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Holy Rosary Curriculum

Holy Rosary Curriculum Intent

“I come that they may have life and have life to the full”

At Holy Rosary, we believe that children should be happy and healthy and our curriculum enables children to overcome external barriers that will ensure they have opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners.  We understand that children join our school with varying starting points and as a result we provide a curriculum that enables children to extend their language and vocabulary through a range of first-hand experiences.

Emotional and mental wellbeing are of the highest priority at Holy Rosary.  These are supported by a strong pastoral support team comprising of Family and pupil support lead, learning mentor, SENCO and highly trained TA’s. This ensures children are emotionally and mentally ready to learn whilst developing key values and characteristics that will help them live a healthy, successful, life – physically, emotionally and spiritually, making them effective citizens and members of society.

This is all done within the Catholic ethos of the school which sees children “living life to the full” through the love and support of God’s family.

We promote a curriculum rich in knowledge with quality text at the centre of all learning. Subjects are mapped from the National Curriculum programmes of study to ensure our curriculum is broad and balanced. All key knowledge is mapped across the strands of learning and across each year group.  Subject leaders have clear knowledge maps which show how each strand is developed and this ensures that new learning builds on prior experience and knowledge. This curriculum knowledge is interlaced within a class theme which provides an exploratory approach to learning that will inspire and motivate all children.

Regardless of children’s starting points and experiences, we have high expectations for children at Holy Rosary.  We recognise children’s achievements and celebrate their successes as part of a personal journey. These successes are not always academic and extend beyond the school day.

We believe that regardless of special educational needs or disability, all children can achieve success and do so through a curriculum that matches that of their peers.

As a result of the progression mapping of subjects across the school, the curriculum in Year 6 remains broad and balanced. By the time children at Holy Rosary leave Year 6, they will feel prepared for life after Primary school.  The experiences children receive at Holy Rosary, ensures they leave Year 6 with high aspirations for their own future.


Truly living “Life to the full”


Holy Rosary curriculum has been developed with Christ at the core enabling school to maintain its mission of living life to the full.  Our curriculum is not dedicated solely to academic knowledge but to preparing children for life beyond primary school.  Its have been developed in consultations with a range of stakeholders with a focus on the barriers children face with a strategy to help them overcome these.

Barriers for children at Holy Rosary will not prevent them from succeeding and accessing a full curriculum, instead, they will be supported in ways to overcome these barriers.

Curriculum knowledge for all children has been mapped out with clear end of year knowledge expectations for each year group.  Each subject area has been mapped from Foundation Stage up to Year 6 to ensure children build on and extend their knowledge and recall.  Clear road maps of how children develop in each subject area can be seen on our Curriculum subject pages.


Children are taught all subjects across the school year ensuring all key knowledge is taught.

Each day children will be taught Maths, Reading and Writing and more information around content can be found on curriculum subject pages. Each week, children will be taught RE, PE, Music, PSCHE and ICT.  In Key stage, 2 children will also be taught MFL.

Other subjects are taught in blocks related to their content.  This enables children to concentrate on one core subject at a time and make much more secure links within a subject.

At the start of a subject unit, children will create a concept map to show what they already know.  Teachers will use this to ensure gaps in teaching are addressed and ensure children build on this knowledge.  Weekly quizzes covering all aspects ensure children’s working memory is utilised and they retain the essential knowledge taught throughout the year.

Knowledge organisers are also utilised to give children reference points to recall at all times and help children organise concepts of Key knowledge being taught.  These can be viewed on the section of the website called knowledge organisers.

Curriulum Guides

The booklets below outline curriculum detail for each year SUBJECT AREA focusing on key knowledge across the school from Foundation Stage  to Year 6.

Year Group Guides

The booklets below outline curriculum detail for each year group focusing on key knowledge in all subject areas.  These also show the Talk4writing elements that are used for the English focus and development of writing.

 Cultural Capital

As part of our curriculum offer we have develop a plan to support


Here we have factored in the skills needed to succeed in life.  This plans provides opportunities and experiences we feel children may not have  and has been mapped out to ensure the richest of experiences.

As a school we have a rich cultural diversity and appreciate that children bring with them their own experiences and cultural capital and we are now exploring how we can provide opportunities for children to share this with others.