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 offers 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.
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.
Science is either taught discreetly or as part of a theme; whichever fits the content of the curriculum most appropriately. 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 cross curricular approach. Year groups make links to other subjects such as dance, music, English and maths where possible. The children enjoy this cross-curricular approach and it really captures their interest.
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 Four with the wider opportunities scheme . This provides all children with the opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument. The children then have the option to continue with peripatetic music lessons for the rest of Year Four and 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.
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 the Jigsaw scheme of work. 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 discreetly in Key Stage Two. In Key Stage One, informal activities are used to introduce children to the language. A governor visits the school on a weekly basis to work with groups of children in Year Two.
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. We send home termly planners for each year group to enable you to see what your child/children will be taught each term. These are also available on the year group page of the website.
If you have any questions about what is studied in each year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
To view the long term plans click the links below.