Curriculum

Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.

Children in years 1 to 6 follow the National Curriculum.

Phonics

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

Curriculum – 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.

Curriculum – Other subjects

The progress within other areas of the curriculum follows a pattern of building on previous learning. For each subject, the details can be reviewed with the documents below:

Religious Education

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.

Curriculum Topics

With mixed year groups we use a two year rolling program to ensure coverage of the national curriculum. These maps are set out below and are reviewed regularly by teaching staff to reflect the characteristics of their classes.

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.

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.