Our Curriculum Statement
At Parson Cross C of E Primary we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.
When children leave Parson Cross Primary School at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners. Through our unique approach to teaching and living out Christian Values, children are also equipped with the social skills and understanding to become good citizens in the future.
We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning.
Our curriculum meets the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. We do this through a carefully planned topic cycle in each Key Stage. The planning of the curriculum is based on a theme based approach and where appropriate teachers link subjects to provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum.The outline topics are shown below.
Key Stage 1/ EYFS
|2017-2018||London's Burning||Ships Ahoy!||Frozen Kingdom|
|2018-2019||Back to the Future||Around the World||Turrets and Tiaras|
Key Stage 2
|World of Sport|
|2018-2019||Steel City||Warriors||World Kitchen|
|2017-2018||Scrumdiddlyumptious||Art Attack||Survival of the Fittest|
|2018-2019||Life in the trenches||Stargazers||Eco Warriors|
At Parson Cross Primary School we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg educational visits, Residential trips, workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have excellent after school clubs.
The English Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.
The Four Strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.
Read Write Inc- Phonics
We use Read write Inc throughout EYFS and KS1 to teach both phonics and reading. We also use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme to encourage a breadth of reading material from a very young age.
As children enter KS2 Language and Literacy is used to further develop English skills alongside novel studies and other stimulus material such as films.
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of reading are as follows:
• Shared reading
• Guided reading
• Independent reading
Teachers also take the time to read class novels and model reading for pleasure. It is important that children enjoy reading and also have the opportunity to experience books from classic and modern classic authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl and Joan Aiken among others.
• A range of intervention programmes are used to ensure that all children’s needs are catered for:
Rainbow Reading – Reading
Spelling Zappers– Spelling
Rapid reading – Reading
• Resources – A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the Key Stage One and Two schemes and then become free readers.
• Links to parents – Each child has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book.
• Class books: Stories are read to the children on a daily basis throughout the school.
• Reading at home: Children are encouraged to read at home every day.
Opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of writing are as follows:
• Phonics and spelling: Five daily 20 minutes Phonic sessions in Key stage 1 and Reception.
• Emergent writing: In Reception, children are given regular opportunities to write freely within a particular genre and across the curriculum. This gives them the opportunity to become emergent writers.
• Shared Writing: Within each teaching sequence shared writing is a key part.
• Guided Writing/Independent Writing: Each teaching sequence ends with an opportunity for guided and independent writing. There are also frequent opportunities for independent writing throughout the other curriculum areas.
• Extended writing: Throughout the term, there are opportunities for extended writing. On a termly basis samples of these extended writing outcomes are used for assessment purposes.
• Handwriting: The school has adopted the Sheffield cursive handwriting script and this is taught and reinforced regularly in Key Stage 1. As children move through the school opportunities to practice handwriting continue and when the class teacher feels a child is able to join fluently they are encouraged to write in pen.
• Spelling: Children from Years 1 to 6 are given lists of spellings each week to learn at home. Children are tested on these words weekly.
Work is marked and assessed in line with the marking and Assessment policies and three yearly meetings involve teachers moderating the assessment of this work.
The findings of the assessment are used to inform planning to help the teaching and learning process. In line with the New National curriculum requirements and the raised expectations that this document requires teachers also assess termly whether a child is working at/below or above the level expected for their age.
The Maths Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.At Parson Cross, we provide a daily maths session that seeks to reinforce previous learning and allow children to take on new skills and apply these in a range of contexts.
At Parson Cross, we feel that mental maths skills are key to allowing children to access the more complex calculation and number objectives set out in the National Curriculum and as such we dedicate daily time to allow all children to develop these skills.
Long-term assessments are undertaken through a combination of teacher assessment and end of year tests.
In 2014 we began to implement the Inspire Maths scheme in Key Stage 1. As part of a national project, we have worked closely with the maths hub to ensure children are given the opportunities to develop a deep understanding of Mathematics. The use of Inspire textbooks is one of the ways in which we do this.
Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
At Key Stage 1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.
At Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.
In the most part History and Geography are the key drivers behind termly topics and other areas such as literacy will be utilised as a vehicle to explore these areas. At Parson Cross we are keen to provide children with opportunities to experience geography and history first hand and as such teachers organise regular school excursions to help inspire the children.
In Key Stage 1 children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.
In Key Stage 2 children learn about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Children will learn about historical enquiry by looking at as many real sources as possible and by recreating events from the past.
Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. In the Early Years, children learn about their immediate environment and how to read and draw simple maps using invented and conventional symbols.
In Key Stage 2, the children develop this knowledge into a wider area and study transport, weather and landscapes, both in their local area and in many other countries.
Children have opportunities to draw, paint, print, make collages, use fabrics and threads and use clay. They are taught the skills and techniques and then given the opportunity to practise them to produce individual and group pieces of work. Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their own work and that of others in order to learn from their experiences.
‘DT’ incorporates many traditional skills – cooking, model making, drawing and sketching, problem-solving, observation and discussion – putting them together in an approach which encourages the children to become designers and inventors.
The children are taught how to use tools and materials safely and economically.
The school offers considerable opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation. A specialist teacher is employed to deliver Music throughout the school. He also offers lessons in brass and keyboard.
The aim of physical education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.
Children take part in games, gymnastic movement, dance and athletic activities using indoor and outdoor environments where appropriate. Children can take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools.
In Year 5 children go on a residential course for outdoor activities.
Children have swimming lessons in Year 4
Physical education is seen as key to developing healthy lifestyles in young people and at Parson Cross, we provide a wide array of opportunities to develop this and sporting skills outside of the normal curriculum time. Regular lunchtime and after school clubs encourage children to be as physically active as possible.
Modern Foreign Languages
We value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and in preparation for secondary school transition Spanish has been chosen as the language which is most appropriate for our children to learn. Children in Key Stage 2 are taught by a language specialist each week.
We provide a large range of activities including football, rounders, rugby, swimming, to name a few. Such activities are run voluntarily by the staff and are dependent, at any time, on the interests and enthusiasm of individual teachers with the co-operation and assistance of parents and the availability of outside providers. All of our after-school activities contribute to our Children's University Scheme.
Religious Education is a curriculum entitlement for all children and the school follows the Sheffield ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ through the Blackburn scheme of work. Religious Education does not seek to urge religious beliefs on children or to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. Suitable alternative provision will be made.
To develop an understanding and respect for the beliefs, values and practices of other people.
To reflect on and respond to the values, beliefs and practices of religions and philosophies.
To enable pupils to develop their own insights.
At Parson Cross, we have a firmly embedded set of Christian Values that are taught and lived out by the entire school community.
Each term opportunities to further enhance SMSC understanding are identified in teacher’s planning.
As a school, we welcome children from all backgrounds and are proud of how children and their families from other cultures are welcomed by our children and the rest of the school community.
In all teaching, the teachers look to inspire and enthuse children. Teachers look to develop a love of learning and a working atmosphere where children enjoy learning.
Children are given opportunities to take on responsibility around the school: Y6 buddy system, peer mentoring, playground leaders and lunch time clubs.
The school has a clear behaviour policy that sets high expectations and promotes a good moral understanding, mutual respect, tolerance and understanding. Friendship, respect and tolerance are taught as part of our school curriculum.
Through a combination of approaches, the school is able to ensure that children develop an understanding of the key British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Personal Liberty and Tolerance of other faiths and cultures.