St Peter's R.C. Primary School

Curriculum Statement

Our aim is to assist parents to develop in their children a personal, loving relationship with Jesus. Within this framework the school endeavours to develop fully the God given potential and talents of each child and to ensure that, having regard to the child’s ability, s/he has the skills necessary to live a fruitful, rewarding life within the community, showing Christian care and concern for others.

We wish to promote independence, leadership, co-operative working, sound judgement, informed decision taking and the ability to learn from experiences. We lay great emphasis on equality of opportunity for all.

  • Through a broad, balanced curriculum at both key stages including the National Curriculum, the child:
  • Comes to know Jesus through prayer and the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Gains an understanding of Mathematics, recall facts, and can use this in everyday situations
  • Discovers the what, why and how of the work through Science, developing an investigative approach
  • Gains and uses computer and related skills (ICT) throughout the curriculum
  • Discovers the wonder of God’s creation – humans, animals and plants – through Personal and Social Education and Sex Education
  • Gains the skills of Reading and Writing to communicate effectively and develops a love for literature
  • Develop skills and strategies for problem solving through Technology
  • Comes to a full understanding of people in the time and place through History and Geography
  • Develops a feeling for and love of Music by singing, listening and playing instruments and also confidence to perform by acting in assemblies and at special celebrations
  • Become aware of shapes, colours and textures by selecting and using a variety of Art and Craft materials.
  • Develops a full awareness of the body, appreciates the importance of physical well being and the pleasures of sporting activities through Physical Education – Educational Gymnastics and Games.

Within the Curriculum there is flexibility and adaptability to meet the special educational needs of individuals. Children extended their understanding and from study habits through homework. Recording pupils’ achievements and making these known to parents will ensure a full appreciation by home and school of all aspects of his/her development.

Where appropriate children are taught in ability groups. Whole class and group teaching methods are also used.

Able children are identified by professional judgement and assessment procedures including standardised tests. Appropriate differential work will be set.

We use a number of different strategies to promote a child’s love of books and to encourage them to become confident, independent readers at home.  In KS1 we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, supplemented by the Jolly Phonics Scheme.  We follow the Rigby Star scheme for guided reading sessions and the Oxford Reading Tree programme for individual reading.

From September 2014, the new primary curriculum is statutory, and there have been a number of changes to subject areas.  Below is a summary of the changes. 

English
- Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
- Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and at school.
- Handwriting (not currently assessed under the national curriculum) is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
 - Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.
 Mathematics
- Simple fractions (¼ and ½) will be taught from Key Stage 1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions ( eg 0.375 = 3/8).
- By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12 x 12 (currently 10 x 10 by the end of primary school).
- Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of Key Stage 2, to encourage mental arithmetic.
- The ability to solve mathematical problems is a key skill which runs through all strands of the new primary curriculum.
- Children will be taught formal written strategies of vertical long multiplication and long division when they are secure with the standard written methods we currently teach.
 Computing
- Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
- From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
 - From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks,including the internet
- Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools
 Design and Technology( DT)
- Design and Technology has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
- More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics
- In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
- Greater emphasis on cookery with a focus on savoury dishes
 Geography
- Greater use of atlases and maps including O/S maps and digital maps
- Children are expected to know and locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers
- In depth studies of a European, North/South American country and a region of the British Isles are required
History
- Greater emphasis on British History taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066. Tudors no longer taught in KS2
 Languages
- The term Languages will replace the term modern foreign languages
- Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language such as Latin or Greek will be mandatory in KS2.
- Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language
 Physical Education (PE), Music, Religious Education (RE)
The study of these subjects remains largely unchanged.