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The Curriculum

Delivering an Inspired Curriculum for Student Success.

Language and Literacy

Our Language and Literacy curriculum uses a unique layered approach to build children's comprehension and writing while providing a high-quality education in English and equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word.

The programme engages children and develops their vocabulary using drama and discussion. The students are taught grammar in context, with a comprehensive grammar bank to build their knowledge. With strong English language skills, students have access to the whole curriculum; develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; and are also able to participate fully as members of society.

It will also support the students in applying and developing phonics knowledge through shared, guided and independent reading and writing across the curriculum. The programme provides opportunities for children’s development in communication, language and literacy and their progress is monitored carefully throughout the Key Stages. Students learn to speak clearly, convey their ideas confidently, justify ideas with reasons, ask questions, and communicate effectively.


Our English curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Develop students’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Enhance acquisition and command of vocabulary across the whole curriculum building systematically on students’ current knowledge
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

The high-quality Mathematics education provided at RIS enhances the students’ capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics play in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen. Use Math principles, students understand the wider uses of mathematics in their lives than just using it to carry out mechanical operations with numbers and symbols. They develop a better understanding of the world, recognise the interconnectedness of things since mathematics is often the common denominator, and enhance their ability to reason analytically.


Our Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Are able to reason mathematically, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Are able to solve a variety of increasingly sophisticated problems mathematically apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects
  • Develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject

Science Curriculum

We have an inspiring Science curriculum providing students the foundation for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, and encouraging a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

The curriculum develops the students’ scientific knowledge and enhance their use of that knowledge to identify questions, to acquire new knowledge, to explain scientific phenomena, and to draw evidence-based conclusions about science-related issues.

Students are taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. They gain understanding of the characteristic features of science as a form of human knowledge and enquiry, awareness of how science and technology shape our material, intellectual, and cultural environments.


Our Science curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop an understanding of how Science impacts their lives and the world
  • Apply the power of rational scientific explanation to understand what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes
  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology,  chemistry and physics
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • Learn to observe; seek patterns; identify, classify and group data; compare, investigate and test; research; and collect, analyse and present findings


“A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world” (DFE). That is a grand statement!

Regent has an inspiring & evolving Computing curriculum, in which highly engaged students rise to the latest challenge, creating, iterating, programming, innovating and problem-solving. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology.

The core of Computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Students develop a wide array of programming skills and concepts such as abstraction, decomposition, logic, data representation and computer science. At Regent, they learn a variety of programming and coding languages such as Scratch, HTML, CSS, Python and are continually introduced to a variety of other languages and platforms as technology evolves.

Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. They develop algorithmic and computational thinking skills, build up repertoires of strategies, grit and resilience with problem-solving and debugging issues, especially as they learn “how a computer thinks”.

Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.


Our Computing curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Design and Technology

Our Design and Technology (DT) curriculum is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, and one that students greatly enjoy. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real world problems.

Students acquire broad subject knowledge drawing on what they have learned in mathematics, science, computing and art.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.


Our DT curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook


As an international school, Regent provides an exciting history on globally relevant topics. Students actively engage in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. History helps students develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context.

Students learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.


Our History curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways and reach substantiated judgements
  • Know and understand significant events in history: the nature of ancient civilisations and societies; the expansion and dissolution of empires; achievements and follies of mankind
  • Make connections and comparisons between different aspects of the periods, themes and topics studied
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • Gain perspective by understanding the connections between: local, regional, national and international history; and cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history


Our Geography curriculum serves to spark students’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Students actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. They develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world and develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.


Our Geography curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments and how these have changed over time
  • Develop knowledge of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine, and of their defining physical and human characteristics
  • Develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes, the interrelation and impact humans have had on the environment
  • Have geographical skills to:
    • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through fieldwork.
    • Interpret geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • Communicate information through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length


Our Music curriculum is designed to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Students develop their own musical interests and skills including the ability to make music individually and in groups.

The RIS Music curriculum enables the students to evaluate their own and others’ music along with understanding and appreciating a range of different kinds of music. Through critical engagement with music, listening with discrimination to the best in the musical canon, and also composing, students develop their creativity, self-confidence, and their sense of achievement.


Our Music curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn the use of musical elements, devices, tonalities and structures
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others
  • Understand the contextual influences that affect the way music is created, performed and heard including the effect of different intentions, uses, venues, occasions, available resources and the cultural environment

Foreign Language Programme

We have a high-quality Modern Foreign Language programme where the second languages of Arabic and French are taught. Students can choose from an additional third language of German, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish which will be offered either during or after school hours.

Students develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts; develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills; develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language and awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Many of our students are already well versed in two or more languages, so their acquisition and development of other languages is made easier as a result of the listening, reading and writing structures they have already developed.


Our focus of study in modern languages is on practical communication. Students learn to express complex ideas and thoughts that go beyond immediate needs and interests in the foreign language. They develop and justify points of view in speech and writing with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. They learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the foreign language, and are equipped with the skills to work and study in other countries.

Physical Education

We have a high-quality Physical Education (P.E.) curriculum that inspires students to participate, excel and succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Students develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in the processes of different types of physical activity.

We place a great emphasis on student participation in P.E. and sport which encourage creativity and decision-making skills to enable them to plan effectively for performances and to respond to changing situations. Students develop physical strength; balance and flexibility through competency in sports; build character and leadership and teamwork skills; learn values such as perseverance, courage, humility, fairness and respect; enhance strategic and creative thinking and spatial awareness; hone their interpersonal skills; and develop a can-do spirit learning to stretch their own limits.

Our P.E. curriculum includes a range of activities that includes but is not limited to athletics, badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, swimming, and tennis.


Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate performance and identify key priorities for improvement


ASDAN is an internationally accredited organisation, which offers a wide range of alternative and augmentative educational programmes, for students who are Gifted and Talented, are preparing for the transition into secondary school, and/or present with complex learning needs. In 2017, we registered as an international ASDAN centre, and are now eligible to accredit students’ learning through a range of alternative educational programmes. In 2017-18, we are trialing the New Horizons programme, which is a cross-curricular programme for students in Key Stage 2, with complex learning needs. This programme focuses on PSHE and life skills development, through interactive projects and collaborative learning. It allows students, who may otherwise struggle with the typical National Curriculum, the opportunity to engage in meaningful, relevant, and suitable challenging learning opportunities, and to demonstrate what they know in a Multi-Smart learning portfolio.

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