Curriculum Statement

Mission Statement

At St Peter’s Catholic School we are committed to the values of

love, respect and forgiveness

in a safe and caring community where everyone experiences success.

We Love Jesus, Love Learning, Love Life.

School Context

St Peter’s is a smaller than average one form entry Catholic primary school, located in the top 10% of deprived areas in England.  The percentage of disadvantaged pupils (40%) for whom we receive pupil premium funding is higher than the national average.  About 15% of pupils have English as an additional language, slightly lower than the national average and most pupils at an early stage of speaking in English are in EYFS.  The percentage of pupils who receive SEN support is broadly in line with the national average. 

Our Catholic ethos, encapsulated in our school Mission Statement, alongside Catholic Social teaching underpins all learning at St Peter’s.

Intent

Our Curriculum is based on the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (April 2017), the National Curriculum in England (2014) for Years 1 to 6 and the Shrewsbury Diocese approved RE scheme, ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’.  The curriculum is enhanced by Forest Schools, specialist instrumental teaching from Years 2 to 6 and the Islington ‘You, Me, PHSE’ scheme.

Our curriculum is a balance between a knowledge led and a knowledge engaged curriculum with the emphasis being slightly different for each curriculum area, for example, history is knowledge led and art is knowledge-engaged.

We ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to develop their cultural capital through a planned programme of experiences closely linked to our curriculum across the school and each year group has a list of experiences we want every child to have by the end of each school year.

Knowledge organisers for each topic taught within the curriculum identify the prior learning upon which new learning is built and the knowledge and/or skills we want pupils to have learned by the end of the topic.

Implementation

Each curriculum subject is planned in the following way:

  • The purpose of study is taken from the National Curriculum and gives an overview of what we want to achieve through teaching the subject.
  • The aims for each subject are taken from the National Curriculum
  • The rationale explains how each subject has been planned and why it has been structured in a certain way, for example British history is taught in a chronological order so children can learn about the cause and effect of events in the past
  • The subject content describes how each subject is taught, in some subjects broken down into strands to ensure content is taught in a progressive way throughout the school
  • Each unit of work shows how subject content is planned in each year group, identifying learning objectives and activities.

There is an emphasis in all subject areas on vocabulary and reading to try and close the vocabulary gap we know exists for many of our pupils.

Impact

The impact of our curriculum will be seen in subject specific measurable attainment and   progress checks at the end of topics or at the end of each term for core subject areas and RE.  It will also be seen in the fact that throughout their time at St Peter’s and when they leave pupils will be loving, respectful and forgiving members of the wider community.

 

 

Please click here to view the National Curriculum for Primary schools.

Please click here for the EYFS Statutory Framework