Our School Approach and Curriculum Principles

An environment that provides a safe, happy, well-supported and well-resourced experience is an important component to delivering a National curriculum that provides children with the opportunities to develop high levels of self-esteem, resilience and emotional literacy and, in the process, achieve well academically through Robertswood's nurturing approach. We want our children to use knowledge skilfully so that they are prepared well for the next phase of education and contribute positively to life in general .  So, Robertswood aims to prepare each child for their future, giving them a strong foundation in Mathematics, English and a full range of other traditional subject areas, as well as the skills to succeed in life. It works on the basis that students need a knowledge-based curriculum to ensure they have solid foundations across a range of subject areas, and that a structured, well-planned curriculum, which offers appropriate progression and builds on prior learning. This approach, through the acquisition of new knowledge, is highly motivational for pupils, and the scope for achieving mastery builds confidence and self-esteem.  

Our curriculum intent

Autumn subject knowledge and skill overview KS1 and KS2 Sept 19 (pdf)


What's happening in English

What do we do in Mathematics

Using knowledge skilfully


Building essential skills

Our starting point is eight essential skills. Known by many different names, these eight skills map across to the four domains that come up time and again as essential whether in the context of education, employment or entrepreneurship. In pairs they cover interpersonal, self-management, creative problem-solving, and communication skills. These eight skills underpin the Skills Builder Framework. 

The skill in focus - Spring (1)