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 ‘Floor 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.
The progress within these areas of the curriculum follows a pattern of building on previous learning. For each subject, the details can be reviewed within the documents below:
At Park Street we use StoryTime Phonics to teach reading. This is a creative approach to early reading, which contextualises phonics and gives it a real purpose. Based on ‘Letters and Sounds’, each sound is introduced with a real, high quality story book. With each book is an action caption which links to the book and the sound being taught. The four elements – revisit/review, teach (new learning), practise and apply are followed with activities for practising and applying that are multisensory and fun. Consequently this interactive approach helps children to retain the new learning because it is so engaging. Children relate the sounds they learn directly to the stories and characters from the books, making a deep connection with them. As a result they have a better understanding of the power of phonics to unlock the world of books and stories.
Reading, Writing & Mathematics
We follow the National Curriculum through the use of Learning Ladders, which sets out each step on the journey. For further details, please contact the school’s office.
At Park Street Church of England Primary School, we believe that Religious Education (RE) has a vital part to play in the development of all children at the primary age. This is due to the fact that it can make a substantial contribution to the general, personal and social development of the whole child which is in line with our aim to develop pupils who are honest, respectful of others, kind and enjoy learning. View our Religious Education Plan here.
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.
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.