At Parkend Primary our curriculum comprises all the learning and other experiences that we plan to meet the needs and interest of our pupils. It is constantly evolving to develop the skills needed for children to become successful learners, help prepare them for life in modern Britain and empower them to achieve success in the future. Our aim, to deliver a dynamic and innovative curriculum that challenges, excites and inspires children to become successful and confident life-long learners who take a pride in themsleves and achieve their best the can, as well as become curious thinkers with everyone together on the learning journey
The school’s curriculum promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and understanding, and a love of learning. It covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, technical, creative and sporting achievements. It has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety, and contributes very well to pupils’ academic achievement, their physical well-being, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At Reception and Key Stage 1 (and into Key Stage 2 where needed) we have used ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach Phonics.
However, from November with consultation with the Mangotsfield we have taken the decision to use Floppy Phonics as the main driver. Not only has this scheme introduced new texts and access to updated books; we have also chosen to use the Floppy Phonics scheme as the pupils need a deeper understanding of phonics that lead to increased understanding of spelling patterns and comprehension skills.
We continue to teach phonics daily in Key Stage 1 with a 20 minute phonic session, where the children learn about how to read and write using phonic knowledge. The children play many different phonic games to develop their understanding of how sounds make words and how words are used to make sentences.
All Year 1 children participate in the National Phonic Screening in June. They read twenty real and twenty ‘psuedo’ words to test their phonic knowledge. Those pupils in year 2 who did not gain their pass mark in the Phonics Screening retake the screening in June with the year 1 pupils. Although there is not a high percentage of pupils who do not achieve the pass mark for the screening; phonics remains to be taught for those who require it across the school.