We meet the needs of each and all pupils at St Richard’s by providing a broad and dynamic curriculum where all children can experience success and build on their strengths. The National Curriculum and Kent's own curriculum statement give us the framework of what needs to be taught. Children are taught Religious Education in line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus and with the advice and support The Education Commission.
We acknowledge the prime importance of English and Maths within the primary school and they are taught in every class each morning. We set ambitious targets for all children in the core subjects and review progress on a termly basis (six times a year). However, we also believe that children should study a broad and enriching curriculum. As Ofsted have recently pointed out, this is the real ‘substance of education’. Catholic education should be about broadening minds, enriching communities and promoting a spiritual dimension to learning. Ultimately, it is about leaving the world a better place than we found it. We want our pupils to hear (or play!) the great works of classical musicians and learn what it was like to live in ancient civilisations. We place a lot of emphasis on History, Geography, Science, Computing, Sport and Art through a cross-curricular topic approach. Above all, our pupils’ learning should be driven by their own passions and interests. We have asked the children what they would like to learn about and have tried to include this in our topics to continue to feed their own curiosity and discoveries.
We strongly believe in the value of parents supporting children's learning and encourage you to help your child with their homework. The amount and type of homework your child will receive will vary depending on what they are studying and which year group they are in. Homework gives pupils the opportunity to test their learning, become more independent learners and share learning with parents.
However, we also value the extra activities that children become involved with outside school, we do not therefore over burden children with unnecessary homework.
The parents and carers of all children are encouraged to read with their children at home on a daily basis. Initially homework tends to be reading and spellings moving through times tables and finding things out to more formal tasks as your child progresses through the school. Teachers will send homework timetables home at the beginning of each term letting you know what to expect.
Please encourage your children to maintain the high standards we expect of them in terms of effort, content and the presentation of their work.
During the course of the year various visits will be arranged for the children. These will involve excursions to places of interest and visits to the school by a variety of performers and artists. The purpose of these visits is to enrich and enhance the children's educational experiences.
We ask for voluntary contributions towards the cost of these visits and rely on the support of all the parents in order to ensure we can afford to organise these trips. All children are expected to participate in organised visits.