At St Peter's we promote learning and personal growth and development, always placing Christ at the centre of all we do. We follow the National Curriculum requirements but also plan learning so that it is engaging, provokes curiosity and involves all children. We use our St Peter's Learning Keys to teach our children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge.
We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen, with skills that can be used for jobs that are yet to be created.
We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We ensure respect for all in our school and use the Gospel Values, to instil qualities we want all St Peter's children to have deeply rooted within them. We value and foster the spiritual and moral development of each person and our vision is for all to achieve their true potential, academically and personally.
We will ensure that at every level, in all our work and through all aspects of the school community and its life, everyone will be treated equally, reflecting the Equality Act 2010 and that the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations are complied with, making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs. We will not discriminate against the protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
In order to promote diversity and equality for all, we embed the teaching of equality and British Values through our curriculum.
If you have any questions about our curriculum, please do not hesitate in contacting us via the school office.
All areas of the curriculum involve both teachers and pupils in using English. It is the most important means by which we communicate with others. Therefore it is our aim to ensure that we enable all of our pupils to develop the use and understanding of Standard English to their full potential in all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting
Phonics (EYFS and Key Stage 1)
At our school, Phonics is taught daily throughout Foundation and Key Stage 1. We use a structured approach to systematic synthetic phonics, based on 'Letters and Sounds'.
Our approach to phonics uses an integrated synthetic phonics programme to teach both reading and writing. Progress is assessed every half term and children are grouped accordingly.
Details of the results of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check can be found on the 'School Performance' tab.
Key Stage 2
Through a variety of text based units, children are taught the fundamental skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Units are based on both fiction and non-fiction writing and high quality children's literature is used as a context for a whole unit.
We believe that Reading is the single most important transferable skill that we can equip our pupils with. Consequently, reading has both high priority and a high profile at our school.
Reading takes place throughout the school day and learning outcomes linked to reading are taught in English lessons, as well as in other areas of the curriculum, where appropriate. During this time children are taught through the use of extracts and whole novels, where teachers and TAs model the reading process. Higher order reading skills, such as inference and deduction are taught, as well as grammatical and punctuation conventions. Analysis and comprehension activities involving “real” texts are used to develop skills in these areas.
Children are read to by an adult every day and many children take part in our daily readers programme. We encourage reading for pleasure as it is central to the high value we place on books.
A major focus is on grammatically accurate and fluent writing. Teachers model the writing and planning process through writing sessions in English, where ideas are collected and developed. Children work in groups, pairs or individually to write narrative and non-narrative texts based on a range of appropriate genres. Grammar and punctuation are contextually taught in English lessons.
Objectives taught in English sessions are also used to develop writing across the curriculum and we use a well developed and researched approach which encourages oracy alongside writing development. This is called 'Talk4Writing'.