Our School Curriculum
What is our intent? What are we trying to achieve with our curriculum?
At St. Peter’s Church of England First School, our curriculum is designed to inspire, engage and challenge our pupils so that they acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful, independent and motivated young people, ready for the next stage of education and their future in today’s world.
Through a flexible, child-led and creative approach to curriculum themes, we aim to harness children’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge to foster an interest in the local community, and the world beyond. Lessons, visits, wider cultural experiences, outdoor learning and real-context projects are all used to enhance learning across the curriculum and develop communication, collaboration and cooperation.
The National Curriculum core subjects of reading, writing, maths and science and foundation subjects – music, computing, geography, history, design technology, art, PE and RE are taught as well as personal and social, health and relationships education.
As a school with a strong Christian foundation, we ensure that opportunities for spiritual and moral development are taken in every element of the curriculum so that our motto of ‘love, learn, flourish’ is moved from vision to reality.
How do we deliver our curriculum?
Our curriculum is delivered through creative and engaging themes. These are led by children’s interests and changed annually. Wherever possible, lessons are embedded in ‘real’ contexts so that children understand the relevance and importance of their learning.
All subjects have clear, progression plans, and children are given opportunities to explore, investigate, question and analyse in order to learn the skills of critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving.
Reading and phonics have a high priority as a vital skill for everyone and the gateway to future learning.
What is the impact of our curriculum and how do we know?
School leaders, including the Local School Council, and teachers regularly measure the impact of our curriculum through the monitoring of teaching and learning, monitoring of behaviour, assessment and on-going self-review. We talk to children and parents, undertake learning walks, look at books and review the curriculum as subject leaders. We use nationally calibrated tests each term to ensure that we are consistently adapting our work to ensure all our children make the best progress possible.
As a result of our high-quality curriculum and teaching, our children are well prepared for the next phase of their education, they are motivated to achieve and are equipped with the personal skills they need for a successful future.
If you would like more information then please navigate the main headings below or speak to the class teachers or the subject coordinators below:
Maths - Barbara Adams
English - Natalia Clapp
RWI/Phonics - Gemma Cody-Boutcher
RE and Collective Worship - Maida White
Science - Dot Jones
PE - Ben Robinson/Maida White
French - Barbara Adams
History and Geography - Jess Falkner/Maida White