Curriculum and Organisation of Education and Teaching methods
The aim at St Peter’s is to help each child fulfil his or her potential in every area of the curriculum. All pupils are encouraged to attain higher levels of personal achievement within a caring family environment in which each member is held in high esteem. We pay particular regard to equality of opportunity and ensure participation is not adversely influenced in terms of gender, race or disability.
Our curriculum encompasses all aspects of learning – linguistic, mathematical, scientific, historical, geographical, social, religious, physical, creative and aesthetic. The thematic approach used at St Peter’s aims to encourage sound thinking and an ability to transfer knowledge, skills and understanding. Where subjects cannot be linked effectively they are taught separately following pre-planned schemes of work. Tasks are differentiated to ensure each child receives work which is of an appropriate level and relevant to his/her experience.
The Core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are given a greater percentage of time than the foundation subjects or Religious Education. Cross curricular themes such as European Awareness, Environmental concerns as well as Road Safety instruction and Sex Education are also incorporated under the heading of Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education.
Full cognisance is taken of the requirements of the National Curriculum with all children working to set programmes of study and attainment targets. The term “curriculum” comprises all the learning opportunities provided by the school both during the timetabled lessons and through “extra curricular” and “out of school” activities deliberately promoted or supported by the school.
Road Safety instruction is catered for as matter of course, within the curriculum. Therefore, all children are given instruction on an appropriate and fairly regular basis.
Year 3 pupils receive Pedestrian Skills lesson and cycling proficiency tuition is provided for older pupils, with the guidance of the Road Safety Committee, and with the assistance of qualified parents. This takes place during school time as part of the curriculum.
There are also opportunities for some children to learn to play stringed, brass and wind instruments through the peripatetic music service. Parents are asked to make a financial contribution towards this tuition but inability to pay would not exclude any child.
All children attend a swimming course at the local swimming pool at some point in their school career. Provision is determined by the Local Education Authority who arrange transport and tuition.
Registration groups are based entirely on age which often entails mixed age classes throughout the school.
All classes in Key Stage 1 have 30 or less pupils in line with government guidelines. Within each classroom the teaching takes place in a variety of settings, whole class teaching, smaller groups arranged by ability for some subjects or mixed ability in others as well as individually planned programmes of work for more able children or children with learning difficulties. At Key Stage 2 the average class size is 30. We plan to keep Y6 pupils together in one class but other classes have mixed age groups.
Reception children cover the Early Years Foundation Stage working towards Goal Level in preparation for the National Curriculum. Their work is planned from observations on their play and interests. The length of the teaching week for both key stages is 27½ hours excluding registration, acts of worship and breaks.
Children are assessed through teacher observations in their first few weeks of school. These observations continue throughout their year in Foundation and build up a Foundation Stage Profile of the child. This information is then built upon in KS1 (Years 1 and 2) to help your child progress. At the end of KS2 (Year 6) formal teacher assessments are made in reading, writing, Speaking and Listening, Maths and Science. This is based on the children’s ongoing work and some tests and special tasks may also be done. Your child will be given a level for each of these subjects. Again this information is passed on to the KS2 teachers so they can build on what your child knows. Your child will be teacher assessed throughout KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) and finally in the May of Year 6 your child will take a National Statutory test in Maths, Reading and Writing. These are sent away to be marked. Parents will be notified of their child’s level of progress throughout their time at St Peter’s via Parents evenings and written end of year reports.
At St Peter’s we believe learning at home is an essential part of the good education to which all our children are entitled. A booklet explaining our homework policy is available to parents. The type and amount of homework is different for different ages but reading, spellings and mental arithmetic activities are sent home regularly. Parents are given full written details of our Impact Maths and Science projects.
Parents are at liberty to view all curriculum policy documents, statements of aims as agreed by the Governing Body and similarly official memoranda provided by the Department for Education. Following the Ofsted Inspection in February 2013 copies of the final report and the Section 48 Church Schools Inspection can be viewed on our website.
The school holds the Quality Mark for Basic Skills, as well as the Activemark, Artsmark, Investors in People award and National Healthy Schools Award.
We are also at the full core offer as part of the Extended Schools agenda.