folder Curriculum

The school is organised into three key stages. 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

As the name suggests, this is the foundation for your child’s education. The EYFS begins while your child is at nursery or pre-school. During your child’s first year at Park Gate (Reception or Year R), he/she will continue to learn within this curriculum.

There are seven areas of learning and development. These are all inter-connected and encourage the development of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

The three prime areas are: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development.

These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.

The curriculum is planned to ensure a smooth transition from the pre-school setting into more formal schooling. The children will experience a range of opportunities including:child initiated learning, adult initiated learning and focused teaching.

During this first year in school it is vital that we capture the natural enthusiasm and inquisitiveness of children to ensure that they develop independence and interest in learning. This will give the firm foundation required as they move into the next key stages of the curriculum. 

It is at this key time that the children start to learn the basic skills they will need throughout life. These include reading, writing and number skills. Early phonics (letter sounds) is taught through Letters and Sounds. Children are introduced to reading through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. They will also be encouraged to discover the excitement that can be found in learning new things. They will be given the opportunity to develop the broader skills of independence in learning that will help them throughout their school career and beyond.  

National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

All children in England work within the National Curriculum. This is divided into key stages. At Park Gate, the children work with Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). At the start of the September following your child’s 5th birthday, he/she will move into Year 1. Each September, children then move into the next year group, until they leave Park Gate at the end of Year 6.

  At Park Gate we have used the National Curriculum to design our own exciting Integrated Curriculum which builds the essential knowledge, skills and understanding our pupils need to be active citizens now and in the future. Our curriculum goes beyond the core knowledge detailed in the National Curriculum, with our pupils experiencing rich, varied learning opportunities which go beyond the classroom.  The subjects taught at Park Gate Primary School are:  English,  Mathematics,  Science,  Computing,  Design and technology (DT),  Geography,  History,  Art and Design,  Music,  Physical Education (PE),  Languages (French - Key Stage Two),  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Sex Education and Religious Education (RE).  We call our curriculum an Integrated Curriculum.

What is an Integrated Curriculum?

Our Integrated Curriculum is designed as projects.  No project lasts longer than 6 weeks.  Each project has three lead subjects (new learning). English is always one of the first or second lead subjects.  Each project also has two application subjects, where children have the opportunity to practise skills they have already been taught.  One of the subjects in every project is computing.  All projects have a hook, a learning outcome and home learning.

What is a hook?

A hook is an event which launches the project and gives it meaning and purpose.  This could include objects, a message, a visitor....

What is a learning outcome?

A learning outcome is the purpose for the learning.  This quite often involves parents being invited into school.  Some examples of our learning outcomes include; an explorer dome, a science fair and a spy exhibition.

What is a Home Learning?

Each project will include an opportunity for children to complete a task at home.  This is an opportunity for the children to be creative and the home learning will be valued at school and shared the children in the class. 

Please see the links below for further information regarding our curriculum.

Key Stage 1

This key stage covers Year 1 and Year 2 while the children are aged 5-7 years. The children begin to learn through our Integrated Curriculum, where the vast majority of subjects are taught through projects.  Mathematics in taught as a discrete subject, and when appropriate, we also teach PE, PSHE, RE and music discretely. 

The school follows Letters and Sounds throughout Key Stage 1, building on the successful early phonics acquisition in Early Years. Reading for pleasure continues to be at the heart of teaching our children to be avid readers.  A wide range of reading books are offered to the children, dependent on their needs alongside reading books to continue the emphasis on  phonics to ensure our children become skilled word readers. 

The children continue to learn about themselves as learners and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their learning, within a clear framework of high expectations and through direct opportunities to apply our values both in the classroom and throughout the wider curriculum. Teachers set clear targets for the children as individual progress is monitored throughout each year. 

During the summer term in Year 1 children complete the statutory phonics screening test and outcomes are reported to parents.

At the end of Year 2, statutory teacher assessments in English, maths and science take place. These assessments are made in relation to the national age related expectations within the curriculum. Detailed information is shared with parents about these assessments.

Key Stage 2

This key stage covers the next four years of your child’s education: Years 3-6 for our children aged 7-11 years. At the end of Key Stage 2 the children move on to secondary school.

The children continue to be taught the vast majority of subjects through our Integrated Curriculum. Discrete teaching continues in maths and French, with discrete subject teaching in PE, PSHE, RE and music where appropriate. Children become increasingly independent in managing their own learning and are expected to take further responsibility for this.  

During the summer term of Year 6 as the children near the end of Key Stage 2, they complete more formal statutory assessments, commonly known as SATs. These assessments are used to give parents information about  attainment and progress in English and maths. Parents are given information about these tests and all results are shared and discussed.

Long term Curriculum Plan can be accessed below. Curriculinks, which can be accessed below and through each Year Group section of the website provide more detailed information regarding each project.Information on the curriculum content and provision for each year group and each term can be found in the letters section, under each year group.

                                                                                                             Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

All areas of teaching and learning provide opportunities to promote your child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. To enhance this, specific opportunities are planned within the school curriculum. Much of this is achieved through religious education, personal, social and health education and citizenship. A significant contribution is also made by the school ethos; effective, positive relationships throughout the school; assemblies and class reflection times. The wide range of enrichment activities on offer also supports this. These include theatre trips, author visits to school, residential trips, themed days and a range of day trips to support the curriculum.

Promoting British Values

The Department for Education (DfE) introduced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rules of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".

At Park Gate Primary School these values are intertwined in our Park Gate Values and through The Park Gate Way.  Further opportunities to support our children to be active and educated citizens include:


Each year the children in each class work collaboratively to decide a set of class expectations. We have an active school council with members who are elected by their class mates and who meet regularly to discuss relevant issues and to express the views of their class mates.

House captains are also elected by the pupils each year. They take on the role of leading their house through actively promoting the Park Gate Way.

The Rule of Law

Pupils are taught from an early age about the rules of the school. The children, through a democratic process, shaped the Park Gate Way, which is displayed around the school. The values behind the rules are embedded in the ethos of the school. They are applicable to all members of our school community. Visits from community groups such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to make choices and take risks in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to persevere and be resilient with their attitude to learning. They are encouraged to be curious and to ask questions, seeking creative solutions to any challenges they face. We help pupils assess risk by involving them in decisions and through our PSHE teaching and e-safety content.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Park Gate Primary School is an increasingly diverse community. We welcome and celebrate different faiths and cultures, actively promoting and highlighting diversity. Through the PSHE curriculum, discussions with visitors to the school and assemblies, we help pupils develop a growing understanding of their role in the school and wider community. We involve ourselves in community events which sometimes benefit local people and sometimes aim to help charities on an international level.

Sex and Relationships Education

This is included in the wider curriculum area of personal, social and health education. Our specific sex and relationships programme begins in Year 4 and continues throughout Years 5 and 6. Before the children undertake a module of work, parents are invited to attend a meeting where information about the curriculum content is shared.

Special Educational Needs

Our educational aims are the same for all our children. We respond to all children’s diverse learning needs but recognise that some children may experience barriers to their learning. Such children may need additional or different help from their peers throughout or at any time during their school career. Where a child has a specific individual need, this will be identified as early as possible, working in close partnership with parents and other professionals. 

The school will make effective provision for children with special educational needs (SEN), in accordance with the principles set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and Hampshire’s SEN Policy. 

Class teachers and the school’s SEN co-ordinator (SENCO) are available in school to discuss any concerns parents may have in relation to SEN.

Each year the governors work with the SENCO to agree a clear plan for support for children with SEN. This is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. 


We offer a range of clubs and activities in school. These may be run by a member of staff, a volunteer or sometimes a commercial company. Information is given to children each term about the clubs that will be available. Permission from parents must be received before a child can take part in an extra-curricular club. If a club is run by an outside agency there will be a charge made. All clubs offered by school staff are free.

Music Tuition

The school organises specialist instrumental tuition through Hampshire Music Service, for children in Key Stage 2. Parents pay for these lessons on a termly basis. They are heavily subsidised by the school. 

The current range of instruments includes:Woodwind – flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, Brass – trumpet, cornet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, Strings – violin, viola, cello, double bass, Guitar and Piano. 

Trips and Residential Visits

Throughout the year children have the opportunity to take part in a range of visits that enhance the curriculum. These change each year but may include: local walks, museum or gallery visits, trips to historical sites such as Butser Farm, fieldwork locations and local animal parks such as Marwell Zoo and Finkley Down Farm.

We also have many visitors to school. Recently these have included authors such as Andy Stanton and Frank Cottrell, members of the local emergency services – along with their specialised vehicles, Young Shakespeare Threatre Company, members of local churches who support our RE curriculum and assemblies and our local Hearing Dog in training - Gwen!

In Years 5 and 6 the children have the opportunity to take part in our residential visits. Currently, the children in Year 5 visit the Beaulieu Out of Town Centre, spending their time looking after the farm animals and experiencing a range of outdoor skills.  In Year 6 children have the opportunity to spend a week at a PGL centre. This is an outward bounds centre where the children take part in a range of activities that might include quad biking, dragon boating and kayaking, abseiling, fencing, night hikes and many more.

Information about the curriculum is shared regularly with parents through information evenings, taking part in learning outcomes, at the Parents' Forum and at parents' evening appointments. Further information about our curriculum can be found on the website and please visit our Blog on the home page (just press the Wordpress logo).