The curriculum sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn. It is a framework given to teachers that ensures all school children are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable, while also being hard enough to challenge them. It sets standards that measure how well students are doing in each subject so that teachers can plan to help them to fulfill their potential.
Year 7 & 8 students follow the Foundation Curriculum. Students will be taught a range of skills while studying the subjects offered in the Key Stage 3 curriculum. In Year 7, students are taught in their form groups for the first half term; they will then be taught in sets in the Core subjects. These sets are established using KS2 prior attainment data, CATs scores and in-school baseline assessment data collected in September.
Creative & Performing Arts
Modern Foreign Languages
*Students who wish to learn to play a musical instrument, or who are already doing so, may apply for specialist tuition in addition to their weekly class.
It has always been a feature of the school that students take a pride in their practical work and want to take home the finished product. If you wish to assume ownership of completed items we may need to ask you to make voluntary contributions to the departments concerned. Students will also be asked to provide ingredients/materials prior to the practical lessons (a separate letter will be sent out in regards to arrangements for catering lessons). Materials can be provided for students in Year 7 if necessary but they may prefer to bring in their own. Please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Year if you wish to discuss any aspect of this.
Providing opportunities for additional learning at home offers students the chance to reinforce and extend the work covered in lessons. It should promote a wide variety of study skills, including individual research, self-discipline and personal organisation. There are homework clubs to provide additional support for the completion of homework.
It is school policy to set homework on a regular basis, with a measure of flexibility as to the timing, duration and nature of the tasks set. Not all lessons lead to the setting of homework. At the beginning of the school year, each student is given a timetable with details of when homework will be set. Students should expect staff to allow sufficient time for completion of homework.
It is the students’ responsibility to record the homework set in their planners with the due date. Students are expected to meet the deadlines set. Please support your son/daughter by checking the planner. Students have access to printing facilities at school, and have a credit allowance, which they should manage sensibly. If the student is unsure about the requirement or the deadline they should ask the teacher. Parents are asked to check that tasks are completed on time. Failure to complete homework will result in a detention, unless there is a note of explanation.
Satchel is the student and parent portal which - among other things - allows you and your son/daughter to check what homework has been set. Staff may provide further information and links to documents required so it is important to use Satchel alongside the student planner.
Homework Clubs & The Learning Resources Centre
There are clubs open every day where students have access to computers and printers if necessary and also to a quiet working space. Please see our enrichment offer to find out when they are running. A register of attendance is kept at both. The clubs are open to all students in order to support them in meeting deadlines. Those whose home environment may include distractions are particularly encouraged to attend. The Library is open at lunchtimes and after school. Students are encouraged to borrow books for two weeks and make the most of this facility as part of their studies and for their personal enjoyment.
How can parents help with homework?
At RPHS we are very keen for parents to support students with their learning, but it is important, particularly as your child gets older, for them to
become an independent learner. To help your child you can:
• Give your son/daughter confidence through lots of praise and encouragement
• Read to, and with, your son/daughter as much as possible
• Make use of your local library
• Visit museums and places of interest
• Use web-based resources on the internet
• Check Satchel for homework tasks and sign the planner
• Set time aside to do homework
• Try to provide a reasonably quiet place for your son/daughter to complete homework
• Encourage homework to be completed on the day it is set
• Make sure completed homework is packed ready to bring in to school
• Support them, but please do not do the work for them!