The New School Curriculum – A Passport to Learning
The New Rowan Gate Primary School Curriculum:
A Passport to Learning
Thematic-linked together learning through vibrant and engaging termly topics.
Relevant-adapted to the needs of each unique individual pupil.
Aspirational-encouraging all pupils to achieve their true potential.
Varied-activities and opportunities encouraging depth and breadth of knowledge.
Engaging-personalised curriculum enabling success and building positive self-esteem
Learning-based on pedagogical reconciliation and innovation.
As our pupils travel through our school we endeavour to equip them with the skills they need for life, providing them with an engaging, creative and flexible curriculum that accommodates their ever-changing needs. We believe that our thematic approach provides a variety of contexts for pupils to develop and consolidate their skills, whilst ensuring there are opportunities for enquiry and independent investigation and learning. Our ‘5 keys-Roots to Growth’ is our framework for learning and improvement and underpins our curriculum.
We celebrate our children’s learning journey through school in these 5 key areas in our weekly ‘Good Work Assemblies’ and Termly ‘5 keys assemblies’
“…it is not the responsibility of the child to change to meet the demands of the curriculum; it is the responsibility of those writing the curriculum to ensure that it is flexible enough and adaptable enough to meet the needs of each child.”
The National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum form part of the whole school curriculum: the programmes of study for each subject are followed where they are relevant and accessible, though this may well be at a different Key Stage.
The amount of time spent on National Curriculum subjects will depend on the needs of individuals and class groups.
Our broad and flexible curriculum has been created to enable all children to make progress whichever route they travel along.
Whole School Curriculum Overview
At Rowan Gate we have a variety of curriculum routes for our children in order that all abilities and needs are accommodated:
- EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage): children follow a thematic curriculum through which they access the 7 key areas of learning.
- KS1 (Key Stage 1) : children follow a semi-formal thematic curriculum, with English and Maths introduced as discrete subjects.
- KS2 (Key Stage 2): children follow a semi-formal thematic curriculum, with English, Maths and Science taught as discrete subjects.
- UKS2 (Upper Key Stage 2): some children follow a formal curriculum in which all subjects are taught discretely.
- KS2 Pre-formal Curriculum: children follow a thematic curriculum in which the learning is personalised to suit individual pupils needs under a theme of cognition and learning.
Long Term Curriculum Maps
Each Curriculum has a ‘Long Term Curriculum Map’’ in which Topic Themes are outlined, alongside Core Subject areas.
EYFS Curriculum Map link LONG TERM CURRICULUM MAP EYFS
KS1 Curriculum Map link LONG TERM CURRICULUM MAP KS1 SEMI FORMAL
KS2: Pre-Formal Curriculum Map link LONG TERM CURRICULUM MAP PRE FORMAL
KS2: Semi-Formal Curriculum Map link LONG TERM CURRICULUM MAP KS2 SEMI-FORMAL
KS2: Formal Curriculum Map link LONG TERM CURRICULUM MAP FORMAL
All KS1 and KS2 learners follow specific Maths and English planning guidance including phonics, handwriting and reading programs.
All pupils participate in daily ‘Key Skills’ sessions, these are intensive individualised teaching sessions which focus on developing confidence and skill in key areas.
All pupils participate in a weekly Wellbeing afternoon, based on the 10 Keys to Happier Living program.
“ The 10 Keys to Happier living is a scientifically backed set of actions which can help to improve levels of happiness. The actions can be used at any level and are the same for our pupils and staff.
The wellbeing afternoon session is an opportunity to teach children tools they can use to ensure they grow in emotional resilience and happiness during their time at Rowan Gate. More information about the 10 keys to happier living and the practical actions can be found on the website www.actionforhappiness.org”
PSHE/PSED (Personal, Health, Social Education) / (Personal, Social & Emotional Development) is a valued area of our curriculum, we link this closely to our own 5 keys, British Values and 10 keys to Happier Living. From 2019, the RSE (Relationship & Sex Education.) strand will be incorporated throughout this curriculum area.
All pupils access 2 weekly PE sessions one of which is led by our Sports Coach.
EYFS and KS1 children participate in swimming in our hydrotherapy pool on the Wellingborough site.
UKS2 children participate in swimming lessons at their local swimming pool.
We enrich our children’s experiences through the provision of additional lunchtime and after school activities such as Football, Tennis, Boccia, Hockey, Speed stacking and Basketball.
Active 30 – All pupils are encouraged to participate in an additional 30 minutes of exercise through 5 a day session which are active lesson starters in English and Maths and active play times.
Many pupils have programmes set by Therapists. These programmes may be addressed through timetabled sessions such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. The children involved may be withdrawn from class to use Sensory circuits, or the activities from the programme may be incorporated into the teaching session, for example, work on developing language during snack time. The therapists work with school staff to train them so they can carry out programmes regularly: they then review the programmes and set new targets when required.
Therapies include: Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Theraplay and Sunshine Circles
Acts of worship
We gather together in daily acts of worship as a whole school or sometimes as class groups.