At Southwark Park we aim to provide a rich, engaging curriculum for all children. We will continue to embed the new curriculum and strengthen the quality of provision this year, particularly around promoting British Values.
We believe that learning is a lifelong process and should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; it should be fun. Through our teaching we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives.
We aim to engage children in a stimulating, rewarding and challenging environment with high quality teaching through which to foster:
• Children who have a keen sense of their own progress, take pride in achievement and have a desire to succeed, seeing themselves as having limitless possibilities in their learning;
• Children who are literate and numerate;
• Enquiring, active minds that are excited by learning and want to learn more each day;
• Attitudes to learning so that children enjoy challenge, cope confidently with risk and failure, have the stamina and resilience to keep going, and see mistakes as something to learn from;
• Children who are independent and confident in their approach to learning, who persevere in their determination to be successful and make learning their own;
• Children’s ability to consider options, make informed choices and solve problems;
• Children who are flexible and able to support and cooperate with others, and understand the importance of nurturing good relationships;
• Imagination and creative expression through a wide range of media;
• Conscientious and responsible young citizens of our diverse society who are tolerant and respect others’ values;
• Effective links between the school, the child’s home and the community which encourage aspiration and high expectations;
• Equality of opportunity for all;
To find out more about the curriculum taught in each year group, contact the school office, who will ensure that you are directed to the person most able to respond to your query.
Phonics and Southwark Park
We use the “Letters and Sounds” phonics programme to deliver systematic phonics lessons with the aim that the children become fluent readers by age seven. The children are taught how to decode text by segmenting words into phonemes (the smallest units of sound) and then to blend them into words. Children then use this knowledge to segment words when spelling. At Southwark Park we embed a consistent whole school approach which is supported by scheduled assessment, targeted interventions and commitment to pace and rigour. We continue to ensure children use strategies and strengthen their spelling capability as they progress into KS2.
Phonics is taught every day in Early Years and Key Stage 1 using the “Letters and Sounds” teaching programme.
The teaching and learning of high frequency words is included in the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. The 2014 curriculum set out common exception words and these are also taught.
In 2016 the children in Year 1 took part in the national Phonics Screening Check. 83% of the children achieved the expected standard. Some of the children in Year 2 re-took the assessment and 80% of those children achieved the expected standard.
The teaching sessions follow the “letters and Sounds” teaching sequence, below:
Here at Southwark Park, we strive to develop children’s natural curiosity about the world and encourage them to develop their understanding through inquisitive questioning. We equip children with an extensive range of problem solving skills such as observing, recording, predicting and evaluating. Through practical experiments children are able to nurture their passion for science as part of a team whilst also developing their independent reasoning skills. We provide opportunities for all children to enhance their knowledge.
While at Southwark Park, children are exposed to a variety of scientific experiences, the national curriculum is followed, and where possible topics are embedded into the term’s themes. Children are taught the foundations of physics, biology and chemistry and are also taught to think and work scientifically. Class activities are designed to promote practical science and investigative skills within a framework of what is expected in each year group.
They learn how to conduct different types of scientific enquiry and understand how to apply these effectively to different scientific questions. Pupils use and apply the skills that they have learnt, refine methods of research and make suitable conclusions from the results they have recorded. Regular formative and summative assessment takes place to ensure all children make strong progress. As well as rich classroom-based learning, in order to develop their scientific skills and knowledge further, we facilitate a range of workshops and school visits. An annual Southwark Park ‘Science Week’ and termly ‘STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) weekly themes provide additional opportunities to foster a love and understanding of science and raise its profile throughout the school.
At Southwark Park, children develop a love of science that promotes children’s ability to continually explore the world around them. Through eager observation and questioning, children develop a curiosity about the world and its processes. A robust, fun, differentiated curriculum sparks students’ imagination in lessons and during whole school S.T.E.M. focus weeks. Learning about the plethora of career options linked to science, for girls and boys, allows children to dream big and reach their potentials. Using scientific language, they discuss topics and explain how to use the scientific method to investigate. Drawing conclusions from data (graphs and tables which students sometimes construct), allows for opportunities to notice patterns and design further investigations based on results. Teamwork is fostered during group work challenges and communication skills also developed during these rich tasks. Students’ engagement and dedication to science ensures they will be lifelong learners, who have an understanding of the world around them and allow them to make positive contributions to the planet.
At Southwark Park Primary School, we recognise how important a well-rounded Computing education is to the lives of our children. We expect our children to be able to access ever-changing technology efficiently, safely, responsibly and respectfully. Teaching children to engage in the digital world whilst knowing how to keep themselves safe is the number one priority in our Computing teaching. To ensure our Computing curriculum is broad, exciting and relevant to the modern world, we have identified the strong links computing has to mathematics, science, design technology, art and other areas of learning. We encourage the use of technology throughout the curriculum to create independent digitally literate learners who are able to solve problems, develop their ideas, and express themselves in a variety of ways.
Each class at Southwark Park Primary School is taught a combination of discrete computing lessons and computing skills integrated within other subjects. We combine units from Rising Stars’ ‘Switched On Computing’ with a bespoke, self-designed program of study, which was created in collaboration with an external consultant and tailors the national curriculum to the needs of our children.
Online safety forms a large part of our computing curriculum, and features in our lessons whenever it is relevant. Children learn the impact of their own actions on and offline, as well as how to keep themselves protected from the actions of others. There is a strong focus on developing awareness and responsibility in our learners, and these themes are prevalent through the three strands of the computing curriculum: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Pupils start learning about computing in Nursery, and continuously build on their skills up to Year 6. They leave Southwark Park School computer literate and confident, able to use a range of technology innovatively and responsibly. They are prepared to apply their learned skills - such as presenting their work from across the whole curriculum in a variety of ways and applying their coding skills to create and debug a range of increasingly complex programs – to their Secondary School education. Throughout the school, children are aware that they have to take responsibility for themselves online as well as offline, and know how to behave responsibly and respectfully in the digital world as well as the real world. This provides them with the skills they need to keep themselves safe when using technology and to help them feel secure and adventurous about their new learning.
Design & Technology
Religious Education (RE) makes an important contribution to the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our pupils. This helps children to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their rights to hold different beliefs from their own, and towards living in a diverse community of many religions and beliefs. During Religious Education lessons, our children enquire and explore questions arising from the exploration of different religions. Using a variety of techniques, such as art, poetry, and artefacts, children can apply their creativity to develop their knowledge of world religions.
At Southwark Park School RE is planned and taught with regard to the agreed syllabus for all schools in the borough of Southwark. We offer weekly RE lessons to all pupils guided by specific half termly units. In KS2 these lessons are often taught through philosophy to encourage deeper thinking through discussion and debate.
Across the school we provide further opportunities to learn from religious beliefs and practice including PSHE and circle time. Children frequently draw from their religious and cultural knowledge and experiences linking this to other topics explored throughout the year.
In addition to this, RE is taught and promoted through whole school assemblies, celebrations and events. We aim to make wider links throughout the community by visiting local places of religious interest and worship, as well as inviting religious and cultural leaders to speak to us.
Each half term children focus on a specific unit which hone in on a question and allows them to explore the six main religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, simultaneously. These specific units allow opportunities for further exploration through visitors, trips, and events as well as allowing progression of knowledge and skills across the year. Through the teaching of the six major religions, children leave Southwark Park with the necessary understanding of the different belief structures which enables them to be respectful, more tolerant citizens in the wider community.
Health and Wellbeing
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
Personal and Social Education
At Southwark Park School we help all our children to develop socially and emotionally; being able to reflect on their own feelings and to respond supportively and with understanding to those of others underpins excellent relationships and behaviour for learning in school. It is also key to the success of restorative approaches that we use wherever possible to resolve conflict.
In the first week of the school year children work together in their classes to produce a charter of class rules, linking these with our core values of respect, responsibility and excellence. Every child in the class signs up to keep to this agreement.
All classes have two half-hour sessions of PSHE. We use a learning programme called PATHS Plus (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies). It develops children’s social and emotional learning, resilience and skills development. We are supported with training and very useful resources from the children’s charity, Barnardo’s.
These lessons look at five key areas:
- emotional understanding
- positive self-esteem
- inter-personal problem-solving skills.
Children learn to recognise and understand different sorts of feelings and emotions in themselves and in others, to solve problems in their dealings with others, to listen and communicate well and to manage their own behaviour. They learn through puppets, stories and discussion.
We follow up themes from PATHS in Assemblies.
(For more information see the PATHS parents’ handout - click HERE)
As part of the PATHS programme we also run weekly friendship groups for identified children throughout the school. Activities in these groups work on areas such as pretend play, self regulation, problem solving and working as a team.
We also offer social and emotional support to groups and individual children who need this in our Pupil Development Centre.
The school delivers teaching on Sex and Relationships Education, Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education, and has a lively PE scheme of work. For more details of these see our Curriculum and Policies sections.
Children learn about healthy eating, including cooking skills and food education throughout the school. We are in the process of developing our policy and scheme of work here. Look out for more information in the coming months.
The children learn about how to keep themselves safe through PATHs lessons. Anti-bullying activities, visits from Child-Line (with workshops and Assemblies for KS2 children), the Fire Service and the Dogs’ Trust, cycling training, road safety workshops, internet safety workshops for all children and citizenship training for Y6 children.
Roots of Empathy- This evidence-based program teaches children about feelings, their own feelings and the feelings of others. Please click here for more information.