The Curriculum at Park Hill Junior School.
Park Hill Junior School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new Primary Curriculum from September 2014 onwards. The new curriculum has been introduced with the aim of raising standards, and takes inspiration from the world’s most successful school systems, such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland.
With a focus on excellence and core skills, it is intended to be more challenging, although the content is actually slimmer than the previous curriculum. Emphasis is on essential core subject knowledge and skills, such as essay writing and computer programming.
The school staff have been preparing for this significant change, and have revised our school based schemes of work, in order to meet the demands of the new curriculum.
The following subjects are compulsory at KS2:
Core Subjects: English, Maths & Science
Foundation Subjects: Art & Design, Computing (previously called ICT), Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Foreign Language.
All schools are required to teach Religious education at all key stages. The RE at Park Hill follows the Croydon RE syllabus and celebrates all major world.
Our aim is to teach the foundation subjects of the new curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way primarily through a thematic approach. In particular we have introduced the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as the basis for our cross curricular themes.
The International Primary Curriculum at Park Hill Junior School
We are introduced the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) at Park Hill Junior School in September 2014. The IPC is a curriculum used in over 1,000 schools in 65 countries around the world. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. At Park Hill Junior School we want our children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want our children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
Many subjects are taught through cross-year topics and some topics involve the whole of a key stage.
Each term we will provide parents with a curriculum overview of the topics to be covered in their child’s class (click here for a copy of the overview). Parents may then wish to talk about these topics at home with their child, or perhaps arrange a family outing to increase awareness and understanding of a subject.
If you have any questions/queries about the curriculum, please speak to your child’s class teacher or year group leader.