Parkfield Curriculum

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Please note that this Curriculum section of the website is under construction and there may be areas that are incomplete. Please be patient as we will be working on it over the 2019-20 academic year.

Parkfield 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 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


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

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


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• promotes 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

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


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

What is Parkfield’s Curriculum and How Does it Work?

Our school curriculum is designed so that it is creative and exciting for pupils. Our curriculum design, which covers all the knowledge and skills required and expected by the 2014 National Curriculum, uses the principles of the Learning Challenge Curriculum (LCC) tool, published by Focus Education.

Curriculum Drivers

Each unit of work has a driver subject and an enhancer. These are chosen and designed to engage our Parkfielders and where possible, link to our school context. Each unit links directly to a set of Science, History or Geography knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure that learning is progressive and continuous.

Long Term Plans

Our long term plans link to the school's Curriculum Overviews which details specifically what each class will be learning about that half term. The overviews tell parents and carers about the content of each unit of work. Click the link below to find the plans.

Curriculum Enhancers

To ensure the creative and expressive arts get a fair representation across the curriculum ‘enhancers’ are planned that link specifically to the main learning challenge for the half term. This ensures breadth and balance in the coverage of other subjects as a whole. Art, DT, Music, PE and Dance knowledge, skills and understanding have been taken from the ‘Weaving Knowledge, Skills and Understanding into the new National Curriculum’ book (published by Focus Education) which ensures that we have progression and continuity in these subject areas.

Memorable Moments

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. Through a unit of work every opportunity will be taken to apply English and maths skills where it is possible to do so. Every learning challenge 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.

Theme Days and Weeks

The school uses a two year cycle to plan and deliver whole school theme days and weeks. 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.

When a class is taught Art or DT during a half term they may spend up to a week working on the particular topic and have a substantial amount of time to complete some high quality work. We feel this approach really engages the children, creates a lot of excitement in the classroom and improves the quality of work produced by the children. Click the link below to find out the different themes we cover.

Fabulous Friday

Fabulous Friday is a creative curriculum approach that allows us to place certain subjects together for one afternoon per week. These tend to be stand alone subjects.

Children complete a carousel of activities during the afternoon. In KS1: PSHE, Music and RE are taught on a weekly basis. Whilst in KS2: PSHE, RE, Music and Spanish are taught during our ‘Fabulous Friday’.

Other Subjects

PE (Gymnastics, Athletics, Games, Dance and Swimming in KS2) is taught on a weekly basis and is not generally taught in a cross-curricular approach. 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 physical education programme aims to provide for pupil's increasing self-confidence through the ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations. Children will have access to 2 hours of Physical Education in line with National Guidelines.

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 is one of the strengths of our curriculum provision and is taught on a weekly basis. Computing skills are taught discretely but where possible will link to the 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.

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

The school uses specialist music teachers in the curriculum and we have forged a link 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.

Spanish is taught across the school as its modern foreign language.

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

8.45am Doors open

8.50am Start of school day, registration and start of day activities

9.10am Lesson

10.10am Assembly

10.30am Break

10.45am Lesson

12.15pm Dinner KS1 and KS2 (12.00pm Reception Dinner)

1.15pm Lesson

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?


    • To promote a love of reading, each class has it's own library full of exciting and engaging books and other reading materials. These will be changed regularly and supplement their reading books.


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


    • A range of activities are set each half term related to the learning taking place in the classroom. The tasks are set as consolidation and enrichment activities. Learning Logs are handed out at the beginning of each half term and returned at the end.


    • 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.