Our new curriculum at Palace Fields Primary School follows the statutory requirements set out by the government whilst aiming to inspire each pupil to achieve their very best. To do this we provide our pupils with a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all our pupils and is based on 7 key principles:
- Striving for excellence in everything
- Being authentic
- Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
- Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
- Actively involving children and young people
- Enabling personal progression
- Developing belonging and ownership
Through the curriculum, pupils learn the basic skills necessary to succeed in each subject, whilst developing their personal and social skills. British values are weaved through our curriculum, ensuring that pupils have a clear understanding of the values that underpin our British constitution.
What do we teach within our curriculum?
We teach the content as set out in the National Curriculum and this document can be found at www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary
As well as delivering some subjects separately, we try to make learning more relevant by teaching them through our topics. Our curriculum is also flexible, so that learning which really inspires our pupils can be pursued.
Our Curriculum Vision
Through our Palace Fields Curriculum our pupils will experience memorable and relevant opportunities for progressive, high quality learning and wider personal development and well – being. By fostering a curriculum which provides both skills and knowledge, our pupils will be inspired by what they learn, be creative in their application and be passionate about their learning community and the wider world, now and in the future.
The way in which we deliver our curriculum is unique to our school and has been designed to meet the individual needs and to inspire our pupils. The Palace Fields Curriculum is based around high quality, engaging texts and the children’s own questions about the topic and interests to drive their learning forward.
Our Curriculum gives pupils opportunities to learn, build on and develop new skills, concepts and knowledge. Pupils experience a wide range of subjects and activities that allow them to explore different topics and learning styles in detail.
Our aim is to develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning. Our children will be equipped with the skills to fully participate in an ever changing world and to be respectful and productive members of the community. The children at Palace Fields will be encouraged to have high expectations and self- belief to enable them to fulfill their potential.
The National Curriculum is composed of:
English, Maths, Science
Art & Design Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, PSCHE, Modern Foreign Languages
More time is given to the teaching and learning of the core subjects of the National Curriculum than to the delivery of the foundation subjects, Religious Education or the additional subjects.
English & Mathematics
The school ensures that these areas of the curriculum are soundly taught. Skills relevant to English and Mathematics cut across the whole curriculum and thus receive frequent practise. Through thorough planning, exciting resources and good teaching children are encouraged to find learning fun. There is positive liaison between class teachers to provide continuity of work between classes. Homework plays an important part in the school strategies to keep standards high in these two areas.
Core skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing are given very strong emphasis in school and are practised frequently across the curriculum.
Work is planned to meet the needs of each child and is delivered according to their ability. Some children need clearly defined programmes of work monitored closely by an adult in either a one to one or small group situation.
Other children will be expected to conduct their own research using library and computer skills.
The curriculum is organised to ensure complete coverage for each child as he/she passes through the school. This is achieved through thorough daily, short, medium and long term planning.
Boys and girls are taught in a variety of ways:
- One to one
- Small groups
- Whole class
Encouragement is given to work hard and achieve potential. The opportunity is always there for a child to progress at their own rate and pace.
What is the National Curriculum?
State schools in England must teach a range of subjects according to targets set by the National Curriculum. This was established in 1989 to ensure the same standards of teaching and learning across the nation.
The National Curriculum covers learning for all children aged 5-16 in state schools, and sets out:
- Which subjects should be taught
- The knowledge, skills and understanding your child should achieve in each subject (according to your child’s age)
- Targets – so teachers can measure how well your child is doing in each subject
- How information on your child’s progress should be passed on to you.
- Any additional information regarding the school curriculum can be requested at the school office.