At Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, we are committed to providing an exciting, innovative and balanced curriculum, which meets the needs of all of our learners at each Key Stage.
Aims of our Curriculum
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that: all children are entitled to a curriculum that provides rich opportunities for them to learn and achieve. We provide a curriculum that gives opportunities for children to build upon their strengths, interests and experiences and develop their confidence in their own ability to learn independently and work collaboratively
The Foundation Stage
In the Foundation Stage, we develop children’s learning and social skills through play, providing stimulating resources and activities which build communication skills, physical skills, understanding of the world and social skills, alongside developing their understanding and use of early maths, reading and writing.
We use a range of broad themes, tailored to the current interests of the children. We teach phonics, using Read Write Inc Phonics, from part-way through Foundation 1, when the children are ready, and this continues into Key Stage 1. We observe and play alongside the children for a large part of each day and this enables us to get to know their individual personalities, interests and next steps for learning.
We use an iPad based tracking system to record observations and photographs, to build a continuous picture of each child’s development.
Key Stage 1&2
In Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2, The National Curriculum sets out what schools must teach and we deliver this through our thematic approach. Our topic themes run on a two-year cycle and pairs of year groups run the same theme:
In Year 1, some children are still working towards the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals. We recognise the importance of these as the Foundation for children’s future learning, so we deliberately tailor the learning in Year 1 to incorporate play, with provision for children to learn socially and independently, especially in the Autumn Term. We build up the more formal aspects of teaching and learning gradually, in response to the needs of each cohort.
We track children’s development of knowledge and skills in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, throughout their time in school, using our E-Mag tracker. Subject leaders for the other key areas track how well children are developing by observing teaching, monitoring the children’s folders and talking to the children about their learning.