Please note that we are currently updating many of our curriculum pages on the school website so some subjects may contain more detailed information than others.

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.

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Parkfield Curriculum 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

Pedagogy

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 range of memorable experiences

• 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

SMSC/FBV

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


Enrichment

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, including termly 'ed-venture' days for Years 1-6.

• 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. Each long term plan, found on the links below, detail the topics covered by each class in all subjects across the year.

Subject Overviews

Please note that the content in each subject overview is continually reviewed and refined to ensure our curriculum meets the needs of our pupils.

Engage - Develop - Innovate - Express

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

Engage

  • 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

Develop

  • 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

Innovate

  • 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

Express

  • 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4VZdWQQYvqCHtAAE6BFQg

Memorable Moments and Big Finishes

Teaching using this four step approach (engage - develop - innovate - express) allows teachers to include 'Memorable Moments' 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.

Extended Curriculum

A Typical School Day

Typical School Day in Reception

8.45am Doors open

8.45am Start of day activities including registration

9.00am Maths

10.10am Assembly

10.30am Break

10.45am Phonics, reading and writing

12.00pm Dinner

1.00pm Registration and afternoon lessons

3.15pm End of day

Please note that the school week totals 32.5 hours (8:45am-3:15pm).

Typical School Day in KS1

8.45am Doors open

8.45am Start of day activities including registration

9.10am Maths

10.10am Assembly

10.30am Break

10.45am Phonics and English

11.50 Reading

12.15pm Dinner

1.15pm Registration and afternoon lessons

3.15pm End of day

Please note that the school week totals 32.5 hours (8:45am-3:15pm).

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

Please note that the school week totals 32.5 hours (8:45am-3:15pm).