Curriculum

Earley St Peter’s is a Church of England Primary School where one of our key aims is to ensure that all pupils achieve to the best of their ability.  Ensuring personal development and the well-being of all learners is at the heart of all we do.

The aim of our curriculum design is to inspire pupils to learn.  We have a strong academic ethos providing a focus on the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, whilst ensuring pupils develop subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills within all other curriculum areas.  We strive to ensure that our pupils leave this school with high standards of academic achievement having progressed well from their starting point.

Our key aim, through a knowledge led curriculum, is to help all of our pupils develop a love of learning which results in a rich reservoir of knowledge from which connections and links between subjects optimise their progress so that they achieve to the best of their ability.

 

The Core Aims at Earley St Peter’s are:

  • To instil in all pupils a love of learning and a desire to grow as a learner;
  • To enable pupils to become confident, resilient enquiring and independent learners;
  • To ensure that all pupils have an equal opportunity to take part in the life and work of the school;
  • To develop children’s self-respect and demonstrate respect for the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others within our community;

At Earley St Peter’s we have core principles of teaching and learning which drive how we plan and teach:

  • We work together to ensure that all learners succeed and that every child is confident, happy and secure;
  • We aim high and value excellence;
  • We aim to teach a curriculum that is rich in subject knowledge and enables the child to make connections and have a strong understanding of the subject;
  • We guide learning through an instructional framework with concrete models that demonstrate excellence;
  • We see skills and understanding as a form of knowledge;
  • We use questions to deepen understanding and we see mistakes as central to the learning process so we encourage resilience and a love of learning;
  • We believe oracy in the classroom and a rich vocabulary should be taught as it supports learning and is the key to unlocking future potential of our learners
  • We enable teachers by providing time, tools and resources to ensure high quality teaching;
  • We strive to make learning activities engaging and real;
  • We believe understanding is built through collaboration between teacher and pupil and among pupils and that dialogue is central to learning;
  • We take time to recognise and celebrate success and praise effort and perseverance;
  • We have a core commitment to equality of opportunity;
     

Assessing Progress

Formative assessment is a key part of every lesson at Earley St Peter’s.  Teachers assess pupil progress through asking questions, as they read and discuss work taking place and ask children to review their learning during the course of the lesson. This style of formative assessment which is also referred to as “Responsive Teaching” during lessons, informs teachers’ planning and helps to identify the next steps in the learning process.

We also place great store by reviewing mistakes – making mistakes is the first step in learning and “fix it” time is planned encouraging pupils to have a greater resilience and a positive attitude to more challenging activities and learning from them.

When teachers mark they regularly identify “next steps” for each child.  Clear learning objectives and success criteria are used in lessons and pupils self and peer assess against these.

Summative Assessment also takes place at the end of each key stage - Foundation 2, Year 2 and Year 6. The results show their standard of achievement which can be compared to national figures.

At the end of each school year, teachers write an annual report on each child. Parents are invited to discuss this report with the teacher.

Maths Parent Workshop

Please find below the link to the document from the Maths Parent Workshop. 

The Curriculum at Earley St Peter’s

Earley St Peter’s is a Church of England Primary School where one of our key aims is to ensure that all pupils achieve to the best of their ability.  Ensuring personal development and the well-being of all learners is at the heart of all we do.

The aim of our curriculum design is to inspire pupils to learn.  We have a strong academic ethos providing a focus on the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, whilst ensuring pupils develop subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills within all other curriculum areas.  We strive to ensure that our pupils leave this school with high standards of academic achievement having progressed well from their starting point.

Our key aim, through a knowledge led curriculum, is to help all of our pupils develop a love of learning which results in a rich reservoir of knowledge from which connections and links between subjects optimise their progress so that they achieve to the best of their ability.

 

Cultural capital is the background knowledge of the world pupils need to infer meaning from what they read. It includes vocabulary which, in turn, helps pupils to express themselves in a sophisticated, mature way.

 

Our coherently planned academic curriculum sets out:

 

A) a clear list of the breadth of units of study that will be covered;

B) the ‘threshold concepts’ pupils should understand;

C) curriculum milestones for progression within the threshold concepts;

D) criteria for depth of understanding.

 

The diagram below shows model of our curriculum structure:

 

A) The Curriculum Breadth for each year group is based on the content of the National Curriculum and ensures each teacher has clarity as to what to cover. As well as providing the key knowledge within subjects it also provides for pupils’ growing Cultural Capital.

 

B) Threshold Concepts are the key disciplinary aspects of each subject. They are chosen to build conceptual understanding within subjects and are repeated many times in each Learning Journey.

 

C) Milestones define the standards for the Threshold Concepts and provide a model of progression within each subject.

 

D) Depth of Understanding: we expect pupils at the end of each year to be secure within the year specific milestones for each threshold concept.

 

Curriculum delivery will involve a high degree of repetition so that knowledge enters pupils’ long-term memory.

 

Sustained mastery

Nothing is learned unless it rests in pupils’ long-term memories. This does not happen, and cannot be assessed, in the short term. Assessment, therefore answers two main questions: ‘How well are pupils coping with curriculum content? and ‘How well are they retaining previously taught content?’

 

Curriculum drivers which underpin our curriculum at Earley St Peter’s

 

  • Vocabulary – our curriculum is designed to create a language rich environment so that our pupils are able to communicate effectively and access information
  • Knowledge – our curriculum is broad and balanced; it is designed to offer a wide knowledge base from which our pupils can deepen their learning
  • Community and service – pupils are encouraged to be an active and responsible member of our school and their own communities

 

 

The Curriculum Impact at Earley St Peter’s

 

The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each year we hope that, the vast majority of pupils have reached the milestone and therefore sustained mastery of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it; some pupils have a greater depth of understanding. We have well established processes in place to ensure pupils are on track to reach the expectations of our curriculum.

Below you will find the programmes of study for each year group outlining how the National Curriculum is taught at Earley St Peter's.

 

Key Stage 1 Programmes of Study

Year 1 

Year 2 

 

Key Stage 2 Programmes of Study

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

For more information regarding the National Curriculum for England for Key Stages 1 and 2, please follow this link: 
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary