Roseberry Primary and Nursery follows an ‘enquiry based creative curriculum’ whereby the key / basic skills needed to make progress in each subject are embedded within a range of themed studies. Each class explores a variety of engaging studies over the course of a year, starting with a ‘wow lesson’ to enthuse the pupils about the study ahead. To ensure the full coverage of the National Curriculum, each subject area has been carefully mapped across the school to fit with these studies.
We plan our Curriculum on a two year rotation. Find out what our children will be learning about by clicking on the links below.
Year group plans
For each year group’s study plans please see our individual class pages where all of our study plans are shared.
The Parents’ Guide to the New Curriculum
The document below explains the changes to the National Curriculum and the new assessment procedures. The guide provides a clear outline of the new content, by year group, with some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works.
Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
In consultation with parents and pupils four curriculum drivers have been agreed. Outcomes will be addressed through the planned studies of work.
- Live well, live long
- Our place in the world
- The world of work
- Safety net
- Building the basics
Information on the drivers can be found under Our Classes.
Live Well, Live Long
In a time when we are seeing growing obesity levels and health problems in young people, many parents wanted their children to learn about how to lead a healthy lifestyle. We teach this aspect through Science, PSHE and P.E. as well as focus weeks and external initiatives such as FISCH (Family Initiative Supporting Children’s Health) and SAFC fitness programmes for pupils and their parents. Children take part in active play and our PE apprentice runs fun games sessions each play time and lunch time to ensure each child has the opportunity to take part in rigorous physical activity.
Our Place in the World
In order to widen our pupils’ experiences of the wider world, everyone felt it was important to ensure that our children have a strong sense of identity which we teach through local history topics and visits to places of interest. They learn about other countries and cultures through R.E., Geography studies, themed weeks and a range of visitors e.g. European brass bands; French teacher; Chinese student; etc.
Each week, every class takes part in ‘Map time’ which aims to broaden their knowledge of place names in the world. This includes, but is not limited to, learning the tallest mountains of each continent, the longest rivers, capital cities, flags of countries as well as local landmarks. We also regularly add to news displays around school as well as providing KS2 children with copies of The Week Junior magazine, which focuses on events from around the world.
The World of Work
Pupils need aspirations to achieve well at school to enable them to secure a good job when they begin their working life. In every study, in every class, we investigate the types of jobs people do, the skills needed and the pupils build a portfolio of career choices, which they take with them when they leave school.
Pupils need to develop an understanding of how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They need to be able to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and be able to identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. In our lessons we explore ways to stay safe online and ways of reporting unfriendly or unwanted behaviour we may encounter.
Building the basics
Pupils need support to develop the competencies of communication (oracy, reading, writing, I.T. and Maths); critical thinking & problem-solving; developing innovation and creativity and working co-operatively. They need to be able to apply basic skills in a range of other subjects as well as applying these basics to life skills.
Our Curriculum Approach
Underpinning everything we do in school is a relentless focus on the acquisition of basic skills, for without the ability to read and write and apply basic mathematical concepts to problems, children will be unable to access any other form of learning.
Years 1 – 6
The National Curriculum subjects are taught through a cross curricular approach. Topics are allocated on a two-year cycle to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils are taught in single age classes for the majority of the week. All pupils are taught the Durham agreed syllabus for R.E. unless specific requests have been made from parents for cultural reasons.
Applications occur during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
Support for English:
We offer a range of English based interventions including- Beanstalk reading sessions, Lexia, Write from the start, Rainbow arc, Handwriting without tears, Phonics booster groups, Precision teach and Inference training.
Support with numeracy:
We offer a range of interventions including Numbers count and Maths ‘fix it sessions’.
When supporting pupils with significant learning difficulties we draw on the expertise of local agencies to plan effective interventions and to adapt our teaching styles appropriately.
Nurture group: At Roseberry, we run a Nurture intervention group three afternoons a week in a dedicated area of school. Where needs have been identified, a small group of children participate in activities which are intended to support their social, emotional and mental health and development. Alongside this, they continue to access vital academic work in a supportive environment with two members of staff. Children take part in a range of activities: circle time, speaking and listening activities, zones of regulation, social stories, learning life skills to name a few.
View our Medical Conditions School Policy located in our School Policies section.
Support for children with English as an Additional Language:
Tailored language resources, small group sessions based on discreetly teaching key vocabulary, visual cues for teaching and props.
At Roseberry Primary we believe that all pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without the fear of being bullied. We promote good behaviour. It is made clear that bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour. It is wrong and will not be tolerated.
View our Anti-bullying Policy located in our School Policies section.
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
- Miss Dodds is the SENCO.
- Mrs. Dunn: Curriculum and English specialisms
- Mrs. Nunn: EYFS lead
- Mrs. Lee: Inference training
- Mrs Forster: Nurture group lead
- Miss Simms: Nurture group support
Roseberry Primary and Nursery School are committed to the continuing development of their staff. Staff regularly attend courses and take part in twilight workshops to enhance their skills. Most recently, staff have undergone training on the Model of Effective teaching and sought to implement theory within their teaching practice. Additionally, we have taken part in lesson studies to collaboratively work with colleagues in order to improve teaching and learning.