As with all state funded schools, Roach Vale offers a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In order to achieve these aims we follow the National Curriculum in years 1 - 6 and the Early Years Curriculum in EYFS.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The EYFS Curriculum begins at birth and continues through pre-school until the end of the childs first year at school. The curriculum consists of Prime Areas of Learning (Personal and Social Education, Communication and Language, Physical Development) and Specific Areas of Learning (Literacy, Maths, Understanding the world and Art and Design) Children are continuously assessed in these areas and the Foundation Stage Profile is completed at the end of the year. This identifies whether children are Emerging,Expected or Exceeding in relation to the Early Learning Goals.
Every class takes part in the Big Write once per fortnight, which is an opportunity for children to write at length for the pleasure of writing. Children in Early Years and KS1 follow the Letters and Sounds programme to develop their phonic knowledge and this progresses to Support For Spelling in KS2. Every child takes part in guided reading each week and the school organises a Reading Challenge to help support a reading culture throughout the school.
Maths work is based on the programmes of study within the National Curriculum. These are broadened and deepened by Maths work linked to the topics from the Inspire Curriculum. Many lessons are practical giving children an opportunity to use equipment to develop their understanding of mathematical concept. Children have daily practice learning and reinforcing their multiplication tables and they develop these into division and decimal facts. Every class (Y1-6) has a daily Mega Maths lesson which gives opprtunity to develop and reinforce key Maths skills in a fun and practical way, and to develop knowledge of mathematical vocablary. In KS2 mental mathematical skills are developed through weekly practice sessions.
At Roach Vale we follow the Inspire Curriculum which insures that we cover all aspects required by the National Curriculum whilst making learning relevant and fun for the children. The Inspire Curriculum covers all the learning intentions for all subjects within the National Curriculum (ie.English,Maths,Science,Computing,Design Technology,Art, PE,History,Geography,Music and Foreign Language) but we also use the National Curriculum programmes of study to guide our planning.
The Inspire Curriculum is organised into nine cross-curricular topics per year.
All state schools are required to make provision for a daily ac of collective worship and they must teach religious education.
At Roach Vale we followthe Essex agreed syllabus for RE, called 'RE Matters for Every Child'.
In KS1 the children think about special people, special places, special words and stories, Special things in nature, special symbols and objects and special ways of living.
In KS2 the children are introduced to the six major world faiths (Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikism) and Specular Humanism, so, over time, they begin to recognise similarities and differences between religous and beliefs. They develop their ability to distinquish right from wrong and start to consider their own beliefs and values.
Since September 2014 all schools within England have had a duty to promote British Values. The Department for Education defines those as:-
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance those ofdifferent faiths and beliefs
At Roach Vale we promote British Values in the following ways:
- Through our RE teaching including visits , visitors, discussions, reading etc. children are taught tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
- Through assemblies and acts of worship children learn to respect and understand others.
- The School Council and the Eco Council introduce children to democracy with children voting on issues and being represented at meetings.
- Our Behaviour Policy ensures that children who display behaviour which is not in line with our school ethos are challenged and supported in developing their understanding of right and wrong.They also learn about rules and the rule of law.
- Our PSCHE work develops childrens ideas and understanding of citizenship. Each week every class has a Circle Time, allowing children opportunity to express feelings, ideas , thoughts and concerns. Through this they learn respect and tolerance.
- Year 6 children attend a Crucial Crew event each year which helps children to understand their role in the community and the role of agencies, such as the police, within the community.