St Peter's R.C Primary School

 Following Christ, Striving for Excellence, Working Together & Growing in Faith

Curriculum
 

Intent:

Here at St. Peter’s School we love our curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum as our framework and have worked together to make sure that our curriculum centres heavily around our locality, we love learning outside of the classroom and providing tangible experiences for pupils. We want all of our pupils to follow our Catholic Values and experience a genuine faith encounter. We want pupils to become advocates for social justice and the environment. 

Our teachers have all thought very carefully about the schema they teach, they are aware of the elements of the curriculum that are knowledge based and skills based. We ensure that our children have the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and put it to good use. The design of our curriculum ensures that pupils are regularly challenged and that their learning continually moves forward. We know that every pupil will be able to experience an area of the curriculum in which they excel, we want them to have confidence to go forward in life to achieve all that they can!

 

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Implementation: 

Staff are well trained and well supported in implementing our curriculum. We are outward facing and seek support from national hubs such as the Literacy Hub, Maths Hub and Computing Hub to ensure that our curriculum is quality assured. This expert help allows us to powerfully address social disadvantages that are prevalent on the coast through the teaching and learning of our curriculum. 

Religious Education is central to all that we do at St. Peter’s School. We want all of our children to learn about Christ and to follow his teachings. In line with our Catholic Values we make special provision and give tailored support to vulnerable pupils and those with Special Educational Needs. We actively support our pupil’s and staff with social and emotional well-being and mental health.

Each week one of our classes visit St. Joseph’s Church to experience Holy Mass. We follow the Come and See curriculum scheme alongside Ten-Ten for RSE. St. Peter’s is a multicultural school where people come from all parts of the world. Our curriculum reflects this and we ensure that all of our pupils are confident to live in our modern and diverse society. 

Well-being is an important part of life in St. Peter’s and we have a group of ‘Wellbeing Champions’ from across school, they work with Mrs Anderson to ensure everyone has a clear understanding of well- being and mental health. Mrs Anderson also leads ELSA sessions in school.

We are close to North Bay Beach; all of our classes take part in beach schools and make use of our amazing natural resource. We have a beach schools lead teacher who takes ownership of this area of the curriculum. Our children are passionate about caring for the environment and have elected Eco School Leaders who champion the cause of our environment.

To develop cultural capital we work alongside the amazing Steven Joseph Theatre to ensure that the arts are brought to life. We take part in regular workshops that are led by the SJT Team and our pupils visit the SJT to watch a show and take part in behind the scenes tours. A recent example of our partnership involved our Year 6 class completing a Shakespeare workshop that focused upon Macbeth and was shared on the Theatre’s website.

Pupils have many opportunities to develop their love of music at St. Peter's. Each week a range of peripatetic music teachers visit the school to ensure that all pupilshave the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. We follow the Charanga scheme of work in school during our music lessons. Miss Walker leads Choir Club and pupils are given a number of opportunities to sing in public when we visit church or perform for the residents of our local care homes. 

Sport has a key place and we encourage all pupils to take part in a variety of sports and competitions. Each week we are supported by Robbie Hawks Sports Academy, along with our specialist basketball and cricket coaches. Staff follow the Real PE curriculum and all of our pupils enjoy keeping active. We all learn about keeping healthy and the importance of exercise for our mind and body.

Our history curriculum is localised where possible and we work alongside the Scarborough’s Museum Trust to bring teaching to life. We plan as many local visits as possible be this to the Roman excavation in Eastfield or Scarborough’s famous castle. Our Year 1 class work alongside a local palaeontologist each year to transform our school hall into a Dinosaur Museum. 

The Geography curriculum at St Peter’s is designed to build and continuously consolidate children’s geographical knowledge and skills. Children are given the opportunity to study a range of topics, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our geography curriculum is heavily supported by the work of our Beach School lead. St Peter’s high expectations of learning allow children to learn at a deeper level which gives children the best opportunities to explore the relationships between people and place.

Art: Through our Kapow Art and design scheme of work we aim to inspire our pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. It is designed to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests and express their ideas and thoughts about the world. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our Design Technology curriculum encourages all pupils to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. 

French: we are very fortunate to have Madame Moran a French national as part of our teaching staff at St. Peter’s. Each week all of our pupils are taught French by Madame Moran. Once again, our locality features heavily as one of our local villages is paired with Pornic in France. The visitors from Pornic are always invited into our school to share their language and culture with us. 

In computing and ICT, we follow the Teach Computing curriculum and our children all enjoy using crumble and taking part in our coding club at lunchtimes! We are confident that our students will use their computing skills to great effect in their future careers.

 

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Impact

The impact of our curriculum is apparent for all of our pupils. They leave St. Peter’s School well equipped for their transition to secondary school. Pupils have a real knowledge of the world around them and are kind and caring members of society, they are well equipped to meet the modern world. Pupils experience a real faith encounter and are passionate about caring for our environment. As a result of our well planned curriculum pupils know more and will remember more, they will have built transferable knowledge of events, places, concepts and procedures. 

 

If you would like any more information or there is anything that you are unsure of relating to our curriculum, please feel free to speak to any of the class teachers or the Head of School Mrs Seeley who will be happy to help you.