Curriculum

 

Roxton CE Academy provides a broad, balanced, rich and relevant differentiated curriculum to: promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school. We equip the children with an adequate grounding, which prepares them for the responsibilities, opportunities and experiences which they will encounter in their transition through childhood to adulthood. The school caters for children between the ages of 2 years 9 months – 11 years; the September following their 11th birthday the children leave to start their secondary education.

The classes are currently structured as :

Pre school (Saplings)

Foundation (Fir Class)

Year 1 &  2 (Willow Class)

Year 3 & 4 (Oak Class)

Year 5 & 6 (Redwood Class)

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The youngest children in the school (aged 2y 9m – 5y) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors with a mixture of teacher- and child-led activities. It is our aim that all children will reach their early learning goals by the end of their foundation year. For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum please visit the web page 

 

Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Roxton operates within the National Curriculum Framework (see PDF download below to view a parents' guide) laid down by Central Government. The teaching of English and Mathematics is daily, with all children's needs being met through quality first teaching and additional support being provided for those children with additional needs. Science, computing and the foundation subjects are taught through a thematic approach which covers all the National Curriculum Programmes of Study through a topic-based curriculum.

The school also uses some 'Big Maths' ideas to support the maths curriculum and 'Big Writing' takes place regularly to encourage high quality, independent creative writing.

We endeavour to keep parents informed about their child’s education and events at school through termly pupil/parent consultations, sharing afternoons, topic grids and newsletters.

Reading

Children are  taught to read in various ways throughout the school. In Fir Class (Foundation) the children are heard read individually and regularly throughout the week, as well as in small groups, as part of their ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics session. As the children move through the school there is less emphasis on individual reading and more of a focus on guided reading – where a small group of children, or the whole class, can explore a text in more detail, exploring the plot, predicting what will happen next and discussing the characters feelings.

At Roxton, we do not use one specific reading scheme, but use a mixture of phonic-based books eg. ‘Read,Write,Inc’ alongside books that help the children to develop their sight words. We also encourage the children to move away from the scheme books once their reading has become more established, to help develop a more extensive vocabulary. 

Phonics

The phonics programme used in EYFS and KS1 is ‘Read, Write, Inc’, this programme was introduced in January 2019, all staff have received training to ensure a consistent approach is delivered across the school.

Computing

The use of the computer is well applied with increasingly more sophisticated developments. Each classroom has networked computers to integrate their use into most areas of the curriculum.  Supervised internet access is also available. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to aid teaching and learning. Software for these products is continuously being evaluated to enhance lessons.

Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is the education of children in religion and is not to be confused with moral education. In our particular Church of England school, this subject plays a vital role. As we are so few in number, we have the advantage of sharing our experiences of learning through whole school daily acts of worship. Daily acts of worship are based on themes by the Diocese of St Albans and the schools half termly value. Our local Priest takes a termly act of collective worship. The emphasis is on the teaching of the Christian faith – bearing in mind that Christianity retains its central place in education. Children attend a Service in church a minimum of once a term.

The background to other faiths is taught and the experiences of children of other faiths within school are drawn upon. The school follows the syllabus and guidelines as recommended by the Diocese of St. Albans, that is the Bedfordshire RE syllabus.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of RE or collective worship.

Values Education

At Roxton, we highlight a value each half term. The chosen value is displayed throughout the school. Children are told what it means and are rewarded if they show evidence of regularly demonstrating the current value. They put their reward on our 'Values Tree' during achievement assemblies. Each half term we have a celebration values assembly where children are nominated by our Values Ambassadors and school staff, to receive a values award. The celebration is shared with staff, parents and all the children.

We hope that having a values-based education will help to give our children the skills they need to make good decisions in all aspects of their lives.

Spiritual , Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

At Roxton CE Academy, the children and their learning are at the very heart of every decision made. SMSC is a key part of all we do at Roxton and its impact is seen both in and outside of the classroom. We believe strongly in a rounded education for our children, rooted in Christian values, which will equip them for life in an ever-changing society.

We recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve and also to relate fully to the world in which we live. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • their own values and beliefs whilst respecting the values and beliefs of others

  • their own spiritual awareness

  • their own high standards of personal behaviour

  • a positive, caring attitude towards other people

  • an understanding of their social and cultural traditions

  • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures

  • the difference between  right and wrong and have the skills necessary to make judgements independently and appropriately.

Physical and Health Education

Physical Education (PE) has always been a priority for this school. We are very privileged to have a wonderful outside area, which includes a  school field. The children have a minimum of two hours' of PE per week. We also make use of local clubs to support the teaching of cricket and multi sports. Throughout the school, KS1 and KS2 children take part in sports festivals and competitions with other local schools, as well as taking part in intra-school competitions.

National Curriculum - a guide for parents