We are led by our Christian ethos and are guided by our core values to give all children skills, confidence and spirituality. We believe that children are entitled to receive the very best education to enable all children to be the very best they can be.
All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant and suited to their needs. At North Rigton C of E Primary, we aim to make this curriculum stimulating, vibrant, and enjoyable and focused on each child developing the skills and knowledge required to be successful in later life. We aim to enable each child to reach the highest standard to which s/he is capable through providing a challenging yet supportive learning environment in which all pupils feel safe and secure to take risks and rise to challenges.
The core subject skills of reading, writing and mathematics are vitally important and are taught daily within the context of our ‘creative curriculum’. This curriculum, which is organised into topics, provides relevant learning opportunities for pupils of all ages, as part of which they develop independence, questioning skills, the ability to investigate and ask questions and a well-rounded appreciation of the world around them.
Core Subject Teaching
We place great emphasis on our core subject teaching and knowledge as we believe that the skills and knowledge learnt in these lessons are vital to enable pupils to access the full range of opportunities available to them in later life. Mathematics, reading and writing are taught daily and pupils are given regular learning logs (homework) tasks that enable them to extend or consolidate the skills learnt in class.
Mathematics is taught as a subject daily in all classes as well as being taught as a tool across the curriculum. Pupils at all levels are given the opportunity to develop new skills and processes, investigate number patterns and rules, solve problems and puzzles, explore shape, space and measures and learn key facts by heart. Regular learning logs tasks enable children to develop their thinking further and in turn become more confident and independent mathematicians. In The Foundation Stage, pupils learn mathematical processes and number facts through a range of play based and investigative activities. They learn songs that help with counting and recognising numbers and use the environment around them to learn more about shape and space.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 are encouraged to read daily to develop their independent reading and comprehension skills. We teach reading in a number of ways. Our younger pupils read to an adult regularly to develop their ability to recognise common words, break up unknown words into segments and begin to understand the texts that they are reading. As pupils get older, they take part in ‘guided reading’ where the teacher works with a group of children reading at a similar level and, through setting focused reading and comprehension objectives, is able to help the group progress with their ability to read more challenging texts and comment on what they have read. Pupils in the Foundation Stage experience books in a range of contexts, listen to stories, retell stories using puppets and begin to recognise letter sounds and common words.
Writing skills are taught within our daily English lessons. Pupils are also given a wide range of opportunities to write for real purposes across the curriculum. A confident and skilled writer has the ability to write in a range of contexts such as letter writing, emails, reports, persuasive texts and fiction writing. Our topic based curriculum provides many opportunities for children to develop their writing skills in real and relevant contexts. Pupils in the Foundation Stage develop early writing skills by engaging in a range of gross and fine motor play activities. When ready, they develop their early writing skills on paper by learning letter formations and writing familiar words and short sentences.
Science is taught within our long term plan of topics. As part of our science teaching, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the following skills and processes:
• Observe and measure
• Classify and conclude
• Identify patterns and relationships
• Make predictions and explain results
• Devise and carry out investigations
• Handle equipment and a wide range of materials safely and effectively.
Science topics focus on the following main areas:
• Scientific Enquiry
• Life processes and living things
• Physical Processes
• Materials and their Properties
Religious Education and Collective Worship
We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2. Pupils are given the opportunity in RE lessons and as part of the wider curriculum to learn about aspects of the Christian faith and other major faiths as well as discuss feelings, values and moral issues that are pertinent to them. All pupils take part in an act of daily collective worship which is broadly Christian in nature. These sessions are led by teaching staff and members of the local clergy but also by our older pupils who are our “Champions of Worship”. Parents can request in writing that their child does not take part in collective worship should they so wish.
Each half term we teach a specific area of the Computing curriculum through specific Computing lessons each week. We also use Information Communication Technology to support and access learning in other areas of the curriculum.
The Wider Curriculum
Learning across the curriculum is organised into topics of varying length dependent on the age of the children and the topic content. We believe that children learn best when what they are learning is relevant, engaging and suited to individual needs. We therefore link subjects where we believe learning will be enriched by doing so. Our pupils learn in a variety of ways and using a range of resources such as visits to museums or activity centres, use of the amenities in the local area or creatively using materials as part of a design and technology project.
In addition to music teaching within the school curriculum, peripatetic teachers from the County Music Service come to school each week to teach small groups of children. These particular services are paid for by parents.
French is taught throughout the school, with a focus on the acquisition of spoken skills. This teaching is informal for younger pupils and consists of simple spoken commands, counting and the learning of phrases. For our older pupils, French is taught more formally and pupils are given the opportunity to develop early conversational skills.
PE and Sport
As part of our PE curriculum, children have weekly swimming lessons at Harrogate Pool. Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the lessons and transport by coach. Friends of North Rigton (FONR) also contribute towards transportation costs. Older pupils are also given regular opportunities to compete with and against other schools in a range of sports tournaments in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area.
Sex and Relationships Education
This is delivered biannually by our school nurse and is taught as part of an on-going personal social health and citizenship education programme (PSHCE), which includes other issues such as taking care of one’s body, eating healthily, relationships with others, exercise and assertiveness. The school’s role in educating pupils about growing up supplements and supports the parents’ role in sex education and no specific courses are arranged without prior parental consent.
Foundation Stage Ages 3-5 years
These are the early years of education, beginning in the nursery and ending at the end of the Reception year when the children will be five years old. The curriculum is divided into six areas of learning:
Children learn to work together, to share and co-operate. They are helped to develop good self-esteem and confidence. This area is the basis for success in all other areas of the curriculum.
Children develop speaking and listening skills in a variety of situations. They begin to read and write and to use information and communication technology (ICT) skills. These are developed through making connections, often through play.
Children develop skills in mathematics through active learning. This will include counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space and measures. Mathematical understanding is developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.
Children develop those skills that help them make sense of the world. This includes first-hand experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem-solving, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography and ICT.
Children develop their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. This involves using a range of equipment both indoors and outside.
Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative allows children to make connections between areas of learning and so extend understanding. This area includes art, craft, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.
Key Stage 1 5-7 years
When children leave the Foundation Stage after their reception year they enter Key Stage 1. This stage lasts two years (Year 1 and Year 2) and finishes at the end of Year 2 when the children are all seven years old.
Our classes are taught with 2 years combined: Years 1 & 2 . To ensure that we cover all required topics without anyone having to repeat anything we have rolling 2 year program of topics.
Key Stage 2 7-11 years
Key Stage 2 lasts for four years (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6) and ends when the children transfer to secondary school at the age of eleven.
Our classes are taught with 2 years combined with Years 3 & 4 together and Years 5 & 6 together. To ensure that we cover all required topics without anyone having to repeat anything we have a rolling 2 year program.