British National Curriculum
RIVERSIDE SCHOOL’S CURRICULUM IS BASED ON THE BRITISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM, WHICH IS HIGHLY REGARDED WORLDWIDE FOR ITS HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION.
WE ALSO OFFER RUSSIAN PRIMARY CURRICULUM AND CONSIDER IT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
UNDERSTANDING THE BRITISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM
At Riverside we follow the British national curriculum, which is recognised worldwide. In Moscow we highly value Russian educational system, so we ensure that all our pupils are able to study both programmes.
Our school offers Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the British Curriculum.
Key Stage 1 5-7 years Reception, Year 1,2
Key stage 2 7-12 years Years 3,4,5,6
KEY STAGE 1 AND KEY STAGE 2
In Key Stage One (Reception, Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) children follow the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Computing, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and World Languages (French or Spanish) in Key Stage Two.
At our school English and Maths are given a high priority as the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy equip children for
lifelong learning. We place a very strong emphasis on reading (using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme) as we believe this lays the foundations for successful learning across all subjects. High quality texts are chosen to support the teaching of literacy throughout the school and to extend the range of opportunities for children to demonstrate and develop their writing skills. Children are taught according to their ability and teacher’s assessments ensure that lesson planning builds on their prior achievement, this process enables us to meet the requirements of each child.
Children at RS may be taught in their year group, in an ability group or individually as the need arises. We place particular emphasis on basic skills, the arts, science and sport; experience has shown that providing an enriched curriculum enables children to become successful and enthusiastic learners. Our teaching is greatly enhanced by a range of engaging educational trips and visitors to our school.
Our curriculum is organised into ‘Units of Work’ each of which lasts for half a term. Topics are then taught across many subjects allowing children access to information in a variety of ways. Units
of work often start with a feast – an exciting way to engage children. In addition, and to support children’s learning further, we provide a range of curriculum and enrichment events throughout the year, for example, Science Weeks, Arts Weeks, Maths Days and Family Groups.
As a school we see the curriculum as the outline of core knowledge which teachers are to build on with exciting, stimulating lessons. The lessons are designed to develop the growth of each child through the acquisition of knowledge and skills, enabling them to become the well-rounded adults of tomorrow.
The curriculum is comprehensive and both broad and balanced. Teachers take a creative approach when planning lessons and children are given opportunities to experiment, investigate, express opinions, be challenged and taught to make informed choices. RS emphasises the importance of working both independently and collaboratively.