At Robert Shaw, our curriculum aims to reflect the rich diversity of our community and builds upon our school values of being respectful, responsible and resilient. Our vision is to deliver an engaging and purposeful curriculum that encourages pupils to become curious, motivated and resilient learners equipped with the knowledge and skills to achieve and thrive as citizens of Nottingham, the United Kingdom and the world.
Our curriculum vision will be achieved by:
– having access to rich, first-hand experiences through visits and visitors;
– developing communication and oracy through vocabulary-rich teaching;
– developing positive reciprocal relationships between peers and adults;
– having a clear understanding of the global community within which they live and learn;
– engaging and interacting with high quality texts.
Throughout the academic year, there will be many opportunities for all pupils to work together on mini topics such as ‘Our Values’ week and the Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
For more information about our curriculum at Robert Shaw, please contact Mr Bird (Deputy Headteacher) via the school office.
Robert Shaw follows the National Curriculum 2014, and aims to meet the curriculum objectives through a creative and engaging ‘big question’ based approach. Please follow the link below to the National Curriculum objectives:
We underpin our work to develop our children’s global perspective through the Oxfam ‘Global Citizenship’ curriculum. Please click the link below for more information about the Oxfam curriculum:
Reading at Robert Shaw
The teaching of reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We teach phonics daily to all pupils in EYFS and KS1, using the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme. For more information about Ruth Miskin’s scheme, please visit the website.
Specific comprehension skill development is achieved through shared reading throughout KS2, using the reading VIPERS approach.
In September 2021, we embarked on a reviewed curriculum journey. Our curriculum design took into account the views of staff, parents and children. We retained the most successful elements of our previous curriculum and introduced new and exciting aspects.
Our curriculum has been reviewed to give greater emphasis on developing our children’s deeper knowledge and understanding over a longer period of time – all of our topics last for one term.
We have three distinct themes during the course of the year and within each theme we develop and embed the Oxfam Global Citizenship curriculum:
Autumn – we develop children’s understanding of belonging in its many forms. One of the key drivers for this term is PSHE. We link this to ‘Identity and Diversity’ and ‘Social Justice and Equity’.
Spring – we develop children’s understanding of exploring. One of the key drivers for this term is Geography. We link this to ‘Sustainable Development’ and ‘Globalisation and Interdependence’.
Summer – we develop children’s understanding of discovering. One of the key drivers for this term is History. We link this to ‘Peace and Conflict’.
Year Group Plans
Please find the curriculum plans below. Our curriculum plans will be updated as the year progresses and as we develop our curriculum more.
To learn more about the individual subjects we teach at Robert Shaw, please click on the subject headings below:
Our vision for Science at Robert Shaw
- At Robert Shaw Primary School, we recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
- We aim to provide fun, practical, engaging and high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for life and the physical environment and provide opportunities for inquisitive thinking.
- We are passionate about increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and support them developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. We will provide opportunities for children to review previous learning in order to consolidate their knowledge.
We want our science curriculum to reflect diversity, inclusion as well as inspire our children to think like scientists and see themselves as scientists.
Our vision for PSHE at Robert Shaw
We aim to provide a range of opportunities for children to develop themselves in a well-balanced way beyond the academic and to move from childhood to adolescence with support and guidance to encourage both an awareness of others and the growth of responsible independence.
To achieve this vision, we follow a tailored curriculum called SCARF. This is produced by Coram Life Education. More information can be found on their website https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/family-scarf
Our vision for RE (Religious Education) at Robert Shaw
Our vision for RE (Religious Education) at Robert Shaw Primary is to provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of religion and religious traditions. RE enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. It teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice. RE prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
At Robert Shaw, our RE curriculum alongside our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion provision allows our children to embrace the diverse global community in which they live. Through a broad range of cross-curricular opportunities, our children’s experiences enable them to learn to live respectfully together.
Our curriculum has been developed using the Nottingham SACRE document 2021-2026. Further information about SACRE can be found on their website.
Our vision for PE (Physical Education) at Robert Shaw
We recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our aim that every pupil will succeed and achieve their potential as well as lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want to educate and motivate our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities, in our specialised character education lessons, for pupils to develop our school values of respect, responsibility and resilience. Furthermore, we aim to provide as many children as possible with opportunities to take part in competitive sport across the school, trust and city.
Our vision for History at Robert Shaw
For all children to develop a fascination for history and desire to learn more about the lives of people, events and places of the past. Teachers confidently deliver inspiring lessons which build strong subject knowledge and the progressive development of key history skills and concepts
The History curriculum at Robert Shaw has been developed in line with the National Curriculum.
Our vision for Music at Robert Shaw
We follow a scheme of work purchased from Charanga. This scheme meets all expectations of the National Curriculum for Music.
Our vision for MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) at Robert Shaw
Our curriculum is designed to ensure children develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We aim to help pupils develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries around the world. We encourage children’s confidence and creative skills through language learning and their curiosity about language. We develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills throughout the key stage that will then provide them with the foundations for future language learning.
As set out in the National Curriculum, all pupils in Key Stage Two take part in regular French lessons.
Our school follows a carefully designed and award winning scheme of work from Primary Languages Network.