The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects, at all key stages. You can view the national curriculum here:
Curriculum Intent- At St Peter’s our curriculum unlocks a passion and curiosity for life-long learning.
Our curriculum is planned to equip children with skills and 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. Fundamentally, we are a values
based school. Our pedagogy is influenced by evidence-based research, which is shown to impact on
quality first teaching. As a school we recognise the importance of inspiring reading from a young age
and continue to ensure opportunities for all readers are woven throughout the curriculum. Our
‘wow and ‘wonder’ days enrich the curriculum through first hand experiences coupled with a
cohesive extra curriculum programme, which develops learning outside the classroom.
Inspiring and knowledgeable subject leaders are the driving force behind the rigorous development and sustained high expectations of all the curriculum subjects. Leaders work hard to create meaningful links, which allow the children to fluently transfer their skills and knowledge across the curriculum. 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.
The children of St Peter’s reflect the diverse community of Sincil bank and the surrounding areas. As a result, we instil the importance of being aware of and understanding our different communities as well as accepting and celebrating the wealth of experiences, which our community bring on a local and world-wide level. Our children will evolve into confident, assertive and self-aware individuals with the life skills, which equip them for the next stage of their development.
In Reception and KS1, the children start the day with a fast paced Read, Write, Inc. phonics or spelling 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 sessions using high quality texts, in group reading times and through class stories. 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. In reading, children participate in both whole class and small group reading sessions in order to develop their key reading skills of decoding, retrieval, exploration, analysis and deduction. Children also develop their reading fluency skills..
At St Peter at Gowts CE Primary School, we want all children to leave KS2 as confident and willing
writers, who are inspired by their own reading, equipped with the ability to control their writing consciously and
effectively and able to use Standard English (grammar and punctuation). 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. The Spelling Shed scheme of work and online game is used to deliver our spelling curriculum. Children are given weekly spellings from the National Curriculum to learn at home and can access the online game to support their learning.
At St Peter at Gowts CE Primary School, 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.
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