Our children will tell you that at Reignhead we constantly strive to be the very best school that we can be. Our aim is to develop each and every child to their full potential in order that they are ready for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain and the wider world. Our vibrant, relevant and thoughtfully sequenced curriculum supports us in achieving this aim and we are proud of the many learning opportunities we provide.
The children are immersed in engaging cross curricular topics such as ‘Our Patch’, ‘Up, Up and Away’ and ‘Rainforest SOS’ and series of lessons are carefully planned to ensure children develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to enjoy learning and succeed academically. Each topic has a history or geography focus and this is because we are committed to broadening children’s horizons and aim to inspire real curiosity and a fascination for the world and its people, both past and present. At Reignhead, we believe that our curriculum should be knowledge based and our starting point is always WHAT (which precise knowledge) we are going to teach the children. Parents/carers can use our ‘Knowledge Organisers’ to help their child at home – these can be found under the ‘Information for Parents’ tab. We plan carefully as a staff team, breaking down the knowledge, skills and understanding required in each curriculum area for each phase of the school. This allows us to build on that knowledge in subsequent years and continue to develop the children’s skills as they move up the school. In this way we are able to ensure progression from each year group to the next and to maximise progress for each individual child.
Spiritual, moral, cultural and personal well-being are extremely important to us and we follow a rigorous PSHE curriculum where key ideas are introduced and developed as your child progresses though school. Through these lessons, children learn about health, how to keep themselves safe (both online and in the real world) and how to manage feelings and friendships; they are also taught to respect differences and what it means to be a global citizen. Additional PSHE learning takes place through assemblies, topic work, curriculum days, planned intervention programmes and of course the ethos of the school.
Everyone remembers their time at primary school, and at Reignhead we make sure that each and every Reignhead child has a great many wonderful and memorable experiences that will stay with them throughout their lives. At Reignhead, your child could play for one of our sports teams, sing with our choir, learn to play a musical instrument or be a Reading Ambassador. From Year 1 to Year 6, children also have the chance to represent their class as a member of our Pupil Parliament or Eco-Committee. Being fully involved in school life and understanding the importance of taking responsibility are what being a Reignhead pupil is all about! Unusually for a primary school, we also provide the opportunity for each Reignhead child to take part in a total of three residential visits. These take place in years 2, 4 and 6 and are viewed as an important part of our curriculum by staff, parents and of course, the children.
At Reignhead, we believe we are successful in educating and nurturing the ‘whole child’ – we could not do this without the support and enthusiasm of parents and carers. There are numerous opportunities for parents to be involved in school life and their child's learning. The school day starts at 8am with a Breakfast Club for families held in our cheerful dining
hall. Parents and carers are also warmly welcomed to our Learning Together sessions and our Work Sharing Assemblies. These are always extremely well attended and help us to make sure that we are more than just a school – we are a learning community.