Curriculum Statement

We aim to make every day full of awe, wonder, excitement, challenge and fun, equipping today’s children for tomorrow’s world.

At St Peter and St Paul, our vision, values and Christian ethos are the foundations upon which our school is built. These, in turn, help to shape the way in which we design and deliver our curriculum. The aim of our curriculum at St Peter and St Paul is for pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners, ready for their next stage of education. We aim to create dedicated learners who are confident in their own beliefs and are always respectful of the views of others. We aim to develop resilient learners who are proud of themselves, recognise their achievements and are supportive of others’ successes. By acknowledging the unique child, providing enabling environments and supporting the development of positive relationships, we believe that the curriculum at St Peter and St Paul stimulates, motivates and challenges our pupils to achieve their very best. 

Our curriculum provides children with inspiring and engaging learning opportunities- both in and beyond the classroom. They will have access to resources to support learning and bring learning to life in real-life contexts, with opportunities to celebrate our successes, achievements and differences. By adding depth to the curriculum, with engaging and memorable experiences, we strive to create learners who are motivated, engaged and take responsibility for their learning journey. 

Our Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This challenges children holistically and encourages them to develop into happy learners and thinkers, who are full of curiosity about the world around them. Within our exciting, happy and secure learning environment, children have opportunities to explore, enquire and to take risks through practical, hands-on learning experiences. 

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the Primary National Curriculum. As such, our curriculum design is based firmly on the principles of good learning matched to the specific needs of the children in our school. 

We plan broad and balanced curricula which build on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points and developmental needs. The curriculum is planned so that there is a sequence of content and transferable knowledge, necessary for subsequent learning and to support progress. A variety of assessment opportunities are built into the curriculum enabling teachers to evaluate what concepts, knowledge and understanding children have gained. 

We ensure that the pupils have a voice and contribute to their learning. We take on ideas and suggestions from the children and include these in planning and homework activities. This promotes inclusion, which is key to promoting learning through enjoyment. Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through cafés, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. 

Themed weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Our residentials and commitment to educational visits enhance our curriculum. Visitors into school as well as offsite locations embrace our values further and foster the love for learning outside the classroom. A revised outdoor provision and using the forest school principles support the types of learner.

Our ‘nurturing’ school gives the feeling of family learning – something that our community needs and celebrates. 

Our outdoor environments and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds continue to be developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas.

Please browse our website to look at subject specific information under curriculum or class pages for further information regarding our curriculum delivery.  Click on the class name to what has been planned for this academic year: Badger Class (Reception), Barn Owl Class (Y1), Dragonfly Class (Y2),  Fox Class (Y3), Hedgehog Class (Y4) and Squirrel Class (Y5/6)

Handwriting Focus

From January 2018 we are having a whole school handwriting focus. Children across the school will be working towards writing in a cursive style. 

The National Curriculum 2014 places a clear emphasis on handwriting and outlines its importance in the development of children’s compositional skills:

Pupils who do not learn to read and write fluently and confidently are, in every sense, disenfranchised (‘Purpose of Study’ p13)

Pupils should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (6.3 Language and literacy - Reading and Writing)

Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting. (Programmes of study and attainment targets - Aims of English p15)

(National Curriculum 2014)

As a school we believe that handwriting is a skill that, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum. Handwriting should be an automatic process which frees pupils to focus on the content of the writing.

THE SCHOOL SCRIPT

The School has adopted the cursive script as the style which will be taught and modelled to the children in lessons, written feedback and on displays in and around the school. Cursive handwriting teaches pupils to join letters and words as a series of flowing movements and patterns. This helps children to write clearly, fluently and quickly so that they can cope with the everyday demands of life and school.  

  

 PROGRESSION AND TEACHING OF HANDWRITING

Children in Reception will be taught to form letters correctly with lead in lines. Once pupils have mastered accurate letter formation they will be encouraged to begin joining.

Children in KS1 and Early Years have daily handwriting practise as part of their early morning work and phonics sessions. Pupils in KS2 have 3 x 15 minute sessions weekly.

Please see our Handwriting Policy for further information.

In October 2017 we were awarded a bronze award by The Woodland Trust's Green Tree Schools.

In July 2019 we were awarded the Silver School Games mark for our PE and sports during the year 2018-19.

 

We are hoping to go for Gold this year!

 

World Orienteering Day - Wednesday 11th May 2016

year 6 boys working well as a team.    year 1 girls finding the image a challenge.

St Peter & St Paul Carbrooke were the only school in Norfolk to take part in World Orienteering Day.

88 Pupils at St Peter and St Paul Primary Academy took part in World Orienteering day on Wednesday 11th May and were the only Norfolk School to do so!

A photo orienteering course was set up using 26 obscure images from around the woodland, quite area and field such as padlock numbers, corners of signs and parts of the wooden benches. Teams of three were set off with a map, image and answer card and tasked to find a control where the image was taken. On finding it they had to record the letter displayed and return to base to be given a new image.

This was a real test of teamwork, observation and recording skills with the winning teams gaining 20 out of 26 check points in the time allowed.

The children worked their socks off and with out being told to spent the session sprinting between check points to try and gain the most! There was a real buzz about the field with teams working hard to figure out where the images were taken as Miss Reidie made it very tricky and even photographed the '91' on the snakes and ladders board which was very hard to find!

The day was part of a world wide Olympic Record attempt to try and get as many children and adults participating in orienteering activities in one day and to beat the 2003 record set in Switzerland of 207,979. To be part of the record our pupils used the same check points, score cards and course plan as those round the world. The number of participants, gender split and images of them competing have been submitted to the event officials to be included in the final count...our fingers are crossed to see if we broke the record!!

After the event all pupils received a World Orienteering Day Diploma from the International OrienteeringFederation (IOF) and were sign posted to the Norfolk Orienteering club and Active Norfolk taster days where they can be part of weekly orienteering events.

Well done to all involved.

 

 

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