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Curriculum 2019 – 2020

Aims of OUR Curriculum

‘Learn to Live – Live to Learn’
At Ryhope Infant Academy School we are focused upon the whole child and our curriculum reflects this. We aim to nurture and prepare children educationally, socially, morally and physically for their continuing education into their next phase and beyond into citizenship. We use half termly topics as the basis for our curriculum planning, informed by the interests of our pupils, our local community and the National Curriculum. This personalised learning approach enables us to make learning inspiring, creative, meaningful, relevant and engaging which encourages enjoyment in learning and promotes high standards of achievement. We offer a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum which encompasses our vision of ‘Learn to Live – Live to Learn’. Our curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Its implementation is intended to provide children with ambition, learn new and exciting concepts and deepen subject knowledge through a progressive model.

We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent learners and thinkers, prepared and ready to become lifelong learners.
Therefore our core aims are:

  • Help our pupils to become independent, enquiring and collaborative learners.
  • Embed well being and resilience into our curriculum.
  • Develop happy, motivated life-long learners equipped for the future.
  • Nurture confident, healthy, caring and respectful individuals.
  • Create thinking individuals, with values, who make a positive contribution to the world.
  • Provide challenge through innovative teaching, enabling children to reach their full potential.
  • Be inclusive and diverse allowing a range of opportunities for children to fulfil their highest potential, both academically, and in respect of their wider interests and talents.
  • Ensure our curriculum facilitates the growing needs of all learners.
  • Help children develop a growth mindset, a love of challenge and create a safe and secure learning environment where children embrace risk.
  • To encourage parents to be active partners in their children’s education.
  • Our pupils are challenged in fun and exciting ways through an enriched curriculum that offers: real-life, purposeful learning opportunities; first-hand experiences and regular opportunities to learn outside the classroom via a range of educational visits and curriculum workshops.

At Ryhope Infant School Academy we have a creative curriculum with increased links between subjects under topic headings, underpinned by clear learning objectives. We are also encouraging greater use of thinking skills and group work through problem solving activities which help in establishing the principles and habits needed for lifelong learning.

We aim to create learning experiences that help the children to develop a growth mindset, to enjoy challenge, work hard, persevere and develop creativity in all areas.

The school follows the National Curriculum in all areas. Details of the National Curriculum are available in school and “on line” at www.standards.dfes.gov.uk if you should wish to see them.

Privacy Policy

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We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

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This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

Please see our "Staying Safe During Covid-19" Page for the most up to date information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

You probably watched the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, just as we did. He stated that schools may return after half term and towards the beginning of June, for certain year groups. Further guidance from the Department for Education regarding the possibility of the wider opening of the school from 1st June states:

Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020 that under the heading Class sizes and staff availability ‘settings should prioritise groups of children as follows:
• early years settings– 3 and 4 year olds followed by younger age groups
• infant schools - nursery (where applicable) and reception
• primary schools – nursery (where applicable), reception and year 1”

and as we are an Infant School we will be prioritising Nursery and Reception.

I know you will have lots of questions but at this stage we are still unable to answer most of them.  Further information regarding this will be shared with parents/carers as and when we have it.

We are still open for children of Critical or Key Workers.  To book a place, please contact [email protected] 

We will be opening our school to these workers only when parents are scheduled to work.  The school will be open from 8:50am to 3:15pm.  There will be no breakfast or afterschool care available. 

If you are a “Critical or Key Worker” and are not scheduled to work, your child MUST stay at home.  If you have a partner at home who is NOT a “Critical or Key Worker”, your child should also remain at home.  This is to protect all of our children, staff and their families.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Free School Meal Vouchers

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From Monday 6th April 2020, all children eligible for benefits-related free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Schools will provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth up to £15 to spend at supermarkets while we are closed due to coronavirus.

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department for Education working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

These vouchers will only be available during the normal term time with exception to the Easter break which the Government have agreed to provide support for. 

Please see our Staying Safe During Covid-19 Page for further information on how to receive the shopping vouchers.