The Moor Park Curriculum enables all pupils to 'Do More, Know More and Remember More' throughout their journey in our school. 

 

Curriculum Rationale and Design 

At Moor Park Primary School we have a curriculum which prepares our children for the ever-changing world they will grow into. Our curriculum enables pupils to do more, know more and remember more throughout their journey at our school. Through our curriculum we aim to enable our children to be positive, happy and excited to learn. 

We have designed our curriculum using the discreet teaching of subjects and with an understanding of our pupils to meet their needs and build on their interests. Our curriculum has been developed for each year group by our teachers and leaders to ensure a structured progression of skills to allow children to become artists, historians, geographers, scientists and so on. Our curriculum is enriched with real life opportunities and engaging activities to bring learning to life. 

 

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. 

Books enable children to discover new worlds, meet new people and learn about the past, but they also have the power to transform lives. By sparking growing imaginations, stimulating critical thinking and helping to develop empathy, reading gives children the very skills they need to succeed at school, at work and in life. We foster a love of reading and our curriculum allows time each day for children to read and be read to. 

 

Our Moor Park Curriculum meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum (2014). If you would like to know more about the National Curriculum you can use the following link: The National Curriculum in England 

 

 

Curriculum Aims 

“To be the best we can be” 

 
To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of, engages and challenges all children. 

To encourage the children to be risk takers, be brave in their learning, meet their challenges and not be afraid to try. 

To ensure that all children leave Moor Park proficient in the fundamental skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing and mathematics; and well prepared to make a positive contribution to wider society and life in Britain 

 

 

Curriculum Structure 

The curriculum for each year group is planned and developed to meet the needs of our pupils. Teaching subjects discreetly allows time for pupils to revisit and master curriculum areas and provides opportunities for children to become writers, mathematicians, engineers and scientists etc. 

Our curriculum is delivered with a desire to create life-long learners. Children are encouraged to be independent, make mistakes and challenge themselves to achieve their best. Our curriculum celebrates the individual skills and talents of our pupils and provides opportunities for them to develop these talents. 

 

At Moor Park Primary School all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in the class, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENCO. We are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. 

 

 

Subject Leader
Curriculum Leader Mrs J Magson & Mrs H Jefferson
Art and Design Miss A Cross
Computing Miss M Morris
Design & Technology Miss S Kirkaldy
English Mrs J Forrester & Mrs H Jefferson
Geography  Miss M McWhinney
History Miss G Whitehouse
Maths Mr G Kirkpatrick, Mrs E Pook & Mr J Kennedy (EYFS)
Music Miss A Cooper
Physical Education Miss C Singleton
PSHE Miss N Taylor
Religious Education Mrs H Hall
Science Miss H Woods & Miss N Taylor
French Mrs M Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art & Design

 

‘Every Child is an Artist’ 

                          - Picasso 

 

Through Art and Design, Moor Park aims to develop pupil knowledge and their understanding of the world around them. We inspire, challenge and equip them with the confidence and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art combines the development of ideas and concepts through to exploration and feelings, thus helping to educate the ‘whole’ child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression; Art can be a very useful tool to encourage and celebrate pupils’ sensory exploration and development. Due to the nature of the Arts and its diversity there is no right or wrong way to create a piece of artwork: therefore, our pupils can gain confidence and a feeling of achievement to everything that they design and create. As pupils progress their growing artistic knowledge and understanding, these skills can be transferred across the curriculum to aid learning in others areas of school and beyond. 

 

Computing

“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

- (Steve Jobs, Apple) 

 

 

Our children are growing up in a world that is reliant on technology, therefore at Moor Park we aim to provide our students with extensive skills to prepare them for the increasing number of new technologies that they will inevitably face. Throughout school, our pupils have access to a range of different devices to support and enhance their learning in Computing and in this ever growing technological world we want our children to be able to use these technologies, be aware of how they work and have a clear understanding as to how to keep themselves safe while online. We teach our children the skills to provide a firm foundation in computer science, digital literacy and information technology, which they can build on throughout their lives. 

 

Design Technology 

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works." 

- Steve Jobs (Industrial designer) 

  

"Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions." 

- John Maeda (Technologist and designer) 

 

The DT curriculum at Moor Park Primary School is intended to prepare children to deal with our rapidly changing world and embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. The teaching of DT encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers both as individuals and as part of a team.  

Thinking critically enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.  

Through the study of Design and Technology, the children are given the opportunity to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry.  

It also allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, it's uses and impacts.  

It is the intent for Design Technology to be taught in all year groups through one topic per term, which includes one food related topic per year. Design Technology projects are often made cross curricular - linking to many other subjects taught. 

 

English 

 

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

- Stephen King 

 

At Moor Park, we believe that English is an essential part of the curriculum: a subject that not only stands alone but one that should be an integral part of all learning. We aim to deliver an engaging and exciting curriculum that develops a love of writing and inspires children to want to write. By the time the children leave us, we aim for them to be competent writers who can write for a range of purposes and audiences.  

Our English curriculum is designed around high quality texts and is delivered in a way which recognises the varied needs of our children, allowing all individuals to maximise their learning potential as writers. We teach relevant skills such as spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary systematically and robustly throughout school so that our children are well equipped to become successful writers.  

We encourage all our children to become readers and writers and to embrace opportunities in a range of contexts with confidence and enthusiasm.  

French

"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world."

– Chinese Proverb 

 

At Moor Park it is our aim for all children to develop a genuine interest and curiosity in modern foreign languages, finding them engaging and enjoyable. Our curriculum is designed to allow pupils to explore French in meaningful units. Our main objective in the teaching of modern foreign languages is to promote the early development of linguistic competence and the understanding of different cultures. Children begin learning French in KS2 (Year 3), throughout KS2 the children aim to develop skills in various areas of linguistics such as: speaking, listening, writing and reading. We hope to encourage a life-long learning of languages among our pupils in order to enhance their understanding of the world.  

Geography

"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."

- Barack Obama 

 

At Moor Park, Geography aims to develop pupil knowledge and understanding of the world around them whilst inspiring curiosity, ​fascination, and a love for learning. Our Geography curriculum enables all pupils to do more, know more and remember more throughout their journey at Moor Park. The teaching of the subject develops and enhances pupil's knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, as well as supporting the development of a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. 

History

At Moor Park we believe that for children to thoroughly understand the present and aspire for their future they must be able to explore and learn from the past. Our aim is for the children to access the rich tapestry of life and adapt to our ever-changing world by being curious and inquisitive.  

We aim for pupils to achieve this by developing a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world as well as developing their critical thinking through discussion and questioning of historical events. Our Curriculum is designed to allow all pupils to be historians, to have the confidence, knowledge and skills to explore their heritage and challenge their thinking by being exposed to a wide range of historical events and figures. This not only allows children to develop a greater understanding of their own identity but show respect for the diverse society in which we live.  

In Foundation Stage pupils begin thinking about the more recent past such as their Grandparents and when they were a baby. They will also be introduced to words associated with the past. 

Pupils in Key Stage 1 begin to develop their awareness of chronology and key words associated with time and the past. They have opportunities to compare their own lives with people from the past to make it more significant to them, as well as being introduced to historical sources. 

Pupils in Key Stage 2 explore topics from the past in more depth, develop their sense of chronology, and improve their questioning and research skills through the use of Primary and Secondary sources. 

In both Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils get the opportunity to explore the history of Blackpool with particular reference to its growth as a holiday destination. 

 

 

Maths

“Maths is not just a collection of skills, it is a way of thinking.”

- Dr Colin Sparrow, Cambridge University 

 

At Moor Park, we offer an engaging maths curriculum, where children explore mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging environment.  It is ambitious and allows all learners to access and maximise achievement regardless of age or stage; it helps pupils to know more, do more and remember more.  From our youngest to our oldest children, our consistent approach supports them to build and develop their own enquiries, mastering a mixture of fluency and reasoning.  We use a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to fully explore concepts through reasoning, discussing and justifying before moving on.  To ensure firm foundations, pupils have opportunities to develop deep understanding and make strong links between concepts. 

 

 

Music 

 

Music is a universal language that opens doors to other cultures and embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Moor Park, we use the Music Express scheme to deliver a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music. We aim to foster our children’s talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress through school, they are given opportunities to develop a critical engagement with music which allows them to compose, understand and use musical notation, and develop an understanding of the history of music and the world around them.

Physical Education

'I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times Ive been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed and failed and failed over again in my life and that is why I succeed'

- Michael Jordan 

 

Overview of PE in our school 

At Moor Park, we believe that Physical Education is an opportunity to create positive experiences and view the subject as an opportunity to develop the whole child. Physical Education is a tool to promote lifelong engagement in an active and healthy life. 

By using a bespoke Physical Education programme, we are able to ensure our pupils receive high quality lessons that are designed to meet their educational and emotional needs. These lessons are designed to be fun, inclusive, age and stage appropriate to create positive early experiences and judgements within PE, Physical Activity, School Sport and the wider community Sport opportunities available. This is crucial for children to sustain interest and participate in a healthy active lifestyle.  

 

Vision  

Our vision for PE is that it is used as a vital educational tool to teach transferrable skills that pupils will need to be successful throughout their life.  

 

How we go about achieving this: 

Through a PE curriculum that develops the whole child  

Through a values-based education approach within PE.  

Through PE lessons that allow for maximum physical activity to take place 

We promote a healthy active lifestyle, which will equip them for life long participation in physical activity.  

We deliver an inclusive broad and balanced curriculum which enthuses, inspires and embeds Moor Park’s key values and key transferrable skills, so the children can fulfil their potential and become the best they can be. 

 

Aims 

Through our PE curriculum, and the wider Physical activity and School Sport offers, we aim to: 

  • Develop skills in the following areas: physical, cognitive, social and emotional  

-Physical skills such as throwing and catching 

-Cognitive skills such as problem solving 

-Social skills such as communication and teamwork 

-Emotional skills such as perseverance and resilience 

  • Provide opportunities for success and challenge, for all pupils 

  • Develop the individual talents of our pupils 

  • Provide high quality opportunities which promotes Sportspersonship and embeds Moor Park’s key values. 

  • Ensure that all pupils engage in physical activity for sustained periods  

  • Ensure that all pupils understand the importance of an active healthy lifestyle. 

  • Improve health and well-being for life long participation 

 

When our pupils leave our school, from a PE perspective, we want them to: 

They will leave Moor Park, displaying our school values in PE, physical activity, School Sport and the wider aspects of school life, and be able to apply these in all areas of life.

 

Values expected to be shown: 

  • Friendship – in PE, this is shown by working as a team. Children know that every child has something to offer and is encouraged in their contributions. 

  • Respect- in PE, this is shown by valuing each other, being tolerant and accepts decisions made by peers and adults. 

  • Responsibility – in PE, this is shown by taking ownership of their actions and show reason and competence when faced with challenges- individually and as a team.  

  • Perseverance- in PE, this is shown by a positive attitude and an ‘I can’ approach to aspects of the curriculum which are challenging to the individual.  

  • Kindness- in PE, this is shown when working as a team and showing sportspersonship in winning and in defeat. 

  • Behaviour- in PE, this is shown by following rules set and managing themselves in a positive way.  

A child will be able to apply and develop a range of physical skills, which are applied to individual and team contexts. Where tactics have been developed and used to make links to their actions and sequences of movement. A child will be able to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other and be successful in their individual achievements. 

 

How does our vision for PE link to the whole school vision and purpose? 

“We want to encourage the children to be risk takers, be brave in their learning, meet their challenges and not be afraid to try” – through an inclusive approach where exploration, trial and error, enquiry and creativity are encouraged so everyone is suitably challenged and achieves success relevant to their own abilities. 

“Our aim is to develop self-discipline and the ability to take responsibility for their own choices and behaviour” – by using a pupil centre teaching approach where the responsibility for their learning and behaviour is developed between teacher and the pupil. 

“Focuses on developing skills and knowledge, which meets individual needs, no matter how diverse and which prepares children for their future.” – our PE curriculum will link directly to this by providing a curriculum map that develops physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills and the spine of which is our school values. 

“Encourages everyone to show self-respect and encourages everyone to show respect and concern for each other. To appreciate and value the diversity of others.” – developing sportspersonship qualities and collaborating and co-operating through PE and School games competitions. 

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Reading 

 

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty,  

it should be offered as a precious gift.” 

- Kate DiCamillo 

 

“There is more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”  

 - Walt Disney 

 

At Moor Park, reading lies at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that reading is an essential life skill and it is our intent to empower children to become lifelong readers by fostering a love of reading through listening to and interacting with a variety of literature.  

Our aim is for children to be absorbed in rich opportunities to enjoy and celebrate reading so we encourage regular book talk allowing children to share stories, collect new vocabulary, make recommendations and ask questions.  

We ensure our reading curriculum is broad and balanced, offering a wide variety of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts. We have carefully selected books as mirrors; enabling children to see themselves and their own lives reflected in stories. We also share books which act as windows; allowing children to visit unfamiliar, exciting and imaginary worlds where they can meet new people from different backgrounds.  

Our teachers read widely and are able to source and recommend books to suit the needs, interests and tastes of our children and draw on this knowledge to inform book choices and lesson planning.  

We understand the value of reading aloud and we have set aside a dedicated time for this every day. This time enables children to encounter and enjoy stories they might not otherwise meet.  

 

Religious Education

 

At Moor Park we use Discovery RE to deliver the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus. This has been designed to reflect the religious profile of Lancashire of which Blackpool is a part. 

We live in an increasingly diverse society where all religions and worldviews are represented and therefore Religious Education is a major part of a child’s education and development which should begin at an early age. 

The teachers at Moor Park ensure that RE is an engaging and stimulating subject that enables pupils to embark on their personal search for meaning as they question what it means to be human.  Pupils have the opportunity to share their own experiences of life and explore their identity whilst developing an understanding of others.  

RE is taught as part of our broad and balanced curriculum and contributes to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is taught each week in all years from FS to Y6. During their time at Moor Park pupils will study Christianity for a minimum of 50% of the allocated time and will also study units on the other major world religions (Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism) and worldviews such as Humanism. Pupils will be taught through an inquiry based approach where children will be encouraged to be curious and question what they see and experience.  

Parents do have a right to withdraw their child from part or all of the Religious Education curriculum provided (DFES Circular 1/94 sections 46 – 49). However, the school teaches an open minded religious education which is fully inclusive and is no way intended to indoctrinate children. The aim is for all pupils to develop their own beliefs and values. Any parent considering exercising the right of withdrawal is invited to make an appointment with staff to discuss the approach we take to the teaching of RE. 

  

Science

     
  “The important thing is to never stop questioning” 

- Albert Einstein
                                                                   

Our science curriculum is all about sparking the curiosity of young children’s minds, encouraging them to ask questions and be in awe of how things work and why they happen. We believe that great science teaching inspires children to be curious, explore big questions  and therefore, develop a deep and meaningful understanding of how science effects their lives and the world around us.  

The teaching of Science at Moor Park encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, working scientifically skills and develops positive learning attitudes.  

We endeavour to deliver a broad, balanced and science rich curriculum by:  
 

  • Encouraging and extending children’s natural curiosity about the world through awe and wonder.  

  • Allowing them to gain a progressively deeper understanding of the big concepts of Science through carefully planned learning opportunities  

  • Providing all children with the opportunity to work practically and learn through a range of first hand learning experiences  

  • Facilitate a ‘scientific process’ and equip children with the skills they need to work scientifically  

  • Develop children’s ability to communicate their ideas, ask questions and explore a rich science vocabulary through the use of ‘Science talk’   

  • Allowing children to develop a perspective about the History of Science and Key Scientists in the past  

  • Initiating a life long interest in science and future learning in STEM  

  • Deepen children’s understanding scientific concepts by exploring scientific in the school’s local area and wider environment  

  • Nurturing positive learning attitudes such as collaboration, problem solving, perseverance, self-discipline, respect for evidence, responsibility, reflectiveness and independence  

 

The teaching of science at Moor Park fosters open-minded and inquisitive young scientists through an inclusive, creative curriculum that follows the science programme of study in the National Curriculum.  

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