Each area of the curriculum is managed by a member of the teaching staff (please refer to the staff list for curriculum coordinators). The National Curriculum subjects are: English (including Literacy), Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, PE and D&T (Design and Technology). We have adopted the diocesan RE (Religious Education) syllabus and also teach French in the Junior classes.
We place a strong emphasis on the personal, social and health education of our pupils (PSHE). As a school, we are committed to involving our pupils fully in all aspects of school life, to reward and celebrate excellence and effort and to recognise achievement. We have a School Council made up of elected pupil representatives, who meet regularly to discuss issues affecting pupils.
The Curriculum is thoroughly planned to meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, and all teachers follow these plans when teaching their class.
Every class has a daily Literacy lesson lasting approximately an hour. In these lessons aspects of speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting are covered in increasing depth, from Reception through to Year 6.
Every class has a daily Mathematics lesson of between 45 minutes and an hour (depending on the age of the children). These lessons cover all aspects of Mathematics, namely number, algebra, space, shape, measure and handling data, as well as using and applying Maths (problem solving).
Every year group follows a structured programme in science. At Key stage One pupils cover four topic each academic year, these are Plants, Animals including humans, Everyday materials, Seasonal changes (Year 1) and Living things and their habitats (Year 2). At Key Stage Two pupils cover five topic each academic year. Year 3 learn about Plants, Animals including humans, Rocks, Light, Forces and magnets. Year 4 learn about Animals including humans, Living things and their habitats, Everyday materials, Sound and Electricity. Year 5 learn about Animals including humans, Living things and their habitats, Forces, Properties and change of materials and Earth and Space. Year 6 learn about Animals including humans, Living things and their habitats, Evolution and inheritance, Light, Electricity and revision for the SATs. Children follow an investigative approach to science as far as possible, being encouraged to develop enquiring minds.
We are piloting the new Understanding Christianity Syllabus this year. The children will have an enquiry approach to their learning and will look at the text, impact and connections. During their time at Bishop Ridley they will cover the eight Key concepts: God, Creation. Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and the Kingdom of God.
Every class has at least one weekly session in the ICT suite which is equipped with 30 computers and a 'Clevertouch' interactive board. During these sessions pupils are introduced to various aspects of computer science, digital literacy and information technology. Each year group builds upon the skills developed the year before. Pupils enjoy their time in the suite and also have the opportunity to apply their computing skills within the class; this is assisted by the use of Chromebooks and iPads. All teachers use an interactive Clevertouch board within their classroom.
Updated by S Charity September 2017