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RKS school vision - Learning for life

"We aim for every child to be happy, to be confident and to achieve their best. We promote positive attitudes and learning for life to help children grow into independent, caring and creative adults."

As an inclusive Church school we value the way that each child is unique and we have high aspirations for every child. We recognise that children learn best when they feel happy, safe and secure. Within a nurturing school environment our carefully designed curriculum stimulates children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm, making learning ‘come alive’ through a broad and rich programme of study, activities and events.

We are committed to achieving excellence in all areas of the curriculum. We link the National Curriculum subjects and RE through topics wherever possible, increasing children’s motivation and enjoyment of learning by making it relevant and meaningful for them. Where appropriate we teach subject areas discreetly and capitalise on the specialist skills and talents of staff.

We aim to care for and educate the whole child, developing well-rounded individuals healthy in mind, body and spirit. We use a broad range of teaching and learning styles in order to meet individual needs and all children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Our curriculum promotes independent learning, transferable life skills and global citizenship, enabling children to grow into successful, informed and responsible citizens. Children are partners in their learning and have many opportunities to influence their learning and environment, for example, via the Pupil Committees. The Royal Kent School has a history of strong ties with St Andrews Church, which supports the school in developing the moral and spiritual growth of all children. Links with schools locally and internationally enable children to learn from others and develop their understanding and appreciation of other communities.

Learning outside the classroom and care for the environment are highly valued. Day and residential visits compliment and enrich the curriculum, providing memorable learning through first hand experience. Special events such as multi-activity days, community events and curriculum weeks enable children to develop their knowledge and skills through working with professionals, volunteers and other specialists.

We recognise the crucial part parents play in their children’s education and strive to maintain good parent partnership. Parents are welcomed in to school; they make a significant contribution to school life and their views inform our school development planning. We aim to keep parents well informed about the curriculum, homework, teaching and learning methods and their children’s progress.

Phonics and Reading Schemes

At The Royal Kent School we teach phonics using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories.

 As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from a range of different reading schemes, including 'Jelly and Bean,' 'Rigby Stars,' 'Big Cat' and 'Oxford Reading Tree.'

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes and are designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.

All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.