Curriculum

Rodmarton Primary School’s curriculum is based on the 2014 National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 and the Early Years 2021 framework, which we support with the EYFS Development Matters in Reception. 

Our teachers develop lessons in response to the school’s context and the needs of our pupils. They build on what has been previously taught to provide a fully rounded education that focuses on academic achievement, physical and mental well-being, strength of character, and personal development. Through this, we begin to lay the foundations for success in life.

Please read our Whole School Curriculum Statement:

At Rodmarton Primary School, our curriculum is designed for:

Academic Excellence

  • A contextualised curriculum tailored to meet our pupils’ needs within our unique setting.
  • We provide an ambitious and rich curriculum that deepens the children’s understanding and knowledge through carefully sequenced units of work, that will ignite a lifelong love for learning.
  • Learning is designed to challenge pupils while remaining accessible for all, developing children’s resilience and determination to reach their full potential.
  • Learning is memorable, with the children’s curiosity being sparked by outdoor learning, enriching school trips, a wide variety of sporting events and inspiring visitors.

Personal Growth and Well-being

  • Recognise and nurture each child’s unique talents, interests, and backgrounds.
  • To create a happy, caring, and safe community where all children feel confident to learn from their mistakes and become independent learners.
  • We prioritise the development of essential life skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and resilience.
  • We use our beautiful rural setting to create an understanding of the importance of caring for our natural world.
  • We prioritise the well-being of our students, providing access to pastoral support, mindfulness practices, and strategies for promoting positive mental health.

Social Responsibility

  • We promote values of empathy, kindness, integrity, and respect for others, preparing our students to become responsible and compassionate citizens.
  • We foster a social awareness of local community and global issues and a commitment to making a positive difference in the world.
  • We instil a strong sense of environmental stewardship, educating students about sustainability and empowering them to take action to protect the environment.
  • We foster strong partnerships with parents, carers, and the wider community, working together to create a supportive and enriching learning environment for all.

Rodmarton has three mixed-age classes, and we meticulously plot a clear sequence of learning within our long-term and medium-term plans. These form learning cycles for each class, and they are ever-evolving to match the needs of the children as they move through the year groups. Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum is a progressive, skills-based curriculum that forms the starting point for planning. We use the ‘Milestones’ to teach children the right skills at the right time. We link these milestones back to the National Curriculum.  

Our ambitious and well-planned curriculum combines high-quality teaching to ensure children develop their knowledge and skills. Opportunities to revisit concepts help embed learning so pupils can retain it in the future. We enhance learning through cross-curricular links and use high-quality texts to inspire discussion and broaden vocabulary. We strive to make learning memorable by organising enriched experiences through trips, visitors, and extra-curricular activities.  

We further enhance our curriculum by using specialised schemes of work, such as PE Pals, Charanga Music and La Jolie Ronde Spanish. These are adapted when necessary to match our context.

At Rodmarton, we are committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. They develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to respect for others. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others, whilst developing knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning to achieve their true potential.

We value the diversity of individuals within the school and believe every child matters. All children at Rodmarton Primary School are treated fairly regardless of race, gender, religion or abilities. All families are valued within our school. We give our children every opportunity to achieve their personal best, and our planning is adapted to meet the needs of all groups and abilities. We do this by considering our children’s range of life experiences when we plan for their learning.                                      

We regularly monitor our curriculum to identify what works well and what could be improved. This allows us to adjust our planning, implementation, and intent to continuously improve our curriculum development. Our curriculum is ever-evolving, and our monitoring process is critical to ensure it is evaluated and improved over time. The findings from our monitoring process will always guide our future action plans.

As a small school, we must track the success of our curriculum and teaching methods and determine their impact on our pupils. To achieve this, we use a variety of measures. For reading and maths, we employ adaptive online assessments designed to be accessible to children, brief, and free of the pressure associated with traditional testing. These assessments provide us with a norm-referenced standardised score and a percentile rank, which we use to compare our students’ performance to children of the same age who have taken the same tests. We work with local schools to moderate writing.

In our monitoring process, pupil voice is essential and significantly impacts our judgments. By engaging in conversations with our children and listening to their responses, we can ensure they play a crucial role in their learning. These conversations help us determine if children have retained important concepts and vocabulary over time.

Please also review are Early Years Statement Intent:

Additionally, our current subject curriculum statements are listed below:

Subject Statements