The curriculum at Rugby Free Primary School aims to be challenging and stimulating.
Our vision places a strong emphasis on aiming high, achieving our goals and then challenging ourselves to do even better. The teaching of English and Mathematics alongside Computing are key priorities for our school alongside placing great importance on providing enrichment opportunities to enhance the curriculum for all of our children.
In line with our school motto ‘ludis studiis’ (in play, in studies), encouraging children to learn through play and develop their thinking skills and independence is integral to all our teaching.
We believe in every child. We regularly monitor each child’s individual progress and our skilled staff including a dedicated Inclusion Leader, ensure that interventions and additional support are put in place should a child portray a particular need.
During their Reception year, children of Rugby Free Primary will receive a topic-based approach to the EYFS curriculum. We will base their learning around the seven key areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design but we will design our curriculum to suit the needs of individual children and we will not be afraid to teach some areas in isolation where needed e.g. Physical Education. We will always be flexible and ensure that our curriculum is shaped by the needs, interests and abilities of our learners.
We produce a long term plan as a guide for our teaching in Reception, however this is adapted throughout the year depending on the needs and interests of the children.
Click here to take a look at our long term planning for Reception:
Our Phonics Scheme:
At RFPS, we use the Read Write Inc scheme to teach our children phonics. Our children are making very good progress using this scheme and we run regular parents meetings to help parents to help their children progress further at home. If you would like to read more about the scheme, please see our separate phonics at RFPS page or visit the following website:
Year One and Two Curriculum:
During Year One and Two, children of Rugby Free Primary will be taught English, Mathematics and Phonics in the mornings and then will be taught Science, Computing, History, Geography, P.E., R.E., P.S.H.E., Music, Art and D.T. in the afternoons. Afternoons will be mainly topic based using the approach “Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express”. This enables children to be stimulated in their learning whilst developing strong cross curricular links in their learning.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and covers all key skills from this. Our approach stems from Cornerstones but is adapted to suit the needs of our children. We assess our children each half term and make judgements about their progress against age related expectations.
We produce a long term plan as a guide for our teaching in each year group, however this is adapted throughout the year depending on the needs and interests of the children.
Click here to take a look at our long term planning for Year One and Year Two:
Future Curriculum at RFPS:
Our curriculum will evolve in time as we will adapt this based on the needs, interests and abilities of our children.
Our current thinking is to continue with the model in Key Stage 2 which we currently use in Key Stage 1, with English, Mathematics and Phonics/ GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) taught in the morning and then Science, Computing, History, Geography, P.E., R.E., P.S.H.E., Music, Art and D.T. in the afternoons. We plan to continue to use a topic based curriculum using the approach “Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express” and basing our teaching on National Curriculum Skills through a Cornerstones based curriculum.
This approach will be reviewed and refined as our school grows, as Government education plans evolve and will be designed to suit the individual needs of different cohorts at our school.
Recognising also that this is a grammar school area and also has a number of independent schools, as the children get older, elements common to the 11+ examination will be included both in the core curriculum but also in our enrichment activity programme that will extend the National Curriculum. Pupils will be prepared for a successful transition to secondary school and additional tuition and support will be offered for those preparing for the 11+ or common entrance examinations. At the younger age, children are encouraged to develop their thinking skills and to become independent learners in preparation for this.
If you would like further information about our future curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact the school for more details.
Regular home learning tasks are set for children of all ages. These are appropriate to the children’s needs and learning. The depth and challenge of these will develop as the children get older.
Finding out more about our Curriculum Provision:
Please contact the school office by popping in to school or by clicking contact us on this website if you would like to talk to a member of staff in order to find out further details about our curriculum. You are very welcome to see our full curriculum coverage documents that we plan from or look at examples of our teacher’s planning which we would be very happy to talk you through.
You can also visit the below website if you would like to find out a little more about the Cornerstones Curriculum which forms the basis for both our assessment and our topic curriculum. There are some examples of topic units and explanations about the principles behind this curriculum which was a key part in our decision to use this curriculum. We adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of our individual children so this is simply a guide but the principles and structure remain:
Further details of the curriculum provision and key objectives at RFPS for your child are sent out on a termly basis via our ‘Curriculum Information’ Leaflets. These are specific to your child’s year and incorporate the various different elements of the curriculum coverage for the coming term alongside some ideas of tasks and projects that you can do to help your child at home. Please contact the school office if you would like another copy of this information.