Curriculum Overview

Park Hill Infants School provides a learning environment where each child is helped and encouraged to develop his or her full potential in a happy, caring and stimulating environment.

We believe that the curriculum is more than just the development of subject-based skills, knowledge and understanding, it also makes a vital contribution to the development of the children's attitudes and beliefs.  Our statement for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development can be viewed here.

We ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.  Our document 'Preparation for Life in Modern Britain' can be viewed here.

The school complies with the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and The National Curriculum. The curriculum also includes the development of positive personal attitudes, a sense of responsibility, care for people and the environment and a mutual respect for the contribution of each individual within the school community. We try to provide the children with an ever widening range of experiences which include doing, discussing, taking part and sharing.

Superskills for Learning

Children are encouraged to be independent in their learning and develop and use the school’s ten “Superskills for Learning”.  An effective learner is someone who… makes connections; collaborates; communicates; perseveres; is reflective; is confident; is creative; is a risk taker; is resourceful; is curious.  Children are rewarded for using these skills in their learning and are able to recognise these skills both in their own and others’ learning.

 

Growth Mindset

Children are encouraged to develop a growth mindset attitude towards their own learning. Children will learn:

  • Talents can be developed and great abilities can be built over time
  • To view mistakes as an opportunity to develop
  • To be resilient (they never give up)
  • To believe that effort creates success
  • To think about how they learn

 

Our Reading Scheme

We have developed a wide ranging reading scheme which provides opportunities for all pupils to engage with fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other text types throughout their time in and out of school.  We currently use an amalgamation of popular reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, and Project X. Each book band contains a variety of texts in order for the children to experience and learn from different structures, styles and formats of literature. The books are banded progressively by the English team in order to encourage appropriate challenge and enjoyment of reading.

 

Phonics

We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' program to teach phonics across the school.  In Reception the new sounds are introduced using the 'Jolly Phonics' scheme of work.

 

Our Early Years Curriculum covers six broad areas of experience:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 

Our Key Stage One Curriculum covers these subjects:

  • English, Maths and Science, (core subjects).
  • Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education.
  • We are also required to teach Religious Education to all pupils and follow the Croydon Scheme of Work.
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