The Early Years Foundation Stage is comprised of nursery and reception. Whilst in the Early Years Foundation Stage the children focus on areas of learning which include literacy, numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, creativity and physical, social and emotional development. Within these areas of learning children carry out activities linked to the chosen theme.
The curriculum at Central Park ensures that all children have full access to the statutory requirements of the national curriculum, whilst, further celebrating and utilising opportunities for learning in the school community. All stakeholders are part of creating a learning pathway that is relevant and meaningful to the individual, challenging and questioning to the next level. We aim to provide a learning journey that is both creative in its context and in the learning approach, specifically selecting the most appropriate pedagogical approach for purpose based on evidence, educational principle and aims rather than compliance.
We have created a curriculum that is challenging and exciting, personalised to the school community. It provides opportunities to learn about both local and global topics, celebrating local achievements, our local area and British Values. The school has a clear vision to support lifelong learning, and, therefore we actively encourage that skills are transferred and applied into other areas, ensuring a depth of learning. It is a curriculum that motivates challenges and inspires our learners to achieve to the highest level.
The curriculum is broad and balanced – English and Maths are split into units across the year and there are supporting lessons to develop particular areas of each subject. The curriculum actively promotes the basic skills of Maths and English to be part of all learning across all subjects. The topic planning (Geography, History, Art, Design), whilst directly supporting all key skills, is designed to excite children using the topic as an exciting way to hook children to learn new skills in each subject area. The topics change each term and have been carefully organised to build and develop learning in areas. RE teaching follows a syllabus as stated by the Local Authority. This year we have specialist teachers for PE, French and Art. This is to utilise the specialist skills of staff, whilst providing our staff with opportunities to develop their own knowledge and skills in particular areas.
The curriculum is always changing – it is constantly being evaluated and improved to meet assessment needs, interests of children and the changing expectations. The children really are the voice and the drive behind the learning at Central Park.
We aim to teach science that supports and increases children’s own natural curiosity and experiences. At the start of each new topic teachers collect children’s ideas and knowledge to ensure that learning is challenging and motivating. We provide the children with a variety of activities that involve scientific experiences. The children are encouraged to think and investigate in a number of ways both with the support of adults and independently to develop their knowledge. Teachers utilise ICT to support knowledge without losing focus developing scientific enquiry skills and working scientifically. Science wherever possible is practical allowing children to think scientifically, broaden their own thinking skills and at the same time develop their understanding of the different scientific concepts.
At Central Park Primary we make sure that all children get the chance to study different periods of history from all over the world. We develop the sense of chronology children have so that they become increasingly confident at comparing and ordering different periods of time. This allows them to interpret and communicate the ways in which different periods of history are different from one another, and what similarities they have may have. Most importantly, we promote an interest in historical enquiry which gives children an inquisitive approach to furthering their knowledge and understanding of which ever period they are studying. Educational visits and workshops are encouraged to excite children and enthuse them about history.
Geography is the study of places and how people relate to them. We are keen to help children understand their local community and about the wider world. Children are able to use maps to navigate their way around and to record their understanding of place. They are able to interpret data in tables and charts to help them understand the differences between places and to present their own observations about their local area. We encourage children to think about how they can have a positive impact upon the environment. To do this they need to know the difference between human and physical features of the environment. They also need to understand the sometimes complex way that our actions are connected to events across the Earth. At Central Park we use local and global current issues to support our theme based curriculum.
Art & Design
Art at Central Park is taught under our topic themes. We look closely at skills that focus upon colour, pattern, printing, texture and drawing throughout the school. Children use different starting points as a stimulus for their work and record ideas in their sketch books. Children evaluate and analyse their own and others' work; gain experiences of working with a range of different media and work in 2 and 3D. We learn about different styles and techniques; different cultures and artists.
To show value and importance to Art we have named each of our classrooms after Artists. This has supported a greater awareness and appreciation of different Art work. All children start their new academic year with a study around their class artist.
Design Technology (DT)
At Central Park we use the creative curriculum as a stimulus for Design and Technology. Children have the opportunity to work with electrical and mechanical components, mouldable materials, food, stiff and flexible sheet materials and textiles. This year we are planning to lead a DT focus week using English stories as a stimulus for ideas.
We use the SACRE locally agreed syllabus as the basis for planning religious education, trying to tie it wherever possible to the context of our themes. See our curriculum map for each unit. We ensure that all children visit a religious building each year to widen their experiences and explore their understanding. The subject leader has a clear map across the school to guarantee that all children visit all religious buildings by the end ofKS2.
In Music we encourage the children to develop an appreciation of all types of music by creating an awareness of rhythm and melody and by enjoying making music. Children are able to have instrument tuition in school from the Newham Music Academy. We also regularly provide additional opportunities for children to appreciate a variety of music – supporting Black History Month and weekly featured music in at lunchtimes.
Pupils take part in 2 session of PE each week and this includes gymnastics, dance, outdoor games and swimming. Each class is timetabled for indoor and outdoor activities. Physical education and school sport promotes qualities such as enjoyment, perseverance, enthusiasm, tolerance and reliability. PE sessions are delivered by a PE specialist for Key Stage 1 to build core skills and support training for our staff. In KS2 teachers use support programme such as, Val Sabin Programme, to support their teaching, building on the skills learning in KS1. We strongly believe in healthy competition and therefore we continue to increase the opportunities for this. We are building on our work to enter competitions across the borough, and now creating more ‘in school’ competitions, utilising our school house system. There are also plenty of opportunities for pupils to take part in sport during breakfast club, at lunchtime and after school.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
From Nursery to Y6 we are all learning French together at Central Park. Children in EYFS begin to learn some basic vocabulary introduced in a fun way to engage their curiosity. In years 1 and 2 children have 15 minute lessons, whereby, they learn further vocabulary through songs and games where appropriate. Year 3 - 6 have 1 session per week for 30 minutes with our specialist French teacher. Lessons are structured to develop their learning of grammar, spoken language and written language using assessment to build upon previous understanding. Children are excited by their learning of new languages and we now provide opportunities for our children to attend a residential visit to France to enrich their language and widen experiences.
The children’s economic understanding is also developed well through the enterprise aspects of our curriculum, which we strive to ensure they participate in throughout the year. We encourage them to work towards their personal aspirations and goals to develop self-esteem, confidence and a love of learning. These lifelong learning skills are developed through the use of project based learning. Some examples of this have included: selling art work to raise money for a local hospice called Richard House, and, designing and organising a fund raising event for Rainforests.
At Central Park Primary School Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education is central to equipping all pupils with the knowledge and skills to help them form positive relationships with those around them in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust in a community that is strengthened and enriched by a diversity of background, culture and religion.
We aim to provide opportunities to develop independence, self-worth and a solid understanding of a healthy lifestyle. PSHCE skills and objectives appear throughout the school curriculum as an integral part to learning. Children are given opportunities to deepen their understanding of diversity; appreciating and valuing differences within our school, local community and on a global scale. ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ and ‘Drug Education’ is taught throughout the school at an age-appropriate level using a prescribed scheme of work.
Our school assemblies, class singing and weekly ‘Celebration Assembly’ provide opportunities to reflect and share in the successes of peers.
At Central Park, we are keen to develop responsibility and children have many opportunities to take on roles within the school, including being a School Councillor, Sports Leader or Health monitors and House captains. We strive to ensure all children receive a wide range of learning opportunities that develop children’s awareness of themselves and others around them by the time they leave Central Park Primary School.