We have always ensured that the children at Randwick are taught a full curriculum, and as a state school we follow the national curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum
Our curriculum is ever-evolving and we are currently (November 2021) upgrading it so that it embraces our four drivers (see below), and offers something unique to the children at Randwick School. This year, we are planning three special weeks (one each ‘old’ term): Art from around the World Week, Sports Week and World Awareness Week.
We focus on a geography, history or computing topic for one afternoon each term (what we used to call half a term) which means we can cover more topics and provide children with a greater range of experiences. Children also have an afternoon of science each week, an afternoon of Religious Education and Music, and an afternoon of PHSE (personal, health and social education) and Philosophy for Children.
Our intent is to make the curriculum relevant to the children here at Randwick. History, geography and art topics are rooted in the local area. Our history curriculum features our local Iron Age long barrow, the villages contribution to the woollen industry, and the life of an evacuee in Stroud during World War Two. Our geography curriculum includes opportunities for fieldwork in and on the woods, hills and rivers nearby. Our art curriculum features local artists and an annual whole school trip to Nature in Art to see an art gallery.
Our curriculum is also experiential; we want children to see, hear, smell and feel what they are learning about so that they have a sense of place, time, community. Children have told us that they learn best, and write best, as a result of experiencing something. So it’s important that they experience learning outside of the classroom, including visits to the Stroud Book and Cheltenham Science Festivals, or to the mosque in Gloucester to learn about Islamism, or to our onsite Forest School to learn about our flora and fauna and embrace our wonderful outdoors.
Our curriculum is global and culturally rich and teaches children about our local area, our country, our world and the cultural diversity within all of these, so that they are excited by the world around them and ready to be global citizens. We do this through celebrating religious festivals around the world, through a rich and diverse curriculum covering everything from Rosa Parks impact on the world to life in a big city, to linking with schools in Kenya and Gloucester.
We want our children to be able to communicate effectively, and we support them to be independent learners through investigating key questions in their topics each week, and through discussions in Philosophy for Children lessons. Each topic has an end goal (a product), and children work together to decide how best to communicate what they have learnt, often through writing and presentations. There is a purpose for learning.
The attached timetable visually shows what a typical week looks like, but of course, teachers decide what is taught when so a class timetable might look a little different. Art and design and technology are taught for at least one day each, each term. French teaching in Key Stage Two is interwoven throughout the week (eg learning phrases during afternoon registration). All children get an average of around two hours of Physical Education a week (which includes twice weekly fun runs, Sports Week, Forest School). Children have a class story read to them daily and have regular opportunities to read themselves, and to an adult if younger. Parent helpers enable us to enhance these opportunities to read to an adult so please let us know if you have some time available. See ‘Reading at Randwick’ for more. Our curriculum in inclusive and adapted to suit the needs of individual children as appropriate.
The curriculum maps show what we teach when. We use some schemes to help us with music (Charanga) and PHSE (SCARF). We have bought the ‘PE Pal’ scheme from Atlas Sports; each class has a tablet with PE Pal loaded which provides plans and videos for teachers and children.
Knowledge Organisers focus on the main topic for the term and go home to parents and carers at the start. Each half term teachers and TAs will plan and produce these, to help us focus on the skills and knowledge we want the children to learn, and for children to have at home to help them learn and remember key information. If you are interested in reading more about these, follow this link: