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17/09/21

Year 6 took their maths learning outside to solve different reasoning challenges. These were linked to their WW2 learning and were developing their higher order thinking skills as part of their drive to be great scholars. https://t.co/tOZnb6eBsS

16/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder PTA

It’s been 2 years since our last Christmas Fair and we are really excited to bring it back this year !! Let’s make it our best one yet !! https://t.co/RGn77HL4Lj

16/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder PTA

We have a Bags2school collection on 22/9/21 - a letter will be sent out via EduLink with details https://t.co/lI9P34sSAb

10/09/21

KS2 were invited to be Language Ambassadors today. They watched a presentation from Mrs Schenk and we are excited to see the hard work that will be on display in language learning this year and beyond. https://t.co/x5fWqmvHSm

02/09/21

Retweeted From SRA - English

We would love to offer a diverse range of books for students. Can you help us to purchase some and build our library in the dept? Use https://t.co/lCfLxhb3Xa to purchase straight from the fantastic and your donation will help build our collection

18/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Libraries

Children taking part in the can read ANY 6 library books! Fiction, short stories, information books, picture books, comic books, and eBooks & eAudiobooks! https://t.co/eV0OmY6T8g

16/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

A very special message from our Year 6 students as they celebrate their last year as primary students. ⛵️🦞🌊 Please click the link to view https://t.co/qNUvb6NCu9

16/07/21

Year 6 had a wonderful celebration today. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a memorable last day in primary school. https://t.co/4mLIfmlbSu

14/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

On your marks get set go! Our Primary sports day is underway and we're having a blast...🏅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️⭐ https://t.co/02PJiQMiXB

14/07/21

Thank you to for providing the children and staff with ice pops after a fantastic sports day. https://t.co/kDJLcuvNve

13/07/21

Oxford Class were also developing their oracy and reasoning skills. They were working together to explain and prove different statements related to fluency facts and geometry. A lot of useful discussion. https://t.co/ke3Nin46Y0

13/07/21

Cambridge Class were reading their oracle bones this morning. Using their history learning, they developed their oracy skills to share their readings to display wonderful cross curricular learning. https://t.co/4QzUa8jeHK

09/07/21

Retweeted From SRA Art

Mrs Rudd's Year 5 art class have been creating some stylish product designs based on their Grand Canyon project https://t.co/9v4WpRwU0c

09/07/21

These are just a handful of our dragons. . https://t.co/GXKz4FnCpr

09/07/21

Year 6 have had a D&T filled morning. They have been using their Shang Dynasty inspired designs to create their own dragon puppets. We can’t wait to share these with you. https://t.co/QojoFYU1od

07/07/21

A few more highlights from last weeks Egyptian Day in Y4! As you can see some incredible costumes! 🇪🇹⚱️🐈‍⬛ https://t.co/K3WcXnjkXC

07/07/21

Year 1 are very excited to tell us about the match tonight! https://t.co/LG51HoVYVK

06/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our primary year group bubbles are enjoying a magical performance of Beauty and the Beast today, performed by our Year 6 students 🌹 📔 https://t.co/y5t0mGzqXe

03/07/21

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Our Year 4 students have loved dressing up as Egyptians today and enjoyed bartering at the busy market stalls - don't you sphinx they look amazing? https://t.co/eJhFP2HiWT

29/06/21

You can’t ‘beetle’ this! https://t.co/sl2trhFQMl

22/06/21

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

Our year 7 pupils coaching our year 3’s in athletics club this morning✨ Great work girls! https://t.co/vI1KFBlEjO

18/06/21

Thank you to and for all your hard work with the children. They are having a great time! https://t.co/AkYsbbKvmy

18/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

The school hall is ahum with the most glorious sounds as our Year 6 students rehearse for a very special production. We can't wait for you to 'be our guest!' In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of them hard at work... 🌹📖🎭🕯️ https://t.co/qymVvajGUz

11/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

It's puzzle of the week! This week we are releasing only the primary puzzle - our secondary students are working hard and keeping focused with end of year exams. https://t.co/Ki8kDrPDd6

11/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's our Year 1 students looking absolutely fabulous on superhero dress up day - but are they ready to take on the challenge of exploring fantasy stories? You bet they are! 🌟🦸🦹‍♀️💫 https://t.co/FvH6T7oUvf

11/06/21

We also took this opportunity to focus on oracy. The children could explain their games, listen carefully and communicate effectively. They showed a great collaboration of ideas and enjoyed this project a lot! https://t.co/VOoaUVszfI

11/06/21

More games from Year 6. Aren’t they brilliant? https://t.co/MYQvEKb9nL

11/06/21

Take a look at some of the fantastic games created by Year 6. In groups, they designed, constructed and evaluated their games. In addition to this, they produced rules so others can play them. https://t.co/vpLvMg8zaE

08/06/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

you can now book a place at our next EVENT - Connecting creativity and technology in the classroom. 🗓️ 21st June 2021, 3:45pm-5:45pm Sign up for free: https://t.co/Q4zKuYqzNt https://t.co/0llqf69nPw

28/05/21

To end the half term, three members of Y6 organised a year group Zumba session. It was carefully planned and everyone had a great time! https://t.co/Zm3yIekqpt

28/05/21

More entries from Year 5 showing off their extreme reading! 📖📚👍🏻 https://t.co/78KjWvB6j7

27/05/21

Y6 took on the challenge of performing ‘The cat in the hat’ by Dr. Seuss. They collaborated to learn parts of the story off by heart and created their own actions to accompany these. With the sun shining,they took their performances outside. https://t.co/QOAjIYmaOO

27/05/21

Year 4 have had a wonderful morning playing their own version of snakes and ladders 🐍🪜 https://t.co/Hmo9PK0Bet

24/05/21

Year 5 have been celebrating Book Week by showing off their extreme reading skills! 📖🤸🏼‍♀️⭐️🍳 https://t.co/FDjyN0lDit

24/05/21

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 thoroughly enjoyed this today! 📖👣🔎 https://t.co/iHSvOppCyC

22/05/21

A huge well done to the Year 6 team who represented SRA at the festival of football this morning! A great effort shown by all. ⚽️ https://t.co/KqfIjiGimw

30/04/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

This week students at SRA have been recognised for their resilience and continued hard work during the national lockdown each receiving an enamel badge together with a lovely message. Thanks for the surprise - we will wear our badges with pride.⭐️#thankyou https://t.co/usbgdiLZiY

27/04/21

The Year 5 team for the Maths Challenge displayed such great teamwork and applied their maths skills superbly. https://t.co/aWgrX6Y9Cd

27/04/21

Our Year 5 Mathematicians are ready for the Year 5 Maths Challenge https://t.co/mk0CeIWsmo

23/04/21

“It was so exciting and fun. I loved travelling into space.”🌎🪐💫☄️Hannah and Eden- Year 5 https://t.co/HZNWacbuma

Curriculum

At Samuel Ryder Academy, we offer a varied, creative and inspiring curriculum that provides opportunities for all our children to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills. Through real life experiences and extra-curricular activities, our schemes of learning will ensure that all children achieve the best educational outcome, alongside developing their confidence, social, and emotional skills. 

Early Years Foundation Curriculum Overview

Prime Areas

Communication and Language

This involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

 

This is a prime area of learning and is integrated into all areas of teaching and learning across the setting.

Physical

This involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are supported to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

 

PE is taught by our specialist PE teachers.  Children are provided with opportunities to develop Fine/Gross motor skills on a daily basis throughout the setting.  The importance of hygiene and healthy eating is also discussed on a regular basis.

Personal and Social Development

This involves children developing a positive sense of themselves and others.  Children are supported to make positive relationships with others and develop respect for other children and the environment. Children learn how to manage their feelings and how to adapt their behaviour in different situations. 

 

This is a prime area of learning and is integrated into all areas of teaching and learning across the setting.  

Specific Areas

Literacy

This involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials such as books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.

 

Our topics are planned around a variety of literacy texts which provide rich vocabulary, exciting experiences and  a range of reading and writing opportunities for children across the setting.  Literacy and phonics sessions are taught on a daily basis.     

Mathematics

This involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, to calculate simple addition and subtraction problems and to learn how to describe shapes, spaces and measures.  

 

Maths is taught on a daily basis throughout the setting. It involves using practical apparatus to help understand mathematical concepts before learning to record in pictorial and/or abstract ways.

Understanding the World  

This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

 

Understanding the world is taught through our weekly topic sessions.  Children have regular opportunities to learn about different religions, communities, cultures, the world around them and technology.

Expressive Arts and Design

This involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. It involves providing children with opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.

 

Opportunities are provided for children to explore instruments and safely use a variety of materials, tools and techniques on a daily basis. Music and Dance sessions are taught by our specialist teachers on a weekly basis.

 

Key Stage 1 Curriculum Overview

English

Our English programme includes a balance of reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening. Key skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling are explicitly taught.

Each year group will study at least one fiction, one non-fiction and one poetry module each term to ensure coverage of the different genres. We differentiate learning so all children can succeed and be challenged.

Ongoing teacher assessment across all areas of reading and writing.  All children will complete a termly piece of writing for assessment against the National Curriculum criteria for Age Related Expectations and a termly reading paper.

In Year 1, all children will take the National Phonics Screening Check.

In Year 2, children will take two English reading papers and an English grammar, spelling and punctuation paper.

Mathematics

Our aim at Samuel Ryder Academy is to ensure that pupils become confident and inquisitive mathematicians.  We place a large emphasis upon number skills to ensure that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using mental and written methods. Pupils are also encouraged to learn their multiplication and division facts.

This is developed through the use of the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach e.g. the use of a range of concrete resources, pictures to demonstrate understanding and the ability to think in an abstract manner and develop formal methods of recording. Teachers from Year 1 to Year 6 are using detailed schemes by Herts for Learning to plan effective maths lessons incorporating fluency, reasoning and problem solving.   Ongoing teacher assessment is carried out in all areas of mathematics across the Primary Phase.

Science

The KS1 science curriculum has two core components, scientific knowledge (e.g. the parts of a flower) and working scientifically (e.g. making predictions, asking appropriate questions). In each half term students will learn about a given science topic and will learn to apply that knowledge using a given skill focus. The topic and skill focus change every half term five times, with the remaining half term reserved for a more open ended STEM project where the children will apply skills learned in science, mathematics and computing.

The KS1 science curriculum has two core components, scientific knowledge (e.g. the parts of a flower) and working scientifically (e.g. making predictions, asking appropriate questions). In each half term students will learn about a given science topic and will learn to apply that knowledge using a given skill focus. The topic and skill focus changes five times every half term , with the remaining half term reserved for a more open ended STEM project where the children will apply skills learned in science, mathematics and computing.

Physical Education

PE in KS1 is taught by the specialist PE teachers.   Physical fitness and physical awareness are important in developing a healthy lifestyle. A range of dance, gym, sports and swimming will be covered.

Art and Design To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products and to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination. It is aimed to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and to study the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Music

In Reception pupils learn how to use their voices to sing and learn a variety of songs. They also learn how to find the beat in music by clapping, dancing and learning actions to songs. They begin to work in small groups with percussion instruments to accompany texts and poems and begin to create their own pieces.

In Year 1, pupils build on the skills they developed in reception, working on singing, rhythm and using percussion instruments in small groups. They learn a broader range of challenging songs, create more complex small-group compositions and start to learn key words to describe the music they are listening to.

In Year 2, pupils start off with singing, learning to sing canons and rounds in two, three or four parts before moving on to learn Christmas songs in the lead up to the holidays. After Christmas they start to learn the recorder, and in the process the basics of music notation (rhythms and pitches), scales and application of how music notation becomes sound.

Geography

Pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

History

Pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will find out where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is a necessary part of a broad and balanced curriculum. As RE is not nationally determined a locally agreed syllabus of RE is prepared by a local Standard Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) and adopted by a local authority. It is this Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 which we use as the basis of our planning and delivering of RE at Samuel Ryder Academy.

From Reception to Year 2 pupils follow a coherent and systematic study of the principal religion of Christianity and be introduced to a minimum of two other religions.

Assessment is through activities such as discussion with pupils, group activities, marking and guiding their work, observing, displaying work, asking and answering questions and teachers are continually finding out about their pupils’ achievements.

Computing

The KS1 computing curriculum has three core components, computer science, ICT and digital literacy. The first three to four half terms generally focus on ICT and digital literacy, working on areas such as keyboard skills, learning major productivity apps and being a good digital citizen. The latter half of the year, when the children are more mature, is devoted to computer science. Students will learn the skills of computational thinking, which includes the design, implementation and debugging of algorithms. These skills will be taught and applied in a variety of different settings including ‘unplugged’ activities, where no computer is required, coding on a computer or iPad programming physical computing devices such as the Beebot.

Assessments are made by the class teacher against the work they have managed to complete on a given unit which will inform an overall judgement at the end of the year.

 

Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview

English

Our English programme includes a balance of reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening. Key skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling are explicitly taught. 

Each year group will study at least one fiction, one non-fiction and one poetry module each term to ensure coverage of the different genres. We differentiate learning so all children can succeed and be challenged. 

Ongoing teacher assessment across all areas of reading and writing. All children will complete a termly piece of writing for assessment against the National Curriculum criteria for Age Related Expectations and a termly reading paper. 

In Year 6, children will take two English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers, and a reading paper, in addition to receiving a writing assessment level. 

Mathematics

Our aim is to ensure that pupils become confident and inquisitive mathematicians. We place a large emphasis upon number skills to ensure that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using mental and written methods. Pupils are also encouraged to learn their multiplication and division facts.

This is developed through the use of the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach e.g. the use of a range of concrete resources, pictures to demonstrate understanding and the ability to think in an abstract manner and develop formal methods of recording. Teachers from Year 1 to Year 6 are using detailed schemes by Herts for Learning to plan effective Maths lessons, incorporating fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Ongoing teacher assessment is carried out in all areas of mathematics across the Primary phase and in Year 6 the children take a mental arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers

Science

The KS2 Science curriculum has two core components, scientific knowledge (e.g. the parts of a flower) and working scientifically (e.g. making predictions, asking appropriate questions.)

Physical Education

PE in KS2 is taught by the specialist PE teachers. Physical fitness and physical awareness are important in developing a healthy lifestyle. A range of dance, gym, sports and swimming will be covered. 

 

 

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