Core Subjects


A year 6 child reading to Reception children during World Book Day

A year 6 child reading to Reception children during World Book Day

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and the successful understanding and use of English is a prerequisite for educational progress. We live in a literate society and an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, and to read widely is essential if children are to achieve their full potential throughout their school days and into their adult life.

We aim to develop our pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Pupils are given opportunities for the reinforcement and consolidation of taught English skills across the curriculum.

In the Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) the children are encouraged to speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities. They are given opportunities to use language and literacy in every area of the curriculum and are immersed in an environment which is rich in print and offers possibilities for communication.

At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) the children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They are able to use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

At Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) the children learn to vary the way they speak and write, in order to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They are encouraged to read a range of text types and genres and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They learn how the structure of language works and explore its use in narrative and non-narrative texts. By the time they transfer to secondary school most children have acquired a fluent and confident hand.


At Rosemead Mathematics is a strong subject and we achieve excellent results in Key Stage 2 SATS, National Curriculum tests and in the entrance examinations to local independent secondary schools.

Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and at Rosemead we follow many aspects of the New Framework guidelines for numbers and algebra, shape, space and measures, handling data and beyond.

Mathematics is taught so that learning is exciting and all pupils are encouraged to develop their individual abilities confidently.

Practical mathematics is used successfully and children are also encouraged to learn their tables, apply known facts and use mental strategies in their work.

Homework plays an important role in Mathematics and is set each day.

Year 6 keenly participate in the ‘Primary Schools Maths Challenge’ each year.

The children enthusiastically take part in our Maths Week where KS1 and KS2 children meet and share mathematical games and skills.

All pupils  from Reception and above have access to an on-line mathematics tutor that sets work at an appropriate level for each individual child. The tutor is available 24 hours a day for 365 days per year.

Mathematics is a successful, positive subject at Rosemead.


Year 4 children learning about lighting circuits.

Year 4 children learning about lighting circuits.

Science is a core curriculum subject taught throughout the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Children at Rosemead are naturally inquisitive and our science curriculum is designed to encourage their natural curiosity of the world. We seek to give the children opportunities to explore their surroundings and to understand the scientific ideas and processes that they can see happening around them.

At Rosemead, we teach science following the QCA Scheme of Work. Science teaching is designed and delivered to engage children and cultivate their knowledge, skills and understanding in this area of the curriculum.

We aim to help our pupils live in a rapidly changing world and instill in them a sense of wonder, awe and respect for the planet in which they live in and of which they will ultimately become trustees.