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 – admin@edale-rise.nottingham.sch.uk.

Curriculum Context and Ethos

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 school we provide a broad and balanced PE curriculum through the use of ‘Complete P.E’. This 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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Our teaching of Religious Education (RE) follows the guidance given in the latest agreed syllabus for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire: Religious Education for All 2021-2026

Using this agreed syllabus for Religious Education, we will enable our pupils to discover more about religion as well as other world views as we assist them to apply their learning to a range of topics. Our pupils are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. They will take part in lessons, and could also receive visitors to school sharing a range of religious viewpoints and undertake their own visits to varied places of worship.

Through these experiences they will gain insights and knowledge to help equip them as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to our society and the wider world.

The three-fold aims of RE in Nottingham City and the County will ensure that our pupils:

  1. Know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise the diversity which exists in our city and wider society.
  2. Can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues.
  3. Develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views.


By following the agreed syllabus, RE will also contribute to a whole range of school priorities. Study of religious and world views will also promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, and will support pupils’ understanding of British Values such as acceptance and respect for others who hold different world views.

If you would like to know more about the agreed syllabus a copy can be made available for you to read in school. Please contact the office/Miss Gallagher for more information.

In addition to the agreed syllabus, we will be holding two dedicated RE days each term. RE days serve to enhance religious education and the spiritual and moral development of children and to strengthen their understanding of cultures and beliefs.

We aim to include members of the school community linked to the faiths that we will explore. Having a focus on the religions represented in the community that we serve, highlights the importance of community cohesion and celebrates diversity in all of its forms.

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. Previously, two teachers from our partner school (Ecole Publique Madame de Sevigne) have visited us, spending time with children across the whole school, sharing stories, rhymes and discussing the similarities and differences between life at school in France and in England. We are also working collaboratively with another primary school in Nottingham, giving the children the opportunity to demonstrate and practise their linguistic skills.

Long Term Overview for French Year 3-6 2021

The French Knowledge Organiser can be used to help with your learning and to practise your French at home.

French Knowledge Organiser

French Phonics Knowledge Organiser can be used to help you learn how to pronounce French words correctly.

French Phonics Knowledge Organiser

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Music plays an integral role at Edale Rise. Through the use of ‘Charanga’ and ‘The Nottingham Music Hub’, Children’s knowledge, appreciation of and skills in music progress from nursery to year 6.

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 is at the heart of school life. We have a specialist singing teacher that delivers weekly singing assemblies to children from nursery to year 6 and every class take part in a block of singing lessons led by the singing teacher. We also have a school choir, allowing children to participate in the social aspects of singing and performing as a collective to a wide variety of audiences both in school and in our community.

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 Curriculum Map


At Edale Rise Primary and Nursery School, we acknowledge the importance of providing a curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education. Through it, we aim to reflect and support the guidance given in the home and through the wider local and global communities. Our programme of PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society, who are able to make choices and appreciate the diverse multi-cultural society we live in.


At Edale Rise we use ‘SCARF’ (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, and Friendship) Education to deliver our PSHE sessions. This includes the new statutory ‘RHE’ (Relationship and Health Education) curriculum by the DFE and meets all OFSTED and PSHE association of study requirements. This is taught through discrete weekly lessons, assemblies, themed weeks/days and through cross-curricular elements with other subjects.

SCARF covers the fundamentals of relationships, health and wellbeing, and drug education through interactive and creative lessons which stimulate curiosity, discussions, empathy which are vital for children to achieve their best academically and socially.

We have yearly visits from the SCARF educators on ‘life space’. This is an interactive workshop to discuss healthy lifestyle choices and takes a closer look at the vital parts of the human organs and their functions from Nursery to Year 3 which are age appropriate. Year 4 receive a workshop on ‘internet safety’ and years 5 & 6 receive a ‘puberty workshop’ and changes of the body.

If you would like further information into our PSHE/RHE curriculum please see the links below and you will be able to read our lesson overviews, policies and terminology for years 1 to 6.

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!