At Robson House, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is based on the new National Curriculum (introduced in September 2014). We teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way primarily through a topic based rich creative curriculum which is carefully planned to meet the individual learning needs of the children. The topics change regularly to excite and stimulate the children.
When children first come to Robson House they often don’t see themselves as learners and we inspire children to both re-engage with learning and develop and nurture a passion for learning.
A skills based approach is followed to ensure that the children make excellent progress during their stay at Robson House. We have a specific focus on the core requirements of the English and Mathematics curriculum.
At Robson House we recognise the importance of reading, writing and communication skills and as such ensure that these are embedded across all areas of the curriculum. The vast majority of our written work relates to our half termly topics with teachers creating meaningful reasons, motivations and audiences for writing. As in other curriculum areas written work is carefully scaffolded to meet the individual learning needs of our children with the daily use of success criteria providing a clear guide for success. Alongside creative writing, children learn, as appropriate, aspects of spelling and grammar. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program to teach synthetic phonics to all children who require it. Phonics sessions are usually taught in small groups but children are sometimes taught on a 1:1 basis where necessary.
We believe that children’s language skills flourish in an environment which is rich in oracy, inspirational text and opportunities to apply their skills purposefully. We are passionate about reading and have invested in books and created interesting reading areas in classrooms to inspire children to read. These areas relate directly to our half termly topics and are designed to reflect individual children’s needs and interests. All classes have at least three guided reading sessions per week where the children read with an adult and complete comprehension activities tailored to their individual needs. Children also read independently in class during these sessions at least once a week. Children regularly take home books to read. Our reading curriculum is further enhanced by visits from theatre groups and through the delivery of regular workshops for parents and carers.
Click here to see our English Curriculum Overview.
We believe that children’s mathematical skills flourish in an environment that is rich in mathematical opportunities and experiences. We are passionate about maths and aim to deliver a creative and experience based curriculum. We look for cross curricular links and provide in context maths lessons wherever possible. We aim to make the tasks purposeful and relevant, with the use of practical resources and equipment to support the understanding mathematical concepts.
There is a strong emphasis on mental maths and children are encouraged to problem solve and learn their number facts as soon as possible. Children are encouraged to learn their times tables as part of their home learning where this is appropriate.
For more information on the Maths curriculum, click here: Maths Yearly Overview.
Click here to see our Calculation Policy
We aim to provide children with the opportunity to develop positive attitudes to science and an enquiring mind. Science learning is linked, where possible, to the class topic so that children are exploring and learning in a meaningful context. We provide a balance of content –based lessons and practical investigations, thereby developing both curriculum knowledge and the skills to work scientifically. Children are encouraged to observe, question, hypothesise, predict, plan and carry out investigations.
For more information on the Science curriculum, click on the links below:
At Robson House we are committed to preparing children for the increasingly technological world in which they live. We have invested in new technology and mobile devices including laptops and iPads. Children use IT for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, simulations, controlling and monitoring devices. Children also use the internet for research and information.
We have a music teacher who provides both class and individual lessons. Every child has the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, composing, singing and performing. We are expanding the music provision on offer this academic year.
Art is taught as a discrete subject and as part of our topic based approach to the curriculum. This year we are using art in a more therapeutic way across the school.
Physical Education (PE)
A sports specialist supports staff in the planning and delivery of our programme of PE. The children have a fifteen minute fitness session when they arrive each morning. All children have a swimming lesson at Swiss Cottage every fortnight, and all pupils leave Robson House being able to swim. We also have a weekly games session and a gymnastics or dance lesson in the fantastic hall that we share with Netley School. All the children have the opportunity to represent the school at interschool competitions in at least one of the following sports: swimming, athletics, football and cross country. We work with Arsenal FC to offer the “Arsenal Doubles” programme to develop pupils’ literacy skills in a motivating context.
Religious Education (RE)
We introduce our children to the main principles of the major faiths and the way in which they guide people’s lives.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
SMSC education is a fundamental and substantial part of our curriculum. There is a weekly assembly which celebrates all children’s achievements in all aspects of their learning (both academic and behaviour). Children’s good social skills are celebrated each week with recognition being given to both children and staff for thoughtful and kind acts.
We regularly raise money and awareness for different charities by sponsored events, cake sales etc. We celebrate diversity and focus on black history, anti-bullying, LGBT awareness and how to be a good citizen.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
Our PSHCE curriculum helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding to increase their confidence, lead a healthy lifestyle and to become responsible and caring citizens.
E-Safety, Drug and Alcohol Education and Sex and Relationships education are also an important part of our PSHCE curriculum. Copies of these policies are available in the policy section of this website or by request to the Headteacher.
Teaching Cooking and Nutrition
At Robson House we follow the DFE guidelines for teaching cooking and nutrition. Therefore, as part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils also opens a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. In Key stage 1 pupils are taught to use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes, and to understand where food comes from. In Key stage 2 pupils are taught to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet, to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, to understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
For more information on the PSHCE curriculum, click here: PSHCE Overview and Content
Special Educational Needs (SEN) including our Accessibility Plan
Children’s learning is assessed regularly throughout the year. As teachers assess what children have learnt it helps them to plan for what children will learn next. A range of assessment information is used to insure that children receive a challenging and enriched curriculum appropriate to their needs.