St Peter's CE Primary School Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In Nursery the children are taught using the Development Matters document.
In Reception the children will continue to be taught using the Development Matters document. They will then move on to the Early Learning Goals which they will be assessed against at the end of the year.
The school's curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve. We aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. These two aims reinforce each other. 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.
Please click on each document below to find the curriculum overview for each year group
In Key Stage 1 the children have a Big Maths session on a Monday. These sessions focus on key numerical skills. They then have four one hour long Maths sessions a week.
In Key Stage 2 the children have a Big Maths session on a Monday. The children are grouped according to their ability across the key stage. From Tuesday to Friday the children have a one hour long Maths session. Year 3/4 and 5/6 are set into higher and lower groups. Once a week the children do a times table test and given individual targets to work on and practise.
Assessment of Maths
Every half-term children are tested using the Assertive Mentoring programme. The objectives inform planning and interventions as well as giving the children a half-termly target. These correlate with the National Curriculum objectives.
Lessons in English follow the pattern of reading into writing, whereby the language features and organisation of a text is analysed to form a success criteria to develop the children's writing. Text types are used from the assertive mentoring programme. English is taught in sets across years 3/ 4 and 5/ 6, using the assertive mentoring targets. English lessons are taught every day for one hour as well as extra cross curricular writing in other subjects. Guided Reading is taught outside the Literacy hour in 20 minute sessions. Talk for Writing is used across the whole school, using Pie Corbett and Non-Fiction texts as well as assertive mentoring texts. Weekly grammar sessions are taught according to the children's ability and a weekly test assesses their progress against the relevant objectives
- Play scripts
- Non-chronological report.
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 Floppy's Phonics Sounds and Letters 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. This scheme is taught throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Phonics is also taught to some children in Key Stage two. 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.
Assessment of English
Every half-term in reading, children are tested using the Rising Star Reading Assessment alongside teacher assessment used from guided reading sessions and individual reading sessions. Writing is assessed though the application of skills in cross-curricular topics. The Assertive Mentoring programme is used to assess the stage at which the children are at and subsequent half-term targets are set. In addition to this children complete a weekly grammar test and application in writing is also assessed. Spelling is assessed on a 1-1 basis linked to the National Curriculum objectives
In Nursery the children are assessed on the stages of Development Matters.
In Reception children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. A child will receive either emerging, expected or exceeding for each goal. If a child is assessed as emerging they will be given a Development Matters band which they are working within.
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.
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.
- Creating a comic strip
- Presenting the weather
- Creating an advert
- Programming an adventure game
Foundation subjects: Geography, History, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Languages and Physical Education.
Across school the children will be learning Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language.
National Curriculum 2014 here
From September 2014, all schools are required to redraft the annual teaching curriculum based on the statutory guidelines and objectives published by the DfE. All subject leaders in school worked together to review our annual curriculum to incorporate all the necessary changes.
The following six principles played a pivotal role in designing our curriculum. Our aims are:
|To provide a curriculum that: provides children with the opportunity to explore and understand the local, national and international contexts that affect their lives and contribute to the community in which they live.||To provide a relevant curriculum which: reflects the children's interests, provides opportunities for choice and empowers the learner.|
|To provide a curriculum which is process based: creating opportunities for children to explore, investigate, create, reflect, review, adapt and develop their ideas to enable them to become life- long learners.||To provide a curriculum that: enables children to make connections, explore relationships, identify patterns, to develop and apply their skills and to acquire relevant knowledge.|
|To provide a curriculum that: recognises and develops self- belief, self-confidence and self-esteem enabling children to understand themselves and their role in society.||To provide a challenging curriculum that: inspires all, stimulates curiosity and imagination, reflects the richness of cultural diversity and provides learners with memorable experiences.|
Where possible, links are made to create a whole topic based unit.
PSHE is taught through the SEALs resources.
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.
In the foundation subjects, children will be assessed against the new National Curriculum objectives. Progress against the objectives is then tracked using the programme Classroom Monitor.
Assertive Mentoring is a focussed, child centred, collaborative approach based on a dialogue about the child's present and future learning needs
The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are:
- to raise standards for all
- to motivate and involve children
- to inform and involve parents
To be reviewed September 2016