The Curriculum

The curriculum at Rothwell Victoria is constantly developing. It seeks to give our children the experiences needed to make sense of the world. The development of curiosity, creativity and enjoyment are key to our children becoming lifelong learners. We start with the National Curriculum and then personalise it for our children. The school continually reviews and tailors the curriculum, to ensure that its design meets the needs of every student. We promote hard work and commitment and celebrate the values of co-operation, pride, resilience, organisation, perseverance, enquiry and the intrinsic value of learning. These Learning Goals are promoted in everything we do and across all aspects of our curriculum. 

At Rothwell Victoria our definition of progress is the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.  We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure appropriate support and challenge for all learners, enabling them to thrive academically and emotionally.

We build in many opportunities for repetition and practice opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.


Topics in all year groups are well-planned and include systematic child led learning activities and projects. All topics are delivered using a four phase approach: 

  • Stage 1 – The Hook - Visit / visitor / engaging task to hook the children into their new learning focus.
  • Stage 2 -  Research - Prior knowledge ascertained through KWL grids, leading to pupil led research as part of the innovation stage.
  • Stage 3 – Developing– This is where all the curriculum teaching takes place in line with subject overviews.
  • Stage 4 – Innovation Stage – End of topic creative task which brings together pupil knowledge and encourages child-led research based on Stage 2


Our curriculum is designed to enhance the learning experiences of our children. We believe that grounding children in their city, encourages them to be active citizens. The Leeds Curriculum is used to supplement individual topics. In addition to this, children conduct local studies within the geography curriculum and link history topics with our local area.


To see the curriculum for each subject in more detail please visit the pages below.