The Rosary Catholic Primary School
Our Curriculum Intent
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure all children can live a life in all its fullness by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Catholic Gospel values at its heart.
Our curriculum is bespoke to the needs of all pupils at The Rosary, not only by focusing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the EYFS framework and National Curriculum, but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ and by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mindset, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
Our curriculum is constantly evolving, responding to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing their learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its diverse cultures.
Ultimately, our curriculum is intended to live out our school mission:
Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, Son of God, is at the centre of the Rosary community where we live, love and learn together.
Our curriculum intent – where we live:
Our curriculum intent – how we love:
Our curriculum intent – how we learn:
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Our Curriculum Implementation
Our curriculum design is based upon three principles from cognitive science:
1: Spaced repetition to facilitate effective learning
2: Interleaving to help pupils helps people retain new information, acquire new skills, and improve existing abilities in a wide range of subjects
3: Retrieval of previously learned content is regularly reviewed in order to increase memory storage and retrieval strength.
This is implemented through a range of strategies, tailored to suit the needs of all pupils, including:
Teaching and Learning
Starting all lessons with a review of learning
Presenting new material in small steps
Providing clear and detailed instructions and explanations
Using well chosen questioning to check for understanding
Ensuring active practice for all pupils
Providing effective and timely modelling
Providing systematic feedback and corrections
Use of high quality resources/examples, texts and use of vocabulary
Use of Assessment
Use of timely feedback to pupils and ‘next steps’ in their learning
Use of formative and summative assessments to adapt teaching so all pupils make progress
Use of dedicated interventions to support pupils to reach their full potential
Regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and the celebration of good practice contributes to the ongoing commitment to evolve and improve teaching and learning.
Dedicated continued professional development for all staff
Performance Management targets
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Our Curriculum Impact
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each planned milestone pupils will have sustained mastery of the content; they remember it and are fluent based upon the targets set for individuals to ensure ambitious progress.
As a result, Rosary pupils who leave will have:
Key skills of The Rosary Curriculum
Rosary pupils will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, they will know and apply key skills and reason mathematically. Pupils will also solve problems across a range of contexts methodically and with resilience. Rosary pupils will have a secure and confident grasp in the fundamentals of maths. This conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge forms the foundations of all maths learning. This alongside the application of age appropriate key skills, and use of mathematical vocabulary, allows access to deeper understanding; therefore, making purposeful connections between areas of maths and other subjects.
Our innovative English curriculum enables and encourages childrens reading, writing and oral communication and overall creativity. Pupils are taught to read fluently with understanding whilst developing the desire to read widely and deeply for pleasure and information. Pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and will apply the key skills of spelling, grammar and punctuation for reading, writing and spoken language. They will write clearly, accurately, coherently and neatly for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
Religious Education has an important role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural development. Our pupils will be respectful and open-minded towards others with different faiths and beliefs and develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
Rosary pupils will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of nature, processes and methods of science to help answer questions about the world around us. Pupils will build on their understanding year on year through practical investigation and application of their growing scientific knowledge, to prepare them for the implications of science, today and for the future. They will also recognise and appreciate the achievements of some of the most influential scientists.
Our Geography curriculum sparks pupils' interest and fascination in God's world and its people, places and the environment. We believe it is vital that children investigate and can analyse locations, places, people and learn about interactions between the Earth's physical and human processes.
The Rosary history curriculum will provide children with the opportunity to investigate and interpret the past, build an overview of local and world history, understand chronology and communicate historically. It is important that children understand and value their own identity and heritage and understand the process of change. This includes their cultural roots, as citizens of Saltley, Birmingham and the UK as members of a global society.
Personal, Social, Health Education
Rosary children will become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of modern society. Pupils will be encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. We teach them in simple ways how society is organised and governed and the process of democracy. Children will recognise their rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
Relationships and Sex Education
Created and loved by God – we are created in the unique image of and likeness of God, helping the children understand the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for their personal relationships.
Created to love others – we explore our relationships with others. Pupils will build upon their understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, and how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships and how we develop healthy and safe relationships.
Created to live in community – we explore our relationships with the wider world. Pupils will explore how we are called to love others in the wider community through service, dialogue and the Common Good.
Rosary children will embody and experience the highest forms of creativity. It is a universal language enabling all pupils to engage, inspire and be challenged. Art will equip pupils with knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, sculpting and other art and craft activities to experiment, invent and create their own pieces of Art. Our children will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Rosary pupils will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users that solve real and relevant problems. This will enable pupils to develop the creative, technical and practical experience needed to engage in enterprise activities.
Music is a universal language that will enable all pupils to engage and be inspired to develop a love of music and use their talent as musicians using both their voices and musical instruments. Children will develop a critical engagement with music composing, listening, performing and evaluating across a wide repertoire including the works of the great composers and musicians.
Pupils understanding will be based upon skills surrounding: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Our pupils will understand and apply the fundamental principles of computing by using abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. They will also analyse problems in computational terms and evaluate and apply information technology to solve problems. They will also be responsible, competent, confident, safe and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our children will become physically active and enjoy participating. Our aim is to provide opportunities for all children to participate in competitive sport and our activities build character, communication, teamwork and a sense of belonging, as well as help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Our pupils will appreciate and learn the skills needed to maintain and engage in a healthy lifestyle now and in the future, both mentally and physically.
Modern Foreign Languages
Our MFL curriculum fosters a curiosity in pupils paired with a deeper understanding of God's world. We believe that this will allow our pupils to develop a positive attitude towards cultural diversity and enables them to compare cultures and values of Britain and France. Speaking, reading and writing more than one language is increasingly important in a world of borderless communications and global travel.