Cultural Capital "is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’”
At Riddings Infant and Nursery School we continually evaluate the variety of opportunities we provide for our children, to ensure that they are diverse, interesting and relevant to both the curriculum and the children’s lives.
As a whole school we take part in:
- Art week
- Science week
- Derby Open Centre workshops
- Friendship / Anti-bullying week
- World Book Day
- Safer Internet Day
- National Number Day
- Hello Yellow Day
- Harvest Festival
- Christingle service
- Remembrance Day
- Sports Days
- Bedtime reads
- Class assemblies
- Ozzy obstacle course
- Nativity performances
- Class assemblies
- Road Safety Workshops
- Easter Bonnet parade
- Travel Smart walks and cycles
- Road Safety Workshops
- Forest Schools
- Whole school picnics
We encourage all parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning from the moment they start in our school.
In the Autumn and Summer terms Rob Bounds our Travel Smart Champion comes into school to work with our nursery children on developing balance and coordination using balance bikes.
We have a visiting Pantomime in December and workshops from Derby Open Centre linked to marriage in other cultures.
In the Spring term we hatch our own chicken eggs, this is a wonderful experience for the children. We alternate between traditional tales / Chinese New Year workshops during this term too.
In the Summer term we take part in the ‘Smoothie bike’ workshops, promoting healthy choices in school. To support the children’s developing knowledge and understanding we have Science workshops alternating with Multicultural workshops.
To end our year in nursery we have a ‘soft play’ day where the children get to experience a range of soft play in our school setting.
In the Autumn we have workshops run by the Derby Open Centre linked to marriage in other cultures. We also have a visit from the Road Safety team, focusing on how to cross the road safely and then a fabulous Pantomime visiting in December!
During the Spring term the children have Caterpillars in class to learn about and observe their life cycle. Scooter smart sessions are run to develop safe and controlled use of scooters. We also alternate between traditional tales / Chinese New Year workshops this term too.
In the Summer Term, to support the children’s developing knowledge and understanding we have Science workshops alternating with Multicultural workshops. At the end of the school year the children visit A Farm as part of their topic work.
The children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of after school clubs throughout the year.
In the Autumn term grandparents are invited into school as part of the children’s History project to share their wealth of knowledge. Every year the children visit Mansfield Pantomime at Christmas time too.
In the Spring, as part of our curriculum offer the children in Year 1 visit the Yorkshire Wildlife park.
In February the children take part in Online Safety workshops as part of our Internet Safety week.
The children also visit a local supermarket as part of their DT project, buying the ingredients to make a fruit salad.
In the Summer term Jungle Jo visits the class and brings some amazing animals from Australia. The children participate in a local walk down to the church as part of their RE curriculum and have a super Fun day and Picnic at the Community Park. We also actively encourage visitors linked to our curriculum to talk to the children ie local Pastor, Australian resident.
Autumn term begins the year with a local walk for the children, learning all about the history of Riddings and the Oakes family. At Christmas the children visit Mansfield Pantomime for an amazing show!
In the Spring term Bikeability come into school to teach the children how to ride a bike safely as well as Road Safety workshops. In February the children take part in Online Safety workshops as part of our Internet Safety week.
In the Summer term all Year Two children are given the opportunity to go on a residential to Lea Green for 2 days. This offers the most amazing two days jam packed full of exciting outdoor activities!
Links to the Community
The Fire service visit Year 2 children to discuss the dangers of fire and how to keep safe.
Key Stage one children visit the Church for special events and the representatives from local churches visit on a regular basis to lead assemblies.
The Harvest collection is donated to the Local Foodbank.
At Riddings Infant and Nursery School we feel it important for our children to be exposed to people of all ages. We encourage activities where children have to ask questions about their own families, handing down wisdom and knowledge from generations. We take opportunities to invite Grandparents in, whether as part of our history lessons or just for a Kit Kat and a chat.
After School Clubs
All the children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of after school clubs throughout the year.
After school clubs are beneficial for children of all ages giving opportunities for children to learn new skills and socialise with a variety of children from other classes too.
Please click on the link below to see the clubs available to our children this year.
At Riddings Infants and Nursery School we believe in developing the whole child. We have a broad and rich curriculum but love to enhancement it with amazing experiences.
Riddings 50 is a list of 50 things we think all children should do before they leave our school. Its full of fun activities, things that you can already do, and things might challenge you.
Click the link below to see the Riddings 50.