Curriculum Overview

Our Curriculum at Parkfield’s centres around the requirements of the National Curriculum and all its subject areas. At Parkfield’s, we operate a “subject based” Curriculum. If there are links between the topics what the children are learning we will expand and develop them. We use educational visits and visitors to school extensively so that the children get the opportunity to experience real life learning. To enable these opportunities to be available to all Governors have agreed to subsidise all educational visits so that families are asked for a reduced voluntary contribution.

Reception class is referred to as the Early Years Foundation Stage. When the children join the Early Years, they begin to acquire the basic skills which they will need later in their school life. They will be following seven areas of learning. Three prime areas - Communication & Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional development and four specific areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design. Early Years is an important stage, as it is during this time, that attitudes to learning are formed and social skills developed. These lay the foundations for future education. Young children learn most effectively through structured play. Our Early Years staff work together as a team and plan for children's learning in the seven key areas, to ensure that all areas of development are covered within an interesting, stimulating and supportive framework. The children are taught directly and also have a choice of planned activities so that they are able to develop independent learning habits.

In Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2), the children will continue with the programme already started in the Early Years, and there is great emphasis placed on the transition between Early Years and Year 1. Also, great emphasis is placed on the teaching and enjoyment of reading, writing and Numeracy through a variety of carefully structured activities, as required by the National Curriculum. Science, Information & Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education, PSMHE and Religious Education, also have an important place in Key Stage One, as does our commitment to the provision of carefully structured and well organised play activities.

On transferring to Key Stage Two (Years 3 to 6), the children will be encouraged to broaden, and study in greater detail the various learning areas. Reading material will be presented, which will increase vocabulary and also take account of the changing interests of the children as they mature. Language activities (including speaking and listening, creative writing, handwriting and spelling) take on a more defined role as the children progress through Key Stage Two, as do the other important subject areas of Numeracy, Science, Information & Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education, PSMHE. Modern Foreign Language and Religious Education. The children will be encouraged to put forward their points of view on various issues, solve problems and make judgments regarding their work in school and life in general.

Extended Schools Provision

There will be a number of opportunities for children to experience off-site activities e.g. visits to the theatre, art galleries and museums. The children may also be offered residential experiences as they move through school. We see these as a very important part of our Curriculum. Extra Curricular activities are provided for the children after school e.g., football, dance, netball,, multi-sports. They are run by a variety of people. They include our teachers and external providers. These clubs are all chargeable, and you will be expected to pay for each half terms club in advance.

If you would like to know more about our Curriculum please contact us.