"Building a brighter future"
We strongly believe everyone should show respect for each other and value the contribution we all make. We celebrate individual efforts and achievements both in and out of school. We promote self-discipline, good manners and co-operation between each other and with staff.
Our educational vision is to be a learning community where everyone is:
- stimulated and challenged to enjoy learning and achieve their very best;
- motivated to support others to achieve their best;
- clear of their potential in all areas and supported and guided to aim beyond their potential;
- able to become an independent, critical thinker and learner who will make a positive contribution to the wider community;
- given opportunities to be creative, expressive and reflective;
- cared for and nurtured to become a healthy and emotionally resilient member of society.
The School Day
We like our children to get the best start to the day possible and ask that parents ensure that children arrive at school promptly. Should a child arrive at school after 8.45am then they will need to follow the path to the main hall, register with the staff on duty and collect a 'red card' to give to their class teacher. This red card tells their class teacher that they have been registered at the office - if they arrive without one, they may be marked absent. Parents are asked to ensure that children are collected on time from school at the end of the school day to avoid any undue distress.
|Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
|8:35 am - arrival on playground (5 - 7 years)||8:35 am - arrival on playground (7 - 11 years)|
|8:45 am - start school day||8:45 am - start of school day|
|12:00 noon - 1:00 pm - lunch break||12:10 noon - 1:00 pm - lunch break|
|3:00 - end of school||3:10 - end of school|
We plan many exciting and enriching activities each term to make learning as much fun as possible and to broaden experiences and boost confidence. We hope that all our children leave us with a love of learning and are aspirational about their future.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced and includes all the foundation subjects. High priority is placed on English and Mathematics and all pupils benefit from learning a modern foreign language. We enjoy Focus Weeks and Creativity Days and a variety of lunchtime and after-school activities extend the opportunities available to our children. We are very enthusiastic about the benefits of residential visits in enhancing the curriculum and we organise a three day visit to Oxford for Year 4 pupils and a 5 day visit to France for Year 6.
At Red Hill we provide a continuous planned programme of education in line with Government requirements of the National Curriculum. Within this context, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum enriched with a creative and stimulating learning activities that take place during and after the school day.
The syllabus is split into Key Stage 1 (KS1) for 5 - 7 year olds and Key Stage 2 (KS2) for 7 - 11 year olds. Children start school in Reception Year (the year in which children are five), and this is called the Foundation Stage.
The subjects taught at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Religious Education (RE)
- Design Technology (DT)
- Food Technology (FT)
- Physical Education (PE)
- Personal Social Health Education & Citizenship (PSHE)
- Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Our teachers plan together in year groups and work closely across the school to ensure continuity and progression. Each year group has an overview of the whole year's curriculum and these are made available to parents on Open Evenings. Teachers use a variety of teaching styles in the classroom according to the activity - whole class teaching, groups or individual approaches - as required.
English and Maths are taught every day. Science, Religious Education, ICT, Music, PSHE and MFL are taught every week. All our children have 2 hours of high quality Physical Education each week. Other subjects - History, Geography, DT and Art might be linked together in a block of work for half a term. For example, each year group will cover History and Geography, but not necessarily during the same half term.
All our children are learning a Modern Foreign Language. Currently from Reception to Year 6 our children are learning French with their class teacher, or a teacher from their year group.
We feel that education is a partnership between school and home with the child being at the centre. We strive to build good relationships with all our parents and carers and have a "Friends of Red Hill" organisation which works with the school to strengthen this ethos and raise money.
We also foster strong links with the local community through organisations such as the Rotary Club and The Chislehurst Society. We maintain close links with the pre-schools in our local area and are also involved in a number of projects with the local secondary schools.