Curriculum Intent Statement

The aim of the Ryarsh Primary School curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. 

The Ryarsh Curriculum, based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage, outlines what needs to be taught (knowledge and skills) in each year group, leading to an ambitious and engaging curriculum which is coherently sequenced and structured so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and progress towards clearly defined end points. We understand and appreciate that all of our children are unique and we aim for our children to feel a strong sense of connectedness and belonging to our school community, and leave Ryarsh Primary School with lifelong happy memories and with the skills they will need for a successful future.

Our children should be enthused and inspired to give their very best during every single lesson. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through appropriate extension activities. Those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

Throughout our curriculum we aim to develop the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Where we feel learning can be enhanced, lessons/subjects are taught in a cross curricular thematic manner. Running through all our teaching is our aim to develop lifelong learning skills through a focus on ‘growth mindset’ to allow the children to grow as both a learner and a person. Our curriculum also aims to equip our children with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It introduces them to the best that has been taught and said as well as develop an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The school’s focus on curriculum development has been carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities, responsibilities and experiences from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. The children’s own community is frequently used as a point for engaging interest and helps to ensure that we can make connections between the world the children experience and other areas of learning. A primary focus of our curriculum is to make sure that children leave our school with not only high academic standards but with the strength of character needed to succeed in life. This includes an increased focus on making the children better citizens by becoming increasingly aware of what makes a good citizen and how to take actions in order to improve their own lives as well as those around them. This will be underpinned by the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and respect.

To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of extra-curricular clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a variety of sports clubs after school hours. Our PSHE scheme provides children with opportunities to discuss and learn about personal health, wellbeing, safety, relationships differences and aspirations. Our diversity work helps children to realise that everyone is special and unique and we should appreciate differences and different kinds of families.

Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. 

Our School Values permeate through all areas of our school, including our curriculum approach. Our school values are: