Curriculum

The school follows the National Curriculum and the LA Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This includes the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies.

Art/Design and Technology
Children are introduced to a wide range of experiences, techniques and materials intended to help them develop their creative and artistic skills and abilities. Two and three dimensional work is used throughout the school.

English
Communication through speech and writing is an essential skill. We aim to lay firm foundations in the basic skills e.g. grammar, punctuation, spelling, comprehension and handwriting. Literacy lessons follow the guidelines in the National Literacy Strategy.

Reading
We use a phonic based approach to the teaching of reading. We use a wide range of reading materials to encourage each child to become fluent, accurate readers who read with expression and enjoyment. As part of the literacy lesson children may read a shared text or read individually in small groups.

Please help your child’s reading development by listening to them regularly at home; your support is invaluable to the progress they make.

Geography
We want our pupils to have an understanding of their surroundings and the wider world. Our Geography curriculum covers the study of places and the people who inhabit them and the human and physical processes which shape them. We look at local, national and global places and try wherever possible to give children first hand experience of the locality they are studying.

History
The aims in teaching History are to enable children to develop an interest in the past, to learn about major events in the History of their own country and the world and how by studying the past we can learn about the future. We build upon children’s natural curiosity and use stories, photographs and objects so that children can begin to appreciate times and places which are not their own.

Information Communication Technology
Parkwall has a dedicated ICT suite with 16 computers. Pupils develop their skills in word processing, data handling and desktop publishing. Computers are also available in each classroom to enhance learning across the curriculum.

All computers are linked to the Internet. Access to this facility is strictly controlled by appropriate firewalls and monitored by the teacher. Children are taught about “e-safety” and guidance provided to parents. All classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards which are well used by staff to enhance the learning experience of the pupils.

Mathematics
Our aim in teaching mathematics is to help children analyse and communicate information and ideas. We want our children to become confident mathematicians who can use a range of computational skills and who have an ability to readily recall number facts and tables.

We will introduce the children to a variety of methods and strategies to help them in problem solving situations. Mathematics lessons follow the National Numeracy Strategy.

Written Calculation Strategy addition

Written Calculation Strategy subtraction

Written Calculation Strategy multiplication

Written Calculation Strategy division

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Music
All pupils take part in group singing and are introduced to a variety of music making activities. Instrumental tuition is available and encouraged at the school and children are given opportunity to perform in front of an audience regularly. Children are exposed to a variety of different music from around the world during lessons and assembly.

Physical Education
It is important that we provide our pupils with active sessions on a regular basis so that they can develop their stamina and levels of fitness. Skills are taught which enable the children to take part in a wide range of team games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. Working co-operatively, developing team spirit and good sportsmanship like qualities are important features of our PE curriculum.

Personal and Social Education
All pupils participate in our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme. We use SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) to develop their understanding of themselves and each other and to learn to value those around them and to recognise their achievements. Citizenship, current affairs, spiritual, moral and health issues are just some of the areas which we cover.

Religious Education
Our Religious Education programme is designed to develop children’s understanding of spiritual and moral issues. We aim to give pupils a sensitive understanding of the religious ideas, feelings and beliefs in our community. All pupils take part in studying Religious Education unless their parents ask for them to be withdrawn; if this is the case then alternative arrangements will be made for the pupil.

Science
The school aims to encourage its pupils to explore and learn more about their environment through activities which will develop their ability to observe, question, investigate and record discoveries. We aim to develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem solving.