Rosherville Primary Academy is committed to meeting the requirements of the National Primary Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum in the Early Years. Our teaching staff therefore, designed their own broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all the children at our school. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Courage, Compassion, Thankfulness, Wisdom, Fellowship and Trust) and these are taught on their own and through all areas of the curriculum, including collective worship.
Our focus when creating our curriculum was for it to have an emphasis on knowledge, so that the children would know and remember more; to embed reading, writing, spoken language and maths across all subjects and to empower children to become resilient, confident and independent learners. The curriculum enables teachers to deliver high quality lessons that are personalised to our diverse school community for all subjects, through a cross curricular approach, which develops skills, knowledge and creativity for all children, whatever their starting points as they progress through each key stage. We strive to ensure that the more able children in all areas of the curriculum are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success.
Knowledge organisers are used to support the children to know and remember more from their learning, both in class and as home learning A knowledge organiser sets out in detail what the teachers want children to know by the end of the topic. Each knowledge organiser contains vocabulary which is a collection of key terms and facts that children will learn and can then be transferred as the children move through the school. We have high expectations of the children at Rosherville and expect the majority of children to be able to recall all of the information on the knowledge organiser by the end of the topic. To help parents with this we tailor our home learning activities to support the children’s understanding of the information on their knowledge organisers. Termly assessments give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and vocabulary they have learnt in their topic based learning. This is then used as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school.
We aim to ignite the children’s learning spark through engaging in super learning days at the beginning of a topic and to support our thematic approach to the curriculum. A variety of learning experiences enrich the children’s knowledge and understanding including purposeful home learning activities, extra-curricular visits and multi-sensory activities. Throughout each topic, pupils have the opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners in our school which develops their independence and motivation as learners.
Finally, the curriculum considers the development of the whole child and does not merely concentrate on academic success. Equally important are the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils, their understanding of our core values of our society, E-Safety, Safeguarding, Relationships and Sex Education, Health Education and any issues that are specific to our local area such as water safety are woven through our PSHE curriculum.