At Parkfield we use the 2014 National Curriculum objectives (click here) to support our planning.
The Whole School Curriculum Map, details every topic, that each class covers in each term throughout the school year. However, more detail about the objectives covered in each unit can be found in the half termly curriculum overviews.
Science, History, Geography and RE are taught in blocks over a two or three week period. Teaching subjects through a cross curricular theme allows us to achieve a higher standard of work and maintain enthusiasm for a topic. It also allows teachers to exploit cross-curricular links to English and Maths where possible.
DT and Art opportunities are planned into each theme to ensure a fully cross-curricular approach (e.g. children will paint Tudor portraits or landscapes of their local area). In addition, DT and Art ‘inspiration’ weeks are planned for each class throughout the year. This involves a full week of focussed activity on one of the subjects. This increases the enthusiasm of the children and the quality of work being produced.
Computing is one of the strengths of our curriculum provision and is taught on a weekly basis. Computing skills are taught discretely but where possible will link to the topic that the class is studying.
PE (Gymnastics, Athletics, Games, Dance and Swimming in KS2) is taught on a weekly basis and is not generally taught in a cross-curricular approach. At Parkfield Primary School we believe that physical education experience in a safe and supportive environment is a vital and unique contributor to a pupil's physical and emotional health, development and well-being. The physical education programme aims to provide for pupil's increasing self-confidence through the ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations. Children will have access to 2 hours of Physical Education in line with National Guidelines.
The school takes part in inter-school games and athletic events and there are opportunities for children to take part in games sessions where there is a qualified coach in evidence (e.g. football, hockey, lacrosse, kwik cricket).