Key Stage Curriculum

Curriculum at Park Academy

Park Academy is a school dedicated to serving the children in our local community to ensure they receive an all-round education rooted in our Christian values so they flourish, fulfil their full potential and appreciate their unique character and voice.  Our curriculum is designed to develop children’s character, intellect and curiosity.  We have high expectations for our children and aim to offer them an engaging, challenging and broad curriculum.

English

English is at the heart of the Park Academy curriculum.  All children are equipped with the necessary skills to communicate effectively, whether that be in speaking and listening, reading or writing.  The Success For All (SFA) programme is used across the school to effectively teach and target children’s individual needs.  Debating is incorporated into the curriculum so children are confident in sharing and discussing relevant and important issues with their peers using standardised English and an excellent range of vocabulary.

Mathematics

Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools, including logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. At Park, we believe that mathematics in important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them. We embed the Maths Mastery approach to provide the children with a rich mathematics curriculum to shape individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitiveinquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate maths resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full.

Please browse the ‘Mathematics’ link on our website for more information.

Science

Children are given the opportunity to broaden their scientific skills and knowledge through a range of practical and fun science lessons.  They are encouraged to create hypotheses and design innovative ways of testing their theories.  They work collaboratively to explore the world around them and challenge misconceptions based on the evidence of their findings.

History

Learning about the past and the methods used to study it, helps pupils make sense of the rich world in which they live. It is vitally important that we find out what has happened in the past using actual evidence that comes in a variety of forms and is presented in different ways. Through learning history, pupils develop their understanding of the concepts of continuity and change and how it can affect their lives no matter how distant the change. Pupils gain knowledge and understanding about some of today’s situations by examining them within a historical context. They begin a never- ending journey to appreciate human creativity and achievement, most importantly though by evaluating it is hoped that they can begin to gain a better awareness of how the future events of our world may be affected by our interpretation of those from the past.

Geography

Geography gives opportunity to explore and question our understanding of both the natural and the human world. At Park we believe that there should be a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

Excitingly, Geography enables pupils to become better educated citizens about their own world, through a gradual deepening understanding of it, the way that different societies and cultures have impacted on that world. Furthermore, the way that different natural phenomena affect the physical make up of our planet. Students can then investigate the relationship between these phenomena and the effect they have on our lives. Study of this discipline encourages pupils to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and what responsibilities they have to other people and the wider community. However it also provides students at Park with the opportunity to consider how pandemics, earthquakes, the sun, the moon and the uncertainty of our very existence. We want to ensure that through the study of Geography that we can gain an increasingly clearer understanding issues of concerning the environment i.e. global warming, deforestation, pollution and sustainable development.

Modern Foreign Languages

Children are taught French from Year Three upwards at Park Academy.  They engage in collaborative lessons to gain confidence and fluency in the French language over a variety of topics.  They are taught to speak and write with increased complexity.

Physical Education and Sport

PE at Park Academy allows children to develop a range of physical skills that they can use throughout their lives. It promotes an understanding of a healthy lifestyle and provides children with a range of ways to keep healthy. It teaches children the basic skills to allow them to try a range of sports during their lifetimes. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.

Religious Education

Children are taught:

  • A knowledge of Christianity; its stories, traditions, festivals, worship and teachings
  • An awareness of life’s spiritual dimension
  • A sense of Christian morality; explored through our Christian values of respect, perseverance, friendship and forgiveness.
  • A knowledge of and respect for the other world faiths.

 

Through the above, we aim to help children to:

 

  • develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in their own and other’s life experiences.
  • develop knowledge, understanding and respect for the range of religions and cultural differences found locally, nationally and internationally.
  • develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition.
  • develop investigative and research skills to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues.

Art and Design & Technology

Art and Design technology provide opportunities for children to engage in visual, tactile and sensory experiences.  Learning and communicating in these subjects is a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

Music

Park Academy works with the Merton Music Foundation to deliver an excellent and varied music curriculum to all children at Park.  A variety of opportunities are offered to the children, for example, the following whole class instrumental lessons are taught: guitar, percussion, gamelan and drumming.  Children also engage in fun singing lessons to enhance their singing skills.

ICT vision and implementation

There is a clear linkage between the school development plan and budget. Park Academy will implement an appropriate finance package to allow robust planning for what will be a small school with little room for contingency in our annual grant. The school will distinguish between ICT as a resource to facilitate learning and ICT as an area of knowledge and skills to learn itself. The school will equip all children to become autonomous users of ICT across the curriculum and train children through specific ICT sessions, providing access on demand and secure ICT facilities. Our teaching spaces will be a mixture of small and large group spaces for interventions and whole class learning, respectively.

English as an additional language (EAL)

At Park we believe that EAL children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum within a positive and respectful school culture in which staff know and care about pupils.All EAL children are encouraged to achieve their full potential, to be included in the social and academic life of the school and to be provided with the culture capital that will help them to succeed in life. At Park we strive to develop well rounded children who are responsible, respectful and active citizens who will play their part and flourish in our society. We take pride in supporting our children to develop their confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they keep themselves mentally healthy. EAL children are supported to develop a range of social skills in different context understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions- to primarily succeed in life.

 

Special Education Needs (SEN)

At Park we believe that SEN children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. This is set within a positive and respectful school culture in which staff know and care about pupils.All SEN children are encouraged to achieve their full potential; to be included in the social and academic life of the school as well as being provided with the cultural capital and character education that will help them to succeed in life. At Park we strive to develop well rounded children who are responsible, respectful and active citizens who will play their part and flourish in our society. All staff take great pride in supporting our children to develop their confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they keep themselves mentally healthy. SEN children are supported to develop a range of social skills in different contexts. They are supported in developing their understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions- to primarily succeed in their future lives where they will need to make decisions, based on a sound education that they have received in their most formative years.

 

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