We believe that pupils at Rowley Park Academy need to let RIP with their learning! Unless learning is full-on and immersive, pupils will not make the outstanding progress that we expect and demand of all of them to make. Let RIP learning be at the heart of our NICER curriculum.
Victoria Academies Trust’s NICER curriculum is built around a series of social enterprise learning challenges.
Ensuring the voice of the learner is heard through inspirational activities based on children’s interests making links where possible with local and national current affairs and news.
Children as digital lead learners employing a range of sophisticated thinking tools such as learning power, thinking hats, TASC wheels and CoRT 1.
Let RIP learning that captures the imaginations of our children and staff through innovative use of the latest arts and digital technology.
Enabling children to lead and create powerful social enterprises through a series of pioneering project-based learning challenges.
Making learning real and relevant by giving it a local feel and flavour. It’s about leaving a lasting legacy on the whole wide world.
We asked the children to tell us what they want to have experienced by the time they leave our school. They came up with a list of 50 and so we built the NICER curriculum around them. Whether it’s riding on a donkey or stroking a reindeer, designing a castle or making pizza, being a knight for the day or writing your own TV show, the NICER curriculum will ensure that learning RIPs.
As a school we have a focused approach to the delivery of the core subjects of Maths, English, Science and PE and ensuring that children achieve the highest standards. Children are able to take the skills developed in these subjects and utilize them within the context of the NICER Curriculum.
To view/download a copy of our NICER Curriculum overview, click on the link below.
Read Write Inc Phonics at RPA
At Rowley Park Academy we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy skills. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics; we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. This is taught through a daily session where all children in the school are taught in homogeneous groups according to their ability.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn that sounds are represented by written letters.
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- learn how to blend sounds.
- learn to read words using Fred Talk.
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
When using RWI to write the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.
- write simple sentences.
To view/download a copy of any our Subject Curriculum Policies, click on the relevant link below.
Art and Design
ICT – Long Term
NICER Curriculum – Long Term
R.E. – Support from Rising Brook
Science – Detailed
Primary National Curriculum
If you would to like find out more about our curriculum then please contact the Headteacher, Kate Tewley, via the school office.