At Rowdeford we want all pupils to experience a broad and balanced values-based curriculum which will allow them to develop their skills and knowledge and enable them to be successful in whatever they choose to do.
We place great emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and Life Management, but value all subjects in helping to develop all our pupils skills and knowledge, including Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education (PSHRE), Citizenship, Computing, Science, Dance, PE, Art, Music, Cooking and Nutrition, Design and Technology, French, Geography, History and RE.
In addition, at Key Stage 4, pupils have the chance to undertake a work experience placement (in Year 11) and access Horticulture, the ASDAN Youth Award and Duke of Edinburgh.
We also enhance the curriculum, wherever possible, with theme days where specialists come into school to share their expertise with the children. In the past, these have included Indian dance, poetry and drumming. Pupils also get the opportunity to attend residential activities. An outdoor activity week is offered in Year 8 (usually at Pencelli in the Brecon Beacons) which involves many activities including rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and orienteering and, subject to demand, a trip to France during Key Stage 4.
We are a forward looking school and are always looking towards innovative ways to further improve the curriculum experience for our young people.
Phonics and Reading Schemes:
Rowdeford School use Sound Discovery as our main phonics programme. It is a structured,
multi-sensory, high quality synthetic phonics literacy programme developed by Ridgehill Publishing for the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. It is suitable for first-time learners, slow-to-start learners and dyslexic learners of all ages, including adults. However, as no programme is effective with everyone, we also dip into other programmes such as Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc.
As the reading needs and interests of our students are so varied, we have a range of reading schemes to select from, including non-fiction books. In addition, we have many books in our library, which have been colour-coded to link them to a reading age. We also boast a large number of Barrington
Stoke books. These have been written by well-known authors and have a host of unique accessibility features to make cracking reads accessible to more children including those with dyslexia or visual stress.
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