Our curriculum is broad and balanced between skills and knowledge, aiming to empower children to develop and use talents for their future. The staff team has worked to create a curriculum map that is meaningful and relevant to the pupils at Roselands. Alongside the basic skills teaching of English and Maths we have created Learning Intent Organisers which bring elements of subjects together into inspiring themes which are dominated by History, Geography or Science.
"The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection … you have worked closely with your team to review the school’s curriculum and make some improvements."
Teachers plan their work together to ensure that the children receive a progressive and balanced curriculum of the highest quality. Each team has created an overview for the year, covering all subjects:
2020-2021 Annual Overview for each year group / phase
The organisation of classes in phases, each with an experienced leader, together with two assistant heads who each take a lead for English and Maths, enhances our regular practice of annual, termly and then weekly plans. These include creation of the Learning Intent Organisers, where our established thematic approach is well managed by all.
These overviews create the journey of the curriculum across the seven primary years. They are reviewed and revised when appropriate, with the whole staff team involved. Currently the 2020-2021 plans are responding to the disturbances of the lockdown during 2019-20. The Herts for Learning ‘Back on Track’ materials have been adopted throughout the school to support the children in English and Maths.
Ensuring that children are `back on track` in all elements of English and maths is crucial. Actions continue to be taken to identify and address gaps. Children’s school days are highly structured, with English learning consisting of short blasts of handwriting, spelling, reading, writing and listening to good quality story time. Roselands children progress in reading in several ways, but one way is through our school scheme, which has graded books at particular levels, following book bands or colours. An appreciation of books is fostered throughout the school year:
World Book Day
Box models of book scenes
Parent kidnap to share books
Visits from Authors
“Pupils are making good progress in developing their reading skills.” Ofsted
Supported by the Herts for Learning Back on Track Maths programme the staff have looked at reviewing the long term plans for the teaching of mathematics. They have prioritised areas so that all important teaching elements are included within the next year of schooling.
“In mathematics, pupils are developing a secure understanding of number. They use a wide range of mathematical terminology correctly and are able to explain clearly how they have arrived at the answer to various questions.”
"Teachers use questioning skilfully to check and develop pupils’ earlier learning. Teachers explain the tasks clearly and offer helpful suggestions to enable pupils to complete the activity."
A variety of teaching styles can be seen including whole class, group and individual sessions, as well as maximising the well-resourced classrooms and environment.
There is a productive buzz in lessons as you walk around the school. If asked, pupils quickly become animated about their experiences at the school and indicate strongly they are proud to be a pupil there.
Inspiring children to be interested and interesting subjects are enhanced by regular trips out and the invitation of visitors into the school. A high quality of presentation and sharing of success is fostered.
"Leaders have successfully created a school environment in which it is seen as a positive trait to achieve well and celebrate achievement."
Pupils take pride in their written work.
Effective teaching ensures that pupils, including boys, think carefully about what they are going to write before they start.
The Wider Curriculum
Internet Safety Talk Booklet
Our older pupils are informed about safety issues as part of their citizenship work. This includes a presentation from our local PCSO as part of Internet Safety Week.
Internet Safety Presentation and view websites which provide information on safe use.
We aim for the children to become computer literate, experiencing ICT across the curriculum as part of a whole-school approach. Pupils become competent in the use of the ICT, the Internet and Email as part of their daily work, using wireless laptops within their own classrooms. Our integrated and innovative approach has been acknowledged with a National ICT Award. Our extensive range of ICT equipment includes digital cameras, scanners, sensors, digital movie creators and microscopes. All classes have visualisers, interactive and magnetic whiteboards, as well as access to laptop trolleys.
Children’s questions regarding relationship and sex education are answered tactfully and sensitively. The curriculum for Relationship, Health and Sex Education is being revised in line with National guidelines, under the umbrella of Personal and Social Health Education.
In Religious Education we help the children to acquire an appreciation of the significance of the life of Jesus Christ and develop an awareness of the beliefs and practices of other religious groups.
All age groups experience a full range of physical activities and sports skills:
‘Leaders continue to expand the school’s wider curriculum, for example through building in an increased range of visits and visitors’
Road Safety courses are run by specialists at different ages and stages within the school day, ranging from pedestrian skills to Cycling Proficiency.
Younger pupil learn pedestrian skills as part of the Road Safety week.
When children are confident riders they continue their cycling course on local roads.
All children participate in class music sessions and perform at school concerts.
Concerts combine skills learned over the year in dance, music and instrumental lessons
Early Years – Nativity
Key Stage One – Pantomime
KS 2 - Legend of Lion King