Our Whole School Curriculum Drivers
Our curriculum drivers are at the core of all we do; they drive our curriculum offer and the development of every child in our CARE.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
At Roseacre Primary Academy we offer a curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children as they progress through school. The curriculum provides children of all abilities access to relevant, challenging and exciting learning experiences. We use the National Curriculum as a starting point and tailor planning to meet the interests and needs of the children. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners. We have used research in metacognition to help provide a curriculum that teaches children how to be aware of what they are thinking about and choose a helpful thought process.
It captures children’s ability to:
- Analyse how they think
- Have high self-awareness and control of their thoughts
- Choose an appropriate and helpful strategy for the task at hand.
Metacognition and self-regulation approaches help our children think about their own learning more explicitly, by systematically teaching them specific strategies for planning, monitoring and evaluating their learning. Teaching is designed to give children a range of strategies to choose from and the skills to select the most suitable strategy for a given learning task.
What does your child learn at school each day?
Early Years Curriculum
When children start school, they join our reception classes. The learning that takes place in this year is planned and delivered using The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well. Teachers use the areas of learning and development within the document to provide a variety of learning opportunities for each child. They inspire children to be curious, to learn to ask questions, try new challenges, be creative and use their imagination. This aim of this approach is that when children join Year 1 they have the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to successfully progress through school.
Curriculum for Years One to Six
We have long term plans for each year group which outline the starting points for planning. The long term plans use a jigsaw format and ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. Our Roseacre standards for years 1-6 are used to ensure that children are meeting expectations in their learning. Our curriculum is underpinned by our Roseacre Values: Respect, Excellence, Determination, Tolerance, Courage and Honesty.
The English curriculum is mapped out for each year group with a focus on quality texts. Our ‘Take one book’ approach has been developed to ensure that the children read, enjoy and are inspired by a range of texts from different authors. We aim for our children to have an interest in books and read for enjoyment; to write with confidence, fluency and understanding; and to orchestrate a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
Our mathematics curriculum at Roseacre stems from a concrete, pictorial, symbolic approach and supports practical hands-on learning to embed key mathematical concepts. We use prior learning tasks to identify the needs of individuals/groups. This is followed by explicit teaching, opportunities for consolidation/developing independence and application activities.
The science curriculum is planned to progressively increase pupil’s substantive and disciplinary science knowledge. We introduce the individual disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and the interdependency of these disciplines within Science. We teach one lesson each week. The curriculum is all about discovery, exploration and the discovery of scientific concepts. Investigation skills are a key part of the science curriculum and are given a high priority in lessons.
We teach history, geography, art and design technology using a concept based approach. Key concepts are introduced in the Early Years and then continue through years 1 – 6. This allows our children to learn more and remember more as these key concepts are regularly revisited and children can gain a much deeper understanding of these subjects. This in turn prepares them for the next stage in their education journey.
A specialist Sports Coach is employed to ensure that high quality PE is embedded across the school. The coach teaches PE as well as team teaching with other staff. The coach leads a wide variety of extra-curricular sports clubs. Swimming is taught in Year Four at Roseacre by specialist swimming teachers.
Music is taught using Charanga and this is enhanced in Year Three and Year Four with the wider opportunities scheme . This provides all children with the opportunity to learn to play a ukulele and guitar. The children then have the option to continue with peripatetic music lessons throughout Years Five and Six.
We aim for our children to independently use and apply computing skills to support and extend their learning. We have a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these include programming, debugging and exchanging information. Our children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs. Children undertake e-safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe. Alongside a full computing program of work we also use the Google suite of applications to develop the lifelong skills our children will need for their future..
RE is taught according to the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus. This allows children to learn about the six major world religions through different topics such as special books and places of worship. Children are given opportunities to develop their understanding of and respect for, local faith communities.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
PSHCE is taught using our own Discovery Curriculum. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum along with British Values.
Modern Foreign Language
As a school, we have chosen to teach French as our Modern Foreign Language. French is taught weekly in Key Stage One and Two through a dedicated lesson per week.
Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. Our wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and events, extend these opportunities further.
At Roseacre Primary Academy we want to keep you informed about our curriculum. The website will show you much of the curriculum and it’s coverage.
If you have any further questions or would like more details about any curriculum or how we teach it or about what is studied in each year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher.