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At Parnwell Primary School we aim to provide our children with life long skills which transfer into jobs, family life and their own personal growth and success.

We hope to inspire and enrich our children through a varied, engaging and challenging curriculum. Each year children study 5 topics during the year – with a longer topic in the Spring term. These topics are incredibly varied and provide a number of opportunities to explore history, geography, science, art and all other aspects.

Each unit starts with an immersion opportunity, capturing the children’s imaginations, and then children are challenged to work towards a celebration event which could be anything from a fancy dress day, a trip or a presentation to members of the governors or parents.

One benefit of this type of curriculum is the ability to make cross-curricular links to literacy and numeracy, supporting our children to make connections across a range of subjects.

History
The teaching of history takes our children on a journey through time. The subject is initiated through children’s early experiences of history, which leads them to discover key figures and events through the ages and explore and investigate in more detail, the major periods of history, as they progress through our school. It encourages an understanding of chronology and use of sources in  their enquiries and expects them to make comparisons and draw conclusions Photographs, videos and artefacts are among the resources used to support the teaching of History from Early civilisations to 1066 and local study.
 

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

Children’s local geography is the starting point of the curriculum for this subject. As they progress through the school they have the opportunity to improve their enquiry skills and explore physical and political geography as well as investigating human resources and their impact on local and world wide environmental issues. Maps, photographs and videos are some of the available resources to support this.

 

MusicThis subject is highly valued at Parnwell Primary School. Children are encouraged to develop a love of music through exposure to a variety of music and the opportunity to represent their compositions through a range of presentations. They are encouraged to listen and appraise music and to clearly express their opinion for preference. Singing and performing are an integral part of the curriculum and supported by a variety of musical instruments. Instrumental tuition is available currently for the guitar and we have an established recorder club. 

 

 

 

 

 

Art and Design 
Children are progressively taught skill and techniques that they are encouraged to apply to a wide range of materials and mediums, with a variety of different tools. They are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding and encouraged to express their opinions and preferences. Their introduction to a range of artists encourages their evaluation skills and can influence the interpretation and composition of their work.

Physical Education (P.E)

Children are progressively taught skill and techniques that they are encouraged to apply to a wide range of materials and mediums, with a variety of different tools. They are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding and encouraged to express their opinions and preferences. Their introduction to a range of artists encourages their evaluation skills and can influence the interpretation and composition of their work.

Design and Technology

Planning and evaluating are an essential part of the development of this subject. It is often presented through projects and lends itself to the inclusion of other curriculum skills. Pupils select materials and they assess their effectiveness for the task. The design and making elements require interaction between pairs or small groups and encourage a co-operative and constructive support to pupils of all abilities. Product knowledge is also explored as children progress through the school. This supports the development of their work for the project they have undertaken and extends their understanding of technological processes and their contributions to our community and the wider world.

Religious Education
Our school follows the recommendations and guidelines of the Peterborough agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Through this the focus is largely Christian; with knowledge of the other four major religions offered to improve the understanding of the other communities with which we share our community and the wider world. Our daily worship is non-denominational and guest speakers may be invited to present an assembly as appropriate. Our teachers also present assemblies on a regular basis with themes linked to world events and aspects of SMSC. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education but would be required to provide an alternative work schedule for this period of learning.
 

 

 

 

  

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship

At Parnwell School we follow the Cambridgeshire PSHE scheme of work which is linked, as far as possible, to our topic. This aspect of the curriculum promotes responsible attitudes to each other and those around us. It encourages personal responsibility for actions, decisions and their outcomes in school and in their lives. Issues of health and safety are explored and children’s opinions are openly discussed and shared. Children are encouraged to tolerate the views of others and to voice disagreement in a constructive and respectful way. Children are made aware of health issues and their importance. They are introduced to the aspects of local government and the democratic system in the latter years of Key Stage 2.

 

MFL

Learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should encourage pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At Parnwell Primary School we help pupils to express their ideas and thoughts through the teaching of French and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes.