Curriculum Organisation

Primary: Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

All classes provide a learning and teaching environment which is orderly, structured and attractive and provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. They promote independent thinking, active learning, a “can-do” attitude and an active, inquisitive imagination that fosters self-confidence and social competence. Because young children respond well to direct sensory experience; manipulation of materials and physical motor activity, play crucial roles in helping them form concepts, generate ideas, and produce symbolic representations.

The key principles on which we work are:

  • To develop communication skills supported as appropriate by signing, symbols and the use of augmentative communication aids
  • To develop skills for independence
  • To encourage decision and choice-making
  • Our pupils are encouraged to:-
  • Pursue their interests and ideas, making decisions about what to do and how they might go about it
  • Learn to work and play cooperatively and safely with others
  • Exercise a wide range of intellectual and physical abilities


All pupils at Mary Rose Academy who are of Nursery and Reception age follow the Early Years Curriculum as appropriate to their age and stage. The curriculum is imaginative, exciting and fun curriculum and is tailored to the interests of the children and makes creative use of the outside learning environment. There is a high emphasis placed upon the importance of structured play throughout the curriculum.

Lower primary

From Year 1 our pupils follow the planned curriculum at the level appropriate to their development. Each class has a specific timetable constructed to ensure coverage of the curriculum as well as including time for meeting the specific needs of pupils as outlined in their EHC Plans. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) forms a significant part of the curriculum and as such is high priority. The focus for PSHE at KS1 is the development of self-help skills and social skills.

Upper primary

As pupils progress through the primary department they are encouraged to become increasingly independent. They access an increasing range of specialist curriculum areas and benefit from the expertise of a number of specialist teachers. There are strong links between Years 6 and 7 to facilitate smooth transition to Year 7 when pupils reach secondary age.

Lower secondary

Pupils participate in a broad and balanced curriculum focused on our school vision and values and taking into account the principles of the secondary national curriculum adopting a creative approach. Pupils take on more responsibility and are encouraged to make an increasing contribution to their own learning. All aspects of the curriculum are addressed as well as their individual specialist needs.

Upper secondary

The pupils are divided into class groups according to age and stage. The curriculum is designed to prepare pupils for the greater responsibilities and challenges of life after school. There is a focus on helping pupils to reach their full potential, to gain appropriate external accreditation and to equip them for the next steps. All pupils follow a compulsory core curriculum which includes Preparation for Adult Life and Performing Arts. They are also given the opportunity to make choices for their options programme which includes Creative Works, Sport and Leisure and The Modern World.

Sixth Form

Within the 16-19 phase, all students have individual timetables and all the courses they follow are externally accredited and nationally recognised. Students are able to build on the activities and skills they have learnt from the 14-16 phase. The individual timetables are designed to develop the skills and confidence the students need in their chosen future placement.

The curriculum is divided into 5 key areas:

  1. Skills for Life and Learning.
  2. Personal & Social Development.
  3. Vocational Studies.
  4. Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure.
  5. Developing Creativity & Expression.

During their time in 6th Form have the opportunity to attend college or a day centre and have the opportunity to carry out work experience either on site or off site.

Mary Rose Academy External Qualifications