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The Curriculum

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also a wide range of extra-curricular activities that school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum', or what the children learn from how they are treated and expected to behave.

Learning should be fun yet challenging within a supportive environment and we believe how children learn is as important as what they learn. We work hard to ensure that every child is able to apply the fundamental Literacy and Numeracy skills in a wide range of circumstances by linking subjects within exciting topics so that learning becomes more meaningful. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum but work hard to bring the curriculum to life, using technology as well as the environment we live in.



The Curriculum at Penketh South Community Primary School aims to:

  • Inspire children to develop a love of learning
  • Embed skills to prepare children for further learning and a productive adulthood
  • Take learning beyond the classroom
  • Develop chidren to become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Build confidence and motivation within our children
  • Grow childern who understand the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance
  • Enable children to use their aquired skills and knowledge to observe, question and think
  • Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs
  • To teach the children the basic skills of Literacy, Numeracy and Information Technology (IT)
  • To help children understand Britain's cultural heritage
  • To enabe children to be positive citizens in society


Reading and Phonics at Penketh South

We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme to teach the children the phonemes we use to read and write. These phonemes are made up of individual letters and groups of letters.

At Penketh South one of our main reading schemes is Oxford Reading Tree but this is supported with books from lots of other reading schemes too, such as Collins Big Cats.

We use a variety of strategies to help the children to learn how to read, to understand what they are reading and to develop a love of reading.