At Rosley, we provide a broad, balanced curriculum that is planned in line with the programmes of study from the Key Stage1 & 2 (KS1 & 2) National Curriculum (NC) and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Each class delivers a scheme of work based on a main theme. In Reception this changes each half term. In Class 1, 2 & 3 it changes termly.
Our topic themes have been planned to ensure that in KS1 & 2, all of the NC objectives are covered over a 2 year period . In the EYFS planning under the theme ensures coverage of all prime and specific areas of the curriculum.
Phonics and Reading
We place a strong emphasis on the teaching of phonics and reading skills from the moment children enter school. Phonics is taught using a range of programmes and resources, including Letters & Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Children are screened on a termly basis to track their progress through the phonic phases. Children should be confident in phases 1-6 by the time they leave KS1. For some children who may struggle at a particular phase, phonics teaching continues into KS2 to ensure the child is able to close this gap before moving onto other aspects of spelling.
Our reading scheme is based on Accelerated Reader and offers a range of genres and texts from a combination of reading schemes. We feel that this provides children with wide-ranging reading opportunities and experiences.
English, Maths, Science and Computing
In English, children explore different text types and writing opportunities linking to the class topic. In addition, they are taught spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension skills on a more formal basis.
Maths topics are planned to ensure there is an even coverage of objectives over the year. For some topics such as calculating, these objectives may be re-visited through the year.
Science is taught as a discrete subject with links made to the topic theme where possible. A large emphasis is placed upon scientific enquiry, involving the children with practical investigations wherever possible.
Computing is taught across all curriculum areas and involves the use of computers, tablets, digital cameras, programmable toys and video equipment. This is also taught as a discrete subject but use of ICT technology and equipment is also incorporated into other curriculum subjects.
As a Church of England school we are committed to the teaching of RE which is broadly Christian based, but also teach children about other major religions of the world. Through this the children learn to develop their ability to reflect upon their own beliefs and respect those of other people.
History and Geography form the basis of the topic themes. We teach children to apply skills from other curriculum areas to extend their learning in these subjects. Wherever possible, teachers maximise the use of the outdoors to enhance learning opportunities.
We are fortunate to have a specialist art teacher in KS2. Art and Design Technology is now taught to Class 2 and Class 3 by Mrs Brown and based on the topic theme. In KS1, Art and Design is taught as part of the overall topic theme.
Music is taught by Mr Armstrong to KS2 and covers all aspects of listening, appraising, composing and performing. It often links to the topic theme but also ties in with seasonal festivals such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Additional music tuition is provided to children in KS2 by a specialist music teacher – Mr Vernon, who teaches recorders and melodicas in addition to taking the choir. Miss Wilson teaches guitars to children in Years 5 & 6 during lunchtimes.
French is taught weekly in KS2. This involves singing, games, conversation and some written recording. In KS1 Mrs Pow introduces French in the summer term, through singing, games and conversation.
PE and Games are taught over 2 sessions per week with a half-termly focus such as Gymnastics, Games, Dance etc. Swimming lessons are provided for each class at Morton Pool.
Children are taught Personal, Social and Health Education including Citizenship and this often involves Philosophical Thinking skills. We believe that this is an important aspect of development for their future social and emotional well-being. Often includes areas such as anti-bullying and safe use of the internet and other forms of technology.
We have introduced Global Learning for children in KS2. This covers understanding of the wider world and how we are part of the global community, including rights and responsibilities. We use a resource entitled “Picture News” and themes include current affairs which incorporate British Values.
Information on the National Curriculum can be accessed from the DfE website.