Phoenix Park Academy acknowledges that learning must be a memorable and enjoyable journey that motivates all children.
KS2 follow the national curriculum which provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day for children to explore and develop their independent learning. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which exciting and stimulating lessons are planned to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
In order to achieve our aims children are supported to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. All children in KS2 read for a minimum of 15 minutes per day either to an adult or individually. Reading progress is supported by the use of Renaissance Reading and individual learning plans. Speaking and listening is a key component of the curriculum with children being encouraged to express them clearly. Literacy skills are taught through topics and are embedded in all areas of the curriculum. Learning is paced to support individual learning needs and styles.
All children take part in the weekly PE and swimming lessons. Art and DT form a central part of the curriculum and children are supported to express their understanding of the world through a range of media. We have chosen to study Spanish as our modern foreign language and the children gain experience in using simple phrases, understanding the culture of Spain and enjoy tasting food from Spain. ICT is embedded in the curriculum and children are encouraged to use ICT to support their independent learning. To broaden the children’s understanding of the world and their local environment, a range of cultures and faiths are studied. Wherever possible topics are supported by cultural visits.
These are chosen to keep pupils in line with the main subjects offered within our feeder schools, as well as providing an engaging and useful curriculum for our pupils. Subjects offered include:
Our subject curricula are designed to give a wide range of learning opportunities in line with those offered in our feeder schools, so that pupils’ learning remains in line with their peers when they return to mainstream schooling. In addition, pupils take part in our Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program. This provides a structured reading program with targets and rewards in order to raise our pupils’ literacy levels.
Park House offers a number of subjects that include:
Students also have weekly PSHCE and PE lessons. Students in year 11 are given the opportunity to attend a work placement, which is related to the choice of career path they are interested in. This usually takes place over a week in February; previous years have seen some students gain employment from their work placement.
Students are currently registered with WJEC, throughout the two years pupils will develop their skills through reading a wide range of carefully selected texts covering fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. These texts include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Some of these texts will be used for controlled assessments. Students will also prepare for their exams by practicing reading for meaning, writing for different audiences and a number of speaking and listening tasks.
GCSE Mathematics will build on and progress from the levels of mathematics expected at the end of KS3 through the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Mathematics. It will enable learners to appreciate the coherence, creativity, elegance and power of mathematics. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
The GCSE specification in Mathematics enables learners to:
The aim of our BTEC Sport program is to:
This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE grade B (around Grade 5/6 using the new GCSE grading system).
NCFE Developing Skills for the Workplace
The NCFE Level 2 Award in Developing Skills for the Workplace has been designed to allow learners to develop a broad range of essential skills. The qualification aims to accredit the skills developed prior to, during and post placement in a work experience environment. The skills developed by learners will be transferable to different placements, contexts or when gaining employment.
NCFE Nutrition and Health
The qualification consists of 3 units: