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Parents and members of the public can find out about the curriculum the school follows in each academic year for every subject by following the Faculties - Subject links on left hand menu on this page.

Parkside Curriculum and Assessment

The purpose of the curriculum

The curriculum at Parkside School is designed to be balanced, challenging and relevant. It is also innovative and personalised, built around students’ individual needs and based on their ability and potential.

At Parkside School, we want our students to be highly successful in their learning. We offer a broad range of subjects at all levels preparing students for further education and future careers. We are also responsive to the national agenda thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally.

At all key stages the curriculum is underpinned by the Aspire2b programme which includes an extensive extracurricular programme, CEIAG and preparation for the world beyond school alongside development of the individual learner and the wider skills needed to positively contribute to society.

Curriculum principles:

Our curriculum principles are based on our vision of PRIDE in Parkside:

Prepared: thorough planning to ensure lessons prepare students for their future

Respect: respect and belief that individual learners can learn anything if taught the right way

Independence: developing the independence of learners to practice and challenge themselves

Determination: building the resilience to learn from mistakes, respond to them and not give up

Excellence: for all students to achieve to the best of their ability, to strive for self-excellence

Curriculum Intent:

We want Parkside students to:

  • Become resilient independent and successful learners
  • Improve their understanding of subject knowledge
  • Cultivate their cultural capital
  • Advance their literacy and numeracy
  • Develop a range of metacognitive skills
  • Apply the PRIDE values and ethos
  • Experience a range of enrichment opportunities

Curriculum Implementation:

In order to fulfil our curriculum principles, intent and deepen students understanding across all subjects we are moving towards what we have termed the ‘Parkside PRIDE’ curriculum.

Alongside our teaching, learning and subject development we continue to embed our PRIDE behaviour expectations and promote outstanding attitudes to learning. This includes incorporating elements of mastery, growth mindset and metacognition within lessons and around school.

This is currently in pace in years 7 and 8, and will be rolled out across the rest of the school over the next 2 years.

Key Stage 3

During key stage 3 (Years 7-9,) Parkside students follow a very broad and challenging curriculum consisting of a wide range of diverse subjects. This comprises of the core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Core PE and PSHCE. Students also study a foreign language (French or Spanish), Geography, History, Religious Studies, Drama, Art, Music and Technology; which includes Engineering, Food, Product Design and Textiles.

For each unit of work in year 7 and 8 students are provided with a ‘Knowledge and Skills Expectations’ sheet and knowledge organiser, these outline the specific subject knowledge and skills that will be taught and assessed during the unit.

In addition, students experience careers education and guidance through the Parkside Aspire2b programme. All of which provide students with a wide-ranging experience on which to build in the next stage of their learning.

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all students will follow a similar compulsory core curriculum consisting of 5 academic GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science, which is worth 2 GCSE grades. As well as an optional qualification in either Religious Studies, Sports Studies or ICT, all of which include elements of the PSHCE programme. Students will also continue to study Core PE as part of promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

Further to this, students will make 3 further option choices from the broad spectrum of academic, practical, creative and vocational course that are on offer at Parkside.

The vast majority of KS4 courses lead to subjects that can be studied at Parkside 6th form.

Courses offered as part of the KS4 options process at Parkside School:

Ebacc Subjects

Practical / Creative /Technical Subjects

French

Spanish
Geography
History
Separate Science
Computer Science

Art Hospitality & Catering Business ICT (i-media) Dance (Performing Arts) PE Design Technology Photography Drama Religious Studies Engineering Sports Studies Health & Social Care

The Aspire2b programme continues to offer a range of careers information and guidance as well as enterprise education. This includes CV writing, a work experience placement day, bespoke Higher Education visits and all students also receive independent careers advice and take part in a mock interview process with a local employee.

Key Stage 5

Students in Parkside 6th form study 3 A’level or equivalent courses. There is a broad offer of academic and vocational qualifications with specific subject course requirements. This study leads to higher Education, Apprenticeships or advanced employment. However, Parkside 6th form is not just about work, our students are actively involved in an enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon as well as being involved in the community through local charity work and work experience. Enrichment provides students with the opportunity to either study further academic and creative courses or/and participate in work with the community such as the over 60’s club, student support and assisting with students in the DSP. The Aspire2b programme also continues through 6th form with students experiencing a wide variety of careers information and guidance.

Courses offered as part of the KS5 options process at Parkside School:

Biology Chemistry Physics French Spanish Geography History English Lang Lit Mathematics Art Photography Applied Science Performing Arts (Drama/Dance Music) Business Product design Further Maths Psychology Health & Social Care Religious Studies Hospitality & Catering Sociology ICT (i-media) Sports Studies


Assessment

A minimum of 2 rigorous assessments take place for each subject per term.

(In year 7 and 8 these assess the ‘Knowledge and Skills Expectations’ in each unit).

After each assessment, question level analysis is used to highlight learning strengths and targets for staff and students. Learning Review / Follow up lessons include P4P (purple for progress), re-teaching, learning activities, practice questions and other strategies to address gaps in learning and misconceptions.

Assessments are developed so they are synoptic, including knowledge from the current unit as well as relevant essential knowledge covered in previous units

Assessment scores are given as a percentage and for students in year 9-13 a grade is given.

Whole school achievement data is collected and reported home once a term.

The Parkside PRIDE curriculum in year 7 and 8 includes an assessment system that:

  • tracks the knowledge and progress of students and pin points their areas for development.
  • provides students with start points based on their KS2 SAT scores.
  • removes target grades to prevent the capping of progress.
  • incorporates ‘Knowledge and Skills Expectations’ for each unit of work that are progressive, based on a ‘can do’ format and include the essential knowledge for future learning.
  • calculates all assessments as a percentage to make comparisons easier.
  • staff marking to include a minimum of 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses, these will be evident by writing an 'S' or 'T' next to the relevant question.

Each assessment score will place the student into a quintile which demonstrates the percentage of knowledge / application / skill that the student has been able to recall / carry out correctly.

In theory, all students can achieve the purple quintile, providing they score 81% or better in their assessment.

Assessment %

Quintile

0-20

Blue

21-40

Red

41-60

Amber

61-80

Green

81-100

Purple

School tracking: Students assessment percentage will be colour coded to demonstrate the quintile achieved for each subject. This will be compared to their starting point (informed by their KS2 maths / reading scores) which will also be colour coded. This data will be used to highlight where students maybe performing above or below expected.

KS2 Start point

Quintile

below - 88

Blue

89 - 96

Red

97 - 104

Amber

105 - 112

Green

113-120

Purple

Raising Expectations

Students who do not meet their quintile expectation will be re-assessed. E.g. a green student with a KS2 start point of 112 would need to achieve 61% or better. If, for example, they achieve 45% they will repeat the same knowledge based assessment until they achieve their expected % score.

Knowledge expectations for re-assessment:

Start point

Assessment %

Expectation %

below - 88

0-20

11

89 - 96

21-40

21

97 - 104

41-60

41

105 - 112

61-80

61

113-120

81-100

81

Curriculum and Assessment Development

The curriculum and assessment continues to be evaluated and reviewed throughout the year so ongoing improvements can be made. This takes place alongside the continued development of the ‘Parkside PRIDE’ curriculum which will be in pace for all year groups by 2021.


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