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St Peter's CE Primary School Curriculum

As a Church of England Primary School we ensure that the teaching of Christian Values is embedded throughout our curriculum and an integral part of our school day where are 'Learning and Growing Together.'

Personalising learning is a fundamental aspect of learning and teaching at St.Peter’s.  We aspire children to strive to do the best that they can do and approach their learning in a manner that is best for their unique selves.

Alongside our exciting curriculum: we organise  whole school enrichment weeks including: Walliams Week (focusing on the authors books), Fun and Fitness, Anti - Bullying, Multi - Faith Week and Bee Week (DT/Art Focus). 

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

We have recently heavily invested in our EYFS and have well-resourced indoor and outdoor learning spaces.  We pride ourselves on our engaging learning environment, exciting book led curriculum and close parental links.  All Reception children have weekly baking and forest school sessions. They also have music, dance , balance bike and PE lessons (with specialist teachers).

The Planning within the EYFS follows the schools’ Medium Term Plans (MTP’s), which are based around exciting, engaging and text driven half termly themes and Development Matters. The EYFS staff will often alter these MTP’s in response to the needs (achievements and interests) of the children. 

We employ the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning in our planning; playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically. Learning is planned and purposeful with a mixture of child-initiated and teacher initiated activity. The seven areas are delivered through planned, purposeful play, incorporating a balance of adult and child led activities, supported by class based age appropriate formalised learning where it would deepen and extend learning to adopt this approach.  We assess and record children’s independent learning and set individualised targets to support them in achieving their Early Learning Goals.

Our Creative Curriculum

At St.Peter’s we teach a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares our pupils for life in a modern world.  We use  ‘Book Led’ approach to teach our Foundation Subjects; drawing on exciting text’s, children’s curiosities to direct and shape each unit. In designing the curriculum teachers, ‘hook’ the pupils into a topic through a ‘wow day’, trip or visitor. Using engaging texts, the information gained from pre- learning tasks, the new National Curriculum and the school’s context a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. History and Geography skills are explicitly shared will all pupils.

Within Art,  children are encouraged to use a wide variety of tools and materials for drawing, painting and creating imaginative and observational three dimensional work. As well as developing their own style they look at the work of other artists and explore the use of their techniques and media. It is important that children are taught how to select and look after a range of different materials. We believe Technology to be a vital component of the curriculum. Not only does it give children the opportunity to develop design and construction skills but it also draws on and enhances learning in other areas of the curriculum and develops problem solving skills.

 English, Mathematics and Science are mostly taught in discrete sessions, however good use is made of cross-curricular opportunities to write and apply mathematical knowledge.  Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is promoted through everything we do.  The personal development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Development in both these areas is essential to raising standards of attainment for all pupils

 To find the content of the curriculum for each academic year, please access our Long Term Plans. 

English

English is an extremely important part of the curriculum and a permanent feature in society.  This part of our children's learning at St Peter's is delivered to a high standard to ensure pupils can use speech clearly and effectively; read with confidence and express themselves through writing and use their listening skills to communicate with others. 

English is taught everyday with a mixture of writing lessons throughout the week at at least three guided reading sessions. Handwriting and spelling sessions are also timetabled to encourage the best curriculum coverage and grow pupil confidence in their own English abilities. 

Writing

Whole School: we have introduced a new writing planning and assessment procedure this year to ensure a consistent approach to teaching writing across school and further raise our high standards in writing. Writing is also encouraged across other subjects and we are actively promoting scientific and topic writing. 

Planning

A unit oif writing is taught through a unit journey consisting of: un-picking the chosen text for grammar and genre features; reading the chosen text for writing; talk for writing; planning for writing; grammar for writing; writing; editing process. This journey takes 2-3 weeks for each child to complete. 

Assessment of Writing 

Writing assessment is teacher assessed using the national cirriculum writing objectives against the writing pupils have produced throughout the year- assisting in measuring progress and whether they have achieved their end of year standard. 

Reading

Reading skills are taught throughout the writing process and within cross-curricular subjects such as History and Geography. Guided Reading takes place at least three times a week to ensure full coverage of the year group reading objectives and this allows teachers room to identify any areas that certain pupils may need to work on. 

Guided reading is mostly structured in a carrousel arrangement, whereby a teacher has a rotational guided group, a support assistant has a rotational guided group both focusing on reading objectives and the remaining groups independently focus on consolidating previous reading knowledge, read for pleasure or complete a spelling, punctuation or grammar task from their curremt year group's expectations.. 

Assessment of Reading 

Reading skills are assessed continuously within guided reading sessions and at the end of each half term we use the Rising Stars Reading Assessments to assess the progression and attainment in reading throughout school. 

Phonics

Learning to read is one of the most important skills that your child will learn. The more support and encouragement that you can offer your child, the more likely that he or she will progress with enthusiasm and ease. We use a wide range of books from various publishers including Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star. All books have been banded so that they have clear reading age expectations.

At school we use the  LCP Letters and sounds teaching programme, which is a step-by-step phonics programme, to introduce children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) as well as tricky words that cannot be decoded. Jolly Phonic actions are also used.   This scheme is taught throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics is also taught to some children in Key Stage two.  Sessions are typically, Daily (20 minutes)  whereby the children are taught in small ability group. Sessions are pacey, Fun, engaging, hands on and taught content is revisited throughout the day and across all areas of the curriculum. As part of the Rainbow Challenge system in Reception and Y1, children have a weekly phonics challenge to complete.

To reinforce the teaching in school, your child may bring home some books to share with you. All the books have notes on the inside cover to guide you on how best to use them with your child

Maths

At St Peter’s, we believe that the study of mathematics should be ‘real’ and meaningful; provoking questioning, reasoning and enabling children to develop problem solving skills. This starts when they join our Early Years Department and continues on their journey throughout our school.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Mathematics lessons. Children from Year One upwards, take part in weekly Big Maths lessons which develop their mental arithmetic skills and four 1 hour Maths lessons a week. During these lessons the children have the opportunity to use a wide range of practical resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and place value counters to support and extend their learning. We encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions.

All children have a personal times tables target which they are working towards and are tested by a teaching assistant fortnightly. Children are expected to practice their personal times tables daily and when they have worked through all the times tables and can rapidly recall them in order, mixed up and know the division facts for all tables, they are officially tested by Mr Wilson. Children who pass the test become a Times Tables Champion, they are awarded a special badge in assembly and have their photograph placed on our wall of fame.

We place a great emphasis on children understanding and explaining the mathematics they are working on and using and applying this knowledge in other areas of Maths learning to enable our children to become competent and confident Mathematicians.

Assessment

Maths skills are assessed continuosly throughout every unit we teach and lessons are adapted accordingly to meet the children's needs. Every term in Maths, children are tested using the PUMA assessment materials, this is used alongside teacher. assessment to track progress and attainment across school. 

Computing

At school we are using a scheme of work which is innovative and creative which will enable all teachers, regardless of confidence and experience, to really put computing at the heart of their teaching. The scheme develops pupils' computing skills across and within a creative curriculum and uses software that is familiar to the teachers and children. The aim is to provide the children with up to date computing skills, including coding, that can be used at home or in the future. The children will use both Ipads and laptops to develop their skills.   

Science

The children at St Peter's school enjoy science because it stimulates and excites their curiosity about the world around them. They learn, right from day one, about biology (plants, animals and humans) and about chemistry (changing states, separating mixtures).  From year 3 onwards, they begin to learn about physics (electricity, forces, light & sound, space). However, perhaps more important than all of that, is the development of scientific method throughout the school. By learning how to observe over time, identify and classify, seek patterns, and conduct research and experiments, children learn how to ask and answer scientific questions about the world.  By equipping children with these vital skills, children are better prepared to make a valuable contribution to the ever-changing world that awaits them.

The children at St Peter's school enjoy science because it stimulates and excites their curiosity about the world around them. They learn, right from day one, about biology (plants, animals and humans) and about chemistry (changing states, separating mixtures).  From year 3 onwards, they begin to learn about physics (electricity, forces, light & sound, space). However, perhaps more important than all of that, is the development of scientific method throughout the school. By learning how to observe over time, identify and classify, seek patterns, and conduct research and experiments, children learn how to ask and answer scientific questions about the world.  By equipping children with these vital skills, children are better prepared to make a valuable contribution to the ever-changing world that awaits them.

RE

Our Christian Values underpin everything that we do here at St Peter and every Monday, Mr Wilson sets the Mission for the week during Collective Worship.  The children then explore and discuss this in class and add their contributions to the Mission board.

RE  is taught using the Blackburn Diocese Curriculum. This teaches children the key Christian values as well as popular bible stories, religious festivals, the church and the important beliefs of Christians. It is also important to introduce and teach pupils the other major religions including their beliefs, teachings, practices and effects. These religions include Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.

PE

At St. Peter's, we are passionate about sport and aim to instil a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and healthy living to ensure that children can lead healthy and happy lives. They will have access to a wide range of sporting activities to ensure that all children are challenged and enthused as well as receiving high quality sports coaching from trained professionals. 

As well as curriculum PE, children will have access to additional sporting activities such as Bikeability (KS2) & Balanceabilty (EYFS) and range of after school sporting clubs as well as participating in various competitions in the wider school community. 

PSHE, SRE and British Values (2018 – 2019)

At St Peter’s Primary School, PSHE, British Values and SRE interlink with the school’s Christian values : 1.To show love and care to others  2. to respect other people's beliefs or cultures    3. to try your best, be kind and helpful  4. to be honest in our relationships   5.to behave with patience and respect  6. to celebrate our achievements and hard work.

British Values and SRE will not be delivered in isolation but firmly embedded in all curriculum areas, including Personal, Social Health Education (PSHE), science and our weekly missions.  Occasionally, appropriate and suitably experienced and/or knowledgeable visitors from outside school may be invited to contribute to the delivery of SRE in school.  

2018 – 2019 Themes:

Autumn One – Your vote, make  it count! (Class Rules/Ethos Council Elections)   

Autumn two – Choose Respect (Anti- Bullying/Remember Day)  

Spring one –A better internet starts with you (E-Safety)   

 Spring two - Giving Back (Lent fundraising)  

Summer one – Humans (SRE)  

Summer Two – Ready, Set, Go (Transition)

 

To be reviewed in September 2019

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