Learning and Teaching

Our curriculum is designed to inspire and motive all of our children to be the best learners they can be. Each child is valued and understood as an individual; academically, socially, emotionally and as a spiritual being. Our children are at the beginning of their life long journey and we strongly believe that the curriculum we offer them should enable them to communicate their thoughts and ideas clearly, take risks, develop their collaborative skills, explore their creativity and recognise and articulate their strengths.

KS1 follow and teach the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum for Mathematics, English, Science and Foundation Subjects (Art and Design, Design Technology, Computing, Music, History, Geography and Physical Education) See appendix A for Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum.

At Rosecroft Primary School we explore, design and create our own curriculum which encompasses and enhances the National Curriculum, extending it to provide a rich and stimulating curriculum which supports and challenges the children’s skills and understanding.

As a school we strive to develop the children’s curiosity, thinking, enquiry and creativity. We believe it is necessary to develop in children a level of engagement, which will develop their personal skills and approaches to learning that enables them to communicate, apply, select, explore, present and question the knowledge they have acquired. With this in mind we have developed a curriculum by integrating the knowledge content and programmes of study within the National Curriculum with 9 sets of skills and attributes which will prepare children well for their next stage in education and life. Our curriculum is designed to promote the British Values of mutual respect and tolerance.

Learning Lion

I am proud of my achievements

I use what I have learned

I enjoy learning

I always do my best

Be Better Blackbird

I keep trying to improve

I challenge myself

I can identify the good bits of my work

Curious Cat

I am curious

I ask questions

I enjoy researching things

I notice things

I look for patters and connections

Respectful Rabbit

I listen to others.

I am kind

I explain things to help others

I am tolerant

I respect the environment

Creative Caterpillar

I am creative

I use my imagination

I have good ideas

I try different ways of doing things.

Have a go Horse

I doing worry if things go wrong

I always have a go

I learn from my mistakes

I am excited by new things

Concentrating Crocodile

I ignore distractions

I do 1 thing at a time

I plan things before I start

I concentrate well

Persevering Penguin

I work hard

I practice lots

I keep going

I ask for help

I try again

I don’t give up

Organised Octopus

I am on time

I am in the right place

I have the right equipment for the job

I keep things tidy.

Teachers plan and prepare 3 modules of work throughout the year that form a project based learning inquiry. Each module take into account the interests of the children and are supported by a stimulating and immersive classroom environment, visits and “WOW” experiences. The modules provide the children with opportunities to explore themes which bridge subject boundaries and make understandable links.

Our curriculum is also further enhanced by the use of Read Write Inc and Big Write which provides a literature and writing focus for our learning which aims to develop children into confident and successful readers and writers. Maths Mastery and Maths Meetings support Mathematical understanding through practical and meaningful experiences.

We have a strong PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) which is supported by Cooking and outdoor activities to develop lifelong skills, and by “Thrive” approach to develop emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Maths Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 children are taught through the programme “Mathematics Mastery”. They are taught within their class groups, with intervention programmes operating in tandem for those children who require additional support. The children are taught problem solving and mental calculation strategies each day. These basic skills form a strong focus of the curriculum. Additionally they learn about geometry and measures, through practical activities which build on their understanding of their immediate environment. They develop their use of mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems. Progress is continuously monitored with half termly moderation and pupil progress meetings.

To see the Mathematics Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 use the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf

English Key Stage 1

English is taught daily in Key Stage 1. We aim to help each child to express ideas and opinions; to convey meaning clearly and fluently both in writing and in speech; to develop the confidence to communicate effectively and to be able to listen attentively and with understanding. The aim when teaching reading is to encourage children to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding and to develop a positive attitude towards reading. Reading is seen as an activity, which will not only broaden their knowledge, but also enable children to derive pleasure and satisfaction from imaginative fiction.

At Rosecroft Primary we teach our children to read and write using a systematic phonics programme called Read Write Inc.

In reception we begin by teaching children to read the first thirty sounds and to blend these sounds to read words. Once they have mastered this skill, they start reading books that have words made up of the sounds they know. We teach them how to write the sounds and to use this knowledge to spell words, leading to writing short sentences. As their confidence and fluency grows, we teach more sounds and the children read increasingly complex texts. Children move through the programme at their own pace and are given extra support if they need it.

Children read daily using books from the Read Write Inc. scheme, various other reading schemes and from real books. Children take home individual reading books and we encourage parents to read regularly with their child and write a comment in their home/school reading book. By the end of Year 2, it is our expectation that the vast majority of children will be fluent readers and will no longer need explicit phonics teaching for reading.

We aim to develop the children’s spoken language and love of reading and writing using a wide range of quality texts including fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. Speaking and listening skills are developed through drama, role-play, individual and group discussion. Literacy activities focus on the development of reading and writing skills, including the teaching of spelling, grammar and comprehension. Letter formation and handwriting is taught alongside the phonics program and also practiced separately as necessary.

Children are encouraged to write in a variety of styles, adapting their writing for audience and purpose. Shared writing and writing modelled by the class teacher follows. Writing skills are then practised and consolidated through independent writing activities where the teacher supports small groups or individual children. Spelling and grammar are taught both discretely and, where it is appropriate, throughout the curriculum.

Children have the opportunity to practice their writing skills independently and at greater length and to receive feedback on how they are progressing in lessons.

To see the English Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 use the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335186/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714.pdf

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