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Our Creative Curriculum

At Rushall Primary School we pride ourselves in providing a curriculum that meets the needs of all children.  Our philosophy is to enable all children to participate, enjoy and achieve by being immersed in memorable learning experiences.  We provide our children with a language rich curriculum designed to give them multiple opportunities to reinforce all learning experiences. Our exciting creative curriculum encompasses all National Curriculum subjects, which are taught seamlessly to ensure a wide breadth of coverage and opportunities, including independent learning and enterprise.

Our creative curriculum spans the whole school, where we share our wide range of themes from Nursery right through to Year 6. We all have something to learn from each other!!

We believe that real learning takes place beyond the classroom and we grasp every opportunity to enrich learning experiences, for example, working with visiting experts, educational visits and  most importantly working with parents and carers.

We promote independent and creative ways of learning and showcasing children's work and ideas.  Teachers set 'enrichment work' throughout each term to ignite a passion for further research and learning - My Enrichment Book.  We embrace and celebrate the fact that we all express our ideas in different ways and learning styles vary. 

Our Creative Curriculum Topics;

  • I Remember
  • Ice Worlds
  • The Americas
  • Knights and Castles
  • H2O and Beyond
  • Journeys
  • Africa

 

Phonics (early reading)

At Rushall we use Read Write Inc (RWI) as our phonics scheme.

Phonics plays a key role in Literacy throughout the whole school. It helps children with both their spelling and their reading and enables them to become confident writers.

In Early Years and Key Stage One especially, phonics is very important as it is when children learn all the sounds they will need to help them learn to read and write. In Year 1, children have a Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term. Over the course of the year, they will be learning lots of sounds. These sounds need to be learned both in the context of real words and nonsense/alien words (made up words). Your child's teacher will have told you more about this at Parent's Evening and at RWI workshops which we run during the Autumn Term.

 

Useful Links for Parents

Ruth Miskin (RWI) - http://www.ruthmiskintraining.com

Religious Education and Collective Worship

The religious education taught in school is based on the Walsall Authority’s Agreed Syllabus. This subject may be taught as part of our Creative Curriculum. Time is allocated for pupils to learn about the Christian faith plus an insight into other major world faiths, so developing a greater understanding of the variety of religious festivals and celebrations, thus preparing children for life in our multi-cultural society.

Daily acts of worship and reflection are led by the Headteacher and members of the teaching staff, with classes also involved in leading assemblies. 

Visitors to the school such as our local vicar and charitable organisations have assisted with the delivery of RE lessons and have joined in acts of worship.

Parents who wish to withdraw their child from religious education and/or daily collective worship may wish to discuss the matter with the Headteacher before reaching a decision.

Teaching British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need, “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Rushall Primary we reinforce these values regularly through whole school initiatives and year group teaching which is underpinned by strong links to the ethos of SMSC.  Please see the 'British Values' page for further details.