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Park Hall Infant Academy

Curriculum Design

At Park Hall Infant Academy we want our children to be successful, confident, enthusiastic, caring and happy. Central to this are the key academic, personal and life skills, including thinking for themselves, solving problems and making healthy lifestyle choices which prepare them for the next stage of their lives. Our curriculum ensures that children have the opportunity to think about, begin to understand and enjoy experiences based on countries, religious beliefs and cultures that differ from our own to appreciate and respect similarities and differences. It is also important that we invest in their cultural capital – our school and British core values, and the essential knowledge that our children need to be educated citizens, to be successful members of our community by working together and thinking of others.

Key Skills

English

Maths

To deliver an innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children’s written and oral communication and creativity.  Throughout the school pupils are taught to read successfully and with understanding -developing the ability and desire to read widely and deeply for pleasure and information. They acquire and can apply the key skills of spelling, grammar and punctuation. They write clearly, accurately coherently and neatly.

To ensure that pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, know and can confidently apply key skills and reason mathematically. It is essential that all children have a secure and confident grasp and can apply age-appropriate key skills and mathematical vocabulary which allows them to access a deeper understanding and make links between areas of maths, applying their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

Personal Development and Values

Personal Skills

Cultural Capital

British Values

Leadership Independence

Resilience Commitment

Self-reliance Team work

Curiosity Perseverance

We feel that it is important that children understand

and value their own identity and heritage. This

includes their cultural roots and being citizens

of Walsall, West Midlands, the UK and as members of a global society.

Democracy

Individual liberty

Pride

Mutual respect

Rule of Law and tolerance

Inclusiveness

Creativity

Art & Design Design Technology Expressive Arts

We want our children to be creative, confident in the use of colour and different artistic mediums. Pupils need to develop their artistic skills in drawing, painting, modelling, designing, 3D techniques and an appreciation of artists through confident creativity.

We want our pupils to use of a broad range of skills and understanding to design and make products that solve real & relevant problems in a variety of contexts. Pupils will develop their designing, making, evaluating and adapting skills. An appreciation of music, dance and drama as essential elements of cultural capital. We place great value on children’s ability to express themselves through the arts, dance, drama & languages.

History and Heritage                                      Sports

History

Physical Education

Our history curriculum stimulates the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past and significant events that have affected society. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they begin to develop a sense of identity and cultural understanding. By considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today.

PE is an essential part of the school curriculum, enhancing development of the whole child. It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and promotes character building, co-operation and self-esteem. Pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.

Understanding the World

Geography

Cultural Heritage

Our Geography curriculum engages children in the study of the wider world, people, places & the environment. Children need to have a knowledge of the world– oceans continents, major countries & cities, social and physical geography, the environment and sustainability.

It is equally important that our children have an age appropriate understanding of British and World News. Current affairs are included through Votes for Schools which covers  matters of political importance such as Brexit, who is our Prime Minister; propaganda and fake news.

Discovery

Science

Computing

Developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, and a thirst for investigation, experimentation, exploration and discovery. Through practical investigation and the development and application of key scientific skills from year to year.

Understanding and applying the fundamental principles of computing. Including logic, algorithms and data representation as well as digital technology.

 

Due to 'Covid 19' some of the Curriculum Design will be adapted and subject to change. Please refer to the Academy Covid Risk assessment.
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