At Rosh Pinah we value every child and delight in their uniqueness and creativity. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and be their very best self.
We are a warm, friendly, welcoming school where everyone looks out for each other. Our children enjoy coming to school every day as it is a place where they have many opportunities to explore and discover their passions in an environment where they feel safe and secure.
Children are at the heart of everything we do at Rosh Pinah. Every decision we make is based around what is best for our children. As a result, our children leave Rosh Pinah more confident, articulate and well-rounded citizens of the world. It is a joyous place to be, where the children’s Jewish heritage is celebrated and where they learn to be valuable members of British society.
Our curriculum is designed to embody our own ethos and ensure that we offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum with a breadth of rich experiences which enables them to develop and explore their passions and discover new ones. Our curriculum is personalised, reflecting the background and experiences of our pupils whilst celebrating diversity to promote unity. It is purposeful, routed in authenticity and context to ensure that learning is relevant.
At Rosh Pinah the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allowing the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and foster aspiration.
Our School Learning Pledge believes that we all learn best when:
- Learning is fun
- Others care if we learn
- We use our best learning style
- Learning is well planned, purposeful and relevant
- We understand and see the whole picture
- We are told regularly how well we are doing and how we can improve
- We feel safe, secure and able to take risks
Rosh Pinah School engages all learning styles using a variety of resources including Early Years Outcomes, National Curriculum Statutory Guidance, Values Based Learning, Outdoor Learning and Enhancement Opportunities which support the teaching of the curriculum. All of this is underpinned by an exciting and modern Jewish Studies curriculum which fosters a love of Judaism, a strong sense of identity whilst instilling tolerance and respect for other faiths.
The curriculum is delivered through the application of Quality First Teaching which recognises the use of clear focused learning intentions and success criteria as an effective tool in gaining intended learning outcomes. Staff are trained to use effective questioning techniques to develop higher order thinking skills. In lessons we provide opportunities for study but we strive to provide as many recall and application activities as possible to support the retention of knowledge and understanding.
Values Based Learning
School core values
- Choose a positive attitude
- Do the right thing and show compassion
- Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself
- Show courage, take risks and learn from our mistakes
- Give to others when you can and accept help when needed
- We all share responsibility for the future
- Be there for each other
- Make someone’s day
- Respect everyone
- Work hard, have fun
- Keep going even when things seem difficult.
At Rosh Pinah we have subject leaders who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their subject within school across all year groups and phases. Staff are committed to delivering high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum. Support staff have developed their strengths in order to further enhance the quality of learning.
Early Years Outcomes and National Curriculum
We aim to ensure that all pupils develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed to access all areas of the curriculum. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage Strategy and National Curriculum as a basis, age appropriate progression in knowledge for each core and foundation subject has been identified. This has been mapped out to ensure coverage of identified knowledge is secured across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
We are a reading school and take pride in the fact that we instil in our children a love of reading. We have a hugely well- resourced library which is ever expanding and readily accessible to all our children. We recently won the 100 million minute Reading Challenge which we will strive to win every year. Our Book of the Month and Drop Everything and Read shines a spotlight on our community’s love of reading and further inculcates our reading for pleasure culture. The children are exposed to high quality, inspirational texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught explicitly in all year groups.
Writing is taught through a range of exciting stimuli which includes books, film clips, artefacts, visitors and real life experiences. We strive to equip children to develop a rich vocabulary which can help them bring their writing to life. Basic skills and non-negotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers model the writing process and demonstrate the ambitious high standards expected of all children.
Our Maths programme of study allows our pupils to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competency in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. This is delivered through a consistent mastery approach.
Our Science programme of study provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is a strong focus on the skills of scientific enquiry through an investigative and exploratory approach that makes learning memorable. Our childrens’ scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding is further enhanced by a dedicated Science Week every year.
We use a cross curricular approach to facilitate our pupils’ knowledge about the world, teaching subject specific vocabulary relating to human and physical Geography. Children gain a coherent knowledge of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our pupils are encouraged to ask questions and become critical thinkers in order to know more about the past.
Jewish Studies & Ivrit
Jewish Studies permeates the daily experience of the pupils, starting with Tefillah in the morning, bentching after lunch and a JS or Ivrit lesson every day. Kabbalat Shabbat is celebrated every Friday in Nursery, Infants and the Juniors. The children engage in a formal curriculum that starts teaching pupils in early years the fundamental skill of Hebrew reading, begins developing script writing in KS1 and Chumash in Key Stage 2. The teaching always looks to engender a love of Judaism. Throughout the year, pupils live the different Jewish festivals in fun and engaging ways with memorable experiences and interactive activities via the formal and informal curricula.
We are aiming to empower children to be safe and thrive in the digital age with the requisite skill sets for a digital age. We work in partnership with not for profit organisation called the Community Coding Club who run an after school club alongside the delivery and oversight of our computing lessons throughout the school.
We want our children to be creative, confident and compassionate individuals and we believe that Music is a way for children to express and articulate these passions. We follow the Charanga Music scheme throughout the school and believe it is fun, relevant and inspiring way for them to learn. We have a large choir who take part in Borough and Nationwide event. There are also many opportunities for our children to learn to play musical instruments such as the Clarinet, Piano, Recorder and Guitar.
We provide our children with opportunities to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Our children compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We work in partnership with a specialist provision who deploy a PE coach across the school to provide expertise in this important area.
Art is central to our curriculum and is delivered through a cross curricular approach as well as being taught discretely. Children are inspired to create their own works of art, craft and design, whilst developing a more critical and rigorous understanding of this subject as they progress.
Our PHSE curriculum ensures that our children develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It is delivered through a cross curricular approach, primarily in conformation with our Jewish Studies. A critical component of our PHSE education is to provide opportunities for our children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore where this sits in the wider world.
We ensure that each of the British Values are taught explicitly with age appropriate focus so that the values are understood and firmly embedded in our pupils.
Visits and Visitors
We offer our children a wide range of educational visits which are used to motivate and engage learning. Regular visitors in school give the children another perspective on value, attitudes, learning and understanding. These include charities, people from different professions and the community.
The impact of the school’s curriculum is measured through the several means:
- Engagement in enrichment activities
- Student Voice
- Attendance Data
- Outcomes for pupils at EYFS, Phonics, KS1 and KS2