Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools defines the curriculum as:
“The curriculum in its fullest sense comprises all the opportunities for learning provided by the school: the so called extra curricular and out of school activities promoted or supported by the school and the climate of relationships, attitudes, styles of behaviour and the general quality of life established in the school as a whole.”
The curriculum is not just the formal programme of lessons. The extra dimensions of the learning of values and the development of attitudes, through the relationships experienced in the wider life of the school, have a powerful influence upon a pupil’s education.
At Wallsend St Peter's the curriculum is being developed to be more creative and exciting and is well matched to pupils’ interests.
Above all it is an opportunity for all pupils to succeed. The process of evaluation and assessment is continuous and is inseparable from the teaching and learning process. It provides the next steps for learning for your child and ensures that they make progress. We believe in assessment for learning.
Our curriculum at Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school is carefully designed, organised and planned for depth of learning:
At Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school our definition of progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
At Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum to provide balance for every pupil:
At Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s head and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.
At Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental well-being are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental well-being are as valued and important as academic development.
We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.
Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.
At Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum which provides breadth for every pupil:
Wallsend St Peter's C of E Primary school uses careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture. These have helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area. We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.
Our curriculum priorities are:
We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which belong and play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.
In Early Years and KS1 our children use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme.
In June every Year 1 child will be taking the statutory phonics screening check. The check takes place in a 2 week window. The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons. The purpose of the check is to provide evidence of children’s decoding and blending skills, not to test their vocabulary.
What does the Phonics Screen look like?
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with me. Non-words (or made up words, or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.
The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).
Scoring and communicating the results
Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below or within this standard.
What can you do to help prepare your child for the Phonics Screen Check?
You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out, and review the phonics sounds and rules. In past years we have found that the children have been less confident with the pseudo words. As a result this year we have focussed on developing strategies to enable the children to approach these words successfully. These are:
STEM is vital for preparing our pupils for their future as the world changes around us and technology continues to impact on our everyday lives.
We live in an age of fast-moving science and this area of learning is fundamental to the world in which we live. Our aim is to build on the children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity to find out about phenomena and events in the world around them and make better sense of their environment. Science is taught both as a discreet subject and as a part of the creative curriculum depending on the focus of the unit.
Children begin to develop an understanding of the world while in the Foundation stage. Children explore and find out about the world around them and begin to ask questions about it. As children progress through the school they are given a wide range of scientific experiences as they are introduced to more complex scientific ideas. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science is an integral part of our everyday life and will affect the future. Children work scientifically and develop their understanding of scientific enquiry by establishing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Children apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
We encourage pupils to consider their future career options and understand the importance of introducing them to STEM companies and people working within the field. Pupils at Wallsend St Peters have the opportunity to embrace STEM through whole-school theme weeks, STEM Fayres and educational visits.
Here at Wallsend St. Peter’s C of E Primary school we interpret the new National Curriculum through a ‘topic’ approach, where skills are transferred in a unique way. Therefore, Geography is taught through linking subjects under a common theme which gives learning in the classroom a context and motivates children. Geography encourages pupils to think more about the world around them. Using a mixture of fieldwork, technology and research skills to enrich their understanding, children from the Early Years to Year 6 are given the opportunity to understand their place within our own community and the wider world. From our curriculum aims set out in our Geography policy, we wish to stimulate, inspire and encourage our pupils’ understanding of the world.
At Wallsend St Peters, we place great importance on children’s understanding of Art and Design Technology.
In the past children were taught Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in schools, which basically showed them how to use technology. Computing now replaces ICT with a greater focus on learning about, and programming, computers rather than on just using programs.
At Wallsend St Peter’s Primary School we recognise that computers underpin today’s modern lifestyle. Our vision is to develop independent learners who are well equipped for their future; to gain the appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies, developing their confidence and capability to use digital technology thoughtfully throughout their lives.
Work within each year group ensures continuity and progression and is closely linked to other areas of the curriculum. All classes have timetabled sessions in the ICT Suite to give pupils the opportunity to enhance, practise and apply their skills.
Children now learn what algorithms are, which does not always involve computers. An algorithm is a set of instructions and teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes or by getting ready for PE. Children will also be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices like Beebots and Roamers.
They will also be looking at ways in which computer programs can be used to create, organise, store, retrieve and edit digital content.
Although at our school we have always taught the importance of Internet safety this has now become an integral part of the Computing curriculum.