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.
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
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
What is the PYP?
The Primary Years Programme (PYP is an exciting and inspiring way for your children to learn. Rather than being subject-specific, it is transdisciplinary in nature and your children are engaged in a learning journey that is challenging and relevant to their lives.
The PYP aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
What does learning look like in a PYP school?
The PYP is based on the constructivist approach to learning. This takes into account a child’s experiences and prior learning but then provides them with opportunities to revisit and revise these in the light of new experiences and further learning.
Making learning relevant and connecting to the world around the child is also important, as it is believed that this is when the best learning takes place.
What is the PYP curriculum like?
There are five essential elements that make up the PYP curriculum:
- Knowledge: Significant and relevant content for your children to explore
- Concepts: Powerful ideas
- Skills: The tools your children will need to be successful in an ever-changing and challenging world
- The Learner Profile: Personal attributes your children are encouraged to demonstrate
- Action: This is something initiated by your children as a result of their learning
The children’s learning is organised under six transdisciplinary themes; each will be visited over the course of a year:
- 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
Each half term you will receive an outline of the work to be done and how you can help.
These are powerful and significant ideas that can be approached and investigated from different perspectives and in different ways.
- Form: What is it like?
- Function: How does it work?
- Causation: Why is it like it is?
- Change: How is it changing?
- Connection: How is it connected to other things?
- Perspective: What are the points of view?
- Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
- Reflection: How do we know?
The Transdisciplinary Skills
These are valuable tools your children will acquire through the teaching and learning that goes on in the classroom, as well as life outside school. They will enable our children to be successful in a changing and challenging world.
The skills are organised into these areas:
- Social skills
- Communication skills
- Thinking skills
- Research skills
- Self-management skills
The Learner Profile
These are the personal attributes your children are encouraged to show and given opportunities to demonstrate. PYP learners strive to be:
What does inquiry look like?
A PYP classroom is a lively place, characterised by a collaborative and purposeful activity. Inquiry is the approach used to learn within the PYP. It allows children to be actively involved in their own learning and gives them the opportunity to take responsibility for that learning.
Inquiry allows each child’s understanding of the world to develop in a way that is unique to them.
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 iGCSE Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Computing Design and Technology Drama and Theatre Studies English Literature English Language French Geography German History Latin Mathematics Music Physical Education Physics Psychology Religious Studies Science Spanish
Sixth Form Curriculum
At Sixth Form, students have the choice between:
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.
The years spent in Juniors will be filled with moments of revelation, excitement, fun and discovery.
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.
Rossall is one of the few schools in the country to offer such a wide choice of curricula to pupils at sixth form level.