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Our Curriculum 

“Live & Learn”


At Parson Street our core purpose is:


‘Working together to create an empowering learning community where all are valued and lives flourish.’


In order to achieve this, we have designed a curriculum model that covers all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and all the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. The exciting, challenging and ambitious topics and units of learning as well as the enriching educational experiences that we have planned help our children develop the knowledge and skills that they need in order to flourish and thrive year on year.


We have created a set of statements upon which our curriculum is built:

  • In line with our ethos of ‘Live and Learn’, our curriculum teaches children the relevant skills they need to live in a diverse society where all are equal and valued. It supports the needs of all pupils and encourages them to embrace challenge and achieve academic success.
  • Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced education, full of rich experiences and opportunities that gives our pupils the skills, knowledge and resilience to be lifelong learners. It is underpinned by a strong set of core values that inform every interaction of daily school life.
  • Our curriculum is progressive: so that teaching builds upon what has gone before, to develop skills, knowledge and concepts in a systematic way.
  • Our curriculum is holistic, valuing the personal and physical development of every child and maximising opportunities to collaborate with parents, families and the wider community.

We aim to improve the life chances of all children by equipping each child to become:

  • A successful, resilient learner, who is curious and excited by learning and achieves well.
  • A confident individual, able to articulate and reflect as well as live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life.
  • A responsible citizen, able to make a positive contribution to society.


In achieving this, our children will long remember us not simply because of what we taught them, but how we taught them and how they learned.



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.

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.