Please see below some information regarding The National Curriculum.
Our long term plans for each subject area for this academic year are now at the bottom of the page for you to see! We are currently following the topics of the Lancashire Planning and the document underneath will show you what topic your child is learning about each half term.
“The Foundation Stage” begins when children reach the age of three. Many children attend some form of pre-school or nursery soon after their third birthday. Some will stay at home until they start primary school. The last year of the foundation stage is the reception class. In Rochdale children join reception class at the beginning of the school year in which they are five. The foundation stage follows a curriculum providing activities and experiences that help children make progress in their development and learning.
The curriculum is divided into six areas of learning:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication, language and literacy
• Mathematical development
• Knowledge and understanding of the world
• Physical development
• Creative development
Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the foundation stage. The curriculum prepares children for learning in key stage 1 and is consistent with the national curriculum programmes of study, which have been written to be taught in years 1 and 2.
Each child will be given the chance to develop its talents, skills and knowledge within the framework of the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum requires the children to follow programmes of study in:
Design & Technology
Physical Education - (Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Athletics, Swimming and Adventure activities.
Literacy teaching puts great emphasis on whole class teaching of reading, writing, spelling and the structure of the English language. Each day pupils spend about three quarters of the time being taught as members of a whole class and one quarter of the time is spent on independent reading or writing work.
Every class has a daily mathematics lesson of between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the age of the children. Each year group has a number of learning objectives to work towards, these include; number and place value; calculations (arithmetic); solving problems and measure, shape and space (Geometry) and Data Handling (statistics).
At the start of each new year your child will be set a target to work towards, this will be reviewed regularly so as to help your child to achieve their full potential.To help support the delivery of the mathematics curriculum we have access to Abacus resources. In your child's class area you will find a list of non-negotiable targets for their year group as well as the topics covered each term within the curriculum leaflet.
You will find that your child will spend less time writing things down during the early years in school, and will spend more time learning and developing maths “skills” – mental strategies – which will allow better understanding of number and a more confident use of the skills learnt.
From year 1 onward, each class sets at least one piece of numeracy homework per week, this will be linked to the work that your child is doing within class time. To support children's learning at home we also subscribe to Maths Whizz, an online tutoring website. Your child should have their password stuck inside their reading record. To benefit from this resource it is recommended that your child spends 30 minutes a week on the website. Below are links detailing how to access the Maths Whizz website and a link to the site.
Below are some useful links for mathematics:
Science is an important part of education at St Peter’s School. All the children study science through practical, challenging and yet safe activities, based initially on their personal experiences and later on a broader range of contexts. They learn about science in their lives and the wider world.
The children are encouraged to observe, seek evidence and look for explanations for what they find. During this process they gain an understanding of the world they live in and are able to form their attitudes to it.
Computers & Information Technology
The school has a computer suite of 16 machines, linked to email and internet facilities. A technician, shared with another school, supports our staff in the delivery of the National Curriculum in Information Technology, and helps to keep everything up and running.
In the early years of school much of the work children do beyond the core of Maths (number work) and English, is not split into "subjects", but is covered as themes or topics. By the time children reach the upper years of school, much more of their work is "subject" based.
In addition, broader aspects of the primary curriculum are included, such as the study of our local, national and natural heritage, together with the ability to search out information and use it with understanding.
There are important elements of primary education which are not always thought of as "subjects" but which come into the teaching of children and their learning throughout their school lives. Some of these elements, which are consciously included across the curriculum are:-
perhaps most importantly, the way we care for and treat others, (our Christian view of humanity)
the equality of opportunity for all
At St Peter's we teach children to read using a wide range of strategies and resources. One of the resources that we use is our phonics scheme. We use Ruth Miskin's Read, Write Inc scheme whilst following letters and sounds to ensure full coverage. This is a resource used to teach synthetic phonics. This means that children learn the sounds that individual letters and groups of letters make. They can then recognise these sounds in the words to decode and read them. The children have a 20 minute daily phonics session.
The scheme is used in all Key Stage 1 and other year groups as revision of the sounds and for small groups of children who need this additional intervention.
All children follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme until they are able to read books of their choice from the school library.
The Oxford Owl website is really helpful for parents, who would like to help their child with reading at home. There are 250 free eBooks for you to share and also lots of games, activities and ideas. Please click on the link below and sign up for free!
Please see below our long term plans for this academic year: