Our Learning

Our Learning

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.

We teach English daily, using the 2014 National Curriculum, with opportunities for English in the Foundation Stage being incorporated into the child’s day, using the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

We believe that good writing comes from first class experiences and interest in the subject that the child is writing about. Therefore, staff ensure that children have regular opportunities for writing, across a variety of subjects, so that children find that writing becomes second nature.

Spelling is taught daily in our school: firstly, through our phonics programme and then, towards the end of Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2, through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for each year group. Children are put into target groups for spelling in Key Stage One and are taught spelling in classes in Key Stage 2.

Reading is taught initially through phonics in our Foundation Stage, which closely follows the guidance of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and through reading a wide variety of books, including ‘Phonics Bug’ and ‘Bug Club’ books. This phonic knowledge is consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. However we feel that phonics is just the starting point of a child’s reading experience and we provide plenty of other reading experiences through our Colour Banded Book Boxes and regular individual and guided reading. Reading is assessed using the PM Benchmarking system. Throughout the school, children are encouraged to read widely for pleasure from our well-stocked Library and Classroom Book Corners.

The Reading Scheme at Edale Rise

Reading books at Edale Rise are colour-coded. Each colour band contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of reading schemes. It is the responsibility of the Class Teacher to ensure that all children are reading a book that is of an appropriate level. All children are also encouraged to choose a book from the class book corner to take home to share with an adult.

Children move on to a new colour band after a formal assessment (called a benchmark) by a member of staff. This checks that the child is reading accurately, fluently and with a good understanding of what they are reading.

Children are expected to change their books independently, as regularly as they need to. The class teacher will support the younger children to do so.

Reading books are kept centrally in the School Hall and colour-banded chapter books are also kept in the classroom reading corners in some KS2 classrooms.

The sequence of colour bands is: Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.

Children throughout school are required to read daily at home and this should be recorded in the yellow Link Book, either by an adult or the child themselves.

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world through developing an understanding of Mathematical skills and concepts. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in number, measures, geometry, statistics, ratio and algebra in their everyday lives.

At Edale Rise, we strive to promote curiosity in the number system and encourage cross-curricular learning. Children are keen to learn a range of calculation strategies, allowing them to tackle complex mathematical problems and develop their reasoning skills. Lessons are taught in a practical context and relevance to real life is placed as a high priority. We use the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach to Mathematics to enable children to develop a good understanding of mathematical concepts.

We teach Mathematics daily, using the 2014 National Curriculum and opportunities for Mathematics in the Foundation Stage are incorporated into the child’s day, using the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In addition to the daily maths lesson, we teach daily basic skills to promote rapid recall of number facts, times tables and the ‘non-negotiables’ for each year group.

We teach Science:

  • To develop skills and positive attitudes which promote scientific thinking.
  • To learn about the lives of famous scientists and how their work has helped us in everyday life.
  • To acquire a body of scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • To approach Science confidently and in an investigative way.
  • To enjoy their experiences in the subject.
  • To develop a scientific approach to problem solving, encouraging critical thinking about phenomena, events and issues.
  • To treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.
  • To develop their skills of co-operation through working with others.
  • To explore Science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them.
  • To develop through practical work the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation and questioning.
  • To begin to use precise measurement skills and use ICT to support their understanding in the subject.

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.

Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area and compare life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.

Geography teaching will ensure that ‘geographical enquiry and skills’ are used when developing ‘knowledge and understanding of places, patterns and processes’, and ‘environmental change and sustainable development’.

To see the new curriculum for Geography, click here.

These are some really good sites for learning about geography. Please have a look at them, especially the National Geographic website.

At Edale Rise Primary School we follow the new guidance from Curriculum 2014. If you would like to see the curriculum in detail, click here.

Children at our school will develop a sense of their own history and will learn to place significant events from the past in chronological order. We teach about how life has changed in our local community and within the wider world and challenge children to think about the impact of changes. The children are taught about important people (individuals and races) from defined time periods that have made a difference to the world we live in today. Links are made with all subject areas to learn about significant individuals who have made huge contributions to the Arts, Medicine, Maths, Literature, Invention and Exploration.

To enhance learning, during their time at our school, all children will take part in trips to places of historical interest and visit museums, take part in drama and where possible hear from experts. For some topics, we are able to loan items from an artefacts library, to give children the opportunity to handle and learn about items rather than just seeing them in books. Each topic is well resourced with books and interactive CD ROMs.

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. We are delighted to announce that 2 teachers from our partner school ( Ecole Publique Madame de Sevigne) will be coming to visit us for a week in July. More details to follow


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Mardi Gras at Edale Rise – March 2019

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!