At Park Hill Junior School, our curriculum is carefully designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils, giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
Our curriculum ensures that pupils become resilient, successful, and creative life-long learners. Our pupils’ physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. Our curriculum ensures that pupils embrace and celebrate the culture of our school community. We have developed our curriculum to ensure our children leave Park Hill Junior School with the skills and emotional well-being that they need for the future and to have a curious mind about the world around them. Our curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community whilst supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The model below shows our curriculum aims and areas of learning.
At Park Hill we believe the cornerstones of our curriculum to be integral to all aspects of learning. Through our broad and balanced curriculum, children are taught the National Curriculum subjects using themes. Overviews of these themes can be found here:
In order for all pupils to achieve their best, we believe in creating a positive and secure environment, in which children can learn independently and collaboratively. We incorporate our five learning behaviours (respectful, resilience, positive relationships, resourceful, reflective) into all areas of the curriculum and school life. This encourages children to become self-confident, mature and take responsibility for their learning, whilst also fostering mutual respect, understanding and celebrating the diversity of our community.
To support our digital literacy aspect of the curriculum, we have interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and a set of Apple iPads for each year group. Our children enjoy developing and mastering their skills using this equipment in a range of subjects.
As children learn differently, we aim to provide a variety of learning environments and tailored support to enable each child to realise their full potential. Children have the opportunity to shine and develop their self-esteem in a range of areas including extra-curricular activities, creative and expressive arts, competitive sports, and experiences which support the curriculum e.g. residential trips. They have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents, carers and other learners through school-based and home learning.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils, including, in line with the aim of the Trust in which the school sits, the Health Related Fitness objective. The outdoor learning area has been developed so it can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science.
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 and as future responsible citizens.
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 the curriculum overviews (found above) and produce knowledge organisers for the upcoming themes. You may wish to talk about the themes at home with your child, or perhaps arrange a family outing to increase awareness and understanding of a subject.
Statement to be reviewed: September 2020.