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Park Junior School - Curriculum

The school purchased of schemes of work for English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Creative Curriculum and Assessment at the end of the last academic year and follows these.

Each class has been given a fixed timetable to follow which will ensure that school improvement priorities have been scheduled each week and are easy to monitor.

To view the Department of Education document 'The national curriculum in England, Key stages 1 and 2 framework document' click here.

 To download and read the 'A guide for parents - the new national curriculum in primary schools' by Rising Stars, click here.  

 

 

English

The children receive daily English lessons using the Pearson's Wordsmith units of work which cover all of the National Curriculum requirements for their age group.  Where applicable units will be substituted using other programmes to link with the Creative Curriculum being delivered.  In addition, each class timetable contains sessions for the teaching of spellings, grammar and reading as well as regular opportunities for extended pieces of writing.

For those children requiring additional support, be it to address gaps in learning or extend skills, class teachers work closely with the Special Needs department and support staff to deliver appropriate intervention to address the needs of individuals.

All children use a pen and are expected to write using a cursive script; hadwriting sessions are dedicated to the teaching of letter formation and joining in the school style.

We consider parental support to be vital and encourage parents to take an active role in their child's learning journey.  Homework is set on a weekly basis and it is also expected that children will read regurlarly at home as well as learn spelling patterns.  At Park, we promote independence and therefore the completion of tasks and returning of homework is the child's responsibility.

Mathmatics

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems

• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Five hours of Mathematics Lessons (one a day Monday to Friday) is delivered each week in class groups. We teach Mathematics to Mastery level which ensures children have the opportunity to apply the skills they have been taught through reasoning and problem solving. Throughout the week the children will have x-tables sessions to develop this vital knowledge. Your child will have a piece of Mathematics homework to complete based on their learning that week, as well as regular times-tables practice.

Multiples Marathon Workshop resources 1.12.16

Times Tables Workshop (powerpoint)

Times Tables Ideas

 

 

Computing

The children receive at least one hour of Computing each week. An hour slot of Computing, using the Rising Stars scheme, is scheduled each week. The children receive an e-safety lesson at the beginning of each big term. In addition to this, the children have the opportunity to use i-pads and laptops in class to apply their computing skills in the other curriculum subjects.

Topic Work

The children have just over 4 hours a week to work on their Cornerstones Creative Unit for that term. These units are cross-curricular and throughout the year cover the National Curriculum requirements for Geography, History, Art & Design, D & T, Music and PSHE as well as enhancing learning of English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, RE and PE.

PE

Each class has two PE lessons each week. Teachers are supported in these lessons  by a PE specialist, using the Real PE scheme of work. Year 5 children receive swimming lessons for one term during the academic year.

RE

RE is taught each week by an HLTA during PPA time and follows the County’s Agreed Syllabus using the Discovery RE scheme of work.

Modern Foreign Languages

Spanish is taught each week during a 30 minute lesson delivered by a specialist language teacher.

 

Each week, the children have a whole school, singing, lower/upper school and celebration assembly. Assemblies are varied in topic and promote British Values, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. There are strong links with the local churches and church/ religious leaders are regular contributors to our assemblies and community events. National events are also celebrated and the children raise money to support different charities. The children are encouraged to hold positions of responsibility in class and some children are elected to hold school positions, such as being a member of the school council.

Teachers hold regular circle time sessions to address any issues that are specific to the class or year group.

PSHE/ British Values, spiritual, moral, social and cultural education

Each week, the children have a whole school, singing, lower/upper school and celebration assembly. Assemblies are varied in topic and promote British Values, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. There are strong links with the local churches and church/ religious leaders are regular contributors to our assemblies and community events. National events are also celebrated and the children raise money to support different charities. The children are encouraged to hold positions of responsibility in class and some children are elected to hold school positions, such as being a member of the school council.

Teachers hold regular circle time sessions to address any issues that are specific to the class or year group.