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Rawmarsh Aspire caters for Primary and Key Stage 3 students.

Primary Phase

Our Primary model follows a modified National Curriculum, through thematic cross-curricular projects and explicit numeracy and literacy lessons. Our Primary phase is organised into two distinct groups: Lower Primary and Upper Primary, with students allocated according to age as well as stage of development.


In our primary phase we follow the National Curriculum using a thematic approach based around the Cornerstones Curriculum. This is used as a starting point from which we personalise the planning and resourcing of our curriculum, ensuring knowledge, understanding and fundamental transferable skills are developed through a nurturing and supportive environment where our pupils can all become successful learners.

We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as developing learners to be confident, happy individuals that have a safe place to make mistakes. We continuously build a curriculum that specifically meets the needs of our children, we ensure it is an exciting and balanced curriculum that allows flexibility and the personalisation required to respond to the individual needs of each child.

All curricular areas aim to support children’s Social Emotional and Mental Health and communication and interaction needs by providing learning opportunities in which they can develop social skills, self-control and self-awareness. We promote a learning culture where all children feel safe, secure and valued and we actively encourage children to develop resilience and a growth mindset.

In addition to this, we complete a range of whole school projects which take place throughout the year such as Anti-Bullying Week, Careers Week and Science Week. These projects enrich learning, deepen knowledge and enable us to provide bespoke learning experiences that meet the specific needs of our school community.

Teachers plan engaging learning opportunities to meet the needs of their class. There is a focus on developing subject knowledge and the application of knowledge and skills. We also have a clear focus on the teaching and acquisition of new vocabulary. Lessons are structured to meet the children’s needs and teachers consider their starting points, strengths and areas of difficulty at the planning and delivery stage of each lesson. The curriculum is monitored to ensure that appropriate adaptions are made to suit the learning needs of our pupils, inspiring and preparing them academically, socially and emotionally for their next steps.

At Aspire, we value reading and writing as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong learners. We believe reading is key for all our pupils to experience academic success. Regardless of background, ability or additional needs, we want all children to become fluent confident readers who enjoy the reading experience. Through the use of Read Write Inc our children will have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently and develop their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. We recognise the importance of nurturing our children to develop a love of writing and be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word.

Each group receives one numeracy and literacy lesson every day. They are taught PE and the thematic projects cover Science, Art, Design, Technology, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Humanities (History & Geography)


Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 groups also follow a modified National Curriculum. They receive one mathematics and English lesson every day. Most students also follow programmes of study in Science, Humanities, Art, Design, Technology, ICT, PE and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) according to their pathway.


There is an alternative pathway for students who’s needs will be better met through project based learning and nurturing programmes.​

Additionally, all students have access to an enrichment programme designed to build cultural capital amongst students and address some of the outcomes of the Preparing for Adulthood (P4A) programme.

Finally, throughout their time with Aspire students will be connected to a dedicated Learning Mentor when needed, they will work closely with students and home, to help remove any barriers to their education.

Each subject has a 'Road Map' to follow:

Primary Maths                              KS3 PSHE

Y7 Maths                                       Primary Computing

Y8 Maths                                       KS3 Computing

Y9 Maths                                       KS3 Science

Primary English Projects            KS3 History

KS3 English                                  KS3 Geography

Primary PSHE                              KS3 Art & Design

                                                       KS3 Food Technology

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