Curriculum

Curriculum Intent 

At Pooles Park Primary School our curriculum is designed to inspire enthusiasm for learning, to ensure achievement and to support pupil well-being and happiness.  The curriculum is uniquely designed to meet the needs of our children. We place particular emphasis on three areas. Each year group will also engage in a major enrichment project in addition to their core timetable. 

Reading 

Reading is the foundation of our curriculum. Word recognition and phonics begins in the Nursery. Expanding children’s vocabulary is one of the most important things we do. Reading for understanding and enjoyment remains a key focus until children leave for secondary school.

British Values 

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

British values are a core part of our curriculum. Our  Philosophy For Children programme gives all pupils the opportunity to discuss important issues. All year groups study  a Shakespeare play and other aspects of British culture. Educational visits to London and the surrounding area are used to develop children’s understanding of the culture they live in.

Sustainability 

Sustainability and learning about the environment has been a key strand of our curriculum for many years. The recent national and international interest in this area is very welcome. We have an award winning garden which is used to teach all areas of the curriculum.We employ an Environmental Teacher who teaches the children how to grow food in an urban environment. 

Click on the links below to download a copy of our year by year curriculum maps:

 

Curriculum

Phonics in Nursery – Y2 is taught using the Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc programme.

Maths throughout the school is taught using White Rose Maths.

Literacy in Y2 – Y6 is taught using the Ruth Miskin Inc. Literacy and Language programme.

Please follow this link to a list of great reading books for all ages: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/ess/Bookshelf-Essentials.html

In addition to excellent academic standards in teaching, we are very conscious of the importance of other aspects of a child’s life and how these can affect their time at school. Through our Pastoral Care team we are committed to ensuring your child’s emotional and physical well-being, along with their educational development.

Assessment

Assessments are a key tool in identifying next steps in children’s learning.  All curriculum levels have now been phased out and we assess childrens’ learning using a step based system. Termly parents evenings and an annual report ensure that we maintain on-going communication between the important adults in your child’s life. We place a high value on establishing close links between home and school so that we can effectively work together to achieve the best for each child.