Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
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Curriculum

Our curriculum has been developed to achieve the following aims:

  • To ensure that all pupils reach their academic and personal potential.
  • To ensure that our children are confident and successful readers, writers, mathematicians and scientists.
  • To provide opportunities for our children to be independent, imaginative, motivated, resilient and active in their learning across all subject areas.
  • To ensure our ASPIRE attributes are embedded in all subject areas.

We are very proud of the rich and varied curriculum that we provide. Our ASPIRE curriculum, developed in partnership with other schools in Windsor Academy Trust, strives to create engaging experiences for all children across the school. Our curriculum is continuously improved and developed and incorporates the sharing of ideas and best practice across all schools in the Trust.

Each year group produces a termly overview. The learning opportunities identified in the overview serve to strengthen the knowledge and understanding both within a subject area and between subjects, providing opportunities for the application of skills across the subject areas. 

For all themes, we have identified a subject that is the main focus within the theme but we also look to incorporate cross-curricular links with other subjects. For example, ‘A Journey Through Time’ in autumn term will be primarily driven by the history objectives for each year group, but the children will also be given opportunities to develop their geography, art and music skills within the context of the time period that they are studying.

Certain curriculum areas will be taught discretely. This includes science, RE, French and PSHE. British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural opportunities underpin our ASPIRE curriculum values and we focus on these as part of our collective worship. Our ongoing commitment to safeguarding is also reflected in the curriculum.

The member of staff responsible for the curriculum is Mrs C Dawes.

ASPIRE curriculum overview

 

Theme 1
Autumn term

Theme 2
Spring term 1
Theme 3
Spring term 2
Theme 4
Summer term 1

Theme 5
Summer term 2

Title A journey through time Magic Moments What a Wonderful World  Historical Detectives 2  Enterprise
Focus subject History Art  Geography  History Design technology
Other subject focus Geography and design technology or art and music Music History and design technology or art and music  Design technology or art, music and geography Art and music
ASPIRE focus

These ASPIRE learning behaviours underpin our entire curriculum and will be addressed across the year.

  • Active in our learning: Challenge yourself, Take risks
  • Sure I can improve: Set goals
  • Positive in attitude: Join in, have fun
  • Imaginative: Find things out for yourself, Asking questions
  • Resilience: Work out what to do when stuck
  • Effort: Try your best
Year 1 Three Generations Whole school project Journeys  Famous people Reuse and recycle 
Year 2 Transport Whole school project Is life the same wherever you live?  Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally - the Great Fire of London Feed the birds 
Year 3 The story of my town Whole school project Build bridges, not walls  A British history study Magical magnets 
Year 4 A timeline of British history Whole school project What is home?   Anglo-Saxons and Vikings Wearable tech 
Year 5 Ancient Greece: The cradle of Western civilisation Whole school project  Fighting back  The Romans The Great Windsor Bakeoff 
Year 6 Early civilisations Whole school project  Vanishing rainforest. The story of the Amazon. North/South America.  Non-European civilisation Rocky Races 

The following subjects will be delivered discreetly: Science, RE, PE, PSHE, Computing, SMSC, BV and MfL. Please see individual school/subject overviews for further details on content.

Promoting British values

The Department for Education states that there is a need: “To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

At Rivers Primary Academy, British values are at the centre of all that we do. We nurture our pupils so they become caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. Through our ASPIRE values, we encourage pupils to be active, seek improvements, positive, independent, resilient individuals who always put effort into everything that they do.

Our school rules: Ready, Respectful, Safe apply to themselves as individuals, others in our school, our local community and beyond. We use weekly Votes for Schools lessons to explicitly teach and promote British values. These lessons give a consistent and quality approach to ensuring that every student accesses and can engage in discussion around British values and can develop their critical thinking. British values are also promoted in many other ways as outlined below.

Democracy

  • Votes for Schools lessons have a weekly topic which the children debate and the vote on at the end.
  • Student leadership teams, such as Student Senate, prefects etc are elected by peers.
  • Pupils are asked to share their views through student questionnaires and pupil voice interviews.
  • The Student Senate share the views of the pupils within the school in regular meetings and are involved in decision-making processes.
  • Pupils are taught how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
  • The history of democracy is taught through themes such as The Greeks in Year 5.
  • ‘Mock elections’ are held to reflect what is happening in modern-day Britain eg when there is a referendum or general election. Pupils learn how to debate and defend points of view.
  • Pupils are taught how to express their views in all lessons, through the encouragement of reasoning.

Rule of law

  • Our positive behaviour policy helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour.
  • Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
  • Our school values and expectations are clear and fair.
  • Sanctions are used to encourage pupils to take ownership of own behaviour.
  • Through PSHE and other subjects, pupils are taught to respect the law and understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals. 
  • Pupils are taught about how religious law is different from criminal law through the regular teaching of a range of religions in Religious Education and in school assemblies.

Individual liberty

  • Pupils are encouraged and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way e.g. in PSHE lessons.
  • Pupils are given the opportunities to have key responsibilities in school e.g. being a prefect or A Stars Sheriff.
  • Pupils developing own self-discipline through adopting the ASPIRE values independently.
  • Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
  • Stereotypes are consistently challenged wherever they may occur in school.
  • There is a strong anti-bullying culture at Rivers.
  • Online safety lessons are taught through ‘off-curriculum’ days as well as part of our computing curriculum.

Mutual respect and tolerance

  • Respect is one of our three school rules.
  • Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children.
  • We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures through our thematic curriculum and Religious Education lessons.
  • Staff and pupils challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Links with local faith communities and visits to places of worship are beginning to be promoted and people from different faiths will be invited to the school to share their experiences in assemblies and in class.
  • Through the PSHE and RE curriculum, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people.
  • Pupils are taught how to disagree in a respectful way.