Clarendon Primary is for infant and junior children, from the ages of 4 to 11 years old. Across the Primary classes we teach the National Curriculum through exciting and stimulating ‘Learning Themes’. These allow the different subjects of the curriculum to be linked together to allow children to explore and learn within a context.
Children’s time in school is precious and there is so much to do during the primary years. We believe in children having sufficient time to engage with their learning at a deep, rather than shallow, level. In order for this to occur they require quality time to really engage with their learning over an extended time frame. It is for this reason that we combine learning across the curriculum within a theme based approach. This approach is more likely to result in higher quality learning outcomes. In addition, it makes greater sense to the younger learner.
For the second half of the summer term 2017 our lesson activities are focussed around our ‘seaside’ theme. Click through to find out more about pupils’ deep learning at the ‘seaside’ with:
Stars : Infant class
Moon Class: Year 2 and 3
Rockets Class: Year 4, 5 and 6
Galaxy Class: Year 5 and 6
Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)
Pupils in Key Stage 3 are usually taught in year group classes though there may be some vertical grouping if necessary. The curriculum includes English and maths, science, ICT, French, religious education, geography, history, art, design & technology, (including food technology), drama, music, PE and PSHCE. KS3 pupils also have a weekly afternoon of enrichment activities. Links with mainstream academies are encouraged, with the flexibility to foster either subject based integration for individuals or groups, or a ‘buddy system’.
Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)
At Key Stage 4 we provide an individually tailored range of academic and vocational courses. These can include GCSEs, Entry Level Certificates, Adult Literacy and Numeracy qualifications, BTECs, Unit Awards, the Asdan Youth Award Scheme and an accredited cycle maintenance qualification. Some pupils can also access other courses in mainstream schools.
In years 10 and 11 Careers Education is taught separately and Richmond’s SEN Connexions Officer is closely involved, supporting and mentoring each individual pupil. In some cases, young people require support with independent living in adulthood and are supported by the LA Transitions Officer.
In year 11 many of our pupils attend a link course one day each week at a Richmond college, preparing them for life beyond school. We also have links with Strathmore for pupils with more complex learning difficulties and additional physical and sensory difficulties. Pupils participate in workplace visits and in blocks of work experience. At the end of year 11 pupils are presented with a Record of Achievement, summarising and celebrating their many attainments and successes throughout the school.
The interesting range of subjects enables all Year 11 pupils to leave with relevant qualifications that prepare them well for the world of work, training and further education.
Ofsted 2014 Report