The PCA Curriculum aims to follow the general principles laid down in the Blackpool Council Curriculum Document, with a particular emphasis on providing for the Special Educational Needs of each pupil.
"Pupils will have access to the Foundation Stage and the full breadth of the National Curriculum, having due regard for the relevance to each pupil at their particular age and development level.
The progress of each pupil will be regularly assessed to guide the work of the teachers. Parents will be kept informed of progress and will be encouraged to participate in the education of their child through regular discussion and the review process.
Special emphasis will be placed upon the concept of the development of the whole child through personal, social, physical and spiritual development."
At PCA, pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We cover all the subjects and areas of the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum at a level which is appropriate for the needs of our pupils. These subjects are often delivered through cross curricular themes in Key Stages 1 to 3. However from Year 9 subjects are taught discretely as the pupils are following accreditation courses.Teachers adopt a range of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approaches to teaching , and learning outside the classroom has a high priority in our curriculum.
For any queries regarding the curriculum please contact Park Community Academy on 01253 764130.
Please click on the links below to see the curriculum webs for the key stage 1 to 3 themes.
Curriculum Lower Primary
Curriculum Upper Primary
Curriculum Key Stage 3
Curriculum Key Stage 4
Curriculum Key Stage 5
In line with the National Curriculum the school therefore offers the following
Core subjects -
Geography (incl Travel and Tourism)
Modern Foreign Language
Technology: (including Design Technology, Food Technology)
Religious Education (Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E.)
The following Cross-curricular areas are also incorporated within the curriculum.
Developing British Values
Personal and Social Education Health Education
Environmental Eco Education
Industry Education Liaison
Economic and Industrial Understanding European Awareness
D of E
Special Educational Needs
Of course, there is a lot more to the Curriculum than just the list of subjects given above. Each pupil attending our school is here because they need a different approach to their learning. At the heart of the education of each pupil is their Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHCP. Through the Statement (EHCP) and the Annual Review the most important educational targets are highlighted. These usually concentrate on the following areas:
- Speech Language and Literacy - Learning to communicate effectively through the spoken and written word.
- Numeracy - Learning to understand number and to manage money, measurement, time, etc.
- Literacy- learning to read, write. spell and communicate effectively
- Personal and Social Education - Learning to care for oneself properly, and to give care and
- Consideration for others.
The targets in the Statement (EHCP) are put into an Individual Education Programme for each pupil which then applies to the teaching and learning across the whole curriculum. These targets are reviewed on a termly basis.
The Wider Curriculum
A wide range of activities are also open to the pupils to enrich their experience of school life and the school is also a designated Specialist Arts College. Examples of the wider curriculum are:
Music is an important part of school life. All pupils are encouraged to sing and experience playing various musical instruments. Some pupils go on to become musically proficient and learn to play a brass instrument. The school has had a brass band for many years, which is a unique achievement and a major strength of the school.
Theatre Visits and Visiting Performers
Travelling theatre groups and musicians visit the School. Groups of pupils are taken to suitable productions at loca theatres including Shakespeare and Ballet.
Drama and Theatre
Drama is an important part of the curriculum, and all pupils will take part in performances before an audience throughout their school life on a regular basis.
All KS 1 and 2 pupils have the opportunity of learning to swim during their school career. Each pupil is able to progress at his or her own level and to gain recognized swimming certificates to mark progress.
There is a youth club which meets one evening a week. It is open to pupils of 14 years and upwards and past pupils up to 21 years old, and has all the facilities of the Blackpool Youth and Community Service at its disposal.
After School Clubs
The school offers pupils of Primary and Secondary age, after school clubs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 3.15 p.m. to 4.15 pm. These are completely free of charge.
Summer Activity Scheme
The school provides a two week summer activity scheme each year during the first two weeks of the summer holidays. This is lead by staff exclusively employed at the school and offers a wide range of leisure, recreational and arts-based activities.
The charge for the Summer Activity Scheme is currently £16 per day - subsidised places are also available to pupils fulfilling certain criterea.
Learning outside the classroom
Park School is committed to ensuring all pupils have the opportunity to experience learning outside the classroom. Our vision is………to provide all of our children with rich and varied learning experiences through which they can reach their full academic and social potential, develop their self-esteem and also to encourage a commitment to life-long learning.
As a staff we strive to ensure all pupils have at least one learning outside the classroom experience per half term and that LOtC progressively develops knowledge, skills and understanding depending upon a pupils individual needs.
Residential visits also take place each year. Key stage 2 visit Tower Wood for 2 nights. This is an outward bound centre on the banks of Lake Windermere. Key Stage 3 go on a 2 night performing arts residential to London where they watch a West End show and visit the sites of our capital city. In KS4 the pupils go on a 3 night residential to Bendrigg, an outward bound centre in the South Lakes. These activities widen the horizons of the pupils and provide opportunities for them to learn to live together in a new environment.
This is now a very well-developed area of the curriculum. There is close liaison with the local colleges and through the review process we consult with pupils, local providers and parents about future employment and further education. Pupils are trained in interview techniques and are able to attend practice interviews.
During the final two years pupils are placed out of school in work situations for a period of up to two weeks. This gives them first hand experience of working life.
Schools/Industry Education Links
The school holds "Enterprise Days" where people from local business and industry come in to work on challenging projects with pupils. Business Enterprise is a regular feature, and pupils run several "mini-enterprises" in school. The school also runs an extremely sucessful annual enterprise market with classes competing to make the most profit from their £30 allocation.