The Rosemellin Curriculum

At Rosemellin, we plan and deliver a vibrant curriculum that offers quality learning experiences and opportunities for all of our pupils. Our aim is to develop an enjoyment and commitment to learning whilst aiming for the best possible attainment. We endeavour to build on pupils’ strengths, interests and talents and encourage them to learn independently and collaboratively. A quality curriculum will also promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development preparing them to be responsible, caring citizens.

We deliver the National Curriculum (NC) for Key Stage 1 and 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for Foundation pupils:

The EYFS framework has 7 learning areas:

The 3 Prime areas are Communication and Language; Physical Development; and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The 4 specific areas are Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Arts and Design.

Pupils in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place indoors and outdoors.

For further information on our Foundation stage curriculum organisation look at Foundation under Curriculum on this website and for details on the EYFS framework please click here - EYFS Parents Guide

The full revised Department for Education Statutory Framework for the EYFS is available here - Statutory Framework


The National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 has programmes of study for the following subjects:

English; Mathematics; Science; Design and Technology; Computing; History; Geography; Art and Design; Music; Physical Education and Languages at KS2.

For the full Statutory Primary National Curriculum including programmes of study and attainment targets click here - National Curriculum

A Parents guide to the new National Curriculum is available and can be also viewed by year groups:


Cross-Curricular learning using the Inspire Curriculum

Each term, the classes will work on a topic approach to learning. This approach enables teachers to plan the EYFS framework or National Curriculum through a particular topic to maximise cross-curricular and stimulating learning opportunities. You can find out more about the topics being covered in each year group area on our school website under Curriculum and through the Planning information booklets sent home each term.

Overview documents available here:

From September 2014, Y1 –Y6 teachers will be using the Inspire Curriculum to facilitate many areas of the new National Curriculum. We operate a 2 year rolling programme for topic based learning using the Inspire Curriculum. Inspire has been created by experienced and knowledgeable practitioners from Cornwall Learning and has been trialled successfully in schools locally and nationally. You can learn more about the philosophy and content of Inspire at Inspire Curriculum.


Reading and Phonics

Reading and phonics skills are developed through whole class, group and individual activities and tasks. We have a range of picture, fiction and information books which children experience alongside more structured reading books. This ensures that children have a rich, varied and stimulating experience of books throughout the school.

The reading scheme used through school is Oxford Reading Tree. Visit Oxford Owl for further information.

Specific reading skills are taught through a structured developmental approach appropriate to the age and needs of the individual child. Structured guided reading sessions in school help develop a range of reading skills and a deeper understanding of the texts being read. We aim for our children to develop a positive attitude to reading and a love of books. The best way you can help your child to read easily and with enjoyment is to talk and listen to them as much as possible, answering questions from an early age and trying to involve them in a variety of interesting experiences.

Daily phonics input takes place in KS1 and phonics input will continue through KS2 until pupils have secure skills. Once pupils have completed Phonics phase 6 they will move to a support for spellings model. Our Phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds. Visit Letters and Sounds for further information.


Religious Education

All schools are required to teach Religious Education at all key stages. The R.E curriculum is specifically concerned with nurturing spiritual and moral development. Our aim is to develop an understanding of religious experiences, feelings and beliefs, to encourage sensitivity towards other people and their beliefs, and to establish a moral framework on which to base their own behaviour and attitudes.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE and collective worship and should do so in writing to the Headteacher.

R.E is encountered within the curriculum through the normal integrated topic work of the school; through discrete R.E. (mini) topics where this is felt to be a more effective method of teaching and learning; through connections with the school’s programme of assemblies and collective worship. For further guidance on the R.E curriculum click here and for information on our R.E. rolling programme click here.


Physical Education

At Rosemellin we try to promote the enjoyment of P.E. as well as acquiring basic skills such as catching, throwing and striking and developing hand/eye co-ordination. We aim to encourage participation and involvement for all, across the range of activities within P.E. The teaching of Physical literacy is important in order to promote motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

We also participate in local and area tournaments in a huge range of sports including; football, netball, tag rugby, cross country, hockey, surfing, swimming, badminton and athletics as part of the Camborne Primary Sports Alliance. We are very proud of our sporting achievements and regularly celebrate individual and team accomplishments in school assemblies and on the school newsletter.

We promote the education of the child as a whole, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. A range of trips and residential visits take place throughout the school year that give the children further opportunities to experience sports and activities in a variety of settings. P.E, as a National Curriculum subject is timetabled throughout the school for all children to participate in.

Here is an overview of our PE rolling programme

To find more information on the National Curriculum requirements and programme of study please click here.


PHSE

At Rosemellin School, PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a key subject that permeates through all areas of our school life, as well as being taught as a discrete subject from Foundation to Year Six. It provides opportunities for our children to learn about developing and maintaining positive relationships with others, healthy lifestyles, personal finance, 'staying safe' and to reflect on current and future aspirations. Our School Programme of Study has been developed with support and guidance from both the PSHE Association and Cornwall Healthy Schools

"Our children are growing up in one of the most rapidly changing periods in our history. This creates complex challenges and new opportunities. PSHE Education deals with the real life issues affecting our children, families and communities. It is concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes. PSHE Education helps all children to achieve their fullest potential." PSHE Association


Promoting British Values

As part of our curriculum, we actively promote British values. The majority of this learning will be linked to our Personal Social Health and Economic Educational curriculum, our Religious Education syllabus and will be reflected through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural agenda. To view how we Promote British Values, click here


Reporting to Parents and Monitoring Progress

During the Autumn and Spring Terms, parents are invited to a parent consultation with the class teacher to discuss the child’s progress and review targets. In the Summer Term, parents receive an end of year report and are invited to meet with the class teacher upon request. A more formal meeting with the class teacher may be arranged as necessary.

Teachers monitor progress and attainment against National Standards. Assessments are on-going and a combination of Teacher Assessment and tests are used to inform future teaching and learning. We ask Parents/Carers to support our Home/School Agreement which promotes a partnership in learning between the child, parents/carers and staff in their child’s learning and development.

In addition to the above, parents are invited into school to ‘Meet the Teacher’ events In September each year and attend open evenings to view their child’s work.