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 and worthwhile, and ensure the school provides stimulating experiences and employs a variety of teaching strategies.
Below are the overviews for each subject.
Jigsaw is a PSHE scheme of work that we have purchased as it combines Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development (mindfulness) together. It provides a comprehensive whole school approach from Nursery to Year 6.
Please click on the tabs for specific information as well as the email link to the Jigsaw website.
At St Peter's School, we use a synthetic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds supplemented by other materials. Our daily phonics sessions are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. Children learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities. Children have time to practise 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 such as ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.
Our phonics teaching begins in Nursery, where 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 are introduced initially to individual letters (graphemes) and the sounds they make (phonemes), and learn to blend these to read and spell words. Later, they are introduced to digraphs (two letters which make one sound such as ch) and trigraphs (three letters which make one sound such as igh). As children progress through Key Stage 1, they are introduced to the spelling patterns and grammar rules contained in the National Curriculum.
Once they begin to blend graphemes to read words, children will begin to bring books home to read. Reading books are colour banded and are linked to the graphemes your child is learning in school. In this way, they are able to practise those same graphemes both at home and at school. Children are encouraged to choose their own books from a large range of fiction and non-fiction. 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 colour banded reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’, choosing their own books from a wide selection in their classroom and exploring different genres and authors.