Our Curriculum

Our aim is to provide our children with an exciting, engaging, broad and balanced curriculum built around our Learn Together Curriculum and the National Curriculum whilst following the interests of the children. We believe that children learn best when they experience a varied and diverse range of activities and subjects.

We believe that outdoor learning is very important and we aim to get the children out into the local and wider community as much as possible. We aim to use our school grounds, neighbouring parks and gardens to develop this further whilst taking the children on educational visits further afield to give them wider learning opportunities and experiences.

National Curriculum Years 1 to 6

From Year 1 upwards we follow the National Curriculum which includes a range of subjects, focussing on English and Maths.

Teachers are given the autonomy to plan topics which are of interest to the children. These topics are then carefully thought through to cover a wide range of subject areas. Our topic choices aim to encompass all areas of learning and provide many opportunities to develop our children’s English and Maths skills. English and maths are taught every day both across various subjects and in discrete lessons.

Click here to find out more about the National Curriculum

THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM

Children in our Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through a play-based approach to learning. The curriculum includes the following seven areas of learning:

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• English
• Mathematics
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design

Click here to find out more about the EYFS curriculum

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In an Educate Together school, a daily period of time is set aside for the ethical education curriculum, which is delivered in addition to the National Curriculum. This program is called the “Learn Together” curriculum and is published by Educate Together. It defines the core values of all teaching and learning in the school. It is subject to continuous review and development.

Learn Together Somerdale Educate Together Primary

The Learn Together Curriculum

The programme is divided into four strands: Moral and Spiritual Development, Justice and Equality, Ethics and the Environment and Belief Systems. The curriculum specifically addresses the Educate Together ethos and it is here that the values that the school seeks to model in its ‘characteristic spirit’ are articulated and explained in greater depth.

Moral and Spiritual Development

The aim is to help children develop a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of right and wrong. Teachers aim to develop a strong awareness of social, ethical and moral standards through reflecting on the meaning and purpose of life. The strand should encourage and develop the individual on their journey to inner discovery and empower the child to make informed moral choices.

Equality and Justice

The general aim of the strand is to develop in children a critical knowledge, understanding and awareness of issues relating to human rights, equality, culture and diversity, social justice and social inclusiveness and to empower them to make a difference.

Belief Systems

This strand explains and explores the major belief systems and life stances in the world in an educational manner, teaching children about these faiths and beliefs without endorsing any particular one as religious truth. This strand of the curriculum is usually very important to ensure that children of all backgrounds feel fully part of the school.
Particular care is taken to represent non-theistic, humanist, atheist and personal life stances as equally valid as traditional religions.
During the year, an Educate Together school may mark – in an age appropriate way – festivals such as Chinese New Year, Easter, Hindu festival of lights (Diwali), Harvest Festivals, Samhain (Halloween), Darwin Day, Ramadan and Eid, Hanukkah and Christmas.

Ethics and the Environment

The school develops in children a knowledge, appreciation and respect for their environment to empower them to take an active role in its stewardship. The environment is defined to include concepts of social, economic, political and environmental sustainability.
Children are expected to participate in the study of environment and social issues in their own community and take appropriate action. This may involve setting up an eco-school committee, visiting the elderly, surveying waste, traffic or water use in the area, setting up mini social enterprises and making representations to the local council or political representatives.

The program allows the school to explore the similarities and differences with the older celebrations that underlie many of these festivals. Examples would be how Celtic festivals and practices underpin the way that Easter is celebrated in Britain or the solstice-based festivals that occur in many religions around the end of the year.

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Article 2: All children have rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Article 42: You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them, too.

Somerdale Educate Together Primary Rights Respecting Schools Award

At Parklands Educate Together we have a commitment to our ethos and encourage our children to have an understanding of their rights.

Now that we have moved into our new building we will be working towards achieving the  Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), Bronze: Rights Committed. 

We are always striving to create the best possible learning environment for our children and we hope this focus and achievement shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

We will set up a pupil-led steering group and have an action plan to ensure that:

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) underpins our values and decision making in school
  • The whole school learns about the CRC and respects the rights of others
  • Children are empowered to become active learners and active local and global citizens.
  • If you would like to find out more or be part of the RRSA Steering Group please contact the School Office.

We will look to run a virtual workshop for parents this year, to provide you with more information about the above.

You have the right to education which develops your personality, respect for other’s rights and the environment.

Article 29 of the UNCRC says that a child or young person’s education should help their mind, body and talents be the best they can. It should also build their respect for other people and the world around them. In particular, they should learn to respect:

  • their rights and the rights of others
  • their freedoms and the freedoms of others
  • their parents
  • the identity, language and values of countries including their own.

Education should prepare children and young people for a responsible life in a free society. It should teach them how to live in an understanding and tolerant way that is non-violent and that respects the environment.

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We all have values by which we and our families try to live our lives by. These can include values such as integrity, trust, respect, kindness, perseverance, justice and so on.

At Educate Together we have our 4 core principles and the objectives in the Learn Together curriculum. We use values to teach about this.

Each month we look in depth at one and bring it into all we do. This way the children begin to think for themselves what they, their families, the school and their friends think is important. We find that discussing values helps children to realise that whilst we may all have different beliefs and different cultures or ways of life we actually share much in what we believe in.

By referring back to the values children can begin to think about how to behave and respond to the situations they come across in life. They are helped to understand what is important to their own family and to others. This way they will grow up able to understand and find the shared values with all people they come across.

Are there any faiths or cultures that do not value honesty, respect, friendship or kindness? By sharing and discussing these we realise that we have far more in common with each other than what separates us.

To see our Value of the Month timetable click here:

Value of month Parklands

British Values are important to us and fit in completely with Learn Together and our values. They represent the relationships we form with one another and underpin our ethos.

Parklands is committed to serving the community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.

We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexual, political or financial status. We are an inclusive school and the promotion of modern British values and democracy is clearly evident within our school.

We understand the importance of the current Ofsted guidance: should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.

Democracy

Children are actively encouraged to have a voice and share their views and opinions regularly.

Each child contributes their ideas to their own class charter. This sets rules for classroom conduct and establishes the standards of behaviour children can expect from each other over the year. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Learn Together sessions and through our pupil questionnaire. Children use debating in their learning and understand the principles they should follow. Our school behaviour policy ensures that both sides of any dispute are taken into account, with agreed sanctions in place. Parents, Carers and staff complete questionnaires which provides them with the opportunity to share views of the learning at Parklands and suggest ways in which the school can be improved further.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced throughout our regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Our school and class rules, rewards and sanctions, which are displayed in all classrooms and referred to regularly and consistently upheld are a practical example of this. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our citizenship curriculum.

Individual Liberty

Within our school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, how they record their learning, lunch options, participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices and make decisions.

Mutual Respect

As an Educate Together school, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Respect is reinforced through our behaviour policy, school and class rules.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Collective Worship is regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Each year the children explore a world faith alongside their learning about Christianity. By the time they leave us, all children have learnt about the beliefs and practices of people of the following world faiths; Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. As part of our Whole School Pause entitled ‘Around the World’ the children have experiences of many cultures including language, food, dress and beliefs and customs.

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views. The Governing Body of Parklands has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong Christian values to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences.

We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. At Parklands all staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. All staff and governors have undergone Prevent training.

•Children are encouraged to adopt and live out our Core Values. These complement the key “British Values” of tolerance, respect, understanding, compassion and harmonious living.

•Children are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through the SEAL (Social, emotional aspects of learning).

•Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school and when using the internet.

•Children participate in local community events so that they appreciate and value their neighbours and friends who may not share their faith background.

•Children’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience is promoted through our planned curriculum and extra-curricular learning opportunities.

•Children are supported in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.

Curriculum

Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance, diversity and British values. In Key Stage 1 we study several famous British people such as Guy Fawkes, Florence Nightingale, Queen Victoria and Major Tim Peake. We also celebrate or commemorate key dates in British history such as Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. British history is interwoven within our topics. We study geographical and historical elements of Britain. We learn about the Roman Empire and its impact in Britain. We study the life of Henry VIII, World War I as well as looking as the lives of significant British explorers. We also look at crime and punishment across the ages.

As a school we hold Remembrance Day commemorations where children purchase poppies, a two minute silence is held.

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Our school Mental Health lead is: Jeremy Hughes

Mental Health Parklands Educate Together Primary

Parklands Educate Together Primary Academy is committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of every child.  We believe that the school can help pupils build resilience and improve their mental health.

Our Learn Together curriculum, in particular our Moral and Spiritual strand focuses on supporting children both physically and emotionally to promote positive mental health and we provide a range of opportunities for children to actively support this.

As a school we actively encourage the children to express and talk about their feelings including how we can look after our bodies both physically and mentally. The children have opportunities to talk with adults who they are comfortable with in a safe, nurturing environment.

Mental health and wellbeing:

Information for parents and carers of primary aged children.

We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally. You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes. We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health then you are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses . There is good support available from local and national organisations. The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.

To find information on local support services please click here.

Local Services Available for Children

The School – Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better. In the first instance please speak to your child’s class teacher by arranging a convenient time to call them. They will then liaise with Steve, our Mental Health Lead for further advise and support.

Your GP – A GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.

The School Nurse – Parents/carers can contact the  North Somerset School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service  (CAMHS) – A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

Off the Record – Counselling service for young people  

Websites That Offer Information and Advice

The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties:-

Young Minds: – Help for Parents – Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544

You’re Never too Young to Talk Mental Health – leaflet for parent/carers of primary aged children

Childline – Lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations

Minded for Families – Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers

Happy Maps – Lots of information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups including pre-school and primary age

Every Mind Matters – NHS endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people and equip parents with knowledge to support them

Looking after your own mental health

Your own mental health and wellbeing is critical to your ability to support your child/children. Being a parent or carer can be difficult, especially if you are facing personal or financial challenges. It can help to talk to someone, such as a friend, family member or your GP, if you feel comfortable doing this. The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help:

The Wellbeing College – Directory and database of groups, activities and courses in the community that can support adult wellbeing.

Talking Therapies – Accessed through G.P or self-referral.

Bath Mind – Tel: 01823 276 892

https://www.mindinsomerset.org.uk

Samaritans – Tel:  free 116 123

NHS Choices: moodzone – Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing

CALM Campaign against living miserably

Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations

1 Big Database – links to a wide range of useful information for families including Ofsted registered childcare, parenting support, groups, clubs and events.

Rainbow Resource – Signposts to organisations, services, support, activities and groups for children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs.

Citizens Advice – Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt.

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At Parklands Educate Together, Art is an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.

During their time at PET, children will learn about a diverse range of artists and movements and will develop the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Each year group studies an artist in depth.

Teachers use the progression of skills document when planning units so that they can identify the skills children need to be taught. Within each unit the sequence of lessons includes:

Generating ideas- children explore an artist in depth and use correct vocabulary to discuss and analyse works of art. They look at the artists use of tools, techniques and formal elements. In Key Stage 2 children use a sketchbook to record their ideas and experiences and explore different versions of an idea.
Making- Children use their own ideas and their knowledge of the artist and techniques explored to create their own artwork.
Evaluating- children critique their own and others’ work.
The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of artists.

 

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At Parklands, Computing is taught as a specific lesson but also in a cross curricular manner. By the time they leave us, our pupils are competent digital citizens, able to understand the science of computing, use a variety of technology effectively and creatively, and behave safely and responsibly online. Computing at Parklands is taught in different ways:

Children learn about how to use algorithms to create, debug and test computer programmes to achieve a range of different functions, from creating animations to solving simple problems. This strand also teaches children how to apply computational thinking to other areas of their learning.

They will study how to use technology, both hardware and software, to accomplish objectives. In this strand, children learn how to use programmes like Word and Excel to process data, how to operate laptops and tablets to support their learning across the curriculum, and how to use cameras and microphones to create multimedia projects.

Digital Literacy is the study of how to use technology in a responsible way. This strand recognises that technology and the internet is a huge part of the world that our pupils will be growing up in, so it’s important that we teach them how to do this safely and responsibly. This strand covers our work on online safety, but also covers how children can make sure that they avoid harming others online and how they can identify the credibility and truth of things they see online.

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Please see our overview for Geography below:

Georgraphy overview

We will develop the children’s learning through practical investigation and exploration wherever possible, using our local environment and wider sources of information.

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We aim to develop the children’s enquiry skills as well as their historical knowledge in a systematic way at Parklands. Learning is enhanced by visitors or trips wherever possible.

An overview of the content and the skills progression can be found here:

History overview yr 1-6

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Please find below information on how children learn the different calculation strategies and progression at the stages of their education. It also provides some ideas for home learning and how you can support children.

Reception-approach-to-numbers.docx

Years 1-6 can be found on the White Rose website:

Click HERE

This provides a lot of information for parents & carers, as well as the different strategies used at school.

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What is our vision for Music at Parklands ET?

Children will leave school with a solid understanding of basic musical theory.

This will include:

  • Technical vocabulary.
  • Knowledge of instruments and orchestral families.
  • Having performed to an audience (E.g. Parent share morning, assembly performance, school nativity).
  • Children will leave school with a sense of rhythm and timings.
  • They should be able to play as part of a group either by using percussion, an instrument of their own, or their voice.
  • Children will be taught by the North Somerset Music Service each year at Key Stage 2.

How will our children learn Music?

  • Ensure musical notes are being referred to along-side the correct technical vocabulary.
  • Arrange regularly opportunities for the children to showcase their learning.
  • Ensure singing assemblies are occurring regularly and the children are exposed to a range of song styles. (E.g. Call and response, Parts in an echo, Harmonies etc).

How do Core Principles, Learn Together and the Rights of the Child impact on the subject?

  • Democratically run: All children have a chance to play and perform. Children have a choice about the direction of their music lessons and potentially the chance to have input when planning an assembly (age dependent). Parents have the chance to see their children perform.
  • Child centered: Children are able to showcase their skills if they play an instrument
  • Co-educational: A mixture of practical and musical theory. Chance to perform and encourage all children to develop on-stage presence.
  • Equality: All children have access to learning an instrument (North Somerset lessons in KS2).
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We follow the ‘Real PE’ scheme at school, which encourages positive attitudes towards physical and mental health in schools.

Children cover a range of sporting elements during their time at school, learning new skills.

Swimming starts in Year 4.

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Parent Consultation: Change to RSHE

In November 2020, we undertook a parent consultation on proposed changes to Relationships, Health and Sex Education at Parklands Educate Together.

This has informed our  Policy, which can be found on our policies page.

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At Parklands Educate Together Primary we hold a wide variety of events throughout the academic year to celebrate and engage the children in the world around them.


Comic Relief 19.3.2021

An exciting day today: superheroes everywhere, raising money for Comic Relief 2021 and the first batch of assemblies in our new school hall.


With the current restrictions on social events and pupils staying within their class bubbles, events are a little challenging at present but we will upload new images  when possible.

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