Runnymede St Edward's School

Runnymede is an Independent Catholic Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 3-11 years

Part of the Edmund Rice Family, we welcome children of all faiths

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Computing and ICT

In Runnymede St Edward’s, Computing and ICT is an integral part of the primary school curriculum. It is taught as a discrete subject and is also reinforced through a more cross-curricular approach. Children from Year 1 to Year 6, receive at least one formal Computing session each week, each lead by a specialist Computing teacher. The scheme of work is based on the New National Curriculum and is supplemented by enrichment activities to challenge and inspire. Lessons are delivered with access to a projector and interactive whiteboard.
The Computing department has a dedicated suite with 25 workstations networked to a server in the main room and a further 24 networked workstations in classrooms around the school. The pupils have the use of a wide range of equipment and the web learning resource ‘Espresso Coding’ supplements curricular needs. Every pupil in the school has their own username and email account and access to the IT Suite is encouraged with a lunchtime Computing club running throughout the school year.

Computing in itself would have little purpose if pupils were unable to have the opportunity to apply their skills. The pupils are responsible for the school newsletter, they take part in multimedia projects, and they produce posters for events and for their classrooms. Children’s work is also celebrated in wall displays and booklets of work. Children are also afforded opportunities to develop their knowledge of digital equipment and its use in film making. ‘Cineclub’ a British Film Institute initiative, is very popular and a Year 6 group of film-makers were delighted to have their film nominated in a national short film competition in July 2012. They travelled to the BFI and enjoyed a great day out in London!

By the end of Key Stage 2, Runnymede pupils have had the experience of a wide range of Computing and ICT activities, after which they are more than ready to meet the challenges of their continuing education.

Why not check out some of the apps our children have created in our new Espresso Coding Gallery

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

At Runnymede St. Edward’s School, MFL has a role to play in the preparation of each child for their future life. It helps to develop confidence and gives them knowledge about the cultural and geographical aspects of France/Spain as well as a foundation knowledge of the spoken language.
Pupils in Nursery – Year 5 have one lesson each week lead by a specialist language teacher. Foundation and early years children learn Spanish, French is taught to year 3 to year 6. Year 6 have two lessons per week to prepare them for secondary school.

There is also a French or Spanish Club available to Year 3 pupils each week in the Summer Term. The French Room is spacious and welcoming. The displays help to create a colourful, fun learning environment. Pupils take part in oral, written and musical activities, with the help of our French bears, Henri and Jean-Pierre. At the end of September all pupils take part in ‘European Day of Languages’ where they learn about other European countries.
In July we celebrate ‘French Day.’ or 'Spanish Day'. This is an enjoyable day when pupils can dress up as French people or simply wear blue, white and red, or as a Spanish speaker ( from Spain or South America) They may taste French/ Spanish food or take part in French/ Spanish games. 
  

Music

Music is an extremely important part of life at Runnymede. Our main objectives are for children to enjoy and appreciate music and for them to become confident as performers. Every opportunity is taken to achieve these aims through a broad curriculum based on singing, instrumental activity, listening and discussion, creativity and movement.

Every child receives specialist teaching, beginning with one weekly session in the Nursery, in which music is part of the creative programme, rising to two lessons per week plus Hymn Practice from Reception onwards. Children also experience music in other aspects of the curriculum with teaching and support staff. Children in Year 2 begin recorder-playing. From Year 3 onwards, children have the opportunity to take up instrumental and vocal tuition with our team of highly experienced peripatetic teachers.

Pupils are prepared for the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, which are held three times a year, usually in school. Pupils attend concerts at the Philharmonic Hall and selected groups attend choral and instrumental workshops at a variety of venues. The junior choristers and probationers of the cathedral choir, all of whom are educated at Runnymede, play a full part in the musical activities of the school.

In addition to curricular music, Runnymede has a Choir and Orchestra, both led by the Director of Music, as well as a Woodwind ensemble and a Guitar group, led by visiting instrumental teachers, all of which rehearse and perform throughout the year.

The Runnymede Choir is open to children from Year 4 upwards by, audition. The choir performs at major school events throughout the year, such as concerts, Christmas carol services and carol-singing, festivals, Prize-Giving and the summer musical play. It is also in demand in the wider community; it has made many broadcasts with BBC local radio and performed at both Alder Hey and the Royal Liverpool Hospitals, weddings, Capital of Culture events, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Liverpool Football Club and various venues in the City Centre.

The Runnymede Orchestra is open to all who play an orchestral instrument and have reached a minimum of Grade 1 standard. The orchestra performs at our annual St Cecilia’s Day Concert in November and at other concerts throughout the year, at Prize-Giving in the Metropolitan Cathedral and in a combined schools’ Jazz Day.

Singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to perform throughout the year in music lessons, Collective Worship and concerts. These activities enable children to achieve their potential in music and provide particularly talented pupils with a wealth of stimulating challenges, whilst fostering an ethos of respect for others, whatever their ability. Musical staff are also catered for in our staff choir, the Runnymede Singers, which performs at Christmas and at other occasional events.

Visiting musicians, such as a singer/song-writer and the Hohodza Band from Zimbabwe, further enrich our musical life, sharing their particular talents with the children and involving them in workshops and concerts.

Music permeates school life at Runnymede, providing the best environment for children to discover how it enriches our lives and to grow in confidence and skill as listeners, composers and performers.

 

 
 

Runnymede St Edward's School, North Drive, Sandfield Park, Liverpool L12 1LE.

Tel: 0151 281 2300    Fax: 0151 281 4900    Email:contact@runnymede-school.org.uk