Park Hill Junior School – Curriculum Statement
We design our curriculum carefully, using the National Curriculum 2014 document to help each child to achieve their best. In order to do this, we believe in creating a positive and secure environment in which children can learn and use a range of strategies to enable this, so that children work in groups, in pairs, and individually. In this way, we encourage children to become more self-confident, mature, independent, and take responsibility for their learning, whilst fostering the mutual respect and supporting peer discussion and debate.
We also provide opportunities for children to experience a sense of achievement through sport and the creative arts which is central to the school’s successful philosophy of developing children’s self-esteem and making them life-long learners.
Life in Britain in the 20th Century is a strong theme across all subjects and this, in turn, encompasses the value we place on being British.
Our children are taught a broad and balanced curriculum covering all areas of the national curriculum:
English, Maths, Science, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Music, Art, Design Technology, Religious Education, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.) Children are also taught French as part of our Modern Foreign Language Programme.
In addition to cross-curricular lessons, history and geography are explicitly taught to ensure children are fully immersed with a topic, as well as critical thinking opportunities throughout the school year to practise their skills using a variety of resources, research skills and themed weeks to further inspire our children. ICT is embedded across all areas of the curriculum. We have interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, a set of Apple iPads for each year group and our children enjoy developing and mastering their research skills using these equipment.
Where possible, we look for enrichment opportunities to support our teaching of the National Curriculum. These may take place in school time - through workshops, drama and performances from external providers; or as after-school clubs involving a range of activities.
Teaching methods used will vary according to the type of activity or the aims of each particular session. Children are taught as whole classes, in small groups and as individuals. As children learn differently, we aim to provide a variety of learning environments and support to enable each child to realise their full potential.
By the end of their time at Park Hill Junior School, our children are confident, responsible, independent learners, ready for their transition to secondary school.
Please browse through the tabs below to get an overview of what our curriculum entails:
If you have any questions/queries about the curriculum, please speak to your child's Class Teacher or Year Group Leader.
Each term we will display a curriculum overview of the topics to be covered in their child's class on the noticeboards outside Y3/4 and Y5/6 and on the website. You may wish to talk about the topics at home with your child, or perhaps arrange a family outing to increase awareness and understanding of a subject.