It is our aim that every child in the school is able to appreciate the richness of the English language and utilise it as a versatile and precise mechanism of communication, understanding and pleasure. Close examination of sentence structure, grammar, spelling and composition are taught alongside exposure to a wide-range of genres, writing styles and critical thinking.
In addition to studying, discussing and analysing a variety of texts and forms, pupils are also given the opportunity to write for a wider audience by entering national competitions and honing public speaking skills through performances and debates.
Mathematics has a high profile throughout the school with the aim of producing confident mathematicians. The cyclical nature of our Maths curriculum ensures clear progression in calculus, problem solving, reasoning, data handling and mental maths. Opportunities for bringing maths to life punctuate our curriculum and children are encouraged to think independently, organise their work logically and employ a range of strategies to solve theoretical and practical problems.
Talented children are extended through the development of reasoning skills by carrying out independent problem solving activities, while support is offered in small groups for those who require it.
Both verbal and non-verbal reasoning is incorporated within the teaching and learning of Maths at RPPS for children preparing for secondary transfer in the Upper School. Our curriculum objective centres on evaluating pupils' ability to think constructively, rather than on simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.
The science curriculum at RPPS centres on developing pupils’ natural curiosity about the world by providing opportunities for practical investigation in science. Our purpose-built Science Laboratory enables pupils to carry out a wide range of interesting and exciting experiments in areas as diverse as plants, electricity, sound and friction. Through the acquisition of scientific concepts, skills and knowledge children are guided to an understanding that science is an important part of everyday life.
In order to reflect its instrinsic use in the wider world, our aim is to enable all children to become competent users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Children develop their ICT capabilities using a range of new media which reflects up-to-date and current trends. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and desktop computer. Our ICT suite allows classes to work on their own laptop and save data, information and work in a personalised folder on the school intranet. We place great emphasis on eSafety and each child is taught how to use the internet appropriately and safely.
The teaching of the humanities at RPPS encompasses Geography, History, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Emotional Attitudes to Learning (SEAL). Knowledge of the world past and present, an understanding of the roles and responsibility of citizenship and global awareness is channelled through a curriculum focused on debate, research and investigation. Our wide breadth of study covers areas as diverse as ‘festivals of light’, ‘rivers and mountains of the world’ and ‘people who care for us’. Visiting speakers, workshop leaders and local community members often bring to life these areas of study for the children with a range of lectures and talks taking place at different points of the school year.
The art curriculum at RPPS fosters an appreciation of a range of media and artistic styles and an exposure to, and immersion in, a variety of creative processes. A firm foundation is established through the development of skills including drawing and understanding form, tone and shade. Our broad art curriculum takes in opportunities to explore still art, observational drawing, sculpture and textiles. Weekly lessons adopt a seminar-style approach for pupil feedback which nurtures the confidence to critique and praise each other’s work, while admiring the final pieces on exhibition around each of the school buildings.
With a wealth of galleries and exhibition spaces on our doorstep, we often take advantage of both the permanent and visiting exhibitions on show in the capital.
The overarching principle of music at RPPS is to instil a love of music in each individual pupil for life. The curriculum is deliberately wide and encompasses a wide range of styles. During their time at RPPS, each child will have the opportunity to explore a variety of musical genres and instruments (including percussion and voice), as well as participating in whole-school and small group performances. Termly Music Assemblies provide a showcase for emerging musical talents, alongside more formal occasions such as the Spring Soiree and Autumn Concert. Furthermore, a choice of musical extra-curricular clubs, including Orchestras and Choirs ensure children have a broad appreciation of music in all its forms.
French is taught throughout the school by our specialist language teacher. Language acquisition is introduced initially through key vocabulary related to a topic of interest and gradually built-upon with short phrases and simple conversations, as well as through an exploration of French culture and lifestyle. As verbal fluency increases, children are introduced to the rules of spelling and grammar necessary for reading and writing proficiency. In order to capitalise upon the language skills of our young children, lessons are conducted entirely in French and complemented by a range of extra-curricular events. Recent highlights include a French breakfast, visiting a French market and staging a French showcase to parents and peers.
PE and Games
At RPPS children of all abilities are able to improve on their performance by striving to achieve realistic, attainable goals linked to confidence and skill, both as individuals and as part of a team. From Reception through to Year 6, all pupils receive timetabled PE and Games lessons where they have the chance to participate in gymnastics, dance, swimming, fitness lessons, athletics and a wide-range of team sports, including rugby, football, hockey and netball, where the children benefit from specialist coaching.