The school follows the National Curriculum, the curriculum for Early Years and the Diocesan RE curriculum. All children have access to the full curriculum unless officially dis-applied.
If you have any questions or would like to know more on any aspect of the curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 0117 903 0025.
Phonics: Phonics is taught regularly and systematically using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. We also use Read Write Inc Rhymes to support pupils as it has a kinaesthetic and visual quality which supports learners especially those with English as an additional language. Phonics continues to be taught beyond the earliest years of the school if an individual or small group need intervention.
Key Words: Learners are taught a series of whole key words with which to scaffold their reading. This enables them to use a ‘searchlight’ approach to making sense of text when first they begin to read.
Comprehension : Skills of comprehension are taught from the earliest stages of reading, albeit verbally in the first instance. Whilst learners develop the ability to record their answers in writing, verbal comprehension is part of reading whether this is in a group or individually.
Reading for enjoyment: All children have access to a wide range of books in school. Stories are read regularly in every class and learners are encouraged to read widely on an individual and regular basis. The library is well stocked and is open after school for families. Children are given books by the school both when they enter in the Reception class and when they have their birthdays. The school regularly offers opportunities for ‘competitive reading’. World Book Day and Poetry Day are celebrated by the whole community.
The school’s curriculum for writing is built around skills which enable learners to express their thoughts clearly and accurately. The curriculum ensures that there are regular opportunities to write at length in both imaginative forms and for practical purposes. Opportunities to write poetry and other forms of expressive writing are built into the medium term planning.
Grammar is a key part of the curriculum for writing. Because many of our learners do not have English as a first language, accurate teaching of grammar is particularly important to give them equality of opportunity to succeed in education.
At Our Lady of the Rosary, all children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett as a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.
Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.
During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.
The curriculum for writing includes opportunities to write in lessons other than English. Consequently, learners are given a chance to apply their skills in a range of contexts.
Cursive handwriting is taught systematically and good handwriting is valued. Equally spelling is taught through phonics and the spelling patterns in the national curriculum document.
The school has embraced the opportunities afforded by the new mathematics curriculum to explore and apply a wide range of mathematical skills.
Learners are encouraged to use mathematical equipment to help them secure new concepts. The aim is are aiming for learning to be deep and to give them opportunities to gain fluency, solve problems and reason mathematically. Learners are given opportunities to compete in national competitions such as Junior Maths Challenge and the Sumdog Challenge. The school has a very good record of achievement in both these competitions
The school follows the Come and See scheme of work and 10 % of curriculum time is set aside for this. Each term topics are taught within the theme of the domestic church, sacrament and Church celebration. The scheme is based upon the foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the revised RE Curriculum Directory. We have recently purchased the John Burland music which enhances the scheme. RE is the only subject that still has Attainment Levels.
The school also spends two weeks a year learning about Other Faiths. We spend a week developing our knowledge of Judaism and then in the summer term we learn about either Islam, Hinduism or Sikhism.
Science follows the national curriculum and learners have opportunities to use the extensive grounds surrounding the school to explore the natural world. Local exploratory science museums such as @ Bristol are used to give learners hands on experience of physical science with equipment which motivates them and consolidates their learning. Scientists from our own community visit the school to talk about working with science and bring resources to helps which help learners to build strong concepts.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
Children in Key Stage One explore the world around them- their home, school and the local environment. They begin to look at maps and develop an understanding of the wider world. They explore hot and cold climates as well as island environments.
In KS2 children develop their map skills and how to read and create maps. They investigate different places including countries in Europe, North America, Africa as well as China, contrasting these places with areas in Britain. We celebrate the diversity within our own school by celebrating International Day and inviting parents and carers to share their knowledge of other countries.
Children in Key Stage One are introduced to History by exploring notable people such as Florence Nightingale and events such as The Great Fire of London. They use photographs, artwork and artefacts to increase their understanding of the past as well as listening to stories and sequencing events.
As the children move into Key Stage Two they study The Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, Castles and Ancient Greece. All the children investigate Local History at different periods of time from The Romans through to the history of our school.
The children have the opportunity to visit museums and sites of interest. We also have visitors who come into school to present workshops and performances.
We celebrate History with parents and carers by inviting them to our Living Museum day and Local History day. We welcome contributions from parents and carers with their own historical knowledge.
The school has purchased a scheme of work which ensures that pupils are taught the whole, new computing curriculum. The hardware in school is of a standard which supports this teaching. E-safety is taught as part of the scheme of work and referenced in every lesson.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Now that teaching a Modern Foreign Language is compulsory in the National Curriculum, French is taught in Key Stage 2. We use a scheme of work called 'Salut' which achieves the objectives of the National Curriculum and is great fun for the children, since it includes songs and interactive games. The school highly values its rich and diverse culture and also the many languages spoken by children in addition to English. We celebrate and explore these wherever possible and produce a school magazine called 'Our Voice' in order to allow the children to share their family traditions and bilingual gifts.
ART AND DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
The national curriculum is taught and learners acquire skills in these subjects across other areas in the curriculum, including humanities and RE.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS AND PSHE
A Diocesan approved policy and scheme of work is in place but is under review. In terms of personal and social education, the faith programme of the school and the assembly programme supports work around the school values. Workshops are carried out by performing arts companies to tackle issues which may be relevant to learners as they mature, including anti-bullying workshops.
The full national curriculum is followed. For some year groups or aspects of PE, specialist coaches work with the school. There are sufficient grounds around the school for all aspects of PE and Games to be taught. Sports funding has been used to extend the range of sports so that all year groups have an opportunity to take part in ‘new’ sports such as fencing. Swimming involves travelling to a nearby pool and is taught twice across the key stage 2 years.
At Our Lady of the Rosary, we recognise the importance of swimming and understand the value it brings to our children. As such, every child is taught to swim and given the opportunity to compete in local competitions.
The year 6 camp is also a water based where children continue to learn the importance of water safety and self-rescue to complement their learning in previous years.
Currently 67% of year six are competent swimmers (25+ m) with Sports premium budgeted to increase that number during the summer terms.
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
At different times of the year there are clubs on offer to learners in a range of seasonal sports. Computing clubs take place in the lunch period and among the new initiatives is the maths club for key stage 2 pupils. Chaplaincy is a particularly popular aspect of the school’s faith programme and learners who are part of Chaplaincy take part in all Diocesan events. The school is preparing to take part in a local dance festival and is offering this opportunity to key stage 1 pupils. Library is open twice weekly after school.
Music is a very important part of the curriculum in the school.
Children have many opportunities for singing. We have weekly hymn practices and usually sing in assemblies. There is a KS2 choir, the Nativity performance for Reception and KS1, an Easter Concert for Years 3 and 4 and a Summer show for Years 5 and 6. An external specialist teacher supports the teaching of singing.
In class, teachers follow the ‘Sound of Music’ scheme of work which gives children opportunities to explore pitch, rhythm and instrumental playing. In addition , Years 5 and 6 learn an instrument as part of their ‘Band’ project taught by external teachers.
Children are also encouraged to listen to quality music of many styles, often on a cross-curricular basis.
Please look at the Target Trackers to see what your child will be learning in each year group. Please note that Band 1 = Year 1
Band 2 = Year 2 etc...