From the Reception Class to Year 6, Rutherford House School offers a broad, balanced, creative and enriched curriculum, providing opportunities for pupils of all abilities and backgrounds to succeed. We will be unashamedly focused on high academic attainment. This is based on the EYFS and National Curriculum and at times entails formal teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar as part of our emphasis on literacy. Rutherford House School focuses on the core learning, accelerating progress in literacy and numeracy and maximising the use of ICT enabling all pupils to have full access to the curriculum. The curriculum is delivered by the finest teaching staff, but our belief is that children learn best when they are happy and excited by what’s happening in the class room; excellent achievements will be a by-product of the education on offer and not the only goal. The children’s wishes, rights and entitlements are at the core of all discussions and decisions concerning the curriculum and the quality of learning experience the school provides.
A 'Can do' approach encourages the children to develop into critical thinkers. Coherent team work is key to the learning process where the children develop a positive personal self-awareness. High quality speaking and listening skills are encouraged through drama activities, hot seating, questioning and explaining
During the week, the children also have access to an enriched provision for Spanish, art, music, multi sports and dance. They can regularly be found using music, drama and role play to bring alive aspects of the curriculum, as well as performing in class assemblies, festivals and productions, whilst developing confidence, self-esteem and life-long skills for learning.
We feel passionate that education is not restricted to the gaining of knowledge and the acquiring of essential skills but it also includes the personal development of each boy and girl, in its fullest sense; which includes building spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).
SMSC is embedded within the curriculum and is delivered through assemblies, cross curricular discussions and games. It does not target external outcomes in the same way as many other subjects, but focuses upon a child’s internal development through their engagement and reflection upon issues which question and challenge children’s view of themselves as an individual, part of a community and the contribution they can make to society and the World.
Experiences within the classroom are also enhanced through visitors, workshops, and visits to places in London and beyond.
Please find below the half termly curriculum map and the end of year expectations for each year group:
Year 4 end of year expectations
2017 - 2018
We understand the importance of an effective start to a child’s education. We offer a fun, stimulating and caring environment promoting ‘active’ learning and allowing the children space to grow independently and develop the confidence needed to take on new challenges.
We recognise that each child is uniquely talented and our goal is to encourage them to achieve their full potential across a wide range of activities. We aim to foster a love of learning within a broad and balanced curriculum adopting a modern and innovative approach, igniting an enthusiasm for learning that will stay with a child for life.
The Early Learning goals set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage. They are organised as seven areas of learning:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
2. Physical Development
3. Communication and Language
6. Understanding the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design
Physical Education consists of 1 ½ hours per week, curriculum time covering gymnastics, dance and multi sports. Children in the Foundation Stage enjoy one lesson of Music, PSHCE and Art per week. Also the children have 2 lessons of Spanish a week. These subjects are taught by specialist teachers.
Year 1 - Year 6 Curriculum
At Rutherford House School, staff encourage children to utilise the diverse experiences gained during Foundation Stage, apply their understanding and develop new skills as required for the Key Stage One curriculum. We aim to foster a life-long love of learning, through adopting a cross-curricular, creative curriculum.
Our Creative Curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6 is thematic with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject area. Cross-curricular links are made at every opportunity.
We aim to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be independent learners and responsible citizens. There is an emphasis on learning through lively practical experiences with multi-sensory aspects that help pupils make connections between subjects. We encourage learning outdoors and out of the school classroom where possible and believe in providing learning experiences to stimulate their questioning and learning.
At the beginning of each term parents will be provided with the curriculum roadmap outlining the topics and learning opportunities that children the children will experience in a range of subjects.
Our Creative Curriculum aims to:
• Provide a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum
• Build up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles
• Develop thinking and learning skills
• Enable safe ‘risk taking’
• Promote curiosity for further study
• Embed key skills in order to prepare children for real-life and everyday situations
• Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways
• Provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom
• Develop social skills and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.
In the Summer term of Year 1 children take part in a national phonics screening check which tests their ability to decode real and nonsense words. The results are reported to parents and are published by the Department for Education. In Year Two staff consolidate the learning taught in Year One. Through gaining confidence in their own ability, children develop a more active role in their learning. They build upon the skills required and become increasingly aware of how to take ownership and make progress across the curriculum. All children from Year 1 to Year 6 are assessed using tasks or tests in reading, writing, maths and reasoning. The results inform teacher’s overall assessments of the children’s attainment.