Curriculum

Here at St Peter’s directors, local academy committee members, the principal and all staff have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality, inclusive education.

Our curriculum ensures that:

Intent –  the curriculum is ambitious and designed to ensure that all learners including the most disadvantaged are able to access a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on the knowledge and skills from previous year groups and cross curricular, to enable all pupils to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

Implementation – Leaders place a large emphasis on teacher’s subject knowledge and ensures quality continuing professional development (CPD), enabling teachers to create an environment that allows all pupils to focus on learning. All staff respond and adapt their teaching as necessary, without unnecessarily elaborate or differentiated approaches. Teaching is designed to help learners remember in the long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

Impact – Pupils develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum to enable them to achieve well. This ensures pupils are ready for the next stage of their education.

More information about all of our subjects can be found below.

Art

St Peter’s Catholic Academy – Our Art Vision

Giving opportunities for self-expression and creativity by using a variety of media.

We know that great Art happens in our school when…

  1. Our curriculum is creative, imaginative and inspiring.
  2. The children are engaged in creative and inspiring lessons and can see a purpose to tasks.
  3. There are opportunities for children to think critically and understand the impact their thinking has on the wider world.
  4. Children are motivated and have a critical understanding of how Art impacts on daily life.
  5. Children are happy to take risks, experiment and work resourcefully.

At St Peter’s we truly believe that…

This term our curriculum wall has had an Art theme. The children have loved using different mediums to recreate the work of Great Artists and also show off their own imagination and creativity. The children are incredibly proud of the work they have created and so are we.

(pictures to come…)

We can see we have lots of budding artists ready to release their creativity on the world. Well done children!

INTENT

We follow the National Curriculum Guidelines and these are incorporated into our topic overviews. This provides children with opportunities to ensure that investigating and making includes exploring and developing ideas and evaluating and developing work to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. “Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to the experience of life, which helps to build a balanced personality.” Bridget Riley, Painter.

IMPLEMENTATION

Through a broad and balanced curriculum the aims for Art are to ensure that all pupils:

  • Are offered opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
  • Learn about the function of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures
  • Learn how to make thoughtful judgments and aesthetic and practical decisions
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Become visually literate and to develop their individual capacity for imaginative and original thought.

IMPACT

Our Art Curriculum is of a high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.

Computing

 

Design & Technology

 

English

 

Geography

 

History

 

Maths

 

Modern Foreign Languages

 

Music

 

Physical Eduation

 

PSHE

 

Science

How do we teach Science?

 

Intent

At St Peter’s we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The staff at St Peter’s ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.

Eco Committee

We offer children the opportunity of being part of our Eco committee. Our Eco committee are dedicated to helping to preserve our planet and all living things on our planet.

Implementation

We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
  • Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
  • Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
  • Make links between science and other subjects.

 

Science is taught consistently, once a week for up to two hours, but is discretely taught in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum. For example, through English, i.e. writing a persuasive piece of writing encouraging people to help in conservation, etc.

Science Week

Here at St Peter’s we actively participate in Science week every year by holding workshops and having scientists come into school. We learn all about forces, the solar system and space inside the science dome!

Impact

 

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.

 

All children will have:

 

  • A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

 

Trips

We take part in extra curricular trips around our science topics like trips to the zoo learning about animal conservationists and going to the museum to become archaeologists!