Executive Head: Dame Naila Zaffar
Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD
Phone: 01274 221400
Email: info@rainbowschools.org.uk




Our Curriculum

At Rainbow, our curriculum has been designed with children at the heart of it, and it intends to prepare our pupils for life as global citizens in modern Britain.

It is based around the requirements of the National Curriculum and most of the learning takes place in cross-curricular lessons based on a theme.  Each half term every class studies a different theme; some are science based, some are historical and others have a geographical bias.

In addition to the class themes, the Rainbow curriculum includes themed days, which are a focus for the whole school. These special themes reflect the context of the school and our local community and include culture days such as Chinese New Year, Africa Day, religious celebration days such as Eid, Diwali, Christmas and a Healthy Lifestyles Week.

Please click on the links below to view Long Term Plans for each year group.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

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Year 5
Year 6 SH Class
Year 6 EP Class


The school follows the new National Curriculum for English. Our aim is to promote and challenge all children in developing a comprehensive range of English skills equipping them for the present and future.

The children are expected to use an excellent standard of spoken language so we insist that this is what is modelled by staff. Pupils are given a range of opportunities, both in class and outside of the classroom, to develop as confident speakers and communicators.

Rainbow uses a synthetic phonic approach (Read Write Inc) which is taught systematically throughout Key Stage 1. Children new to the school or new arrivals from abroad can access a one to one programme to introduce them to the strategies used by teachers and their peers. English is timetabled for one hour a day for years 1 – 6.  In the EYFS children have shorter shared and guided sessions of reading/writing daily.

Click here to view information for parents on Read Write Inc Phonics and how you can help your child at home.

All children throughout the school have three 30 minute reading sessions each week, in addition to an hour of English each day. One to One reading takes place at least twice a week for all children in Key Stage 1 and targeted children in Key Stage 2. We use a range of reading scheme texts for individual and guided reading, which are colour coded using book bands. In addition, children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books from both the classroom and the library collections.

Opportunities to write across the Curriculum, further developing written skills, are taken wherever possible. Planned opportunities can be seen mapped on the Long Term Plans for each year group.

We recognise how important real quality literature is both in internalising English language structures & in developing a love of reading. All year groups have a set of core books which they are expected to read or have read to them throughout the year. Many of the English units in Upper Key Stage 2 are based around whole texts and novels such as Friend or Foe, Oranges in No Man’s Land, The Eye of the Wolf and Defender of the Realm.


As with English, our maths curriculum includes all the elements of the revised National Curriculum for mathematics and is taught wherever possible, through our themed curriculum, as mapped on the Long Term Plans.

At Rainbow we believe that mathematics is a way of making sense of the world, a powerful tool for analysing and communicating information and ideas. As such we aim, through our curriculum, to provide children with enjoyable, stimulating experiences; to give children opportunities to take part in mathematics investigations; to develop their confidence in themselves as mathematicians and to develop their natural curiosity and ability to question;

Our Calculation Policy follows a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach.

Click here to view to policy.

The Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract method involves using actual objects for children to add, subtract, multiply or divide. They then progress to using pictorial representations of the object, and ultimately, abstract symbols.

Concrete is the ‘doing’ stage, using concrete objects to solve problems. It brings concepts to life by allowing children to handle physical objects themselves.

Pictorial is the ‘seeing’ stage, using representations of the objects involved in maths problems. This stage encourages children to make a mental connection by drawing or looking at pictures, circles, diagrams or models which represent the objects in the problem.

Abstract is the ‘symbolic’ stage, where children are able to use abstract symbols to model and solve maths problems.

For example, for the following problem:

Sara has 12 cookies. Asim has 8 cookies. How many do they have altogether?

Children at the abstract stage would be able to solve the problem by writing it out as 12 + 8 = 20.

To find out more about how your child learns maths at school or how you can help, please speak to their class teacher.

History, Geography & Science

Three half terms each year will cover Geography and three half terms will cover History. These are linked to the new National Curriculum & can be found in the Long Term Plans at the top of this page. Throughout these themes, children acquire the knowledge & develop the skills associated with each of these subject areas.

Science is covered each half term and children are given the opportunities to explore through different types of investigation and enquiry, as detailed below.

Pattern Seeking

Observing and recording natural phenomena, carrying out surveys or collecting data from secondary sources. Then looking to identify patterns in the data.

For example:

  • Do tall people have bigger feet?
  • Are older children in our class taller?
  • Do different insects live in different places?


Gathering and analysing scientific findings to answer a question or to provide background information to help explain observed events. Research can also show how scientists’ ideas have changed over time as new evidence has been found.

For example:

  • What do different animals eat?
  • How do we digest our food?
  • How does blood travel round our bodies?

Fair Testing

Observing or measuring the effect of changing one variable whilst keeping other potential variables constant.

For example:

  • Which material makes the best parachutes?
  • Which surface provides the least friction?
  • How does the temperature of water affect the rate at which sugar dissolves?

Observing over Time

Making careful observations of objects or events and how they change over time.

  • How do habitats change during the year?
  • What happens to ice when it is heated up?
  • How does exercise affect our pulse rates?

Identifying & Classifying

Identifying features that allow things to be organised into distinct groups. Recognise things as part of a specific group and name them.

  • Is it a living thing or not?
  • Can we identify everyone in our class by their fingerprints?
  • Can we use keys to identify plants and animals?


Pupils take part in 2 hours of PE each week. This includes gymnastics, dance, outdoor games and swimming in Year 5. PE sessions are delivered by a PE specialist. Opportunities for pupils to take part in sport during breakfast club, at lunchtime and after school are also provided.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

From Y3 to Y6 children learn Spanish, following a programme called ‘Grow Story Grow’. This is supported through songs and games.


Children at Rainbow follow the Charanga Primary Music Curriculum. Learning within the scheme is based on: listening and appraising; musical activities — creating and exploring; and singing and performing. All children in Year 3 learn to play the ukulele. Additional keyboard and guitar lessons are also available to children.


At Rainbow, we follow a PHSE scheme of work called SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). The scheme aims to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning. It focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.

The materials help children develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, persevering when things get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries.

Rainbow also complements the PHSE scheme of work with explicit opportunities to teach the Fundamental British Values. This is mapped out on each year groups Long Term Plan. See the links at the top of this page.


At Rainbow we use Discovery RE, an enquiry based approach to Religious Education.  Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are covered, with Christianity covered in each year group. Children are given the opportunity to discuss and explore the beliefs of others with and without faith and are encouraged to think about big questions. Lessons enhance critical thinking skills; support spiritual development and equip children at Rainbow for a world of diversity.

Trips & Residentials

A range of trips and visits are planned each half term, to provide children with real life experiences linked to their learning.

Pupils in Y5 & Y6 also have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip with their class. During these visits the children develop their independence and social skills and have the opportunity to deepen their learning in aspects of science, history and geography. These visits are hugely popular with pupils.

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Rainbow Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises.

Rainbow Primary School implements a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We expect all staff, Trust, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a safe environment.

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Safeguarding Leads

Contact Us

Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD

Phone: 01274 221400 Email: info@rainbowschools.org.uk

Our office staff taking calls are: Miss Thommis-Newberry, Mrs Sumera Qayyum and Mr Rauf
Arshad Javed – CEO | Dame Naila Zaffar – Executive Head | (BCL Consultancy Limited) Andrew Kenure – SEND
Asmi Darr – Chairperson  –  chairperson@rainbowschools.org.uk or
by post C/O Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD