A school’s curriculum goes to the very heart of education, defining not only what our pupils experience and enjoy whilst they are here at Rossall, but also defining what they take away in terms of like skills, values, qualifications and passions.

Ultimately, we aim to deliver a dynamic curriculum, which as well as being responsive to the needs of our 21st century pupils will have the power to transform and inspire. Our aim is to deliver a curriculum which is solid as well as creative, challenging as well as supportive and outward looking as well as personalised.

  • Nursery Curriculum

    At Rossall Nursery the curriculum is carefully planned in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. As part of these programmes your child will be encouraged to take part in a wide range of exciting activities to extend and build upon their existing abilities, interests and knowledge. Whilst gaining a thirst for learning we will ensure that your child has fun and enjoys coming to nursery.

    Activities for the two to four year olds are planned within the areas of learning as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

    There are seven areas of learning and development and all areas are important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity, enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

    These three areas, the prime areas, are:

    Communication and Language
    Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    Physical Development

    There are four specific areas:

    Understanding the World
    Expressive Arts and Design

    Meeting individual needs of all children lies at the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We deliver personalised learning, development and care, to help all children to get the best possible start in life.

    In addition, the Early Years Foundation Curriculum is planned in conjunction with the Primary Years Programme for the three and four year olds. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. This is taught through six transdisciplinary themes which provide a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.

    The themes are:

    Who we are
    Where we are in place and time
    How we express ourselves
    How the world works
    How we organise ourselves
    Sharing the planet

  • Infant and Junior Curriculum

    The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international curriculum designed for young learners aged 3-12 years old.

    It is a challenging programme where the children are encouraged to work on their own and in small groups to question, explore, enquire and communicate. Under the watchful eye of the teacher, they gain confidence and develop self-management skills which results in a firm foundation being laid for the future as an independent life-long learner and helps to prepare them for the rigours of senior school.

    The Primary Years Programme

    There are six themes within PYP which will be taught throughout the year:

    Who we are
    Where we are in place and time
    How we express ourselves
    How the world works
    How we organize ourselves
    Sharing the planet

    The key subject areas are taught within the themes. Maths and language are also taught within the themes, where relevant.

    The key subjects:
    The Sciences
    The Arts
    Personal, Social and Health Education

    The PYP requires good language and literacy skills achieved as a result of:

    Small class sizes
    Daily reading to the class teacher
    Work and tasks structured and differentiated to meet the needs of all children
    Introductory Modern Foreign Languages taught in Nursery and Infants, with Mandarin taught from the age of 7-11
    Homework and /or reading given every night
    Carefully targeted assessment which enables teachers to identify strengths and respond to areas of concern.

    “The unique qualities of each child are recognised and children show good levels of independence in their learning”-ISI Inspection June 2010

  • Senior School Curriculum

    In Years 7 – 9 you will follow a broad based curriculum and study 25 one hour lessons during the course of each week. These include 4 hours of English, 4 hours of Mathematics, 3 hours of Science and 1 and 2 hour lessons of other subjects.

    In Year 7, our pupils will enjoy a Modern Foreign Language carousel, where French, German, Spanish and Mandarin can be experienced fully. Two of these languages will be continued through Years 8 and 9. A Modern Foreign Language is a compulsory part of the GCSE portfolio and the most able linguists can choose to study two languages.

    Latin will be introduced as an option in Year 9, giving our pupils a year of the language prior to making a choice as to whether to continue to GCSE. This will give the pupils who opt for Latin a grounding in this important language and not only provide an excellent springboard for studying GCSE Latin but also help support many other subjects not only languages.

    In years 10 and 11 you will also study a range of subjects. Some subjects are compulsory: Mathematics, English, Science and one Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Latin or Spanish) but others are for you to decide.

    The table below gives an overview of the Curriculum by year group. The number of lessons per fortnight is shown for each subject. The two week timetable gives much greater flexibility with the curriculum.

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Years 10 – 11
    English 8 8 7 8
    Maths 8 8 7 8
    Science 6 6 12 15
    Art 2 2 2
    Computing/DT* 4 4 4
    Drama 1 1 1
    Food Studies 2 2 1
    Geography 4 4 4
    History 4 4 4
    Music 2 2 2
    Language Carousel 8
    Spanish** 4 4
    French/German** 4 4
    Latin*** 4
    PHSE 2 2 1
    PE 2 2 1 1
    RS 2 2 2
    Thinking Skills 1 1
    GCSE Option A 6
    GCSE Option B 6
    GCSE Option C 6
    GCSE Option – Language 6

    *Half year split of DT/Computing

    **For current Year 7 and 8 pupils, they will continue on the existing language carousel where they study Spanish for the whole year and then have a half year split of French and German.

    ***Pupils will be able to opt for Latin instead of DT/Computing.

    GCSE Options

    Art and Design
    Business Studies
    Design and Technology
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    English Literature
    English Language
    Physical Education
    Religious Studies
  • Sixth Form Curriculum

    At Sixth Form, students have the choice between:

    A levels


    International Baccalaureate Diploma.

    The A level route is best suited to pupils looking to specialise in three four subjects whilst the IB option suits students who wish to keep their studies broad (six subjects are studied in total). Both qualifications are highly respected by UK universities, with the IB the preferred choice for those seeking to attend University overseas.

  • One Year iGCSE

    This is a self-contained intensive programme which allows students to study 5-6 subjects and take 5-6 iGCSE examinations at the end of the year, with progression onto either A Level or IB.

    Maths, English and Science are core subjects taken by all students; additional subject options can be chosen from a carefully selected range where the course structure allows for effective delivery in a short timeframe. Depending on prior learning, students may also be able to take IGCSE examinations in a second foreign language or their native language.

    The one-year iGCSE course would suit candidates looking for a chance to repeat Year 11, or those who have come from a different educational background. The course is suitable for native and non-native speakers of English. Lessons in English as an Additional Language are provided if required at no extra charge.

  • GCSE Information Booklet

Infants and Juniors

Infants and Juniors

The years spent in Infants and Juniors will be filled with moments of revelation, excitement, fun and discovery.

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Senior School

Senior School

Whether joining us in Year 7, Year 9 or at another point of the Senior School journey, Rossall is a wonderfully enriching Senior School environment.

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Sixth Form

Sixth Form

Rossall is one of the few schools in the country to offer such a wide choice of curricula to pupils at sixth form level.

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