Our broad and creative curriculum is developed to incorporate children’s interests, our environment and the strengths of our staff.

We have four classes:

Hazel FS/Yr 1, Oak Yr 1 & 2, Willow Yr 3 & 4, Holly Yr 5 & 6.

Curriculum as a Whole

Our School has its own Creative Curriculum which meets the requirements of the EYFS and National Curriculum.

Each class follows their own topic through which most of the National Curriculum subjects are taught. We have selected topics to stimulate and inspire our children, allowing them to work effectively, independently and collaboratively. Topic titles could be: Tipis, Tomahawks and Totem Poles, Jack Frost, School of Rock or Fire, Fire! Click on the class pages to see the termly newsletters which add a little more detail of what the topic entails.

We make the best use of our local environment to support our teaching and take children’s and staff’s interests into account before organising our year’s topics. Through educational visits, high quality resources, experiences and visits from experts in their field we look to enrich our curriculum with many additional opportunities. Due to the fact we have mixed year groups, careful planning of skills progression ensures continuity across the school which enables high aspirations to be met.

The Nitty-Gritty

EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework aims to build a secure foundation for children to progress through school life. It is a framework for children from 0-5 years of age. In Hazel Class, the teachers use this information to inform their planning and assessment.

For more information on the Statutory EYFS Framework click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2

For a Parents’ Guide to the EYFS Framework please click here:

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf

 

The National Curriculum 

Children in Years 1- 6 are taught using the National Curriculum. The subjects within the National Curriculum are: English, Maths, Science, Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Languages, Computing, P.E. and Music.

To view the National Curriculum and Programmes of Study please click here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381344/Master_final_national_curriculum_28_Nov.pdf

A Parents’ Guide to the National Curriculum can be viewed here:

https://d3ddkgxe55ca6c.cloudfront.net/assets/a/22/79/scholastic-parent-s-guide-curriculum-1268017.pdf

We also follow The Canterbury Diocesan Units of work (Agreed Syllabus) for Religious Education

Phonics

There has been a huge shift in the past few year in how we teach reading in UK schools. This is having a big impact and helping many children learn to read and spell. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. The children are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

 

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

At Rolvenden Primary School, for teaching phonics, we follow the Read Write Inc. Literacy Programme.

Below is a handy video to modelling how to make the correct letter sounds should you wish to practice at home!

Vid link for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc