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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


Speak clearly, read with passion and write confidently


Recall, reason and apply

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.


1. To be fluent in spoken language through the use of drama, debate and discussion

2. To write with confidence and for a range of meaningful purposes and audiences

3. To read for pleasure, enjoy words and show a desire to engage imaginatively with texts.



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.


1. To recall key number facts

2. To reason using mathematical language and to justify thinking

3. To apply knowledge to solve a variety of problems



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.


Individual liberty


Mutual respect

Rule of Law and tolerance



Faiths, Reflection and Action

1. To know and talk about the core beliefs of Christianity and some other world faiths in the UK

2. To reflect on and discuss questions about, differences, identity, right and wrong

3. To live well by putting into action what we believe

PSHE  incl RSE

Healthy, Safe and Happy

1. To name and share my feelings appropriately

2. To recognise a safe and loving relationship

3. To know what helps good mental and physical health



Art & Design

Explore and create

Design Technology

Design, Make, Evaluate

Expressive Arts

Listening, singing, composing and performing

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.


1. To create products influenced by a range of artistic styles

2. To have confidence to use a range of media creatively

3. To know some artists and designers









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.


1. To plan and ask questions when designing

2. To make designs using a variety of tools imaginatively and safely

3. To evaluate the process and product









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.


1. To listen to a variety of music

2. To sing a wide range of songs

3. To compose using notation and improvisation

4. To perform songs and with instruments








               History and Heritage                            Sports


Learning from the past for the future

Physical Education

Agility, Activity and Coordination



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.


1. To know key historical facts

2. To use historical enquiy skills

3. To explain WHY we learn from history





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.


1. To know the skills needed to develop agility through the experience of different sporting activities

2. To use space and movement with skill and precision

3. To use balance and coordination, working alone and with others

Understanding the World


Me, My Community, My World

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.


1. To identify and describe different physical and human environments

2. To talk about the local community and beyond

3. To use a range of investigative and problem solving skills to explore the world

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.









See, link and wonder


To use technology safely and creatively.

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.



1. See: to notice and observe places, objects materials and living things

2. Link: to describe and compare similarities and differences in places, objects materials and living things

3. Wonder: to ask questions, recognising they can be asked, explored and researched in different ways










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



1. Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

2. Digital Literacy:  Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

3.Computer Science: Create, debug and predict the behaviour of algorithms










Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
A commitment to inclusivity

Park Hall Infant Academy is both welcoming and inclusive.  Our aims for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are the same as for all of our pupils; to provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum, full participation and the highest quality of education.  We understand the importance  of  making adjustments and personalisation of provision and building a picture based on the whole child.

We have established a genuine culture of school, family, community and services working together. We actively encourage partnerships with parents. Our aim is to inform and involve parents as much as possible in school decision making and provide them with support, advice and access to services. Our parents appreciate this approach. 

We believe in person centred learning and pupils are  enabled to be active participants - expressing opinions, making choices and being involved in setting their targets. We are lucky to have a very dedicated staff team, all of whom view themselves as teachers of all pupils, including those with SEND. 



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