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The Richmond Primary Academy

We are working to ensure that high expectations and standards serve every pupil within our academy community.


Here is our current curriculum overview: RPA Curriculum Overview

As a new proud member of the DRET family of schools, our curriculum will be changing incrementally to incorporate some of the exciting learning opportunities provided by the Trust. From September 2024 we will move fully to the DRET primary curriculum.  You can find out all about this curriculum by visiting the curriculum webpage of one of our other primary academies Thomas Hinderwell.  The vast majority of the new curriculum will be the same, except we will make some tweaks to allow for things such as our own local history to be incorporated. 

Currently in Reception and Key Stage 1, we use Read Write Inc Phonics as our approach to the teaching of early reading and we will continue to use this scheme in line with other DRET primary academies. Home reading books in Reception and Key Stage 1 are phonetically-plausible, containing only those sounds ('graphemes') which children have learned and know. Each child in these year groups also receives a 'Reading for Pleasure' picture book.

We are currently using Jane Considine’s ‘The Write Stuff’ in Y1-Y6. Foundation stage would usually begin the program at the beginning of summer 1 once their phonics and fine motor skills are at a suitable level. Each year group’s writing unit is based on a high-quality text and lessons are delivered in three modes: sentence stacking, experience days moving to independent writing.  During the summer term we will be migrating to Talk for Writing and Talk for Reading, in line with the DRET primary curriculum.

We are currently using Maths No Problem which is an approach to teaching mathematics developed in Singapore.  Towards the end of the summer term we will move onto the DRET primary mathematics curriculum which uses Effective Maths.  This is very similar to Maths No Problem and we therefore expect that pupils will hardly notice the change.


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