​​​​​At Roman’s Field School, we plan and deliver a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum which reflects the needs and interests of our children; with the purpose of preparing them for life in modern Britain. Our aim is for pupils to become confident, successful learners who progress and achieve, both academically and in their social and emotional skills.

 


Our Aims:


•    Each child can achieve the highest standards they can in reading, writing and maths. 
•    Each child is valued for their individual contributions and develops a positive attitude towards everyone associated with the school and the local community.
•    Each child develops high self-esteem, confidence, a true feeling of self-worth and develops a sense of responsibility that enables them to make the right choices. 
•    Each child develops an understanding and mutual respect of other religions, races, cultures, gender, people with disabilities and associated points of view. 
•    Each child develops the skills and attitudes necessary to work both independently and collaboratively.
•    Each child will demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness, to be able to identify and solve problems in ways that draw upon a range of skills and knowledge.
•    Each child will be enriched, motivated and challenged by a broad and balanced curriculum and will be valued for all their efforts and achievements. 
•    Each child will be given equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of school life.
•    Each Child develops motivation and determination to reach their full potential, now and in the future.

 

At Romans Field, we believe that all children can achieve and progress. Daily Maths and English lessons reinforce key numeracy and literacy skills, while the Science curriculum encourages enquiry and fascination about the world around us. From Year 1, children will be taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics principles in preparation for further exploration and enquiry in later key stages. 
The Humanities curriculum draws on historical and geographical knowledge and skills, again helping the children to appreciate not only the world around them, but how the past has shaped our current lives. In conjunction with learning about the world in Geography and History, from key stage 2, pupils will learn a modern foreign language. At Romans Field, they learn French. They are taught how to communicate on a variety of subjects, such as about themselves, their family, their homes and school.

 
ICT is no longer just about learning how to use Microsoft applications, pupils learn how to write simple programs in Key Stage 1, as well as how to debug programs and how to write using HTML (the language of computer programs) in Key Stage 2. 


The Design Technology curriculum encourages use of skills such as planning, designing, creating and evaluating products, which encourages pupils to become reflective practitioners. This curriculum also teaches the children about healthy eating, how to design and prepare a variety of healthy, savoury dishes. The children do this is our dedicated Food Technology room. Art and Design further encourages creativity through use of different media (paint, pastels, pencils, chalks etc.) and the techniques for how to use each one. Pupils learn about various artists and their work, and have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces based on each artist’s style. 


The Music curriculum begins with exploration of sound and how to create it using our voices and various instruments. As the curriculum progresses, pupils learn how to control pitch, as well as learning about different beats. They will have the opportunity to play an instrument from an early age. 


The Religious Education curriculum encourages pupils to learn about, and respect the diversity in our world. The content is set by Milton Keynes Council and all schools in the area are required to deliver this. Pupils explore varying faiths and the principles behind them as well as moral and spiritual themes. This is further reinforced in the PSHE curriculum. This programme of learning helps pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. PSHE develops the qualities and attributes that pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and responsible members of society. 
Each of these subject areas are part of the new National Curriculum, which we are required to follow.

What we are learning 


The National Curriculum 2014


In 2013, the government announced that the National Curriculum would be changing. These changes came into effect in September 2014. Since then, all schools have had to revise their curriculum to meet the new standards that the government require. Below is a summary of the main changes that you may notice to your child’s curriculum.

Subject

What’s new?

English

Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)

Handwriting – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy

Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating  and presenting skills

Maths

Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)

Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)

By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school)

Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic

Science

Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms

Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time

Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system

Design & technology

Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future

More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics

In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world

ICT

Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs

From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data

From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet

Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools

Languages

Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2

Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language

At Romans Field we have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum meets the new requirements for the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. We have produced a curriculum jigsaw for each year group. Each jigsaw shows the statutory National Curriculum requirements for that year group, which allows you, the parent or carer, to see what your child will be learning each year. We teach phonics using Read Write Inc.

 

Exam and assessment results

At Romans Field School there is an expectation that SATs will take place in Year 6. Many of the pupils who attend Romans Field have experienced significant gaps in their educational life therefore this is an important time for them to celebrate their learning in what is a very challenging time. Please see below last year’s results; we are pleased with some specific results, as there was a lot of hard work in place by both pupils and staff to ensure particular levels were achieved. In 2015 we saw the first cohort of pupils for a number of years taking the SATs with 100% attendance.

  2015 2016 2017
Reading (TA) (6) 100% WTS (14) 100% WTS (6) 100% WTS
Writing (TA) (6) 100% WTS  (14) 100% WTS  (6) 100% WTS
Maths (TA) (6) 100% WTS  (14) 100% WTS  (6) 100% WTS 

 

Information about the latest KS2 attainment and progress measures can be found on the Department for Education website