Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy

Loving Heart – Strong Mind


Teaching and Learning Plans

Early Years Foundation Stage

A Guide For Parents


Knowledge Organisers Spring 2 (Cycle A)

Knowledge Organisers for Autumn 1 (Cycle A)

Early Years Phonics and Maths Overview 2020-21

Covid-19 Curriculum Review Presentation

Covid-19 Curriculum Review Meeting for Parents and Carers

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English Reading


In EYFS and KS1, we teach a four-part phonics session every day based on Letters and Sounds. We build up pupil fluency through 1:1, group and whole class sessions, before focussing on comprehension and inference skills. We use a range of reading materials to teach reading, including Oxford Reading Tree,  Rising Stars, Comics for Phonics, Decodeables, Lions Good News Bibles and Internet-sourced texts.


In KS2, we operate a VIPERS approach to the teaching of reading. This approach is based on a class novel and focusses on the keys skills including:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Summary

Phonics and Early Reading

English Writing


In EYFS and KS1, pupils write to entertain and to inform. Each unit of work lasts for a maximum of three weeks and includes Talk for Writing elements so that pupils have the chance to rehearse, map out and talk about their writing before independently creating their own piece and writing it into a 'Published Piece' book.


In KS2, we teach writing around 4 themes. These are writing to entertain, to inform, to discuss and to persuade. In each unit, pupils will focus on different writing genres, incorporating the relevant text, grammar, and punctuation features. Pupils complete a daily basic skills session which focusses on specific skills that they are expected to learn. Pupils will be taught spellings explicitly, making links to their writing unit wherever possible. Writing is often - but not always - linked to the class novel.



We use the White Rose scheme throughout the school, supported by a range of resources including Gareth Metcalfe's 'i See Reasoning', to deliver our Maths Curriculum. The scheme is based on Mastery principles which incorporated fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving concepts. Pupils complete a daily basic skills session which focusses on arithmetic fluency and reasoning tasks.