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

The Rolvenden Curriculum

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

Each class follows their own theme through which most of the National Curriculum subjects are taught. We have selected themes which will 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! Each term, the teachers produce a ‘Knowledge Organiser’ and a ‘Skills Map’ which outlines what will be taught during that unit. These can all be downloaded below.

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.

Hazel’s (FS/Y1) Curriculum Term 2 – November/December 2020

Hazel Class – Term 2 SM KO

Oak’s (Y1/Y2) Curriculum Term 2 – November/December 2020

Oak Class – Term 2 SM KO

Willow’s (Y3/Y4) Curriculum Term 2 – November/December 2020

Willow Class – Term 2 SM KO

Holly’s (Y5/Y6) Curriculum Term 2 – November/December 2020

Holly Class – Term 2 SM KO

Skills Progressions

Throughout 2020, our staff reviewed the curriculum and created brand new skills progressions which span from Foundation Stage to Year Six. These are used to ensure progression is consistent for all children between different classes and key stages. You can download copies of these documents below.

Reading Skills Progression 2020

Grammar Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

Writing Skills Progression 2020 – Due to copyright restrictions, please contact the school directly to obtain a copy of this document.

Spelling Skills Progression – Coming Soon!

Art Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

Computing Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

D&T Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

Geography Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

History Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

Music Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020 – Coming Soon!

PE Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

RE Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020 – Currently under review (Nov 2020)

PSHCE Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020 – Currently under review (Nov 2020)

Science Skills and Vocabulary Progression 2020

 

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 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.

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

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, in KS1 we use a derivative of the Read, Write, Inc. scheme and in KS2 we use the ESSENTIALspelling progression.

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