The Curriculum at St Peter’s CE Primary School
St Peter’s CE Primary School is a one form entry school for children aged 4-11. Individual children’s needs are a priority at our school, expectations are high, both socially and academically, and Parents/Carers are welcomed as partners in their child’s education. All children at St Peter’s are encouraged to love learning, enjoy school and to have high expectations of themselves in all areas.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning which link with those in the Foundation Stage, plus RE. Work is planned for the children so that they receive a broad and balanced curriculum across the school year.
They are encouraged to become involved with things that interest them. Through the Characteristics of Effective Learning we motivate our children to be active in their learning and stimulate and challenge them to make very good progress, achieving high standards in each of these areas.
The curriculum for Key Stage 1 (Y1 -6 Age 5 – 7) and Key Stage 2 (Y3 – 6 Age 7 – 11) is designed, following the National Curriculum 2014, so that all our children can acquire knowledge through questioning, exploring ideas and using basic skills, in order to develop excellent life- long learner attitudes. They are also encouraged and supported to become independent, co-operate with others, rise to challenges, achieve success and to meet our high standards, fulfilling their potential and to be a responsible citizen who values and respects others, their environment and takes an active role in school and the community. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. (National Curriculum 2014) The subjects taught at St Peter’s are: English, Maths, RE (Manchester Diocese Syllabus Scheme of Work), PE, Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, Music, Spanish (KS2) and PSHE. Some of these subjects may be taught as Learning Challenges. All the subjects taught are detailed on each year group Curriculum Map.
Phonics and Reading
We use Letters and Sounds to teach children synthetic phonics from Foundation Stage onwards, moving onto National Curriculum Spelling. Phonics is taught daily and applied throughout all areas of the curriculum. Our reading scheme is primarily Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented by phonics based texts. Guided Reading sessions are taught to develop specific reading skills. We encourage children to read for pleasure, having access to a range of texts in every classroom.
The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point.
- In designing the curriculum, teachers and learners use a Prime Learning Challenge, (the Prime Learning Challenge will be either a History, Geography or Science led challenge) expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from Pre- learning Tasks and the school’s context, a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned, expressed as a question. Discrete History, Geography and Science units of work will also be taught as appropriate.
- Pre-Learning tasks ensure that learners are directly involved in the planning process. Planned pre-learning tasks will establish what learners already know; what misconceptions they may have and what really interests them.
- Teachers will then take account of the outcomes from pre-learning tasks, to plan the subsidiary learning challenges for each major area of study.
- Continuity and Progression in the curriculum will be built around a set of matrices known as essential knowledge, understanding and key skills within each subject. These are broken into Year group expectations and have additional challenges for able learners. The ‘Essential Knowledge, Skills and Understanding’ matrices within the Learning Challenge Curriculum will ensure that the learners’ essential skills are being developed, alongside National Curriculum requirements (where appropriate).
- In addition, teachers will apply English, Mathematics and Computing skills where it is appropriate to do so.
- Time for learners to reflect or review their learning is central to the whole process: reflection is seen as a very important part of the learning
- Within the Learning Challenge Curriculum the final subsidiary learning challenge is handed over for learners to reflect on their learning. The idea is that learners present their learning back to the rest of the class making the most of their oracy and Computing skills to do so. A Post – learning Task will assess the knowledge and skills acquired by each pupil.
Information about the curriculum for current year groups can be found on class pages.
If you want to find out more about the National Primary Curriculum, please click here.
Key Stage Curriculum Overviews
- KS1 Curriculum Overview 2018-19
- KS1 Curriculum Overview 2017-18
- KS2 Curriculum Overview 2017 18
- KS1 Curriculum Overview 2016-17
- KS2 Curriculum Overview 2016-17
Additional Curriculum Documents