The Curriculum at Park Street

Learning and Fun

Whilst the curriculum at Park Street C of E Primary School consists of a clear progression of objectives linked to appropriate topics and areas of study, it is intended that this be followed with flexibility and imagination by teachers using their professional judgements thoughtfully.  Assessment of pupils’ prior knowledge, which at this school is likely for many children to have been learned through experiences and opportunities with their parents and at other schools, often in other countries, must be carefully considered, as must pupils’ curiosity and passion for gaining new knowledge and skills.

Teachers’ planning will be guided by consideration and research in the programmes of study to ensure pupils engagement with knowledge and skills that the children perceive to be relevant and interesting to them.  Topics are introduced by a ‘Big Question’, and where possible, an outside trip or stimulating launch experience.  Children then generate their own questions for exploration. The teacher’s planning, or ‘Learning Journey’ is then constructed to take account of the curriculum progression documents, children’s prior learning and their individual questions.

 

 

Knowledge, opportunities and experiences are recorded in ‘Displays of Work and Exercise Books’, which children use to explain their learning and consequently embed this in their long-term memories.  Furthermore, a ‘real’ outcome is planned: for example, exhibition for parents, performance or theme day, to motivate pupils and give them further opportunities to share and demonstrate their learning.

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Equality

As a Church of England School, we value all of God’s children, and celebrate ‘life in all its fullness’, and our curriculum is available to all pupils

Thus, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, religion* and belief, and sexual orientation.

We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.

Enrichment

To enhance the curriculum we make extensive use of local resources such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Folk Museum, the Botanic Gardens, Jesus Green and the River Cam and, of course, the University and its colleges.

A range of visitors provide additional expertise and opportunities: performances by touring theatre groups, orchestral concerts, visiting science students and history days. Pupils influence some of the activities through representation on the School Council, in particular fund-raising events to support local and national charities.

We also hold Enrichment Days where the whole school immerses itself in a whole day focused on a specific subject area or theme. In line with our ethos, we aim to put the fun and enjoyment into our curriculum where the school is a hive of learning activity.

More information on the content of the national curriculum is available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum.

Anyone seeking more information about the curriculum here at Park Street is welcome to contact the school office to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team and/or speak to their child’s class teacher.

English

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”

Margaret Fuller

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Mathematics

“Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

Albert Einstein

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Religious Education

“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”

Proverbs 18:15

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PSHE & PE

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

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The Sciences

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.”

Stephen Hawking

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Humanities & Languages

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Arts

“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

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Prospective Parents

Learn about life at our unique ‘village’ school situated at the heart of Cambridge.

With only 110 pupils, relationships are at the heart of the school, where every member of staff knows our children and families well.

View a video created by the school’s parents and children.