Riverside Primary School and Nursery

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At RIVERSIDE our vision is for every child to achieve their potential across all areas of the curriculum. We want every child to experience learning in a positive, stimulating and nurturing environment and we strive to ensure that all children have access to a wide range of opportunities throughout their time at our school. We want children to acquire the knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes needed for school, and for life, through offering a broad curriculum enriched with exciting opportunities.


We have designed our curriculum to be firmly based in the English language and a focus on vocabulary acquisition and explanation underpins all aspects of teaching and learning. Coupled with enhanced opportunities for experiential learning, our curriculum is carefully planned to help our children grasp the contextual setting for all learning and experiences. Wherever we can, we prioritise links between different areas of the curriculum to help ensure a holistic approach and opportunities to embed learning and understanding. The foundations of our curriculum are the well-established school values, which permeate throughout the curriculum and all aspects of school life.


We also want children to learn the importance of responsibility and offer opportunities for them to harness this skill in a variety of ways including buddying, School Council, Eco Council, Sports Ambassadors and Head Boy/Girl.


The curriculum at RIVERSIDE has been planned to suit the needs of its children. It is underpinned by Government statutory requirements as set out within the new National Curriculum that came into force in September 2014.


We cover the three stages of the National Curriculum:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2)

  • Key Stage Two (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)


    Children in Nursery and Reception classes follow seven areas of learning; three prime and four specific areas. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional development; Communication and Language and Physical development. The specific areas are English, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.



    Children in Years 1 to 6 cover the full range of National Curriculum subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, RE, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education), Music, MFL (Modern Foreign Language) , Art, Design Technology, PE and Games.



    At RIVERSIDE we believe in providing a wide range of opportunities for physical activity, both within the school day when delivering the curriculum and outside of the school day. Our provision may vary year on year but we ensure through careful monitoring that all children across every age range gain access to different sporting opportunities. Children in our football and netball teams represent the school regularly in competitions and in competitive matches against other schools. The breadth of activities ensures participation by all children, and activities are adapted to be participatory rather than competitive where appropriate. We have a specialist PE teacher employed to support and deliver PE across the school, and we follow a Real PE curriculum, based on learning, practicing and applying a variety of technical skills required in sport. We achieved our Gold ‘Schools Activemark’ in 2018.




    Enriching and extending the curriculum and learning opportunities for all children is a key aspect of our approach at RIVERSIDE. Immersing children in experiences and opportunities extends their life experiences and therefore the knowledge, skills and experiences that they can apply across the curriculum.



    Within our curriculum educational visits are of significant importance. We believe that children gain so much from learning outside of the classroom, meeting and working with specialists from a range of different fields. The scope of our educational visits link closely to our curriculum, and where possible we visit locally. In Years 4 and 5 we also offer the challenge of a 2-day non-residential ‘Wild-Child’ bush craft and camping experience and in Year 6 we offer a 5-day residential trip to Wales.



    Every year we work with a specialist company who come to school to lead curriculum workshops. These are designed to bring learning to life and provide an exciting stimulus at the start or review at the end of a chosen topic. Examples include traditional toys, Egyptians, Romans and Life during World War 2. Popular amongst our Key Stage 1 children and designed to switch them on to reading, we often invite published authors and animated book characters to RIVERSIDE, frequently in partnership with the library service. Coupled with Book Fairs and writing workshops, the opportunities for cross curricular learning are enhanced further.



    It is a developing part of our ethos that children should have the opportunity to participate in a performance of some kind, be it an assembly, production or seasonal celebration, enabling all children to experience the process of auditioning, rehearsing and performing to parents and family. A truly invaluable learning experience, this engages parents well and includes opportunities such as nativities, singing, talent competitions, public speaking competitions and the Pride of RIVERSIDE.



    Every year RIVERSIDE hosts a variety of ‘inter-house competitions (the school has four houses; Kites, Kestrels, Eagles and Hawks) where children compete against each other to earn house-points and / or trophies. We hold competitions in a range of different skill sets including football, netball, spelling and maths. Children regularly have opportunities to represent the school when competing with other schools, including the Rotary Writing and Maths competitions. We also hold an annual Sports Day, where each house competes in field and track events.



    We offer a wide range of before, during and after school clubs, offered by a healthy mix of school staff and external providers. These include basketball, dodgeball, homework, dance, yoga, Lego, choir and many more. We offer a different menu of options each (long) term and ensure that all children have a choice of activities to sign up for.


    More detail about our curriculum, including what we cover in each subject in each year group, can be found under the Curriculum map tabs. To see our curriculum in action, take a look at our class pages for pictures and much more.

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.