Since 2013, Ryefield has overhauled it's curriculum approach to give the students a more exciting way of learning. Currently, every morning each class is taught reading and writing lessons through a programme called 'The Power of Reading'. In the afteroons, other core subjects such as History, Geography and Art are taught thematically through their IPC topic. Each half term a new topic is chosen (Rainforests, Chocolate, The Magic Toymaker) making a thoroughly creative approach to learning.
What is the Power of Reading?
The Power of Reading is a school development project which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum through using high quality books and proven teaching approaches. This project group will run from CLPE Centre in London.
The project offers multi-layered professional development drawing on CLPE’s highly regarded classroom-based research and experience of working with teachers. It combines an introduction to outstanding books for teachers and children with an approach to teaching the English curriculum that is creative, engaging and develops a love of literacy.
This successful project will be in its 12th year and has worked nationally with over 2500 schools and 4000 teachers in 50 Local Authorities.
The Power of Reading is fully aligned to and meets all requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.
What difference does it make?
Data shows the project is effective in raising children’s achievement and progress in reading and writing.
Summary of research:
What is the IPC?
Ryefield Primary has adopted the IPC curriculum since September 2013 and has produced fantastic results so far.
The IPC is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. The IPC is now the curriculum choice of international and national schools in over 1,400 schools in 77 countries around the world.
The IPC provides children with all the learning opportunities and skills needed for all foundation subjects (e.g. Geogprahy, History, Art, Music etc.). This thematic approach to learning allows children to develop all the necessary skills in these subjects through exciting topics such as Chocolate, The Magic Toymaker and Mission to Mars.
The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 65 countries around the world.
IPC Curriculum Overviews
Click on the link below to find out what each year group is learning during their IPC lessons.
Each year group has target stickers which describe the National Curriculum objectives. Objectives are sorted into a priorities and lessons are planned accordingly.
A teacher may wish to spend additional time on a specific topic if the class struggles to grasp a topic. Read all about our 'Expert Learners' below - a great tool we use to help boost our student's confidence.
Ryefield Primary has access to a great resource for parents who wish to help their children at school.
Click on the link below:
How to help my child
Sometimes children need an extra bit of confidence. Since September 2014, Ryefield has introduced an 'Expert Learner' badge into it's classroom.
Whilst a topic is being taught, for example percentages, if a child grasps that topic and fully understands it; they will be given an 'Expert Learner' badge for the session. This gives children the opportunity to peer-to-peer teach their classmates who may be struggling to understand the topic. This really boosts childrens' confidence and independence.
Children are explicitly taught Phonics from Nursery using the scheme: Storytime Phonics. We run regular parent workshops in order to support parents in helping their children at home. The school is very well resourced with phonic games making use of ICT where appropriate. Children's phonics are assessed regularly and children who need support are offered individual/group tutoring. All staff and reading volunteers at Ryefield are fully trained in the teaching of phonics. Phonics is taught through a wealth of listening activities including songs, stories and rhymes.