Our curriculum journey
We follow the revised national curriculum (2014) across key stage one and two. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Should you have any additional queries about our curriculum, please contact the school and a member of the team will be happy to discuss in more detail.
Our Curriculum 2023/24
After a number of years developing our own foundation subject curriculum we have, since March 2020, invested in a revised offer, building on what we learnt and reflecting a developing trust-wide curriculum in the subjects history, geography, science, art and DT. This was, and continues to be, a significant piece of work but will enable us to develop closer links with our partner trust primary schools and create a strong curriculum offer for our pupils, drawing on the expertise of staff across all our primary school settings. This allows us to create links between staff teams in partner schools and thus both positively impact on workload and extended opportunities in order to share ideas and collaboratively moderate standards in the future.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced and knowledge-rich; it aims to inspire pupils and promote excellent outcomes for all. The curriculum content in each subject area has been carefully selected based on national guidance, local knowledge and relevant research. Curriculum teams developed content, each subject being organised to ensure progression and consistency, ensuring that children can build on their knowledge from year to year. In this way, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific skills over time. Subject content has been selected to provide a curriculum which is relevant to our own Palace Fields Primary School children – to reflect their context locally – and establish the foundations for lifelong learning.
The school curriculum is underpinned by our school's 5 values of ACORN (Ambition, Creativity, Ownership, Resilience and Nuture. These are at the core of all activities, lessons and aspects of the school day.
The ongoing journey....
We understand at Palace Fields that we will always be adapting and developing our curriculum and that this is part of the school's ongoing journey as we continue to respond to the ever changing world around us. It is always a process!
In September 2023 we have moved to a mixed age class in Year 5/6. Please see their class page for details of their curriculum by subject for this year. The majority of our curriculum subjects follow a two year cycle and so mainly the class will follow cycle B.
For any further information about our curriculum please contact the school and we will be happy to provide further details.