Our Learning

Our Curriculum:


Our Knowledge-rich Curriculum

At Edale Rise, we are incredibly proud of our knowledge-rich curriculum. For more information, click on the link above. You can also click on the links below to find out more about each subject. If you would like to speak to our Curriculum Lead, DM Crosby, about any aspect of our curriculum, please contact the school office.

At Edale Rise, we believe that every aspect of a child’s work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing and spoken language is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable our children to communicate appropriately and effectively.

The Computing curriculum at Edale Rise consists of three main focus areas: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. These areas cover a range of skills and allow the children to integrate computing into all areas of their learning.

The Computing curriculum will ensure that all children:

  • use reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work;
  • design, write and debug programs;
  • use technology to create, organise, store and edit information;
  • recognise uses of technology outside of school;
  • understand computer networks including the internet;
  • use search engines effectively and responsibly with an understanding of the results;
  • use technology safely and respectfully.

Children are supported to work independently to decide when it is appropriate to use technology for their work and ensure that is it accessible to all individuals, through differentiation and inclusion.

*Computer Science – the understanding and use of digital systems. Children will use resources such as Beebots and Scratch for programming
*Digital Literacy – the ability to use technology in a safe and responsible way. For example, children will be taught how to use the internet effectively for research and communication
*Information Technology – the use of computer processes such as opening, editing and organising files and folder

At our school, we recognise the importance of PE for a healthy body and a healthy mind and see it as an integral part of the curriculum. We aim to offer a wide range of sports opportunities for our children ranging from PE taught within classroom time to after school clubs such as Dance, Hockey and Gymnastics. We follow national curriculum guidelines for physical education to ensure that all pupils;

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives

Within the school we provide a broad and balanced PE curriculum that includes units such as:

  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Games – Football, Urban Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Rounders and Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Swimming for KS1 and KS2 pupils.

We recognise the importance of promoting physical activity beyond the confines of our school by encouraging and promoting talent and participation in local leagues and City wide sports competitions. Last year, we competed in the football league, swimming gala and Kwik Cricket competitions. We will continue to encourage our pupils to participate in a wide variety of sporting competitions this year.

Edale Rise has received specific funding to develop PE further within the school. For more information please click here.

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At this school, RE is a valued and integral part of the curriculum. We teach RE in order to: Develop children’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of the main world religions, their beliefs and practices.

Encourage children to appreciate and celebrate diversity Instil in children a sense of respect and sensitivity towards people with different faiths, as befits a school with a wide diversity of culture Provide opportunities for children to explore and experience their own spirituality.

Enable children to begin to develop their own set of values through curiosity and awareness of the world.

At Edale Rise we foster a positive attitude towards language learning. We learn French as our chosen language. We believe that learning a language will help us to become better communicators. We will be able to use our knowledge and skills with confidence to understand what we hear and read and we will develop our oracy skills through a range of interactive, fun and motivating activities. We learn about how useful language is in the work environment and develop an understanding of and a respect for other cultures.

In Key Stage 1 we focus on oral skills, to give the children confidence and make sure learning a new language is fun and stimulating. These skills are then further developed in KS2 when we also introduce writing skills. We make regular contact with our partner school (Madame de Sevigne, Ecole elementaire publique, in Ancenis, France), when the children have the opportunity to converse with French pupils. Two teachers from our partner school (Ecole Publiqe Madame de Sevigne) came to visit us for a week in July. They spent time with children across the school sharing stories, rhymes and explaining the similarities and differences between life at school in France and England.


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Mardi Gras at Edale Rise – March 2019

French Knowledge Organiser can be used to help with your learning and to practise your French at Home

French Knowledge Organiser

Music plays an integral role at Edale Rise. Through subject specific teaching, children’s knowledge and appreciation of music progresses from simple exploration of sounds, use of their voices and response to sound, to music used for different purposes, rhythm and melody, simple composition and evaluation of musical pieces.

School has a range of tuned and untuned instruments available as well as ICT-based programs which allow the children to appreciate and be creative with other ‘virtual’ instruments. Year 4 children have the opportunity to learn to play a stringed instrument through the Wider Opportunities Scheme and then, for a nominal fee, continue during Years 5 and 6, whilst those children identified as having a particular talent in keyboard skills can receive tuition in school on a weekly basis.

Singing forms an integral part of school life, with our Early Years Unit and Key Stage 1 in particular using music to learn across the curriculum. Wednesday assembly is our whole-school singing assembly and all classrooms have access to Sing Up, a web-based resource bank of songs. We aim to participate in a whole school singing project each year which, in the past has been a sponsored sing and a Post-SATs sing with other local schools.

Often our topics lend themselves to investigation of different types of music from many different cultures and, indeed, music is sometimes used to launch a topic. We also allow the children to experience a variety of music genres each week in assemblies.

Details about extensions to our in-school music can be found at www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk, the website for the Nottingham City Music Hub Service which aims to support schools and young musicians through provision of additional events and resources.


Finally, we take every opportunity we can to incorporate music as a celebration of our achievements or of world events, whether it is as part of our annual productions, through talent shows or singing performances or during significant events such as the football World Cup, the Olympics or times of religious celebration such as Eid, Chinese New Year and Christmas.

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. The children at Edale Rise Primary and Nursery School are given opportunities to use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meaning in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.

At Edale Rise Primary and Nursery School, art is taught via thematic cross curricular links to the rest of the activity based curriculum.

PSHE, or Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is a very important part of our curriculum here at Edale Rise Primary. We believe that the children’s social development goes hand in hand with their academic progress and we work hard to support them to become the best that they can be. PSHE is taught through weekly lessons, assemblies, themed weeks and the extended curriculum.

We have achieved the Healthy Schools and Drug Aware Awards. Our anti-bullying, diversity and road safety days and weeks are always a great success. Visits from the school nurse, the first aid team, the road safety team, the fire brigade, the local park ranger and the PCSO have helped us to understand how to keep ourselves and others safe.

Part of the PSHE curriculum teaches the children how to keep healthy. They learn about a healthy diet and the importance of exercise. The School Nurse works with older children on hygiene and puberty; she also runs our Sex Education programme with Year 6 children. The programme includes an information session with parents.

Our School Council represents pupils from across the school and act as ambassadors in the school community and beyond. Each class sends two elected members to the group, which meets fortnightly and has discussed issues such as litter in the local area, and the cleanliness of the school environment. Last year, the group organised the school’s ‘Green Day’ and met with representatives from other City School Councils.

Our children are encouraged to identify, explore and solve practical problems through a variety of exciting cross-curricular projects. For example, in Year 2 the children designed, made and evaluated lighthouses with a simple pulley system as part of a topic on the book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.

The children are encouraged to use a wide range of materials, tools and techniques, including everyday equipment such as scissors, construction kits and cooking equipment. We also have a Design Technology trolley which holds specialist equipment such as hammers, saws and woodwork materials. The children are taught how to use the equipment safely and for a purpose.

Throughout the year, we have whole school ‘design and make’ projects which the children are challenged to complete at home. These will be advertised during the year so keep a look out for them!