At South Rise we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enables all children to be confident, independent and inquisitive learners who develop a lifelong love of learning and an understanding of the world – past, present and future.  We provide for high-quality learning through skilled explanation and modelling by teachers who have excellent subject and curriculum knowledge.  Pedagogical expertise underpins teachers’ ability to build opportunities for children to deepen their understanding and the ability to recall what they have learnt in a sophisticated and meaningful way. Our curriculum is designed to inspire and engage.

Our curriculum is based on the existing National Curriculum and reflects a wide and varied learning experience which is enriched through creative contexts and our values-based learning community. We are committed to developing the whole child.

The South Rise Curriculum is purposefully sequenced and interconnected.  It allows concepts to be revisited and developed overtime, so that new information will form rich schemata.  Children are empowered to make better sense of new material and build a deeper understanding. Our curriculum provides all children with a creative and purposeful learning experience, which is knowledge rich.  Children are taken beyond their own contexts to deepen their understanding of the world around them.  They are introduced to new concepts, and experiences so that they develop a rich cultural capital and become confident young citizens of the world.

Our Curriculum is designed to narrow the gap for disadvantaged children. Our commitment to equity and social justice is the foundation of all that we do, and our curriculum is used as the vehicle for filling the gaps in knowledge and experiences that children may have. We view knowledge as a right.  Equality of opportunity to a rich curriculum is key to enabling social engagement and lifelong success.


South Rise Curriculum enables all children to:

  • Become enthusiastic and successful learners who love the challenge of learning, make progress and achieve their full potential
  • Grow into confident individuals who can live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Develop as responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
  • Understand the value of learning and who continue that process through their lives
  • Apply knowledge in varying contexts
  • Develop a broad, meaningful vocabulary with conceptual understanding
  • Enthusiastic and successful learners who love the challenge of learning and are resilient to failure.
  • Curious, interested learners who seek out and use new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge understanding and skills
  •  Confident learners who make effective progress and achieve their full potential in a wide range of subjects
  • Develop a wide range of skills that broaden children’s life experiences


South Rise Curriculum is developed around a values-based learning community which:

  • Promotes personal development
  • Supports skills of collaboration and teamwork
  • Supports equality of opportunity,
  • Develops spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth
  • Celebrates the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
  • Develops an understanding of the environment as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration that needs to be protected


The curriculum at South Rise will:

  • Inspire children and open their minds to the wonder of the world
  • Promote high standards
  • Provide all children with a well-sequenced, broad and balanced curriculum
  • Instil in children a positive disposition to learning
  • Impart the essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society
  • Be relevant to children and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future
  • Widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education
  • Increase children’s understanding of their local, national and international communities and their place within them
  • Develop children’s awareness of metacognitive strategies which support their ability to learn
  • Help children recognise that personal development is essential to well-being and success

The Curriculum Map

The curriculum map shows the learning units undertaken each term from Early Years (FS1) through to Year 6.  Cross curricular links are made wherever possible under a broad theme or based around a key text, to ensure that each term the learning is creative, exciting and has a clear context.  The units are specifically designed to ensure there is a clear progression in knowledge, content and skills learning across the school, based on the National Curriculum.

Units of Learning

Our curriculum is built around cross-curricular Units of Learning.  These units incorporate carefully sequenced objectives, knowledge and skills from the National Curriculum.  Learning is planned around a Central Idea and Guiding Questions.  Children are actively involved in asking questions, investigating, hypothesising and driving their learning forward.  Teachers use the Unit of Learning to develop medium-term plans.

Science at South Rise is child-centred, embedded with cross-curricular opportunities for further learning, and practical wherever possible.  Questioning and child-led enquiry are highly valued, and children are encouraged to take active roles in designing experiments that can answer their questions about the world around them. Science units are based on the new National Curriculum, and a science skills grid ensures progression in skills across the school. Further details for the topics followed can be found in the curriculum maps below.

Learning in Art, DT, History, Geography, ICT and PE are all based on the National Curriculum attainment targets, with learning also based on skills grids which have been produced for each subject area to ensure progression for all children across the school.  Wherever possible, the units selected each term fit within the context of the units of learning. 

French is taught in KS2 and follows the Rigolo scheme of work.  Children in all phases use French for the afternoon register and in classroom routines to embed new and familiar vocabulary in meaningful contexts.

RE teaching is based on units from the Greenwich scheme of work, Windows on Faith, and fits into the overall learning contexts wherever possible.

Phonics is taught in KS1 using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to support children's reading and spelling strategies. 

At South Rise we use the Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High-Quality Phonics. This is a six-phase teaching programme that runs from Nursery up until the end of Year 2. Phase One focuses on Communication, Language and Literacy in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Phases 2 to 6 are carefully and systematically planned for in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Phonics is taught daily. Phase two will teach a set of letters and the corresponding sounds to support children with segmenting and blending simple words to help them with reading and writing Phases 3 to 6 build upon this basic letter and sound knowledge teaching sounds comprising of two letters and alternative pronunciations of sounds for spelling. Phase 6 also aims to teach spelling and grammar rules. This phase aims for children to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

We believe that phonics provides children with key skills that support the development of reading and writing.

Maths is taught through a mastery approach. At South Rise, we have worked with the NCETM’s Maths Hubs to implement a mastery approach to maths teaching. Mastering maths means that pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the key concepts. Across the school, we follow a coherent curriculum that ensures these concepts are sequenced logically and practised routinely in order to develop deep and lasting understanding. Pupils’ understanding allows to reason and problem solve mathematically. Deeper understanding prepares them to move on to more advanced mathematical concepts in secondary school and beyond.

Whole school projects at South Rise provide a further inspirational context for learning and provide opportunities to show progression in learning across the school.  These are planned yearly and include projects based on music from key composers, paintings from artists across the world, places of interest and high-quality texts and picture books.  Each year group will develop a scheme of work to develop the learning for each project in the way most relevant and stimulating for their children.


For more information about the South Rise curriculum, please contact the school.