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ENGLISH FACULTY

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ENGLISH


“What an astonishing thing a book is…. one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person… Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

In English we take our students on a jo...

“What an astonishing thing a book is…. one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person… Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

In English we take our students on a journey – around the world, through time, into a genre, into a text, into a paragraph, into a sentence or even a single word. Our focus is creative, analytical and discursive. No text exists in isolation, and we aim to expose our students to a wealth of literature, considering the impact of time and place on a text’s production and reception too. Students are expected to be curious, to inquire, to debate, to think and to question, as well as to create. English lessons really are a magical, vibrant and expressive place to be, and our students can expect to plunge deep into the power and escapism of words as we journey and explore together.

In the Junior School English develops from the magic of learning to read and write, to the creation of their own mini-masterpieces and reading for pleasure. Throughout these formative years we aim to foster a love of reading and our Wordsmith curriculum allows us to do just this. Each term children study fiction, non-fiction and poetry, in addition to an exciting live unit on topics such as debating and Shakespeare. The texts are very well chosen for high interest, but also the writing, grammar and punctuation work that comes out of them. Lessons are fast paced and engaging, with opportunities for role play and higher order questioning to motivate and engage pupils. We also get to use our stunning surroundings and environment to enhance learning too.

In Years 7 – 9, students are exposed to a diverse range of plays, poems, novels, speeches and articles, and from these starting points there is much to be discovered. At GCSE we study both AQA English Language and English Literature, providing two essential qualifications, and at A Level we study the AQA A Literature course. The progress from the Junior, to the Middle and Senior school is naturally fluid, enabling our most engaged students to progress seamlessly to A Level English Literature. Our studies from Year 7 focus on reading, writing, and spoken language skills and aim to bring great variety and challenge to our lessons. Texts are studied from around the world and from a range of times and contexts, and we use the moving image or stage productions to further our insights when we can. Through both Language and Literature lessons students are taught not only how to appreciate the craftsmanship of a wide variety of writers and forms, but are taught to experiment with these methods in crafting original pieces of their own writing.

Beyond the classroom, English embraces the extra-curricular life of the school through book clubs and debating, through the annual ‘Poetry Unplugged’ evening of performance and poetry, through trips to the theatre, through writing workshops, competitions, publication in anthologies, and experiences with visiting authors.

There is much for all to enjoy within English, and the Department seeks to be a place of vibrant, dynamic and engaging study and experience for all with a love of reading at its heart.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING


At Reddam House all our Middle School pupils enjoy Public Speaking lessons as part of their curriculum. It is considered a core life skill, and our aim is for all our pupils to enjoy speaking and sharing views and opinions, and to have the skills to express themselves, and their voices heard, whilst hearing and responding to others, in a multitude of ways.

“Done right, a talk can electrify a ro...

At Reddam House all our Middle School pupils enjoy Public Speaking lessons as part of their curriculum. It is considered a core life skill, and our aim is for all our pupils to enjoy speaking and sharing views and opinions, and to have the skills to express themselves, and their voices heard, whilst hearing and responding to others, in a multitude of ways.

“Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in the written form…. When we peer into a speaker’s eyes; listen to the tone of her voice, sense her vulnerability, her intelligence, her passion, we are tapping into unconscious skills that have been fine-tuned over hundreds of thousands of years. Skills that can galvanise empower, inspire.” – Chris Anderson – Head of TED Talks

Lessons are dynamic and diverse, embracing the philosophy of the ‘noisy classroom’ and ensuring stretch, challenge and engagement in a nurturing environment for all.

Each half-term has an exciting new focus. Pupils thrive on the challenge of British parliamentary style debating (complete with heckles, rebuttals, and points of information), speaking about subjects they feel strongly about, shadowing and discussing the rhetoric of public figures and electoral campaigns, as well as finding their own angles and perspectives on topical issues and news stories, such as the ethics of war reporting, the impact of technology on society or the depiction of the refugee crisis. Focus is also placed on varying speech for different audiences, with the ‘Reddam Den’ and our very own board of pupil dragons being particularly popular as pupils are required to describe, promote and pitch their designs for futuristic creations. Lessons also incorporate performance poetry, creating a part to deliver before an audience, examining great speeches, past and present, and discuss the power and teachings of TED Talks, which pupils can integrate into their own speech content and delivery.

Beyond the classroom pupils appear regularly on stage, taking part in assemblies, stage productions, presentations, evenings of entertainment such as ‘Poetry Unplugged’ and entering speech and debate competitions, both in school and beyond. 

Communication is essential in today’s society, and it isn’t just what you say, but how it is said that is equally crucial. We value this highly at Reddam House, and we want our students to speak and to be heard, supporting the importance of presentation literacy and the view that, as Chris Anderson argues: 

“Today, in the connected era, we should resurrect that noble art [of speech] and make it education’s fourth R: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic … and rhetoric. The word’s core meaning is simply ‘the art of speaking effectively.”

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MEDIA STUDIES


Media Studies is a contemporary, accessible and creative course designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts. As global citizens in an ever-changing world where much can be communicated at the click of a button or the turn of a page, we want our students to be active, analytical and informed as they reach their conclusi...

Media Studies is a contemporary, accessible and creative course designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the learner through the analysis of a wide range of media forms and contexts. As global citizens in an ever-changing world where much can be communicated at the click of a button or the turn of a page, we want our students to be active, analytical and informed as they reach their conclusions and consider their perspectives.

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X

GCSE Media Studies enables students to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the media in both a historical and contemporary context. Lessons are challenging and thought provoking, engaging with critical and theoretical approaches from the perspectives of both analytical consumers and producers of media products, and developing a clear understanding of how media products reflect the social, cultural, historical and political contexts in which they are produced. Together, we study online and print journalism, the ethics and attitudes behind advertising campaigns, and consider how a set genre, such as television crime drama, is defined and works, by applying a theoretical framework to an unseen extract.

The analytical, evaluative and interpretive skills developed in GCSE Media Studies, complement those required for the study of GCSE English Language, as students ‘read’ into a text and consider how meaning is created and conveyed, and for what purpose, and intended audience.

Embracing the technology available within the Reddam environment, students also love the challenge of the creative and practical element of the course opting to create their own audio / visual, print or online product. Students face great challenge and adventure as they apply their knowledge and understanding of media language and media representation to express and communicate meaning to an intended audience through their creation. It is always so wonderful to see what they produce when given the tools and stimulus to do so!

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MATHEMATICS FACULTY

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MATHEMATICS


“Pure Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas” Albert Einstein

Life, the universe and everything can be expressed through the beauty of mathematics. There is no debate in its truths; it is fact. At Reddam House Berkshire we believe that mathematics is key to unlocking an understanding of the world around us. Through all the key stages the students are challenged to broaden the...

“Pure Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas” Albert Einstein

Life, the universe and everything can be expressed through the beauty of mathematics. There is no debate in its truths; it is fact. At Reddam House Berkshire we believe that mathematics is key to unlocking an understanding of the world around us. Through all the key stages the students are challenged to broaden their mathematical horizons. With these challenges, the students will develop the skills necessary to create beautiful solution, well-structured arguments and apply their knowledge to the world around them.

Maths in the Junior School follows the “Inspire” Maths scheme. This is based on “Singapore Maths” and follows the English National Curriculum with plenty of scope for extension. It builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. Carefully structured questions provide a scaffolded introduction to each new learning objective. Pupils are guided through many practice activities which help to reinforce concepts, develop fluency, build mathematical confidence and lead towards mastery. 

The Middle School students follow an exciting program that will help develop and improve their problem-solving skills. Whether it be through groups work or individual focused activities, we aim to create critical thinkers who can not only apply their knowledge mathematically to the task at hand, but also in context within other subjects in the curriculum. This philosophy continues into the Senior School where the demands of the course become more rigorous. The Year 10 and 11 students follow the new iGCSE (1 – 9) syllabus and for those who wish to continue their mathematical journey in the 6th form, we offer A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

We offer challenges for all students, using our integrated CHEX program, but for those students who show a flare and a passion for Mathematics, we offer Mathematical challenges throughout the year within the lessons as well as external challenges such as the UKMT Individual Challenges and Team Challenges.

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COMPUTING


Technology is evolving very swiftly, creating new gadgets, applications and subject areas for you to explore and see how it is changing the world we live in. It is a fact that the world we live in runs on computers. They are everywhere!! From Aeroplanes to central heating at home, education to making sure that your mum’s car runs efficiently. As new things are developed, the world needs more and...

Technology is evolving very swiftly, creating new gadgets, applications and subject areas for you to explore and see how it is changing the world we live in. It is a fact that the world we live in runs on computers. They are everywhere!! From Aeroplanes to central heating at home, education to making sure that your mum’s car runs efficiently. As new things are developed, the world needs more and more people to research new ways of using computers to do the things they want. 

You don’t have to want to be a Computer scientist or programmer to study the subject; you might just be inquisitive about learning a bit more. The skills you learn will be of enormous benefit in lots of your other subjects. So whatever your career plans, it is essential for you to develop these skills and concepts that will shape your world. Computing has quickly become one of the most important areas of learning within education. With technology rapidly advancing and being integrated in to every day life, gaining an understanding of how that technology works and more importantly, how to further improve it, is vital in becoming a contributing member of the modern world.

In this subject, we aim to embed a core understanding of programming right from our youngest Year One pupils, solving problems using code and building simple programs, through to our Year Six pupils constructing programs and games that have been designed from the ground up. By Year Six, we aim to have begun the transition from block-based coding to text-based coding so that our pupils are prepared for their move to Year 7 where Python is an essential part of their computing curriculum.

Our lessons are exciting and give the pupils a broad experience of how computing can be used in the world today. We aim to enthuse our pupils and help them build the foundation blocks they need to understand coding and see the incredible things that can be done with the power of technology.

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SCIENCE FACULTY

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SCIENCE


We teach Science in our exciting and vibrant science department from Year 3 having mapped out the curriculum all the way up to Year 11. Straight away our students are using scientific equipment and carrying out fun and exciting experiments. The curriculum is designed to stimulate and enthuse. We teach science through experimentation and enquiry as the modern world needs scientists that are equippe...

We teach Science in our exciting and vibrant science department from Year 3 having mapped out the curriculum all the way up to Year 11. Straight away our students are using scientific equipment and carrying out fun and exciting experiments. The curriculum is designed to stimulate and enthuse. We teach science through experimentation and enquiry as the modern world needs scientists that are equipped to solve problems and look at the bigger picture. We may be making silly putty with Year 7, but alongside this we are teaching about calculations, ratios and chemical reactions. Never before has a curriculum been more stimulating and fun. Whether it is designing structures to support an egg, creating chemical indicators out of red cabbage or making mento rockets, every student will get a hands on experience.

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BIOLOGY


What can be more exciting than learning about how your own body works and how all of the organisms in the environment depend on each other? Students will extract DNA from a kiwi fruit, chemically analyse fruit juices and learn about forensic crime scenes as part of the curriculum. Biology is constantly in the news; microbeads poisoning our seas, genetically modified organisms in our supermarkets, ...

What can be more exciting than learning about how your own body works and how all of the organisms in the environment depend on each other? Students will extract DNA from a kiwi fruit, chemically analyse fruit juices and learn about forensic crime scenes as part of the curriculum. Biology is constantly in the news; microbeads poisoning our seas, genetically modified organisms in our supermarkets, the potential to recreate the wooly mammoth. We look at these topics and weave them into our enquiring curriculum by holding debates, doing group work and peer assessment. Students finish the course not just with the knowledge of the subject, but equipped with the skills necessary to carry them on to the next step of their lives. 

Our beautiful grounds lend themselves to endless fieldwork opportunities and to capture the biology of the sea shore and sand dunes, students undertake a residential field trip to Devon.

To challenge and extend, students will have the opportunity to take part in the British Biology Olympiad run by the Royal Biological Society. Successful students are then invited to talks held by the Royal Society in London.

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CHEMISTRY


Do you want to understand the world around you? Studying Chemistry helps you to understand the world around you. Chemistry is in every day’s life, the food you eat, medicines, drinks, air, perfumes, soaps etc. Chemistry helps you to understand current events, including news about global warming, discovery of new medicines and new type of metal–organic compound discovered in meteorites recently...

Do you want to understand the world around you? Studying Chemistry helps you to understand the world around you. Chemistry is in every day’s life, the food you eat, medicines, drinks, air, perfumes, soaps etc. Chemistry helps you to understand current events, including news about global warming, discovery of new medicines and new type of metal–organic compound discovered in meteorites recently.

Students will get opportunity to complete practical work as well as research projects; these help to reinforce key principles, and allow students to develop practical skills required. Chemistry goes well with biology, physics or mathematics, especially if you are looking for a career in science. If you wish to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, then you must take chemistry.

Demand for people with qualifications in chemistry is high, Chemistry graduates work in a range of different fields such as law, accountancy, politics, management and many more.

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PHYSICS


‘Wow! Who would have thought that you can use jelly babies and skittles to explain Physics ideas. It make it so exciting.’ Year 11 student.

Physicists are problem solvers and the skills they acquire make them versatile and adaptable. Physics enables you to understand how things work, from the universe through to the smallest particles.

Physics is taught by a Physics specialist in a dedicated...

‘Wow! Who would have thought that you can use jelly babies and skittles to explain Physics ideas. It make it so exciting.’ Year 11 student.

Physicists are problem solvers and the skills they acquire make them versatile and adaptable. Physics enables you to understand how things work, from the universe through to the smallest particles.

Physics is taught by a Physics specialist in a dedicated, well equipped laboratory. Students have the opportunity to use modern equipment to enhance their learning. This equips them with the skills to join an ever developing jobs market and for study in a variety of courses at university. We discuss topics such as Space – Is space travel possible? Materials - how will our knowledge of materials change? Energy and Radioactivity – Can we eventually be alternative energy self-sustaining or will we need to be reliant on nuclear power? We also consider pertinent, current articles that appear in scientific sections of newspapers and magazines. We are also able to use our grounds for experiments such as measuring speed and velocity, calculating the acceleration due to gravity etc.

To challenge and extend, students will have the opportunity to take part in the British Physics Olympiad run by the Institute of Physics. Younger students may have the opportunity to take part in the annual Physics Challenge and we plan on working competitions which bring together the older and younger students.

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HUMANITIES FACULTY

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HISTORY


History is all the more interesting because it is true; far from being stories in some melodramatic work of fiction, these events all actually happened! At Reddam House Berkshire our curriculum is rich in a vast chronology of British and World history, which includes a fascinating journey into the lives of remarkable individuals, as well as a study of dramatic events which shaped the world as we k...

History is all the more interesting because it is true; far from being stories in some melodramatic work of fiction, these events all actually happened! At Reddam House Berkshire our curriculum is rich in a vast chronology of British and World history, which includes a fascinating journey into the lives of remarkable individuals, as well as a study of dramatic events which shaped the world as we know it today. Throughout, attention is paid to chronology in order to give the pupils a broad based understanding of what happened when.

As advocates of enquiry based learning we consider some of the crucial questions from the past in the context of the present day: How does an economic meltdown lead to a catastrophic war? What does it take for a leader to be sacked or even executed? What can religious or racial persecution lead to? How likely is it that humans will be responsible for their own extinction?

Our dedication to active learning ensures that lessons are exciting and engaging no matter what the year group; murder investigations into Jack the Ripper and the Princes in the Tower, Stone Age cave art painting, battle re-enactments of Hastings and Waterloo, videos reports from communists taking part in the Long March, and debates considering whether Bloody Mary or Pol Pot deserve their terrible reputations, are just a few examples of the kind of collaborative and empathetic tasks enjoyed by students of history. This, however, underpins critical historical understanding, with pupils as young as 8 looking at primary sources and appreciating that “before you understand History, understand your historian.”

On a practical level, lessons are planned to help facilitate independent, critical, and creative thinking and to sharpen students’ powers of analysis, interpretation and communication; key skills that students are able to draw upon both in other subjects and also later in life.

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GEOGRAPHY


Grab your bags; we’re off for a virtual tour of the world! Beyond places and flags, Geography at Reddam House centres upon the ‘why, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of life.

An incredible land feature: How did it form? What were the conditions that led to it? How can we preserve it? Syrian migration boom: What has caused the people to want to move? What impact does it have on the host countries? Wh...

Grab your bags; we’re off for a virtual tour of the world! Beyond places and flags, Geography at Reddam House centres upon the ‘why, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of life.

An incredible land feature: How did it form? What were the conditions that led to it? How can we preserve it? Syrian migration boom: What has caused the people to want to move? What impact does it have on the host countries? What impact on world economies?

The division lines of ‘human’ and ‘physical’ blur, as they do in the real world. Geography is the perfect subject for multi-sensory learning; how much easier is it to understand storm hydrographs when you make them yourself? Weather isn’t just outside the window, it becomes alive when you track it and explain the atmospheric conditions on a daily basis. Our programme of field trips mean that we’re regularly out of the classrooms, whether in the 125 acres of parkland on site, or further afield in the New Forest river system or studying development in Borneo.

Our curriculum flexes to take advantage of the ever-changing world, from Brexit to fracking, and this relevance is as important for those in Year 7 as it is for the final term of Year 13.

Knowledge and skills combine to bring this subject alive through debate, exploration and analysis. After all, Geography truly is all around you.

 

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BUSINESS STUDIES


The world of business and that in which it operates is essential to modern living. With over thirty one million UK citizens employed by these complex organisations, having an understanding of its inner workings provides the upper hand needed in the competitive global labour market.

Business and industry as a whole is evolving at a mind blowing pace. It is hard to consider that the birth of smart ...

The world of business and that in which it operates is essential to modern living. With over thirty one million UK citizens employed by these complex organisations, having an understanding of its inner workings provides the upper hand needed in the competitive global labour market.

Business and industry as a whole is evolving at a mind blowing pace. It is hard to consider that the birth of smart technology, Iphones, Android systems, Ipads and Galaxy Tablets, are quite a few years younger than many of our Junior School students!

Recently, a number of businesses have also achieved a level of positive disruption unprecedented in modern times. The emergence of Uber, Airbnb, and if required the ability to book a private jet through Jetsmarter, have turned traditional business models on their head.

Business Studies is centred on these revolutionary case studies and allows for the freedom and inquisitiveness to explore the models, practices and strategic approach that organisations employ daily to remain competitive. Whilst it can’t be promised that you will be the next Steve Jobs, studying Business will most certainly equip you with the tools to recognise why the Apple brand continues to be one of the world’s global success stories.

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ECONOMICS


Take a glimpse at any news headline across the world and it is filled with fascinating economic terminology and theory; inflation, deflation, globalisation, Trumpenomics, Abenomics, Brexit and of course, the ‘Great Recession’. An education in economics is an understanding of the financial intricacies of the modern world and it is argued that its importance has never been greater.

Economics ch...

Take a glimpse at any news headline across the world and it is filled with fascinating economic terminology and theory; inflation, deflation, globalisation, Trumpenomics, Abenomics, Brexit and of course, the ‘Great Recession’. An education in economics is an understanding of the financial intricacies of the modern world and it is argued that its importance has never been greater.

Economics challenges humanities greatest problem, how scarce resources are allocated to satisfy infinite wants. The decisions individuals make about what and how much to consume are among the most important factors that shape the evolution of the overall economy, and as economists, decisions are analysed in terms of underlying preferences. Economics demonstrates how to model consumer preferences in a utility function, and use this utility function to make predictions about what consumers will do with their income. For example, why do thousands of people across the world put such a high price on diamonds, but an illogically low price on fresh drinking water? This question is theorised under the central theme of supply and demand, human rationality and broadly theorised under the microeconomic banner.

However, economics looks beyond just the individual. Governments in their bid to win elections dominate the members of their constituencies’ conversation for months. ‘Money should be spent on healthcare’, ‘education’, ‘defence’. National borders are also being methodically reassembled and leading economies are openly rejecting globalisation. Again, macroeconomics attempts to weigh up the benefits and costs of these important global issues and provide a consistent framework to make informed decisions.

Economics is dynamic, contemporary and applicable in our everyday lives. It provides a fluid link between other faculties including mathematics, psychology, history and geography. It allows you to have an arsenal of knowledge to participate in a global debate of important economic decision-making and challenges your intellect to support various perspectives with credible evaluation.

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PSYCHOLOGY


Ever wondered why we behave as we do, or what motivates us to make the choices we do? or perhaps you have felt intrigued to know why sometimes things go wrong - leaving us not quite feeling our usual selves? Here at Reddam House our Psychology A-Level focuses upon the ‘why, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the human psyche.

Petrified of spiders?: How did this fear come about? What were the condition...

Ever wondered why we behave as we do, or what motivates us to make the choices we do? or perhaps you have felt intrigued to know why sometimes things go wrong - leaving us not quite feeling our usual selves? Here at Reddam House our Psychology A-Level focuses upon the ‘why, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the human psyche.

Petrified of spiders?: How did this fear come about? What were the conditions that led to it? How can we help such a phobia go away? Vivid memories of something that never actually happened? What causes 'false memories'? What consequences might such memories have on criminal justice, and wider society?

How do biological, environmental and evolutionary factors collide to make us who we are? Psychology is the perfect subject for multi-sensory learning; how much easier is it to understand how memory works than when trying to recall a list of objects or numbers yourself? Yet memory isn't just about remembering lists, or recalling information for an exam. Memory can have far-reaching consequences in criminal justice, and the wider social economy at large. Our programme of interactive lessons mean you will get to see psychological theory come to life by applying it to your own experiences, reactions and the formation of your own values and beliefs.

Our curriculum covers a wide range of psychological theory and phenomena from memory and phobias, and psychopathology (the study of mental illnesses), to social psychology, and the laws of attraction. Knowledge and skills combine to bring this subject alive through debate, exploration and analysis. After all, Psychology truly is all around us.

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LANGUAGES FACULTY

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SPANISH


Spanish is spoken by 350 million people around the world and it is currently the fourth most spoken language worldwide. At GCSE level, Spanish is the only subject to be increasing in popularity year-on-year since 2011. Is it because Spain is the most popular family holiday destination? Is it the influence of American Latino culture in music and food and its export into the UK? Or is the appeal in ...

Spanish is spoken by 350 million people around the world and it is currently the fourth most spoken language worldwide. At GCSE level, Spanish is the only subject to be increasing in popularity year-on-year since 2011. Is it because Spain is the most popular family holiday destination? Is it the influence of American Latino culture in music and food and its export into the UK? Or is the appeal in the films of Guillermo del Toro or the controversy about bullfighting? Or is it your admiration for Rafa Nadal? At Reddam House Berkshire we embrace all these factors and we take them into the classroom from Y7 to Y13. Our curriculum is full of cultural and linguistic features that invite the students to study the language from within with an emphasis on the communicative approach.

Are you travelling to a Spanish speaking country in the summer and you would like to order some food and go shopping? Do you love listening to music and you would like to know what the artists are talking about in their lyrics? Are you a film fanatic and you will like to watch film in the original language? Or are you aware of the importance of speaking a second language to find a good job? Our lessons are lively, exciting and engaging. Our native teachers hold a passion for their language and culture and they share with us the most and first- hand experience on interesting facts about Spanish festivals and events such as the Day of the Three Kings, el Día de los Muertos or Carnival in Cadiz as well as traditional sweets from their country of origin, music and art. We also hold discussions about gender equality in Spanish speaking countries, multiculturalism, aspects of political life such as the revelation of the political party Podemos and the reasons why there is a soaring number of British expats living on the Spanish coast. On a practical level, lessons are planned to help you acquire the necessary skills to read texts, listen to real life excerpts, hold a conversation in Spanish and write letters, articles and essays. Are you ready to give in to the captivating power of ´´chocolate con churros`` or the yummiest food testing experience ever?

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FRENCH


With half of the world speaking at least two languages, the benefit of being able to speak at least one foreign language is crucial. Learning a language is not only an intrinsic way to develop a tolerance to the cultural and linguistic differences of other countries, but it is also a way to open your mind to new ideas. 

Our French programmes, provide students with the opportunity to gain a deepe...

With half of the world speaking at least two languages, the benefit of being able to speak at least one foreign language is crucial. Learning a language is not only an intrinsic way to develop a tolerance to the cultural and linguistic differences of other countries, but it is also a way to open your mind to new ideas. 

Our French programmes, provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the real world, to form and share opinions and even construct new identities. Through a variety of writing and speaking activities, working individually or in groups, we will encourage you to become more audacious and resourceful as you leave your comfort zone. We will help sharpen your confidence in communication through acquiring a sound knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures and inspire you to use analytical skills to decipher foreign text. All of which are key to becoming an independent language learner.

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CREATIVE AND PRACTICAL FACULTY

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PERFORMING AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS


“Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish.” – Aristotle

The Performing and Expressive Arts form an integral part of life at Reddam House School, Berkshire and all have the opportunity to be involved. Many Music and Drama productions take place throughout the year in our excellently equipped theatre. We also have a renowned annual Summer Arts Exhibition.

Our pupils also get to wor...

“Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish.” – Aristotle

The Performing and Expressive Arts form an integral part of life at Reddam House School, Berkshire and all have the opportunity to be involved. Many Music and Drama productions take place throughout the year in our excellently equipped theatre. We also have a renowned annual Summer Arts Exhibition.

Our pupils also get to work in other professional theatres and Arts venues, through our annual contribution to the Woodley Schools Festival, and we aim to be involved with the Shakespeare’s School Festival and the English Speaking Union Festival next year.

Pupils can get involved in any aspect of major productions, including acting, backstage work, technical assistance with sound and lighting, and publicity. This instils a shared experience that gives them skills they will always find useful, notably creativity, teamwork, communication, decision-making, risk taking and presentation. 

The department aims to provide many opportunities for pupils to act, direct, design, devise and produce. The Arts thrive as academic subjects at Reddam House and is taught throughout the school. Pupils benefit from being taught in our professional-standard theatre, Dance in our versatile Dance studio, and paint and draw in our exceptional Art Studio.

Theatre, Dance, Music and trips to Art galleries are a regular part of the curriculum for all classes across the school, also open to all sixth-formers interested in furthering their cultural experiences to the latest work produced in London and beyond. In addition, leading Arts companies and practitioners are planned to be visiting Reddam House for workshops and master classes. The Faculty aims to be involved in school’s partnerships work later this year and charity events.

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ART


Art surrounds our daily lives; we use Art as a channel to express our passions and opinions through a diverse range of media. By studying Art, craft and design it offers you the opportunity to draw upon your imagination and learn to think outside the box; it empowers you to develop your observational skills, it permits you to investigate your own and that of others’ work. It enables you to think...

Art surrounds our daily lives; we use Art as a channel to express our passions and opinions through a diverse range of media. By studying Art, craft and design it offers you the opportunity to draw upon your imagination and learn to think outside the box; it empowers you to develop your observational skills, it permits you to investigate your own and that of others’ work. It enables you to think and act as artists, makers and designers of art and gain a greater more confident view of the historical content and compare the old masters with contemporary more controversial artists. You will deepen your understanding of the creative processes, learn to resolve problems and demonstrate this in an intellectual and aesthetically pleasing form. It will allow you to work independently and to make your own discoveries by exploring several materials and techniques.

The Art department is a wonderful place to express oneself; it is a stimulating environment adorned with work produced by enthusiastic art students who are passionate learners and possess a desire for all that is creative. The curriculum across all three key stages is skills-based where we embrace new technology and you have ownership on the direction, subject matter and final outcomes.

Within our Junior school, art is a hugely important aspect of our pupils day to day life. Using a Reggio Emilia inspired approach, the pupils are given the responsibility of choosing how they wish to create their art for each topic and being given the freedom to choose their own materials and mediums. We want our pupils leaving Reddam House feeling inspired, creative and ready to apply that in whatever situation they find themselves in.

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MUSIC


At Reddam House, Music is an integral part of the school curriculum and students have innumerable opportunities to pursue their interest in it and to develop their talent to the full. We in the Music Department firmly believe that music should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, thus we strive for “Excellence through enjoyment.”

Music is offered as a subject from the ELS to A Level. Al...

At Reddam House, Music is an integral part of the school curriculum and students have innumerable opportunities to pursue their interest in it and to develop their talent to the full. We in the Music Department firmly believe that music should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, thus we strive for “Excellence through enjoyment.”

Music is offered as a subject from the ELS to A Level. Although stimulating, innovative, creative and enjoyable, Music as a subject is demanding and requires real commitment and dedication. In addition, students are encouraged to enter the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity College (TCL), Trinity Rock & Pop, and International Rock School Examinations.

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DRAMA


“From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun” – BERTOLT BRECHT, A Short Organum for the Theatre

Drama lessons at Reddam House are always active. Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and imaginations. They are continuously presented with new challenges and their confidence and performance skills are promoted thr...

“From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people ... it needs no other passport than fun” – BERTOLT BRECHT, A Short Organum for the Theatre

Drama lessons at Reddam House are always active. Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and imaginations. They are continuously presented with new challenges and their confidence and performance skills are promoted through the thought-provoking Drama curriculum. Students will take part in a range of devised, scripted, naturalistic and abstract performance projects. 

Drama lessons are aimed at broadening students’ understanding of performance skills, theatre practitioners, and theatre styles. It also helps to develop interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally, using non-verbal skills to enable students to empathise and convey their ideas and opinions to peers and the wider community.

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DANCE


The Reddam House Dance Department is fully devoted to providing dancers of the Early Learning School through to Sixth Form, an encouraging environment where students are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their Dance Education. We strive to deliver the highest quality of dance training, whilst nurturing every child’s unique gift of creativity and choreography. We wish to inspire a lastin...

The Reddam House Dance Department is fully devoted to providing dancers of the Early Learning School through to Sixth Form, an encouraging environment where students are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their Dance Education. We strive to deliver the highest quality of dance training, whilst nurturing every child’s unique gift of creativity and choreography. We wish to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances and innovative educational programmes. We hope, by doing so, the end product is a holistically well-rounded individual, nourished in body, mind and spirit.

By offering examination classes with the Royal Academy of Dance and International Dance Teachers Association, students’ are given a unique opportunity to strive towards technical excellence and gain annual recognition for their achievements. The Dance Department works collaboratively with the Expressive Arts Department in order to produce musicals, showcases and final assemblies. Students are also offered the choice of GCSE and A Level Dance and an opportunity to shine in the Reddam House Dance Company, Emerge and Evolve.

Annual Events in the Dance Department:

  • External Dance Competition
  • Dance Show
  • Musical collaborating with Music & Drama
  • Lift Off, South Hill Park
  • Junior Showcase
  • GCSE & A Level Dance Showcase
  • GCSE & A Level Practical Dance Examinations
  • Dance Trips to the theatre
  • Workshops from external specialist teachers

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION


Reddam House values sport incredibly highly and as such Physical Education is given the highest priority. Excellence is pursued ardently with County and National representation but the aim is also to cater for every pupil, at his or her own level of ability and enthusiasm. While pupils are encouraged and pushed to reach their full potential, the main goals of participation and enjoyment are always...

Reddam House values sport incredibly highly and as such Physical Education is given the highest priority. Excellence is pursued ardently with County and National representation but the aim is also to cater for every pupil, at his or her own level of ability and enthusiasm. While pupils are encouraged and pushed to reach their full potential, the main goals of participation and enjoyment are always at the forefront whilst abiding by a code of conduct to ensure that sport is conducted in a fitting manner. The PE and games staff is committed to giving all players a positive experience of sport and introducing pupils to the sportsmanship, leadership and health benefits that arise from participation in a competitive environment.

Until the end of Key Stage three, pupils receive two lessons of Physical Education each week. One lesson is in the 25m indoor pool and the other a ‘dry-side’ activity. A range of activities are encompassed to give pupils the best opportunity to understand the requirements of a healthy active lifestyle from Health Related Fitness to team sports such as dodgeball, hockey, water polo and netball where we look for pupils to develop cooperative and leadership skills alongside valuable motor skills and of course, we tailor our lessons creatively so they will have a great deal of fun and gain a lifelong love of sport and activity.

If pupils choose GCSE Physical Education as a GCSE option, theory work involving fascinating subjects such as, how female athletes are portrayed in the media are studied and evaluated. Pupils also learn about training and are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of methods that they can then implement into their own programmes to improve their performance in their chosen sports.

At A level and BTEC the level of study is once again elevated to enable pupils to gain a deep understanding of theories unpinning elite sports performance which are delivered through a range of theory, practical and field trips to ensure pupils have the very best chance of examination success.

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GYMNASTICS


The Reddam House Gymnastics Department is like no other! Students are offered the opportunity to learn, grow and excel in the discipline of gymnastics. At Reddam, we inspire all students to work hard, achieve their goals and to enjoy a healthy recreational and competitive sport. We aim to nurture the individuality, talent and self-assurance of each member, building upon confidence and ensuring tha...

The Reddam House Gymnastics Department is like no other! Students are offered the opportunity to learn, grow and excel in the discipline of gymnastics. At Reddam, we inspire all students to work hard, achieve their goals and to enjoy a healthy recreational and competitive sport. We aim to nurture the individuality, talent and self-assurance of each member, building upon confidence and ensuring that every lesson is fun. The Gymnastic Department works collaboratively with the Expressive Arts department in order to produce musicals, competitions, showcases and regular assemblies allowing all students the opportunity to showcase their gymnastics skills.

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