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Our Curriculum

Curriculum at Riverside

Leader’s rationale for the curriculum design and implementation an on

The innovative curriculum at Riverside is designed to inspire, stimulate and engage all learners irrespective of their backgrounds or prior experience.  The broad and balanced curriculum was designed by the staff at Riverside to meet the needs of our learners. In addition, it is designed to maintain the improved standards in all aspects of the National Curriculum offering challenge in a climate of high expectation.

Opportunities at Riverside encourage children to immerse themselves in their learning, make decisions and have ownership of their progress. Our full curriculum equips the learners with deep understanding, knowledge and skills that can be applied across the whole range of subjects. This in turn prepares them for the next stage in their education and lifelong learning.

Monitoring, evaluation and self assessment

Class staff measure pupil progress against National Curriculum age related expectations and year standards.  Evidence of age related standards are assessed from the application of skills and knowledge from all areas of the curriculum.  Assessment is an ongoing process within the delivery of lessons which enables timely intervention to ensure learning is at the right level for every child.  All lessons include consolidation of learning, challenge to ensure engagement, motivation and high expectation. In addition, tests are administered to support teacher judgement to inform future planning and provision and measure progress.

Subject leaders drive the school’s key priorities and monitor their subjects regularly to ensure their subject is contributing to overall school effectiveness.

Senior Leaders monitor books regularly not only for consistency and evidence of age related standards but for opportunities of challenge and evidence of greater depth. Half termly Pupil Progress Meetings are held with each class teacher and the head and assistant head teachers. The progress of all children is discussed and evaluated with provision adapted or intervention put into place to support accelerated learning. We work closely with outside professionals to ensure all interventions are finely tuned to the individuals needs. In addition, staff CPD is planned to meet the key focus areas for the whole school development to constantly improve school the impact of teaching and learning for all pupils.

All stake holders are involved in school provision and improvement. The Governors are robust in their challenge through their monitoring and meetings. In addition, parents complete questionnaires, some attend a Parent Forum with the Head Teacher and Learning Mentor where issues are raised and their opinion is sought. The children are not only involved in their progress but support the school development through the School Council and Junior Leadership Team monitoring.

Next steps for future development

·         Embedding  an innovative curriculum 

·         Children’s articulation of subject specific vocabulary

This is driven by all staff and closely monitored by SLT and Governors.

  1. Primary National Curriculum