Curriculum

Every child at Park Mead School has access to a broad and balanced curriculum which supports children to develop as successful learners, responsible citizens and confident individuals.

Our school curriculum is planned using a topic based approach.  The foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Computing, Music, Design Technology and French are taught through this model where pupils develop a greater depth of knowledge, understanding and interest in a subject which includes applying skills they have developed.

The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are taught discreetly with carefully planned links to other areas of the curriculum to provide meaningful opportunities for learning and to creatively support pupils’ further development in literacy and numeracy.

Outdoor learning is part of the Park Mead ethos.  Utilising the large site by planning opportunities within the curriculum allows a range of subjects to be taught outside of the classroom.

This approach is vital to give pupils a multi-sensory experience in an ever changing environment where the sky is truly the limit!  Outdoor learning enables pupils to take risks in a safe environment and to develop life skills and knowledge through problem solving, den building and camp fires, climbing, outdoor art and plant and wildlife identification.  In addition to using the outdoors as part of the Foundation curriculum, KS1 and Early Years have extended opportunities to enrich and enhance their learning through the Forest School philosophy.

Staying active and promoting healthy choices are of paramount importance to all at Park Mead.  All pupils in KS1 and KS2 have 2 PE lessons a week.  Lessons are taught by class teachers and specialist sports coaches and focus on dance, gymnastics, team sports and athletics.  Year 3 participate in swimming lessons and top up lessons are offered throughout KS2.  At Park Mead we give pupils the opportunity to represent the school at a range of events and to develop their passion and sports skills through a vast range of clubs available at lunchtime and after school.

Computing is part of everyday life and to ensure all pupils are equipped to cope with the changing culture, computing literacy is taught in our ICT suite and through a range of technology opportunities within the classroom.  With the growing dependency on technology, pupils are given the opportunity to learn about and use modern expertise, preparing them for digital lifestyles as they grow and mature.  We aim to teach pupils how technology is a boundless resource when used safely, effectively and with purpose.  Using technology as a means of recording work allows pupils to develop self-evaluation of practical tasks.

Music is at the heart of Park Mead.  Pupils have a variety of opportunities to develop their skills, passion and most importantly, enjoyment of music.  Music is taught by a specialist teacher from Year 2 and there is a range of extra-curricular clubs.  These include tiny tappers, choir, recorders, ukulele, samba band and the school orchestra.  Every pupil has the chance to learn a stringed instrument and to perform in year group productions. Our passion for music is happily shared with the local community, visiting local events and projects throughout the year.  Performing both at school and in the local community develops confidence and an understanding of our school values.  Pupils also have the opportunity to perform in larger venues such as Dorking Halls, The Royal Albert Hall and the O2 arena, sharing their talents to bring joy to others.

To nurture every pupil and allow them to flourish as individuals, we have embedded a comprehensive programme for PSHE and citizenship.  We focus on encouraging each pupil to become personally, emotionally and socially effective.  We aim for them to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives and to become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed choices and decisions throughout their lives.  Ensuring pupils have a full understanding and acceptance of our diverse world, we follow the Surrey agreed syllabus for RE looking at the main faiths and traditions, exploring our own and others’ beliefs whilst fostering a growing respect for different cultures.

To ensure all pupils feel valued, with a sense of belonging to school and the local community, there are a number of roles available within the school to enable pupils to represent their peers.  These include lunchtime playleaders, playground buddies, pupil librarians, digital leaders, house and sports captains, school ambassadors and school council members.  The school council meets regularly and works closely with pupils to ensure communication between governors, SLT, teachers and pupils remains strong.