What does your child learn at school each day?
We follow the National Curriculum which aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum allowing access to all pupils at their appropriate level. Every effort is made to make learning enjoyable, worthwhile and ensure the school provides simulating experiences and employs a variety of teaching strategies.
Below are the overviews for each year group. Further information can be found on the class pages.
At St Peter's School, we use a synthetic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds.
Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practice and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.
Phase one begins in nursery. This phase paves the way for the systematic learning of phonics. During this phase especially, we plan activities that will help children to listen attentively to sounds around them, such as the sounds of their toys and to sounds in spoken language.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 continue to follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.
Our daily phonics sessions are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities.
We use a combination of reading schemes at St Peter's School. In 2015 we introduced 'Book Banding', organising all the books into coloured groups. The PSA funded a large amount of books to supplement and update our existing reading scheme. We now have a large range of books which give a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range. Children learn to read at different rates and each child is assessed regularly to ensure they are on the correct book band. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.