We follow the new National Curriculum which sets out the core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, P.E. and Languages.

In Key Stage One we use a letters and sounds program to develop children’s phonic understanding. We use PM books (alongside traditional books) to support early reading development.

We aim to provide stimulating and exciting lessons built around the requirements of the National Curriculum. We develop the whole child by using a project-based, cross-curricular approach with an emphasis on imagination, excitement, engagement, and the development of curiosity through child-led inquiry. We provide practical, real life experiences, including many on and off site visits.

We have high expectations of children academically whilst understanding that the National Curriculum is just one element of the education of every child. We also attach great importance to the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, social and physical development of our children. The curriculum encourages children to think critically, to develop autonomy and responsibility, and to work collaboratively with others.  We believe that parents play a key role in their child’s learning and at Rose Hill we work in partnership with parents to achieve the best outcomes for all children.

In line with national requirements, we follow the Religious Education guidelines provided by Oxfordshire and we have a daily act of reflection / worship.


Please ask your child’s teacher if you would like any further information about the curriculum and click here to see the school’s curriculum map.  We have a curriculum map for English for years 1 to 6 which you can view here.


Early Years

At Rose Hill we follow the government’s curriculum for Early Years (The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum). This applies to children from birth up to the end of Reception year. The government document divides the areas of learning into seven:

Prime areas:
  • Communication and Language,
  • Physical Development,
  • Personal, social and emotional development
Specific areas:
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

The curriculum areas are described in broad developmental phases according to when children are usually ready for these aspects of learning, and teaching staff and nursery nurses keep careful records to ensure that children are given opportunities and support to make progress in every area.

The EYFS also explains how to provide a balance of different kinds of activities and experiences which includes play as a very important part, as well as group and individual activities led by adults.

At Rose Hill we believe that…
  • Children learn to be resilient and strong from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents as well as their key person.
  • Parents play the first and most important part in children’s learning.
  • When parents and practitioners work together the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.
  • In their play children learn at their highest level. Through their play children discover connections, build up concepts, and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates; all areas of learning are equally important and interconnected.
  • We know that children are learning and making progress when they display characteristics such as curiosity, motivation, confidence, enjoyment, independence and involvement.
  • Children learn in a variety of ways: from and with each other, with adults, and through their interactions with the environment.
  • Children learn both inside and outside, in the nursery garden. Both environments are equally important, in different ways, in supporting children’s learning.

Do ask your child’s teacher if you would like further detail about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.


Further Website Curriculum Pages