At Rosslyn Park, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum and have adopted a topic based curriculum, since we believe that children will be more engaged in their learning if it has a context and theme that runs through it. Our curriculum is planned to provide continuity and progression. It enables pupils to make connections and transfer skills, and to think creatively and solve problems. It is also planned to develop pupils’ capacity to work both independently and collaboratively.
We plan learning to be an engaging, purposeful and rewarding experience, which equips our children to be successful, and make informed choices about their future lives. We encourage pupils to develop a ‘growth mind-set,’ giving them the opportunity to learn and develop in a supportive and creative environment, where mistakes and misconceptions are valued as an important learning tool.
Our Rosslyn values permeate all aspects of school life:
The school year is divided into six, half termly topics, which are based on a book, film or other engaging stimulus. Each topic has a science, or history/ geography focus, and more time is allocated to the focus subject.
We plan to explore global themes and also to take advantage of local opportunities within the context of our topics. We plan to make explicit links between learning and real life, and for children to work collaboratively within and between year groups.
Science, History, Geography, Art and DT are fully embedded within the themes. Where possible, computing will also be linked to the theme, but may sometimes be taught as a discrete subject. English lessons provide a platform for cross-curricular reading and writing. Mathematics is less easy to integrate into a theme, but we exploit any opportunities to link it to the topic and make links to real life explicit. We follow the White Rose Scheme of Work for Mathematics.
Spanish, P.E., Music, R.E. and P.S.H.E. are taught as discrete subjects, although cross-curricular links will be explored where appropriate. Music is taught mainly by music specialists and all children have the opportunity to learn an instrument: recorders in Year Three and trumpets in Year Four. Children in year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to continue to learn the trumpet if they wish to.
In P.E. we follow the REAL P.E. scheme of work.
In R.E., children take part in celebrating and learning about significant festivals. Every year group studies Christianity and Years two to six study an additional religion in more depth.
In the summer term, two faith days allow more time for an in depth study. In P.S.H.E. each half term, one of the school values is explored in depth.
Children are taught about health education through Science and P.S.H.E. They also learn about relationships and sex education, appropriate to their age group, following the Christopher Winter scheme of work.
Enrichment opportunities are planned as part of each topic. These may include visits, visitors, theme days and outdoor learning experiences. Each year group will take part in an off-site visit at least three times a year and funding is provided to support this.
Theme days and weeks are planned across the year, to raise the profile of some subjects and have some fun. For example: Superhero Science Day, History Day, Black History Month, Anti- bullying Week, Enterprise projects, European languages Day.
Drama groups are invited to school twice a year and children also watch performances by their peers and staff. Staff perform in an annual pantomime at Christmas.
As part of the P6P (a group of 5 local schools), we are an RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) affiliated school and endeavour to find opportunities to explore Shakespeare through our curriculum.
The P6P also provides enrichment opportunities in other areas of the curriculum, for example Science.
We exploit opportunities in the local community. For example, we link with Nottingham University, enabling children to work with students in school and at the university.
We also provide extra-curricular activities including: gardening club, science clubs, Christian club, choir, football, cricket, gymnastics, tag-tots rugby, dance, Spanish and drama.
Years Two, Four and Six take part in residential visits.
If any additional information is needed regarding the curriculum, the school’s curriculum coordinator is Liz Bell. She can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org marked FAO Liz Bell.
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