‘Unlocking love for lifelong learning for God, self, and for others’

Our Curriculum

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At St Peter's we are focussed on the "whole child"  We endeavour to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enables children to learn knowledge and skills which will provide them tools to make them life long learners and good citizens.   

Becoming Effective Learners

Forest School Activities

This year, every year group across the school will have the chance to enjoy some Forest School type activities in our outside spaces and in our woodland walk.  

Children will be offered the chance to explore and discover new things, experience appropriate risk and challenge and develop positive relationships with themselves and other people, all whilst enjoying some fresh air.

Literacy

The new 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England is now firmly in place and all classes from Year 1 to Year 6 are being taught to the new expectations. 

During the course of the previous academic year (2014-2015) the obligation to teach programmes of study from the previous National Curriculum have been disapplied and new programmes of study and attainment targets have been put in place. 

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Reading

Our aim is to enable children to:

develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity;

  • use reading skills as an integral part of learning throughout the curriculum;
  • read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding
  • develop different strategies for approaching reading and be able to orchestrate the full range of strategies.

For lots more information on how we teach reading at St Peter's please click on the picture below:

 

Writing

We aim to develop confident, fluent and enthusiastic writers. Writing is delivered through cross-curricular and creative topics alongside the teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation. A variety of texts are used to support the teaching and learning and enthuse the children into becoming writers themselves.

For lots more information on how we teach writing at St Peter's please click on the picture below.

Spellings Years 2 - 6

At St Peter’s we have adopted an innovative and child-led approach to spelling: ‘Spelling Boxes’ are used to personalise the learning of spelling. They contain words that the child needs to learn. Working with a spelling buddy, a ‘Spuddy’, words are tested daily and progress from being a new word to becoming a learnt word. All learnt words are then tested by an adult and ticked off of the child’s word list.

Formal weekly spelling tests are no longer part of the teaching and assessment of spelling.

Attached is further information based on ‘cued spelling’ by Keith Topping (2001) and ‘word boxes’ by Valtin and Naegele (2001).

In addition to the use of cued spelling, we also use the No Nonsense Spelling programme by Raintree. Spelling lessons will be delivered to the children in order to learn, practise and perfect accurate spelling.