Thematic Curriculum

Learning is a skill that's essential for life, enabling us all to continue to develop and thrive throughout our lives. We are proud of our exciting thematic curriculum, which is constantly growing and evolving to follow the interests of the children, whilst also delivering the knowledge and skills we know that they need.

We aim for every child to make progress in every learning experience at Parkwood. Learning focuses not only on developing skills and knowledge to support children in life; we also help to develop skills and attitudes needed for learning itself.

Principles of our theme based curriculum

There are three levels to our curriculum:

Intended- "the matter meant"

Implemented- "the matter taught"

Achieved (enacted) - "the matter learnt"

(Bauersfeld, 1979)

Each theme is taught as an immerse experience for our children so they are able to gain a wide range of learning experiences. The themes are underpinned by key skills which are linked to a range of subjects across the curriculum.

Although English, Maths and Spanish are stand alone subjects, there is a clear link to the theme, especially in English using key texts. Spoken language will also form an important part of the learning and opportunities will be given to practice and develop aspects of spoken language.

The theme always begins with a 'hook' or 'memorable' experience, there will be many trips and workshops throughout the school year to ensure that pupils have a full understanding of the subject.

The theme lessons always work towards a meaningful ending where the class creates a product they are proud of or share a performance with others about what they have learnt. What the final lessons do provide is evidence to support children depth of understanding around the theme.

See below for the overview for each year group:

Nursery Autumn     Nursery Spring       Nursery Summer

Reception Autumn     Reception Spring    Reception Summer

Year 1 Autumn       Year 1 Spring       Year 1 Summer

Year 2 Autumn      Year 2 Spring        Year 2 Summer

Year 3 Autumn       Year 3 Spring       Year 3 Summer

Year 4 Autumn       Year 4 Spring       Year 4 Summer

Year 5 Autumn      Year 5 Spring        Year 5 Summer

Year 6 Autumn       Year 6 Spring       Year 6 Summer

Spanish

At Parkwood we teach Spanish from Nursery to Year 6 as part of our curriculum offer. A specialist teacher works with class teachers to deliver an exciting curriculum across the school. Pupils also have a chance to work with classes in other countries through Skype. In year 5 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Spain to practise what they have learned in a real world setting.

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please speak to one of our teaching staff or contact the school office

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