The Curriculum at St Peters

St Peter at Gowts Curriculum – Y1 – Y6 21-22

Curriculum Golden Threads

 

School Vision

As an inclusive and diverse community, we work towards unlocking the potential in all and empowering a community of hope.

We seek to achieve this be providing a safe, inspiring and creative learning environment where all can flourish.

Our successes are built on the foundation of our shared values and our consistently high expectations. Through challenge and support, we strive for excellence in all we do.

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (St Francis of Assisi)

Curriculum Intent

At St Peter at Gowts, our values-based curriculum is inspiring and creative, unlocking potential in all. Our curriculum seeks to ensure that all pupils flourish through challenge, support and a broad and balanced curriculum rooted in shared values and consistently high expectations, striving for excellence in all curriculum areas.

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (St Francis of Assisi)

Our four golden threads are woven throughout everything we do at St Peter’s. They form our key curriculum drivers, giving our curriculum a clear and cohesive intent.

  1. Values – St Peter’s curriculum is a values-based curriculum where values are modelled, interwoven and celebrated throughout the school day, constantly underpinning our thinking and behaviour.
  2. Inspiration – Our curriculum thrives on enriching children through a variety of inspiring experiences, such as immersive environments, wow days, learning exhibitions, workshops, visitors and visits to provide all of our children with the experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise receive. We have a broad portfolio of extra-curricular clubs which are well attended across the full scope of the school.
  3. Community – At St Peter’s we aim to be the beacon of hope in our diverse, inclusive community, supporting children and families to unlock their full potential through school community projects, educational training sessions and signposting to supportive groups. Our community encompasses a vast variety of cultures and beliefs and as a school we work hard to include everyone! We enhance our school curriculum by embracing the learning opportunities and resources within our inner-city community.
  4. Excellence At St Peter’s we have high expectations for all and constantly strive to unlock the potential of our school community. Our children are able to achieve through our ambitious and cohesively planned curriculum, balancing knowledge and skill development in all areas in order to excel.

 

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is planned to equip children with the knowledge that they will need throughout life; our well-planned, immersive and thematic approach allows the children to make links within and between subjects in order to develop a deep understanding and high knowledge retention. In Nursery and Reception, we follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ document. The children’s learning experiences are carefully planned to enable them to develop and achieve in the early learning areas through play and investigative learning experiences. The EYFS curriculum is planned for the inside and outside classrooms and equal importance is given to learning in both areas. The Early Years curriculum uses a book based cross-curricular pedagogy, enabling all aspects of the children’s development, integrated with whole school approaches such as ‘Talk for Writing, Read, Write Inc. and White Rose Maths.

Our curriculum from Year 1 onwards, integrates the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum in a sequential and engaging way. It is designed to equip all children, including those with SEND, PP and EAL children, with the key knowledge and experiences to succeed. Alongside the National Curriculum for English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Languages we follow the Lincolnshire RE syllabus and have developed a whole school RSE policy. All elements of this are underpinned by our Values curriculum. We employ a thematic approach across the school and have a clear long-term overview which encourages cross-curricular work wherever possible aiding both knowledge retention and enjoyment. Within this context, we still ensure that children understand the unique contribution and disciplines of individual subject areas.

Fundamentally, we are a values-based school and we are proud of our Church School Distinctiveness. We strive for excellence through our ambitious and cohesively planned curriculum and recognise the importance of inspiring reading from a young age. A strong reading culture is developed throughout the school and we ensure opportunities for all readers are woven throughout the curriculum. Our ‘wow and ‘wonder’ days inspire and enrich the curriculum through first hand experiences coupled with a cohesive extra curriculum programme, which develops learning beyond the classroom. As a school we work to celebrate the diversity within our community and enhance our curriculum by embracing community projects and opportunities.

Inspiring and knowledgeable subject leaders are the driving force behind the rigorous development and sustained high expectations of all the curriculum subjects. Our pedagogy is based on evidence-based research, shown to impact on quality first teaching. Leaders work hard to create meaningful links, which allow the children to fluently transfer their learning across the curriculum. Our strategy for successful implementation of our intended curriculum is to create a culture where collaboration and professional dialogue between subject leaders delivers a curriculum that builds on prior learning, deepens knowledge and enhances skills that foster learning and achievement. We engage in a constant cycle of review and evaluation. As a school team we value the opportunity to work collaboratively within and outside of school and constantly reflect on our practice to improve teaching and learning and ensure the highest-level outcomes for all children.

Curriculum Impact

Our children will evolve into confident, articulate individuals with a strong moral compass, which equip them for the next stage of their development.

 

 

Reading

In Reception and KS1, the children start the day with a fast paced Read, Write, Inc. phonics session. Read Write Inc is designed to help teachers teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. It focuses on securing word recognition skills, as these are essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words accurately with ease, and so concentrate on comprehending and composing text. Systematic, high quality phonics teaching is essential, but more is needed for children to achieve the goal of reading, which is comprehension. More information on Read, Write, Inc. can be found here: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ .

In KS2, reading is developed in whole class skills based sessions using high quality texts, in whole class reading, through class stories and reading across the curriculum. s. Children read and write a range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts which are linked to their topics. Strong links are made between reading and writing. Every reading sessions starts with fluency focus and then children participate in both whole class and small group reading sessions, engaging and responding with a range of texts, in order to develop their key reading skills of decoding, retrieval, exploration, analysis and deduction.

 

Writing

At the heart of our teaching of writing is the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Talk for Writing enables children to ‘say it before they can write it’. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style. The use of high quality texts and visual literacy (images and films) are a key resource to facilitate the teaching of writing.More information on Talk for Writing can be found here: https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/.

The Active Spelling approach  is used to deliver our spelling curriculum. Children are taught weekly spellings from the National Curriculum and can access the online Spelling Shed game to support their learning.

 

Maths

We use Power Maths to support the teaching and learning of maths across Key Stages 1 and 2. Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help you nurture confidence in maths. At the heart of Power Maths is the belief that all children can achieve. It’s built around a child-centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths. Taken from the Pearson website. More information about Power Maths can be found here: https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Primary/Mathematics/AllMathematicsresources/Power-Maths/power-maths-mastery.aspx

Children from Nursery to Year 6 also take part in daily CLIC sessions from Big Maths. Big Maths seeks to address the common lack of confidence shown by children in maths. The 4 elements of CLIC are: Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New! and Calculations. Children work through each of the different areas and practise their maths skills and apply and their knowledge. More information about CLIC and Big Maths can be found here: http://www.andrelleducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Big-Maths-CLIC-Book-Introduction.pdf

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