The School’s Curriculum Policy is in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and school policy guidelines. The curriculum consists of English, Mathematics, Science, RE, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Primary Languages, Art, Music, Personal Social and Health Education and Physical Education.

The National Curriculum Subjects

English

We offer a high-quality education in English in order to teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening; others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, as literature plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge, build on what they already know and develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Mathematics

We aim to develop each child’s ability to use mathematics in a practical and meaningful way and to develop each child’s mathematical thinking through problem solving and mental maths activities. Children are taught to develop a clear understanding of numbers, number operations and their application in everyday life. Parents are encouraged to help their children to use their mathematics in everyday life.

Science

We aim to teach a high quality Science education to provide the foundations for understanding the world through biology, physics and chemistry. Pupils are taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science.

We develop each child’s observational skills and encourage children to tackle problem solving activities and question the world around them. From the earliest stages and through investigative work, children are taught to develop a scientific way of working; experimenting, forming hypotheses, testing these and recording their observations in a variety of ways.

Computing

Our school is well resourced including computers in every classroom, a dedicated ICT suite and a large suite of ipads. There is an interactive whiteboard with Apple TV in every classroom, plus a wi-fi network throughout the school. Programmable toys are also used.

We aim to provide a high quality computing education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principals of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and to express themselves and develop their ideas through information technology.

Design and Technology

Through Design and technology, pupils design and make products using their creativity and imagination to solve real and relevant problems. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Pupils learn to evaluate and test their products and the work of others.

Art and Design

Our high quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children are also encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through Art and design, using a variety of materials and resources. In addition, they are encouraged to think critically and know how art and design reflect and shape our history.

History

We provide a high-quality history education which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and encourages pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies and relationships.

Geography

Geography teaching at our school equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. We aim to develop pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils develop geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the present Norfolk Agreed Syllabus (2012), a copy of which may be inspected in school on request.

Languages

Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. Languages education fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and writing. Children in Key Stage 2 learn French as well as gaining a general understanding of other languages and cultures through our annual International Day.

Pupils with Special Needs

We aim to provide for the wide variety of special needs within our school policy guidelines, as resources are available. The Headteacher co-ordinates the special needs provision within the school.

Children who are identified as having special needs during the course of their time at school will, in consultation with their parents, be referred to the School’s Psychological Service for assessment.

We aim to work in partnership with parents to provide the best provision for pupils with special educational needs.

Music

Music plays an important part in the life of our school. We offer a high-quality music education through First Access which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Every child is encouraged to participate in public occasions such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and Musical assemblies. Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 learns to play a tuned musical instrument. Singing is actively encouraged through dedicated Singing sessions and through curriculum subjects other than music (pupils can often be heard singing in French!) There is a school singing club and peripatetic music teachers offer lessons in guitar and ukulele.

Sex Education

In meeting the requirements of the Education Act, the National Curriculum, Citizenship and Sex Education guidelines, the school seeks to provide an understanding of the role of the family and the important part it plays in the development of attachment, love and the changing nature of relationships within the family. Year 5 and 6 pupils have sex education lessons with support of the school nurses. Parents are notified in advance.

Physical Education

All aspects of PE are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum; inspiring pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Two hours of PE is timetabled for pupils each week.

Studs in pierced ears are not allowed to be worn during PE lessons, in accordance with Norfolk Council’s policy. Staff are not allowed to remove studs for children.  Therefore it is advised that children do not wear studs when they are timetabled for PE unless they can remove them.

The school participates in various inter school competitions and offers a range of before and after school sports clubs. As a member of the School Sports Partnership, the school provides a wide range of additional sporting opportunities for pupils such as Athletics, Gymnastics and Rugby competitions as well as experiences such as Sailing. Key Stage 2 pupils are taught swimming in Year 4.

More information about how the curriculum is taught at Rollesby Primary School and Nursery available on request.  Please contact the school office.