Our theme for the 2019-20 academic year is ‘making every second count‘; every second count in teaching, learning and every aspect of school life at Pardes House.
There are several links above in the ‘Curriculum’ menu to the different aspects of our dual curriculum and more. Below is a general overview.
Click here to read our ‘Statement of Intent’ for the school curriculum
We aim to deliver an outstanding curriculum that is:
- creative, fun, enjoyable and memorable;
- underpinned by aims, values and purpose;
- develops the whole child and every child;
- is broad and balanced;
- has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills;
- offers purposeful experiences;
- is flexible and responsive to needs and interests;
- has an eye on the future;
- makes strong cross curricular links;
- has a local, national and international dimension.
Chol (Secular) Curriculum
As a Local Authority maintained school (voluntary aided), we follow the guidance of the National Curriculum and provide a curriculum that is balanced and broadly based.
Our school curriculum, based around the new National Curriculum has been designed with this in mind . As well as teaching important skills and knowledge, our ‘Creative Curriculum’, updated on an annual basis (Long Term curriculum map – all subjects attached here. Long Term curriculum map – Writing and SPaG attached here) has been designed to broaden children’s understanding of many aspects of the planet, its people and societies, particularly those of Great Britain.
We ensure that we focus on all children and at both ends of the academic spectrum: for those with Special Educational Needs and those deemed high achievers. All of these are supported by a varying degree of homework, according to the year group.
Children are set challenging targets, progress is monitored closely and the need for interventions and/or communication with parents are acted on quickly.
AUTUMN TERM CURRICULUM 2019
To see more detail on the Spring term curriculum, please click on the links below.
The school’s Kodesh (Religious Studies) Curriculum is designed to give our pupils the skills, knowledge and commitment to lead a life of ‘Torah im Derech Eretz’, that is to say ‘religious study and observance combined with contributing to society at large’ .
The Kodesh curriculum is continuously monitored and developed to ensure that progression takes place and that all children’s needs are met, with access for all.
Support for pupils
Significant financial investment, particularly over the last couple of years has ensured that there is a wide (and still growing) range of support for pupils of varying different across the school and for both sides of the school’s dual curricula. This has been done with the school’s constant aim in mind of ensuring that there are no gaps and that all children are supported. This also includes specialist teaching for pupils at the higher end of the academic range.
The school works with a variety of different agencies and people to best provide for the needs of all pupils in the school.
These are arranged by class teachers to enrich the curriculum. Parents are often asked for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of these visits. The Mothers Association helps to fund the cost of outings and of curriculum-linked school workshops. In Year Six the children participate in a residential school trip in addition to other outings.
Extra-Curricular Activity Groups (Clubs)
The school offers a large number of hugely popular extra-curricular activity groups (clubs) every term. Most of these take place at lunchtimes, while there are some that take place at other breaks and after the end of the school day too. All clubs are generously led by the staff in their own non-contact time and are on offer to pupils in every year group, from Reception through to Year 6. * Further and more specific information can be found in the ‘Extra-curricular Activity Groups’ page.