The educational philosophy behind The Roman Ridge School programme is based on the pillars of Responsibility, Discipline, Excellence, Morality, Integrity, and Leadership.
The Junior School comprises three (3) streams of Reception to Class 4 with a population of 283 pupils.
We have nineteen (19) supportive, dedicated, knowledgeable, and dynamic Teachers and thirteen (13) Teaching Assistants who are also known as teachers in training.
Generally, the Junior School is a very vibrant environment. Children are exposed to a variety of lessons in French, Music, PE, Computing, and Art in addition to the core subjects. They are also engaged in a variety of extra-curricular activities like Art & Craft, Karate, Ballet, Choreography, Crochet and many more. Pupils in the Junior School love their day and are often reluctant to go home.
In spite of the demands of the job, every member of staff is eager and ready each day to deliver the best holistic educational experience to the children who have been placed in our care.
I continue to look forward to many more years of pursuing academic excellence.
Ms. Gloria Dakwa.
The curriculum is broad and designed to allow pupils to fulfill their potential. It meets the requirements of the UK Primary National Curriculum, whilst also encompassing additional elements that we feel are essential to a good, all round education and relevant to our cultural context. Great emphasis is placed on Literacy, Writing and Numeracy with each child also studying Science, Geography, History, RE, Music, Art, French, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and PE. PSHE is covered by Class Teachers. Individual Music tuition is available as an extra.
From Reception to Year 2, the children spend a large proportion of time with their Class Teachers but receive specialist tuition in Music, French, ICT & PE. At the end of Year 2, pupils take the Key Stage 1 examinations. In Years 3 to 4, the children divide most of their lessons between two Class Teachers, one focused on Maths & Science and the other on English & Humanities. They receive specialist tuition in Music, French, ICT & PE.
Each Reception Class is led by Class & Specialist Teachers with Teaching Assistants. It is open to children of 4 years of age and it offers a transition between Nursery and Class One. Children are gently introduced to a school day with assemblies and set play times. Emphasis is placed on developing each individual through the experience of a wide variety of different stimuli. The development of language skills through conversation, drama, singing, interactive activities and book resources is a strong feature of our work. Our programme spans the 7 Areas of Learning & Development outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework : Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design. We assess their attainment of expected levels using Early Learning Goals (ELG’s) set out in these aforementioned areas. The programme is organised into subject areas, (Literacy, Numeracy, Science, French, Geography, History, Religious Edication, ICT, PE, Art and Music), with heavy emphasis on cross-curricular linkages. PSHE is embedded within the curriculum and scheduled Library periods are used for Shared Reading.
This follows the core guidelines set down in the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 so that all children are fully prepared for their Key Stage 1 assessments in the Summer Term of Year 2. However, we are not constrained by the National Curriculum and offer teaching beyond and outside its boundaries depending on the ability and individual needs of your child.
This is an important transitional stage, where the children are encouraged to become more independent and responsible. Much of the school day is shared between two Class Teachers, one focused on Maths & Sciences and the other on English & Humanities.