Art and Design
Ranelagh prides itself on being a creative school with the Creative Arts at the heart of our vision and embedded in our curriculum. This can be seen though our displays which can be seen throughout the whole school.
At Ranelagh, we believe all children are capable of participating successfully in Art and Design and embed the love of Art and Design from our foundation stage all the way through to Year 6.
Art and Design is used in conjunction with all of our subjects; from using our sketch books to create new settings for our story writing in English, to using clay and paint to recreate old Victorian pottery in History topics.
At Ranelagh, we participate in a number of events including The Mayor Newham’s Carnival when artists come in and work with children to create costumes and props. We also take part in The Newham Art Exhibit and take our work in to be celebrated in a borough wide exhibit.
All of this ensures that all children have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills and to foster a love of Art.
Design and technology
Design and technology is an exciting, challenging and practical subject. It nurtures and stretches the imaginations of pupils by providing opportunities to be creative and innovative.
Learning through doing, pupils develop the skills needed to design and make products that are relevant to a variety of real life situations.
Evaluation of existing design and technology helps pupils to understand how things work, how design has affected their lives and how they can use existing technology to develop their own ideas.
Pupils are able to use their knowledge of other subjects, such as maths, science, computing, art and even engineering to design and build their own products.
Using tools, improving upon mistakes, resourcefulness, and adaptability are all important elements for effective Design and Technology, as well as invaluable skills to take into the wider world.
As a subject, Design and technology makes an ‘essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.’
At Ranelagh Primary, the teaching and learning of geography is centred on a celebration and understanding of the diversity of the world. We promote an appreciation and involvement within our local and international communities, through: community action projects and other initiatives that aim to inspire pupils about change and geographical responsibility.
Ranelagh is proud to be part of the international Comenius School Partnerships, which enables pupils and staff from across Europe to work together on joint projects and share educational experiences.
At Ranelagh, Geography is delivered in lessons that are fun, relevant and help prepare our children for life, in a cross-curricular atmosphere. Lessons are tailored to meet the individual needs of all pupils, and all children have access to high quality geographical experiences. Being an inner-city school, Ranelagh isn’t blessed with an abundance of surrounding pristine nature, but this is overcome with exciting geographical excursions across the whole school. High-quality geography is even taught outside the classroom, in part, through trips to the seaside, local parks and wooded areas (Epping Forest), foreshore work through River Thames projects and even week-long excursions at Fairplay House.
Geography is highly valued and teaching and learning is to a very high standard throughout the school, ensuring pupils grow up to be responsible citizens of the world and their local community.
Knowing where we come from and the things that have influenced us and the society we live in is a powerful tool that gives us all a sense of time and place. History lessons at Ranelagh Primary give all children the opportunity to explore and understand the history of Britain and the world in a fun and meaningful way. Children learn to interpret historical artefacts and imagery.
They also learn to ask questions such as “Why did the Vikings come to Britain?” or “Why did the Egyptians build pyramids” and to use a variety of resources to find the answers. Skills that they learn in history are useful for developing their abilities as inquisitive learners and will help them in their future studies.
Here are some quotes about what children at Ranelagh think about learning about the past.
Year 1 child - “I like history because it tells us lots of fun facts”.
Year 3 child – “I love learning about the past because we can pretend to be archaeologists and find out lots of information like the Roman weapons. We can learn lots of new things and learn how it is all different now.”
Year 5 child – “History is one of the most important subjects and I like learning about the Aztecs, and all the Queens and Kings too. I like it when we do acting about life in the past. And we get to do exciting projects and do things like Aztec music, weaving and masks. It is really fun.”
Information communication Technology (ICT) curriculum is now called Computing. The children will get a chance to learn computing skills through computer science, digital literacy and Information technology (IT). In the new curriculum, children not only get the chance to learn basic IT skills, such as typing, but are beginning to understand how computers work and program for themselves using code, through computer science.
To enhance their digital literacy children at Ranelagh have a wide range of equipment which they can use to present their learning using cameras, movie maker and other software available.
|At Ranelagh Primary School, we ensure children have the opportunity to have access to ICT throughout their day, using Interactive whiteboards, laptops and ipads across all curriculum areas. In addition, we also have Computing lessons to strengthen children’s knowledge once a week, which includes cross curricular learning linked to their topic as well as stand- alone lessons which teach the skills of computing.|
To ensure that our children keep safe on-line, E-safety is also taught each term.
Music has a prominent place at the heart of the curriculum at Ranelagh, where we aim to inspire a future generation of creative, dedicated and skilled musicians.
Music is taught within the Ranelagh curriculum, children learn the skills which allow them to be the best they can be.
|Children are given the opportunity to develop their skills in a specialist music room, which is fantastically resourced with a wide variety of traditional and modern musical instruments. The school is part of the 'Every Child a Musician' scheme. All children in upper KS2 choose an instrument they would like to learn, then are subsequently given one and taught by a specialist tutor in school every week.|
The school takes part in many musical events. In Year 4, 'Festival of Voices ‘give children the opportunity to sing with a number of other school choirs in front of a huge crowd at Spitalfields Christ Church.
For over a decade, the school has performed extravagant end of year musical productions at Stratford Circus Theatre. This is always an eagerly anticipated event, and it is a great opportunity for the children involved to develop their skills in the performing arts.
At Ranelagh, we believe PSHCE plays a great role in shaping our children for the future. PSHCE includes personal, social, health and citizenship education. The Ranelagh Curriculum provides teachers with lots of opportunities to teach and consolidate a variety of PSHCE skills and, where possible, PSHCE is embedded into literacy, science and numeracy lessons.
We provide children with opportunities to discuss important issues that may worry them e.g. bullying, the dangers of abuse, choosing friends wisely and making sensible choices. Special visitors are invited to talk to the children about stranger danger, road safety, homelessness and drugs.
Children also have the opportunity to extend their learning out of school through educational visits where they get to visit places such as the Houses of Parliament, old people's home etc. We believe that this will help children develop a sense of responsibility towards building a better future and ‘being the best that they can be.’
Religious Education is taught through the Ranelagh Creative Curriculum in accordance with the Newham Agreed Syllabus. The Ranelagh curriculum is organised into topics each year, which staff and children have input.
Children are given the opportunity to learn about Christianity and the other 5 principle religions in the UK (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism). Religious festivals and holy days provide fantastic opportunities for our school community to come together to learn from each other.
Religious Education is taught through class discussion, written works, sharing of experiences, lifestyles and practical activities (art, drama, visits to places of interest in the local area, exploration of artefacts, songs and visitors to the school.)
In Ranelagh we are very fortunate to have a multicultural, diverse Community. We encourage children to share aspects of their religious customs and culture in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect.
Pupils at Ranelagh have been learning Spanish for two years. Parents, staff, pupils and governors chose the language almost unanimously through a survey that was carried out when the 2014 curriculum was introduced.
|At Ranelagh we want to provide our pupils with the opportunity to enjoy foreign languages from the beginning of their school career. Spanish conversation is taught once a week from Year 1 and Spanish songs are introduced in Nursery and Reception. Spanish lessons in Key Stage 2 are longer and include reading, writing and grammar, as well as speaking and listening in greater depth.||
Language clubs are run regularly at Ranelagh by teachers and by native speakers. This year pupils have had the opportunity to attend Mandarin and French clubs, as well as Spanish.
Since Spanish has become the language of Ranelagh, we have made links with a dual language school in Almeria. Pupils and teachers from Las Salinas, our sister school visit us annually – twice so far. In turn, Ranelagh pupils and teachers have spent time in the classrooms of Las Salinas and used their brilliant Spanish throughout the town of Roquetas de Mar. Many of our pupils remain in regular contact with students in Spain.