A wide range of creative learning experiences are offered throughout the time your child is attending Park Way Primary School. Children may be taught individually, in small groups within the class or in whole class groups, depending upon the nature of the subject being taught. This enables us to match the ability of your child to their next stage in learning. The children are encouraged to work in a sensible and purposeful manner within a carefully structured learning environment.
In Year R children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is specially tailored to meet the needs of 3 – 5 year olds. This is phased out gradually in Year 1 and the National Curriculum is introduced.
The current National Curriculum for England came into force in September 2014. The core subjects of the new National Curriculum are English, Mathematics and Science. In addition primary schools are required to teach Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Languages (at Key Stage 2). At Park Way, these subjects are taught following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which groups them into a series of topics or units of work, lasting half a term or a term. All schools are also required to teach Religious Education and should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).
At Park Way we use Read, Write, Inc. (RWI), a synthetic phonics programme, to teach our children phonics and ultimately how to read, write and spell. This is a whole school approach which begins with the basic sounds and letter formations and moves to more complex sounds and spellings linked with reading and comprehension. Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 learn their phonics hand in hand with learning to read. Children with difficulties reading further up the school, access the programme in order to fill the gaps in their learning and enable them to make progress in line with their peers. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to imbed the learning while also being entertaining and fun for all the children. During RWI sessions, all children are grouped appropriately into smaller, working groups of pupils with similar phonic understanding.
For further information visit the Read Write Inc Website
At Park Way we use SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) to teach PSHE. SEAL in primary schools offers a whole framework for promoting social and emotional literacy, supporting children with:
managing their feelings
The framework is divided into seven themes to be covered within the school year:
- New beginnings
- Getting on and falling out
- Say “no” to bullying
- Going for goals
- Good to be me
Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) are completed at the end of each key stage (7yrs (Year 2) and 11yrs (Year 6)) and these are nationally reported.