The following information is not exhaustive but intended to give an outline of our curriculum. More information on what the children are taught and can learn can be found by contacting the school.
The New National Curriculum 2014 is followed throughout the school and our own schemes of work are balanced, broadly based and promote development in all the main areas of learning and experience. We seek to educate each child as an individual, as a member of society and as a future adult member of the community. We achieve this through a variety of teaching and learning methods. Much of the learning at St Peter’s is cross curricular and thematic. We follow a four year plan which is linked to key skills progression and covers the requirements of the Curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to see links and connections between their learning. Children in Nursery and F1 are taught in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements.
Our main aim is to enable all children to realise their own potential by building on their strengths and overcoming any difficulties they may encounter.
We believe that success fosters success and that it is by honest encouragement and praise from both home and school that children are made to feel secure, cared for and happy. It is in this environment that learning takes place and children acquire a sense of self-esteem and confidence.
We value the important partnership between home and school and hold information evenings to keep parents informed about current practice.
As a Church Aided School Religious Education is one of our core subjects. The Religious Education in the school aims to teach the Christian faith in a way that provides both a grounding in the stories of the Bible and also shows clearly the relevance of the teaching of Jesus in life today. Children are taught to respect and understand the beliefs and customs of Judaism, Islam and Hinduism through comparisons to Christianity through learning about and learning from experiences. The Governors Policy Statement on RE is available in school.
We have a short daily act of Christian worship which is a central part of our school life. Our Worship is based on our values from the vision and values statement. Relevant issues such as our world, caring for others and learning to live together in peace and harmony form the basis of some of our assemblies. The clergy lead a weekly assembly and at the end of each term a service is held in the Church.
If you do not wish your child to take part in clergy assemblies then please speak to the Headteacher. Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from RE and Collective Worship. Parents are invited to join us in our worship at special times and when their child becomes ‘Star of the Week’.
Speaking and Listening
We aim to develop children’s understanding of the spoken word and improve their communication skills.Throughout the school, children listen to, discuss and retell stories in their own words in all areas of the curriculum. They relate events that have been important to them personally. Prose, poetry, discussion, debate, questioning and hypothesising, role-play and drama are all used to develop pupil’s skills and confidence.
The teaching phonics, especially in Foundation and Key Stage One, is given high priority in our school. as seen in our excellent results at the end of year 1. We do not just use one scheme but draw on different approaches to the benefit of our children. Jolly Phonics, Letters and Sounds are both used with resources from online providers.
Our objective is to produce pupils who read with understanding and who will therefore be able to use their skills for both pleasure and information. We achieve this through the teaching phonics and reading skills. As the children progress with their reading we concentrate on their understanding and comprehension of the text.
All children are given a reading diary and we would stress that parental support is vital not only in the early years of reading but throughout their primary schooling. Sharing a book with your child on a regular basis can make an enormous difference to both progress and interest.
Throughout the school, staff regularly listen to children read which may be individually or as part of a small, graded guided reading group. As the children progress through the school this pattern continues. We are very luck to be supported by a team of volunteer readers. Small group, large group and whole class book discussion form a regular part of our literacy teaching. Children engage in many tasks within guided reading sessions.
Writing develops alongside reading from the beginning and is taught through ‘Talk for Writing’. Children are taught the sounds of letters from when they enter school and are encouraged to write independently. This forms the basis for future development in a range of writing styles.
As they progress through the school, children learn the conventions of the English language – punctuation, correct grammar and spelling. Many of our writing activities have a purpose and are effectively linked with other curricular areas. Pupils are taught to write within a range of narrative and non narrative structures.
Sharing a book with your child on a regular basis can make an enormous difference to both progress and interest.
Children are taught a simple cursive handwriting style. It is hoped that children will have had the opportunity to paint and draw patterns before starting school.
Drama and Performing Arts
All children within the school have the opportunity once a year to take part in a play. In December Apple Tree Class perform a Christmas Play and Oak put on a Nativity. At Easter time Maple Class perform a play based on their focus for the term and in the summer Willow Class performs a classic story as a play. There are also many opportunities for the children to engage in drama through acting out scenarios to do with their topic ie Willow Class acted out the Battle of Marathon as a stimulus for their recount writing.
There is also a Drama Club which operates from the Village Hall one day after school.
PE experienced in a safe and supportive environment is vital to a child’s physical and emotional development. The children are encouraged to develop increasing confidence and skill in the use and control of their bodies. PE can involve potentially hazardous activities and children are taught safe practice from the beginning. This includes the use and carrying of equipment, the wearing of appropriate clothing, understanding that the wearing of all jewellery is banned and rapid response to instructions and awareness of rules.
We teach all six areas laid down by the National Curriculum– athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor and adventure activities and swimming. We are fortunate in having our own outdoor heated swimming pool and all the children have regular swimming lessons in the Summer term.
We use experts to support our teaching of PE including the support of PE specialists from Bartholomew Secondary School. Children throughout the school benefit from PE activities which are organised through Bartholomew for the primary schools in the Eynsham Partnership Academy. These include using the sports facilities at Bartholomew and competing against other primary schools.
Extra Curricular sport in the form of school clubs are an important feature and provide an opportunity for competitive sports activities. At the moment we offer football, netball and Judo.
Outdoor education at Key Stage 2 is further developed when pupils make residential visits to specialist centres such as Yenworthy.
Children are taught computing skills and application of Information Technology within cross curricular thematic learning which allows them access to and use of current technology.
Computing in our school is used to extend and enrich learning across the curriculum and to enable children to acquire confidence and pleasure in using it. As part of computing the children are taught how to stay safe on line and when using information and communication technology.
We aim to give children a positive and practical attitude towards mathematics. Mathematical experiences are gained through a variety of practical activities and opportunities to count, order and classify. We aim to stimulate use of mathematical language which becomes the basis for numeracy. Please read our Calculation Policy for more information about the way we teach mathematics.
Science is an integral part of modern culture. It stimulates and excites childrens’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Science links practical experiences with ideas. Our aim is to promote opportunities for our children to develop and evaluate exploration through experimental science and modelling. Children learn to solve problems by finding ways to answer scientific questions and creative solutions. The exploration and the knowledge and understanding of science as well as its application and the world around us are the basis for our teaching throughout the school. Children are given opportunities for investigative and practical work and are taught to analyse and record their results in a variety of ways in line with the National Curriculum.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
We use design and technology to help prepare pupils for the modern world in which they live and the changing technologies that they will experience in the future.
Pupils act as evaluators, designers and manufacturers when creating models made from a variety of materials, including food. Pupils learn the importance of accuracy when measuring and cutting and the related safety and hygiene aspects of making models.
Through the study of history the children will be introduced to understanding and interpreting the past and will develop a sense of identity through learning about changes in time and place.
The children will have opportunities to learn from a range of historical sources including artefacts, visits, pictures, photographs, music, adults talking about their past, written sources, buildings etc.
As they progress the children will learn to develop the ability to acquire evidence from a variety of sources and to judge their reliability and value.
Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world.
Pupils are introduced to geographical enquiry and develop a sense of identity through learning about their immediate environment, the United Kingdom and its relationship with other countries in Europe and the world as a whole.
CULTURAL, PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH and CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
As a Church of England School our Christian values are threaded through the way we teach PSHCE. Studies in this area help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the community.
We use the SEAL programme of work and also respond to situations as they arise whether they are global or individual.Our children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Children in upper KS2 have an opportunity to make a residential visit where some of these skills are further developed.
Musical activities take place in the individual classrooms and in the whole school. As well as making music, singing, playing instruments, tuned and untuned percussion and improvisation, there are also opportunities for listening to, and appraising many differing styles of music.
Children have the opportunity to join in the Oxfordshire Festival of Voices each year with our partnership schools. Also, whole school productions occur throughout the year.
Instrumental tuition is available at school via the County Music Service. Currently all of the children in year 3 learn to play a stringed instrument. There is a very active school choir, a keyboard and recorder club.
Throughout the school children have the opportunity to observe and record what they see in different media, use various materials and techniques and review and modify their work.
Children look at and discuss the work of many different artists, study their techniques and styles and use these ideas in their own work. Much work in this area is related to cross curricular activities.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
The children in Key Stage Two have the opportunity to learn French including speaking, listening and responding in writing.