In September 2014, the Government required that schools used a new National Curriculum. The aims of this curriculum are:
- The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
- The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
At St. Peter’s, we are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum to our children. To find out what your child is learning at our school, please click on the ‘National Curriculum’ link below. In addition, we have created documents to explain what children would learn in each academic year. Please remember that we have 2 year groups per class, so we teach a mixture of 2 curriculums each year; ensuring both years’ work is covered before a child moves on. Our curriculum aims to be innovative and exciting, sparking the interests of each individual whilst ensuring that we meet the requirements of the statutory document. The process of developing our curriculum has been challenging and exciting. Our belief is that in order to ensure that our topics appeal to each class and all children, we are constantly evolving and developing our work. In order to build each topic in our curriculum, teachers take the following steps:
- Teaching teams choose a topic and think of exciting and innovative activities that they could deliver to the children; using their in depth knowledge of the learning styles in their class to choose activities that they know will inspire children’s learning.
- Teachers identify which national curriculum objectives they could meet within each of the activities that they have planned. Teachers then use the other objectives for each year group and subject to help inspire new ideas that tie into our thematic approach to learning. These are recorded in topic overview pdf files that can be found on the class pages.
- Throughout the topic teaching sequence, teachers use the national curriculum to help evolve their initial plans. Some objectives are added and some are removed. These changes are closely monitored by staff so that we can ensure all objectives are met over the key stage or year and that we offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum.
- At the end of the unit of work, teachers use the Chris Quigley ‘Essentials’ Curriculum tool to help them to assess the progress that their children make. This allows them to identify gaps in the understanding of individuals and also helps them to plan challenge in future topics.
At present some of our teachers are using the ‘Target your Maths’ maths scheme of work to plan and teach the maths in school. As we develop our curriculum, teachers are adapting the work in maths to suit the demands of the new National Curriculum.
If you would like to find out more about your child’s curriculum, please speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be happy to advise you. Alternatively, if your child has not yet started at St. Peter’s, please contact the office who will be able to advise you further.