others hold beliefs different from their own.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in our Reception Class form our Foundation Stage and are taught by Mrs Stainthorpe. There is a separate curriculum for the children in this stage of school. It is planned to enable each individual child to explore the world in the ways that best suit them. Our recently improved outdoor learning environment is a fantastic resource, which enriches the children’s experiences and provides a lovely start to the children’s learning journey with us.
EYFS is made up from seven areas of learning which are all inter-connected and dependent on each other:
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
We believe that children are active learners who learn through their senses, through investigation, experimentation, listening, watching, social interaction, questioning and exploring. Your child is a special and unique individual and will be encouraged to develop their confidence, skills and talents in these early years of education.
Key Stage One
This is where we start to develop our children even further, establishing even greater independence and the basis for study skills. They become independent thinkers and we expand their naturally explorative minds.
Years 1 and 2 are taught by Mr Cockerill. The transition from Foundation stage is made really easily, as the Autumn Term is spent combining familiar activities from Foundation Stage whilst gradually introducing new activities.
The classroom is a familiar environment with lots of areas of continuous provision such as a Writing area, Maths area and a Construction area which helps the children settle in really quickly. We continue to focus on Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy and we also begin to sit on the carpet for longer periods of time.
As well as Literacy and Numeracy we explore some exciting topics such as Fantasy worlds in Literacy, old toys and castles in History as well as creating some healthy foods in DT. Where possible, links are made with our topic during our studies in other subjects.
Key Stage Two
Our aim here is to develop real independence, creativity and flair. Children set the basis for their adult life here and that is why it is so important to help them feel confident about who they are, build on their natural talents and teach them the resilient skills required for the next phase of learning. We take great pleasure from watching them fly!
Our Lower Key Stage Two class is taught by Mr Austin. As the year progresses we hope to develop learners who are able to work with increased independence while learning lots of new things. As well as studying the core subjects, during Year 3 we study some exciting topics. Our history based topics are the Ancient Greeks and the Egyptians, whereas our topics with a geography focus are volcanoes and Greece. Where possible, links are made with our topic during our studies in other subjects.
Our Upper Key Stage Two class is taught by Mrs Hann. Years 5 and 6 is all about learning, being creative and having fun! We work really hard to learn new things every day and to help and support each other in our learning. We get on together, we help each other when we are stuck or don't know what to do. We study several different topics in Years 5 and 6 which help to make our learning interesting and creative.
Year 6 is a challenging year as we prepare for our end of Key Stage assessments. It is our final year of Primary School and an extremely busy one. We continue to develop the independent working skills which have been fostered throughout Key Stage 2, taking on increasing responsibility for our own learning in preparation for secondary school next year. We love taking on extra jobs and responsibilities around school and for our teachers and we are super organized!
Outcomes & Results
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