River House Primary
5-11 YEAR OLDS
River House Primary follows a curriculum which is underpinned by international guidelines. We use the Cambridge International Curriculum for Maths, English and Science. To ensure we are meeting the needs of all our children we use Individual Learning Plans for Maths and English. This way we can set individual targets which take into consideration the different pace and style in which we all learn. Children are generally put into a class according to their age. However Maths and English classes run at the same times throughout the primary timetable to allow fluidity between classes so that children can move up or down according to their needs.
In addition children have classes in Our World, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Hindi, yoga, sport, art and craft, drama, music, dance, cooking and gardening. Our creative, afternoon sessions do not all necessarily run all year; we have specialist teachers who come in and teach 6-12 week modules. In Our World we focus on a different country each month and learn about the history, geography, religion, culture, people and customs of that part of the world. Our country can also influence what we study in our afternoon creative sessions such as art, craft and music.
Each class has its own teacher who starts every day with them. Children in classes 2 and 4 will spend most of the week with their class teacher. In Class 6 we begin to introduce specialist teachers for certain lessons such as Maths and English. The school day starts at 9 am and goes through to 3 pm with an hour for lunch. We have academic classes in the morning and then dedicate our afternoons to the creative side of our curriculum. Work is assessed using observation and formative assessment and we are in regular contact with our parents. As well as two parents’ evenings a year, we give a presentation to our parents on the last Friday of every month to showcase what we have learnt that month. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to chat with each other and with teachers.
We take our position as a community school seriously. We have developed links with a local school for children with disabilities and we have plans to strengthen this partnership in the future. We also aim to benefit the local community by setting up recycling and compost bins. In turn the compost helps us to grow vegetables to provide us with a healthy and nutritious lunch!