Red Hall follows the National Curriculum for England, introduced in September 2014, which differs from the previous curriculum in a number of ways, chiefly in difficulty. There follows a brief summary of the key changes in core subject areas, followed by an overview of each subject taught. For detailed information on each year group’s topics and programme of study, please see the termly curriculum newsletters, which are linked on each year group’s page of the school website.
- A strong emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes) is taught in Years 1 and 2.
- Handwriting – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
- Spoken English is emphasised, with children developing, debating and presenting skills.
- Five year olds are expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the previous curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (previously up to 10).
- Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) are taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children are expected to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (eg. 0.375 = 3/8)
- By the age of nine, children are expected to know times tables up to 12×12 (previously 10×10 by the end of primary school).
- Calculators are not introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.
- Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms.
- Evolution, a new topic for primary schools, is taught.
- Non-core subjects, like caring for animals, have be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system.
Design & Technology
- Is now of greater importance, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
- More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics.
- In KS2, children learn how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
Computing (previously ICT)
- Computing has replaced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs.
- From seven, children are taught to understand computer networks, including the internet.
- Internet Safety is taught.
- A modern foreign language is mandatory in KS2. Red Hall has opted to teach French
- Children are expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.
Computing at Red Hall Primary School covers a wide range of disciplines from basic word processing to programming computer games. The pupils have access to a range of devices, dependant on their age, including iPads and netbooks. In each classroom, there are interactive whiteboards.
Computing is taught discretely, with opportunities for children to integrate their skills in all subjects across the curriculum. Our resources are updated and replaced regularly and we are part of The Dudley Grid for Learning (DGFL).
History is planned and taught as part of our creative, cross curricular approach to learning. During their work in history, children develop, use and apply the national curriculum key skills across a range of contexts. During their time here, they have the opportunity to learn about people, places and key events at different times in the past, from The Ancient Egyptians to The Victorians and what life was like for children during World War Two. Throughout the year, we invite parents/carers to special sharing assemblies, where we showcase the children’s work in these topics. Educational visits form a vital part of engaging children in History.
Geography is planned and taught as part of our creative, cross curricular approach to learning. During their work in geography, children develop, use and apply the National Curriculum key skills across a range of contexts. Children learn about and compare features of different localities e.g. Dudley, UK and global locations. We encourage our pupils to think as global citizens and to take responsibility for their impact on the environment through reducing waste, reusing and recycling.
At Red Hall, maths is taught daily. We teach all aspects of the curriculum and cover topics on a termly basis. We are constantly looking for opportunities to develop cross-curricular links with maths, especially in science, technology and topic as we believe application of skills is crucial to making great mathematicians. Throughout KS1 and KS2 the children participate in the ‘Red Hall Maths Celebration Clubs’. These clubs focus on mental arithmetic from number bonds to 10, to cubing numbers and working algebraically.
Fluency in maths is a focus in lessons with children encouraged to apply skills and knowledge across the maths strands.
PE at Red Hall Primary School covers a wide range of sport and activity ensuring that children are given the best opportunity to develop fundamental skills and adopt a healthy attitude to being active. PE lessons are planned so as to ensure maximum involvement and opportunities for success.
At Red Hall we have at least 3 after school clubs a week and lots of opportunity to represent Red Hall against other local schools in leagues and one off competitions. We try to provide not just traditional extra curricular clubs such as football but also clubs such as OAA (outdoor and adventurous activities) which allows pupils to try orienteering, den building and geocaching.
The pupils are given a voice in extra curricular PE in form of the “Sports Crew” which is a multi discipline group with jobs ranging from referees to photographers. This aims to encourage pupils of all ability and interest in sport to have a say in what goes on as well as developing leadership skills. They organise competitions and challenges through the year that award “PE points” that go towards our house competition.
At Red Hall we teach Science in very hands-on way, allowing the children to explore the wonders of the world around them through investigation. We aim to foster open minded thinking and encourage the children to make links in their knowledge and understanding. This promotes discussion and allows children to express their reasoning to the rest of the class.
Wherever possible the children learn from first-hand experience and develop the ability to work scientifically, predict outcomes, interpret the results, become aware of making a test “fair”, sort, group and describe objects according to their similarities and differences. The children are given opportunities to develop their skills in measurement, data handling and to record their results systematically.
Every year group has the opportunity to visit the Environment Zone at Roberts Primary School and work with Guy and his team. The children always enjoy these days and don’t realise just how much they are learning.
We are excited that our outdoor environment is undergoing development on both sites. We now have willow sculpture, vegetable and salad beds and an area to encourage mini-beasts!
This really enhances our science curriculum. We can’t wait to get out there more often!
At Red Hall we recognise that language is an essential building block in child development and we aim to equip each and every pupil with the English skills they need to enjoy lifelong learning. This allows them to enjoy reading for knowledge, as well as pleasure and enjoyment, and to write with a sense of purpose and audience. We also encourage our children to express themselves effectively orally and to listen and learn from each other.
Reading is taught in line with the National Curriculum expectations for word reading and comprehension. As well as a school library in KS1, each class in school has a book corner with a wide range of books by popular children’s authors. The school uses Oxford Reading Tree as its core reading scheme which is a high quality scheme that takes children from beginning to read to being fluent, questioning, independent readers. Guided reading takes place on a regular basis. For the children, these sessions include a mixture of teacher-led group work, follow up activities linked to the current group read, phonics work, independent reading and even some time to simply immerse themselves in books. Each class also enjoys a termly class reader as well as access to high quality fiction and non-fiction texts.
Phonics at Red Hall is taught using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme and parents of children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are regularly invited to take part in workshops to learn how we teach phonics order for them to support and help their child at home with their reading. Reading with your child every day hugely improves their reading success and this is something we actively encourage at Red Hall.
Through daily English lessons, children learn the essentials of the English language such as phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence construction; together with the skills to help shape and organise texts. However, English is not just taught as discrete lessons but as part of our creative curriculum approach. We try to make learning fun and relevant by linking activities and experiences to other areas of the curriculum such as history, geography or science. Each year group has a different topic for each term and, wherever possible, teachers are encouraged to find fiction and non-fiction work linked to their topic area. We also use paintings, objects and film clips as stimuli for storytelling, writing and performance which, again, we try to link to our termly topic.
All classes are given opportunities for drama, performance and presentation via class activities, class assemblies and year group presentations at key points throughout the school year.
At Red Hall, children are taught to listen well, speak clearly, read enthusiastically and write effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences. Children are supported and encouraged as they learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively on their way to becoming enthusiastic and independent learners.
Design Technology is planned and taught through our creative curriculum. In addition to this, DT focus days are planned across the whole school to address specific skills. Children have the opportunity to develop and plan their own ideas, learn practical skills, work with tools and materials to make quality products and critically evaluate their designs. Children experience working in a range of contexts such as the school gardens and playgrounds and the wider environment. There is an emphasis on cooking and nutrition, and children have opportunities to apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet through cooking and preparing food.
Children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art and craft work. Art focus days help children develop visual thinking and creativity. Children are taught skills appropriate to their age and ability. They gain confidence in analysing and recording the world around them and expressing their ideas through shape and form, colour, line, pattern and texture. Children are encouraged to value their own work and that of others. The study of a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers complements this work.Art is often linked to other subjects and helps skills develop across the curriculum.
Pupils are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the religious beliefs and practices that have become part of the United Kingdom’s rich and diverse culture. Pupils learn about the major concepts common to most religions, for example, worship, celebration, authority, belief and symbol. A greater understanding of these are achieved through first hand experiences by visiting places of worship, handling religious objects, speaking with members of faith communities and assemblies.
Pupils begin to focus on their own feelings and beliefs about religion and life experiences. They are given opportunities to reflect upon, question and respond to what they are learning in Religious Education.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (S.M.S.C.)
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural awareness enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. The children fund raise for many good causes such as ‘Children in Need. Our school choir performs concerts for local community groups, and we are often involved with local projects.
We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities to have a strong sense of right and wrong, an understanding of fairness and equality. An ability to reflect upon and act on the consequences of their own actions help children understand the qualities and attitudes required to build and maintain good friendships
Children learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society. We aim to help them develop awareness, understanding and appreciation of different cultures of the world. How countries believe in their own religions, traditions, beliefs and ways of doing things e.g. Celebrations and festivals, family values, food, the arts -music/ drama/ dance and language.
We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities to have a strong sense of right and wrong, an understanding of fairness and equality. An ability to reflect upon, and act on the consequences of their own actions, helps children understand the qualities and attitudes required to build and maintain good friendships.
Nurture a sense of awe and wonder of the world around them. To develop an awareness of what is ‘sacred’ what it means to individuals and cultures.
Respect and appreciate that many people’s religion and cultures believe in a Creator or Being that helps to guide your development/ growth and enable a positive personal contribution to your world.
Develop a sense of curiosity about their place in the world and their own potential.
Foster an appreciation of the intangible, inner lives and non material well being.
Having a strong sense of right and wrong, an understanding of fairness and equality and apply this in their own lives.
An ability to reflect upon and act on the consequences of their own actions.
Children understand the wider social groupings of which they are a member, they are able to relate to others and understand the qualities and attitudes required to build and maintain good friendships.
An awareness, understanding and appreciation of different cultures of the world.
How countries believe in their own religions, traditions, beliefs and ways of doing things e.g. Celebrations and festivals, family values, food, the arts -music/ drama/ dance and language.
A willingness to participate in and respond to cultural opportunities in the wider community.
Aspects of human life and experience such as, belonging, relationships, suffering, encourages questions about life events and personal values. Interest in the Natural World enables pupils to further explore their inner-self developing skills of empathy, which will aid their ability to give meaningful responses to religious and moral issues.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is now taught to pupils in Years 3 to 6 as part of the curriculum. Children are taught basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to talk, present, read and write in French.