Reader Rabbits uses the National Curriculum of England and Wales for literacy, maths and non-core subjects.
We have designed our curriculum carefully to ensure that all of our students:
Achieve high standards in all areas
Have the opportunity to work independently and with others
Are challenged and supported
Learn creatively through investigation and first-hand experience.
To engage children’s interest and give purpose to our learning, we use themes to bring all our lessons together. Each theme has a strong science, geography or history focus, and then we link our reading, writing and creative arts to the theme. To maintain our high academic standards, we provide literacy and mathematics lessons every morning, then mix in the other subjects in the afternoons. This provides children with all the opportunities they need to develop in all aspects of their learning.
A creative, personalised curriculum
Learning through themes. Each term children learn about a different theme such as Space, Tanzania, or Habitats. We then link the different curriculum areas to the theme to make children’s learning relevant and purposeful. To kick- start each theme, there is a ‘Wow!’ week with lots of learning activities to immerse the children in the theme. At the end of the term, we celebrate our learning with a specific event, such as a performance or class exhibition.
Literacy and Mathematics
When teaching literacy and mathematics, we look at the needs of each child and pitch the work to their specific needs. Importantly, we teach the skills needed to be good readers, good writers and mathematicians.
We encourage reading at home, and set regular homework for children to complete
Arts, Design and Technology
Being able to express ourselves through creative arts, design and technology is fundamental for all children to develop into well rounded adults. We aim to embed relevant and varied experiences, so that the children can extend the talents and gifts that make them individuals.
To support children’s understanding of the world around them, science is taught throughout the year. We focus on investigation and enquiry, enabling the children to test their own ideas and draw appropriate conclusions.
Modern Foreign Languages
Children learn French and Kiswahili from Year 1. Our language curriculum also comprises elements of intercultural understanding, aiming to develop children’s conception of themselves as global citizens.
History and Geography
Humanities play an important role in creating themes for our learning. We learn about the history and geography of local, national and international places and cultures, and compare them with our own.
Within our themes, music is taught to give children the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of how music can influence our lives. We also encourage children to learn musical instruments.
We offer specialist trainers for our PE lessons. We cover a variety of sports, dance, swimming and athletics. Sports Days are held every year, and we compete with other schools at local events.
Personal, social, health and citizenship
We teach children the importance of understanding how we grow, how our health is important, and how to work with others. With this understanding, children can then look after themselves and others as they become adults.