Welcome to

Parkdale Primary

School

Welcome to

Parkdale Primary

School

Welcome to Parkdale Primary School

We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils. It is the place to come to for catching up with Newsletters and finding official information, policies and reports. Our classes all have pages here and these will give you a flavour of what they have been up to and what they are currently learning about.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find any information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school directly with any queries you may have.

As it repeatedly says in the video below…. “All Are Welcome Here”

Thank you for visiting!

Pete Hillier – Headteacher

 

Parkdale Primary News

Weekly Bulletin 01.03.24

Weekly Bulletin 01.03.24

Welcome to the latest bulletin and news round-up It has been a rather stressful week in school for staff, with a major migration of IT systems leaving us without any connectivity for long periods and then lots of issues accessing emails and files etc. We're getting...

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World Book Day in Year 3

World Book Day in Year 3

In Year 3 we will be digitally creating our own WBD costumes and trying them on for size in a digital format!! Our theme is costumes to convey WORDS - if you could dress as a word for a day what word would you choose and what might your costume look like? We will then...

Girls Football League Match

Girls Football League Match

Our girls returned to Gedling PSFA League action after the Winter break with a challenging away match at Lambley. A good Lambley side - well organised, skilful and physically very big and strong -  raced into an early lead from which we never recovered. Two nil down...

Easter Bonnet Parade

Easter Bonnet Parade

Welcome to our Annual Easter Bonnet Parade. Weather permitting we will parade around the playground showing off our home made bonnets. Thank you to Friends of Parkdale for providing the prizes and sweet treats for all the children that enter the parade.

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Term Dates

2023 / 2024 First day of term Last day of term
Autumn Term Tuesday 5th September 2023 Friday 20th October 2023
Autumn Term-2 Monday 30th October 2023 Friday 15th December 2023
Spring Term Thursday 4th January 2024 Friday 9th February 2024
Spring Term-2 Monday 19th February 2024 Thursday 28th March 2024
Summer Term Monday 15th April 2024 Friday 24th May 2024
Summer Term-2 Monday 3rd June 2024 Friday 26th July 2024

INSET Days: Tues 5th September 2023, Fri 6th October 2023, Fri 9th February 2024, Mon 15th April 2024

Downloadable (pdf) of calendars

2023-24 School Term Dates

2024-25 School Term Dates

 

Prospectus

Our website is packed with information, news and views. If you are new to our school and would like a summary of ‘what we are all about’ our Prospectus is a good place to start!

Curriculum

Our curriculum was designed in consultation with stakeholders, our community, and was launched in 2019. We base much of our learning around 3 themes: Environment & Sustainability; Equality, Diversity & Identity; Peace & Social Justice. These reflect the values our stakeholders told us matter to them.

Within these themes, we aim to develop positive values, whilst learning skills and knowledge broadly comparable with the National Curriculum, against which our teaching and learning sequences are mapped.

New from September 2023, we have adopted our approach. We have returned to topics, now called Learning Projects, rooted very strongly in the subject discipline, with a focus on knowledge. Within each Learning Project, we look through the ‘lenses’ of the three themes. 

A Green, Clean Sustainable World

Through this lens we learn positive, caring values and key Geography skills and knowledge. We start with personal and local issues in Early Years and build up towards a global picture as we progress through school.

Identity & Cultural Capital

Through this lens, we learn about where we come from, celebrate our diversity and our similarities. A lot of our History is about migration, systems of government and how society and technology change. We develop a sense of belonging in Nottingham, the UK and the World. We learn a lot about Cultural Capital and positive values.

Peace & Social Justice

Through this lens, we develop our History and Geography skills and knowledge through learning about wars, conflict and their effect on people. We learn about famous campaigners for justice in a range of countries.

Equity and Diversity

This lens is present in all of our learning. It runs as a thread across all Learning projects. Some curriculum content may be discretely covered, such as through Black History Month. All Learning Projects include themes of equity and diversity, for example the roles and contributions of women, people from different backgrounds, people with disability/neuro-diversity and so on.

Holistic Development

Our school vision relates to development and wellbeing of the whole-child. This is central to all we do.

We have daily assemblies, currently a blend of virtual and ‘face-to-face’, which reflect our values and the compostion of our community. One of these per week is delivered by a Christian Reverend, another by a representative of a local Mosque. In all, we always strive to find common ground and similarities between people of all faiths and none.

For 2021-22, assemblies will regularly address the Universal Declaration of Human RIghts, using teaching resources from the Youth For Human Rights organisation

Our school day is specifically designed to build-in Wellbeing time, such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness and reflection.

A dedicated Pastoral Team is available to co-ordinate support for children with Special Needs, including those with social and emotional needs. Locally, we have a very psitive reputation for our provision in this respect.

The nature of our community means we admit a significant number of children with Langauge and Communication needs. Another dedicated team, including our own Speech & Language Therapist,  co-ordinates support. Our work in this area won us a national Communication Trust ‘Shine a Light’ Award in 2017. You can learn more about each of these areas in their own section below:

 

Language & Communication

This is an important area for us as lots of our children arrive with delayed communication. We have a dedicated Communication and Language Lead and access to our very own Speech and Language Therapist who works with children and trains our staff. In 2017, we were the Communication Trust’s National Primary Setting of the year, winning a prestigious Shine A Light Award

Pastoral

Our school day is espcially structured to include dedicated Wellbeing and Mindfulness time. Our children learn yoga, breathing techniques and much, much more. Out Pastoral Team work closely with individual children for whom Wellbeing is a concern. Some of our Y5 and Y6 children are trained as Wellbeing Champions, to support other children. We formally test and track Wellbeing, using Leuven scales. Our Assemblies focus on Values, Faith, Mindfulness and understanding Human RIghts.

Special Needs

We have a great reputation locally for our provision. We do all we can to be inclusive and have successfully supported children with very high levels of need. Our SENCo is supported by her colleagues in the Pastoral Team. We aim to include children with additional needs in the mainstream classroom as much as possible, but also have a recently established nurture space, The Rainbow Room, which they can access when needed too.