At Ryders Green Primary School geography education will be fully inclusive to every child. Geography, by nature, is an investigative subject. Through our teaching, we intend to provoke thought, questions and to encourage children to discover answers to their own questions through exploration and research to enable them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it.
Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the EYFS Framework and the Primary National Curriculum for Geography and provide opportunities to build incrementally on learning from 2-11 years in the following ways:
· By providing an ambitiously and coherently designed broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum that inspires pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the local and global world and its diversity (culturally, environmentally and ecologically)
· By providing coherently planned in-lesson opportunities that introduce geographical concepts, knowledge and skills, which build on prior knowledge and fosters a love of the subject.
· By ensuring that pupils can articulate their learning about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
· By providing lively and effective learning in Geography that has a wide application to everyday life so that children enjoy learning about the world and to have a better understanding of how people live in different locations.
Art and Design –
At Ryders Green Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
2. become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
3. evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
4. know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
To build and deliver a curriculum subject which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge.
To design a curriculum subject with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus so that children can reach and exceed their potential to learn more, understand more and remember more.
To build a curriculum subject which ensures children recognise and celebrate cultural diversity. To design a curriculum subject which results in children understanding what it means to be a British Citizen or, someone from another country who lives in Britain.
To develop an awareness and tolerance of living in a multi-cultural society and being mutually respectful towards the beliefs of others.
At Ryders Green, every child from Reception to Year 6 attends swimming lessons. This has a continuing, growing impact on the children’s water confidence and skills. We believe it is important for every child to attend swimming lessons as this is an important life skill which will truly benefit them.
P.E. lessons at Ryders Green teach various skills in line with the curriculum. These skills are differentiated across each year group. The children access a range of creative activities which physically challenge them and allow them to see where they can practise their skills.
Here at Ryders Green, we aim to encourage the children to take part in a positively competitive attitude where children can thrive and further push themselves to reach their potential.
At lunchtimes, the children have access to a wide range of physical equipment. This gives the children the healthy start they need in life to implement regular physical activity. We feel it is important to give children these opportunities at lunchtimes as this works towards children doing 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This is also within the government guidelines and supports children who may lack the resources outside of school too.
At Ryders Green Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable enriching experience. Children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of musical experiences, therefore building their confidence.
Our teaching focus:
-developing an understanding of rhythm via singing songs and recognising the structure of what they are singing
-developing listening via the appreciation of a variety genres of music both during assembly and as part of topic lessons(cross-curricular)
-developing descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music represents different emotions and narratives.
-develop technical vocabulary such as dynamics, pitch, rhythm, timbre encouraging confident use of these terms, and the reading of notation