At South Rise we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enables all children to develop a lifelong love of learning; promotes the willingness to question and explore, and allows all children to achieve the highest possible outcomes.

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.



South Rise Curriculum enables all children to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their full potential
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
  • individuals who understand the value of learning and who continue that process through their lives



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

  • promotes personal development
  • 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:

  • promote high standards, particularly in English, Maths, Computing and Science
  • promote a positive engagement with, and commitment to, learning
  • provide continued entitlement from early years to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
  • instil in children a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learn
  • promote and pass on essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society to the next generation
  • 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
  • make children more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communities
  • help children recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing 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 new National Curriculum.


Whole School Projects

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.


Units of Learning

Our curriculum map reflects our belief in the importance of cross curricular learning which makes clear links between different subject areas within a meaningful overall context.  The context provided is sometimes a theme and sometimes a key text, which is then used by year groups as the basis for planning with a focus on enquiry based learning.  Children become immersed in the context and learning becomes purposeful and meaningful.  Children are actively involved in asking questions, investigating, hypothesising and driving their learning forward.

Key learning intentions are included on the curriculum map and suggested texts used as a focus for English are indicated. Separate medium term plans based on the National Curriculum are provided for each year group, although it is an expectation that maths and literacy skills will also be developed through other subject areas whenever possible.

In KS1 we use the Letters and Sounds phonics  programme to support children's reading and spelling strategies. 

At South Rise, we believe that Science should be 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 new National Curriculum attainment targets.  Wherever possible, the units selected each term fit within the overall learning context.  MFL is currently French and has been planned across the school by the MFL Subject Leader.

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 At South Rise

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.


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