At St Peter at Gowts, our values based curriculum unlocks a passion and curiosity for life-long learning. We endeavour to unlock potential in all through challenge, support and a broad and balanced curriculum rooted in shared values and consistently high expectations.
The children of St Peter’s reflect the diverse community of Sincil Bank and the surrounding areas. As a church school, we promote equality, tolerance, understanding and respect for all members of our unique school community. Our school forms the heart of the Sincil Bank community, where we are working together to create a community of hope and unlock potential in all.
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. 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 equip all children, including those with SEND, PP and EAL children, with the foundations for life. 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. 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. Our pedagogy is based on evidence based research, 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. 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.
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 skills based sessions using high quality texts, in guided reading, through class stories and reading across the curriculum. 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 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 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.
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