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. Theme 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 1 – September/October 2021
Oak’s (Y1/Y2) Curriculum Term 1 – September/October 2021
Skills and CREATE Knowledge Organiser- Oak – T1 – Dinosaurs
Science Knowledge Organiser – Oak – T1 – Seasonal Changes
Willow’s (Y3/Y4) Curriculum Term 1 – September/October 2021
Skills and CREATE Knowledge Organiser- Willow – T1 – Ancient Egypt
Science Knowledge Organiser – Willow – T1 – Animals inc. Humans
Holly’s (Y5/Y6) Curriculum Term 1 – September/October 2021
Skills and CREATE Knowledge Organiser- Holly – T1 – WW2 (All
Science Knowledge Organiser – Holly – T1 – Evolution
Previous Term’s Maps
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.
Writing Skills Progression – Due to copyright restrictions, please contact the school directly to obtain a copy of this document.
Spelling Skills Progression – Due to copyright restrictions, please contact the school directly to obtain a copy of this document.
Phonics, Spelling and Reading
In order to teach children to read and spell, we use two programmes. In EYFS and KS1, we use resources from Sound Start Phonics (www.soundstartphonics.co.uk) which align with the nationally recognised ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Once the children have completed this programme, they move into a progression based on ‘ESSENTIALspelling’ which was released in 2020 and ‘Talk for Reading’ which develops the children’s reading comprehension skills.
To help you understand the terms we use in the teaching of phonics and spelling, we have put together a vocabulary guide for you which can be downloaded here:
Children use the knowledge which they learn in phonics sessions in order to de-code new words which they encounter when reading.
Alongside this, we use the VIPERS approach to the teaching of reading. This teaches children key question stems and what they should be looking for when responding to questions. Posters for these can be downloaded below:
These resources are provided by Rob Smith of the Literacy Shed – https://www.literacyshed.com/
Our primary method of teaching reading in KS2 is ‘Talk for Reading’. This approach teaches children to look deep within a text for hidden meaning through modelled, guided and independent activities.
Support for Parents
We know how tricky it is for parents to navigate through the jargon of the curriculum. To help, we run regular workshops for our parents which explains how we teach; the kinds of activities which the children complete in class and how they can help at home. Recordings of these sessions are available for you to watch here.
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:
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: