Parkfield Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

At Parkfield we are committed to provide a happy, safe and nurturing environment. Our vision is to provide pupils with an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum where all can access rich opportunities and experiences. Our high expectations ensure all learners secure the knowledge, skills and personal qualities they will need for their next stage in learning and be good citizens in the wider world we live in.

General Principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum

• see clear links between different aspects of their learning

• learn within a coherent and progressive framework

• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge

• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning

• develop and demonstrate their creativity

• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• promotes collaboration, problem solving, creativity and communication

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest

• offers all children a memorable experience during every topic

• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning

• focuses on continuous retrieval opportunities to support and develop long term memory

• follows the latest educational research including the educational research of 'Rosenshine's ten principles of instruction'

Well Being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• learn how to respect themselves and others

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities

• build respectful friendships

• work in a range of groups and settings

• recognise that people are good at different things

• reflect and think mindfully about their learning

Pupil Voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• explore ways of becoming an active citizen

• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues

• say what they like and dislike about their learning

• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community


Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cutural and Fundamental British Values

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences

• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views

• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict

• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity

• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part

• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour

• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas

• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities

• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences

• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks

• using external specialist teachers/Parkfield teacher expertise to deliver particular aspects of the curriculum

• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors

• providing a range of extra-curricular activities for all ages

Our Curriculum

Our high quality and ambitious school curriculum is designed so that it is creative and exciting for pupils. It is designed so that pupils acquire skills and knowledge in a coherent and progressive way required by the 2014 National Curriculum and our wider school curriculum.

Within the Parkfield curriculum, each subject is driven by its own subject specific policy and progression framework. The discrete teaching of each subject ensures that there are high expectations on subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding. However, where we believe a cross curricular approach will enhance the learning experience and strengthen connections between topics, meaningful links will be made.

To ensure the curriculum is of a high quality, the school uses carefully selected published schemes of work and ‘school designed’ schemes to deliver individual subject content.

Long Term Plans - Year Groups

Every class is taught a range of subjects on a weekly basis such as Science, Computing, PSHE and PE. Some topics are taught weekly but on a half termly basis, such as Geography, History, Art and DT topics. The topics have been chosen and designed to engage our Parkfielders and where possible, linked to our school context.

These topics make up the Parkfield long term curriculum plans which can be found on the links below. Each half termly topic links to a Curriculum Overview which details the specific knowledge, skills and understanding each class will be learning about that half term.

Subject Overviews

PE is taught on a weekly basis. At Parkfield Primary School we believe that physical education experience in a safe and supportive environment is a vital and unique contributor to a pupil's physical and emotional health, development and well-being.

The school employs a PE specialist which supports the school when taking part in inter-school games and athletic events. It also allows ample opportunity for children to take part in high quality extra-curricular activities such as: football, netball, hockey, rugby, basketball and cricket.

Computing skills are taught discretely on a weekly basis and where possible will link to the driver topic that the class is studying. Pupils are also able to further develop their ICT skills through cross curricular opportunities outside of a computing lesson.

Art and Design and Design Technology are taught once per week in half termly blocks and sometimes through theme days. Cookery is also taught once per term in every class.

The school also has a programme for personal, social and health education (PSHE). Relationships and Sex education and drugs education are taught as part of the PSHE curriculum.

Music is taught on a weekly basis and the school has links with the Rochdale Instrumental Service so that children will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in KS2.

The school follows the Local Authority’s agreed syllabus for Religious Education. RE units are generally blocked together which allows an in depth study of a range of religions.

Spanish is taught across the school as its modern foreign language. Classes in KS2 are taught Spanish on a weekly basis.

Unit Sequence

We deliver each Science, History and Geography unit of work using principles from the 'Cornerstones' scheme. The structure of the stages Engage - Develop - Innovate - Express have the following aims:

Engage - Develop - Innovate - Express


  • hook learners in with a memorable experience

  • set the scene and provide the context

  • ask questions to provoke thought and interest

  • use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity


  • teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding

  • demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation

  • provide creative opportunities for making and doing

  • deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum


  • provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking

  • enable and assess the application of previously learned skills

  • encourage enterprise and independent thinking

  • work in groups and independently to solve problems


  • encourage reflective talk by asking questions

  • provide opportunities for shared evaluation

  • celebrate success

  • identify next steps for learning

More information on this structure can be found here:

Memorable Moments and Big Finishes

Teaching using this approach allows teachers to plan a 'Memorable Moment' to engage the children. This may include a trip, visitor or special event at the school.

The Innovate and Express stages of a unit ensures each unit concludes with a ‘Big Finish’ where children are able to reflect on their learning by presenting or producing a piece of work which demonstrates what they have learnt.

Collective Worship

The school follows the Local Authority’s agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Assemblies, the daily collective Act of Worship and religious teaching emphasise and promote a Christian way of life but also show recognition of other faiths. All assembly themes have a spiritual, moral, social or cultural development link. Assemblies are also used as opportunities to learn about British Values and to celebrate children’s achievements. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship but they must inform the school if they intend to do so.

The school also have regular 'Picture News' assemblies which looks at current affairs locally, nationally and globally. Each picture news assembly also covers a British Value and is focussed around a key question for pupils to consider.

There are also strong links with the community and church at Parkfield. We enjoy inviting the community into school to watch performances and concerts presented by the children. These include class assemblies and concerts. We also attend our local church at special times to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

Theme Days and Weeks

Primary school is all about those memorable moments that pupils look back on in years to come.

At Parkfield, we believe our pupils thrive from these experiences and a number of theme days and weeks are planned across the school year, often linked to topical events (e.g. Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, a royal ceremony, a milestone in the school's history etc.).

Children in Years 1-6 also take part in three ed-venture (educational adventure) days each year too. These fun-filled days focus on topics not already covered in regular lessons, with children experiencing lots of exciting 'memorable moments' in them as they research and investigate different themes, often including the use of ICT and non-fiction books.

These days and weeks are used to excite and engage pupils and develop further a cross curricular approach where skills can be adopted across a range of subject areas. It also allows the children to access particular areas of the curriculum a number of times throughout their lives at Parkfield – enabling a deeper understanding.

Click the link below to find out the different themes we cover.

Parkfield Passport

We want our pupils to be excited and engaged with the curriculum at Parkfield and as a result we have develop the Parkfield Passport. This highlights the memorable moments, inspirational opportunities and rich learning experiences that our children at Parkfield encounter. Click to below to view our personalised Parkfield Passport.

Parkfielder Character

In addition to the academic aspect of the curriculum we place a huge importance on developing character - A Parkfielder Character! We focus on character education as we believe that it nurtures and promotes the ethical, intellectual, social and emotional development of individuals. It is a continuous learning process that enables our pupils to become moral, caring, critical, responsible individuals.

At Parkfield we have identified twelve key character qualities that we weave into our curriculum. Click below for more information.

A Typical School Day

Typical School Day in KS1

8.45am Doors open

8.45am Start of day activities including registration

9.10am Phonics and English

10.10am Assembly

10.30am Break

10.45am Reading

11.15am Maths

12.15pm Dinner (12.00pm dinner for EYFS)

1.15pm Registration and afternoon lessons

3.15pm End of day

Typical School Day in KS2

8.45am Doors open

8.45am Start of day activities including registration

9.10am Mathematics

10.10am Assembly

10.30am Break

10.45am Reading

11.15am English

12.15pm Dinner

1.15pm Registration and afternoon lessons

3.15pm End of day

How You Can Help at Home


    • Reading books are changed weekly - please ensure you record any reading completed in your child's personal organiser.

    • Please read as much as possible with your child. Just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference. Read anything that interests your child - please don’t just read their reading book.

    • We recommend these Books to Read across the different year groups. How many has your child read?


    • There is a test each Friday and new spellings to be learnt are also given out on a Friday. Examples of tricky words and spelling patterns are available in the personal organiser or by clicking here.


    • Mathletics tasks are set online each week to consolidate and extend learning. Your child can also practice their mental calculations against children around the world! Login details are in personal organisers.

    • Children in KS2 have access to Times Tables Rock Stars. Just 10 minutes practice each day will help improve their quick recall skills.

    • Click here to find what Number Facts you can practise this half term with your child.


    • Practising handwriting using the school’s policy helps children develop fluent, accurate and neat handwriting. Please see the school website for more details. Alternatively, click here to see what they'll be learning this half term.