At Raddlebarn Primary School we deliver an imaginative and inspiring curriculum with a focus on key skills and independence to ensure our children understand the diversity of the world around us, their place within it and the skills they need to succeed. To do this we have a strong ethos of hard work coupled with fun and engaging learning opportunities. We are developing strong links with our local community and operate an open door policy inviting the school community and external visitors into our school frequently.
We are proud to hold the ‘Achievement for All’ Quality Mark. This reflects the broad and balanced curriculum on offer to all of our children. We like to couple this approach with our pastoral provision that ensures the well-being of our pupils leading to happy, confident and resilient lifelong learners. We have quality training for our Peer Mediators linked to our Peacemakers programme and take the restorative approach for positive problem solving.
Part of our vision is for every pupil to achieve the highest possible standards in the core subject areas of the National Curriculum. Our creative approach enables these skills to be applied through the Foundation Subjects including History, Geography, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, Religious Education and French. These subjects are delivered and can be ‘launched’ through real life experiences provided by Educational Visits and specialist visitors, drama and role-play. Our pupils take part in a rich and varied Physical Education curriculum which enables pupils to compete in a diverse range of sports. All pupils in year 4 take part in additional music lessons delivered by music specialists, in addition to curriculum music lessons. This inspires all pupils to learn a range of instruments, perform and appreciate a love of music. Many children take the opportunity to learn an instrument in school and we are extremely proud of our Raddlebarn School Orchestra. Pupils enjoy singing and have the opportunity to join the school choir and have performed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall for the past three years. Through the teaching of ‘British Values’ and ‘Building Learning Power’, pupils celebrate their differences and similarities and the strengths and successes found in each other, an important part of each child’s personal, social and moral development. Annually we host a ‘One World Week’ , enhanced by a community International Evening, where we celebrate our culturally diverse heritage of our pupils and families.
At Raddlebarn Primary School we follow the National curriculum (2014) for all core and non-core subjects. We follow the agreed Birmingham Syllabus for RE.
We follow a ‘themed’ approach for teaching a range of non-core subjects (art, design technology, science, history, geography, music) and where relevant encourage a cross curricular approach to the children’s learning. All topics are introduced with either a trip, visit or a ‘wow’ factor to really enthuse the children.
The use of ICT is encouraged in all subjects. A well-resourced ICT suite plus sets of ipads and netbooks ensures the children have a wide variety of opportunities to use ICT throughout their lessons.
French lessons are weekly in Key Stage 2.
All children have at least 2 sessions of PE a week and children from Y3 upwards have blocks of swimming lessons delivered throughout the year.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education allows learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities. It supports children to make informed decisions about their lives. The curriculum contributes to pupils’ life chances, developing knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes.
Sex and relationship education is taught at appropriate stages of the school and also through other curricular subjects.
The curriculum raises pupil’s awareness and enables them to deal with issues and behaviours including safeguarding, bullying, equal opportunities, racism and discrimination.