A common set of values underpins Rawmarsh Ashwood’s curriculum to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and the challenges of the rapidly changing world we live and work in. While preparing our children academically for the next phase, through our curriculum, we aim to raise their aspirations and develop;
- Positive attitudes
- Self confidence
The curriculum is carefully designed to fire the children’s imaginations and make learning vivid and real for them. Strong, cross curricular links strengthen the relevance of learning and provide opportunities for the children to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of meaningful contexts.
Science is taught as a discrete subject when this does not link to the curriculum topic. RE, PE, Music and French are also taught discretely. Music, French and PE are taught by specialist teachers from the WPT.
The flexibility within the national curriculum guidelines allows us to organise learning into topics where the programmes of study are covered at different depths according to the different stages of development of the children.
A two year rolling cycle of topics encourages team work between classes and makes learning exciting, engaging and fun. Some objectives are taught within the rolling programme later in the phase when it suits the topic area covered more. For example, some of the Lower Key Stage 2 objectives may be taught in Y4 instead of Y3. All National curriculum objectives are taught within the appropriate phase.
While incorporating a progression in the acquisition of skills and knowledge, the curriculum provides frequent opportunities for the children to reinforce and apply their learning, therefore increasing understanding. Topics also provide frequent opportunities for the children to apply their Maths and Literacy skills in meaningful real life contexts.
Each topic is enriched by the use of new technologies, visits, visitors and first hand experiences to aid understanding. The children are involved at the planning stage as we value their ideas and contributions and want them to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning.