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Our Curriculum Vision

We have high ambitions for our children. In line with our ethos of 'Live & Learn', we have an aim that we offer a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum which empowers children to achieve their full potential. We want them to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. In order to achieve this aim, we have designed a curriculum which is intended to achieve the following objectives:


  • To develop the child as a responsible and confident citizen who is prepared to live in an ever-changing and diverse world.
  • To develop the child as an individual who embraces challenge and makes the most of every opportunity to learn.
  • To develop the child as a life-long learner who has a range of skills which ensure a high level of achievement.


This means that our curriculum is not simply about coaching the children to pass tests. We want to build a curriculum which where the children's needs are at the centre of it; a curriculum which prepares children for life in modern Britain and a curriculum which engages children in learning so that this continues long after they leave our school. 

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Curriculum Information


On this page, and the links included, you can find information that details our approach to the curriculum in both the Early Years and Key Stages 1 and 2.  This has been fully revised to meet the requirements of the New National Curriculum 2014.  Teachers will share further information with parents at welcome meetings at the start of the year and during parents'/carers' evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.


You will find out lots more about our exciting curriculum on our Year Group pages by clicking here.


If you require any further information about the curriculum then do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or contact the school to speak to a member of our Senior Leadership Team.

Assessment Information


At Parson Street Primary School our teachers assess the children's progress in line with the curriculum expectations for their year group. Our focus is very much on identifying the next steps in children's learning and using this to plan a personalised curriculum which enables all children to achieve all aspects of the curriculum in line with age related expectations (ARE).


At various times in the year, all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 undertake more formal NFER assessments in Reading, Grammar and Spelling and Mathematics. These assessments enable the teacher to identify learning gaps as well as show individual progress within the subjects. An individual standardised score gives an indication of how well each pupil is achieving against their age related expectations


We track children's progress against the ARE expectations for their year group using a tracking system called Insight. We are constantly developing our use of this tool and parents are given access to information at certain points in the year (information is sent home to parents).


When we report this information to parents we will use terms that show where they are in relation to their OWN year group expectations (See table below). We ensure we provide every opportunity for children to broaden and deepen learning in the curriculum for their own year group rather than move them on to a different set of expectations.



WTS= Working Towards Standard   EXS=Expected Standard GDS = Greater Depth Standard





In our Early Years Foundation Stage, teachers gather evidence to support their assessments using individual Learning Diaries and Insight. Please speak to your child's class teacher for further information and to gain access to your child's learning journey.


Statutory Assessments


There are a number of times during their time at Parson Street that children will undertake statutory assessments. Information about these can be obtained by looking at:


We also offer a number of sessions throughout the year to help parents/carers understand what is involved for their children. Information about these sessions is available below.


Date Time Theme Audience
16.01.19 9.00am How do we assess children? What does it all mean? All parents
15.01.19 3.00pm Y6 SATs - How I can support my child ? Y6 parents
17.01.19 3.00pm Y2 SATs - How can I support my child ? Y2 parents
28.01.19 3.00pm Phonics Screening  Check - What it is ? Y1 parents


How we assess at Parson Street

2019 Key Stage 2 Tests

Information for parents of pupils in year 6, typically aged 11, about assessments in May.

2019 Key Stage 1 tests

This 6-minute video provides information for parents about the Key Stage 1 tests, including the optional Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test. A downloadable version is available for schools: A separate video is available for schools not using the GPS test:

Curriculum Targets


 We use the National Curriculum Government guidance to ensure all our pupils are being taught and assessed on the appropriate objectives for their age range. For your information, see attached Y1 - 6 curriculum sheets which you show you what your child will be learning about over the year.