Children at Richard Bonington are offered a rich, broad-based curriculum which includes Early Learning Goals at the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2.
Literacy and language skills, including phonics, reading, writing and speaking and listening are taught daily. We are committed to developing writing for real audiences and linking literacy to other areas of the curriculum.
Is also taught daily, covering both numeracy skills and understanding in areas such as shape, space and measures and data handling. We place emphasis on the acquisition of basic skills which can then be applied through problem solving.
At Richard Bonington working scientifically forms the focus of all lessons. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and answer them using the appropriate type of enquiry. We take part in Science Week every year and we participate in national projects such as The Tim Peake Project and BBC's Terrific Scientific.
We recognise that Computing is an increasingly important subject which will be vital to our pupils in the future. We have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom as well as a bank of 3-5 computers. Skills learned in ICT are applied across the curriculum. We are using a scheme of work, ‘Switched On’, to ensure we meet the requirements of the new 2014 computing curriculum.
Teaching of religious education is a statutory requirement. This follows the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus and children study Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism throughout the school and where relevant, through topic work. We seek to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils by encouraging respect, understanding and tolerance of each other, to all faiths and those who adhere to them.
Our assemblies are non-denominational and hope to promote the principles of positive concern and respect.
Assemblies are also a time of coming together and celebrating the ‘successes’ in our school.
Parents who wish to have their child excluded from religious education and/or assemblies should consult with the Headteacher.
We have a very active School Council which has representatives from all classes from Y1 through to Y6. They meet regularly representing the views of their class and are influential in bringing about change in school.
Richard Bonington Primary & Nursery School is a Healthy School and has been awarded a gold status. We actively promote a healthy lifestyle for all children through a variety of activities.
We encourage children to walk to school as often as possible and regularly undertake surveys. We also encourage parents to park responsibly and considerately.
As part of the Government’s ‘Fruit and Vegetable Scheme,’ all children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are given fresh fruit or vegetables each day as a way of promoting healthy eating.
We ask that children in Key Stage 2 provide their own fruit and vegetables as a snack at playtimes. On Tuesdays the children are allowed their own choice of snack (not including chocolate).
We also encourage families to have healthy lunchboxes if bringing their lunch from home.
The Governing Body has decided that SRE should be taught within the school curriculum and has formulated a policy that is available to all parents.
Aspects of SRE are taught as an integral part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provision throughout school and delivered through SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme.
We aim to help our children respect themselves and others, and to develop the skills to allow them to move confidently from childhood through to adulthood. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any part of the SRE programme as long as it is outside the compulsory elements of the sex education aspect of the Science National Curriculum.
We provide a range of visits and visitors to enhance our curriculum.
Residential activities are considered extremely beneficial for the children and the school is appreciative of the willingness of staff to organise such activities. They are always subject to review. During their time at Richard Bonington, the children are usually given the opportunity to take part in a residential visit in Y2 and Y6.
It is a requirement of the Education Reform Act that the school does not charge for any activity carried out in school time. However, in order to provide a broad range of educational visits, parents are informed of the provisional costs and asked for a voluntary contribution to cover them. If insufficient contributions are received, the visit may have to be cancelled.
Phonics in Foundation
We follow the Letters and Sounds pattern of learning phonics in school. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 take part in short daily phonics sessions, starting with phase 1 in Nursery and continuing with phase 2, 3 and 4 in Reception. Earlier in the year, parents were invited to a phonics meeting to explain how it is taught at school. To view the presentation, please click on the file below. Children who have not met the expected standard in Year 3 will receive intervention support.