EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE AND THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
A statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 4-5) sets out the learning and development expected in this phase. At this stage learning is organised into seven areas of learning and development: communication and language, physical development, personal and social development, literacy, mathematics, inderstanding the world and expressive arts and design.
The government have introduced a new National Curriculum from September 2014. This applies to pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, and voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools. It is organised on the basis of four key stages.
KS1: Ages 5-7 (Yrs 1-2), KS 2: Ages 7-11 (Yrs 3-6), KS3: Ages 11-14 (Yrs 7-9) KS 4: Ages 14-16 (Yrs 10-11).
At key stages 1 & 2 the statutory subjects that all pupils must study are Art and Design, Design and Technology, English, geography, history, computing, mathematics, music, physical education (PE) and science. RE must also be provided at key stages 1 and 2.
THE CURRICULUM AT ST PETER’S
We have been working hard to develop the new National Curriculum through a topic based learning approach. We aim to provide a calm, purposeful working environment where children follow a creative curriculum whilst making the fullest possible use of our school’s central location in Canterbury.
Here is what our children have to say about their child led learning.
Our curriculum comprises of all learning and other experiences that we plan with our pupils. At St Peter's we organise our curriculum into areas of learning for planning, teaching and monitoring purposes: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Creative Arts (Art, Music and Design Technology), Health and Wellbeing (PE, PSHE and Citizenship), Humanities (Geography and History), Computing and Languages.
In all areas of the curriculum we prioritise creativity to motivate and enthuse children and provide them with the team skills which will prepare them to make the fullest contribution in life.
At the beginning of each topic, the children and their teacher work together to plan their topics, deciding together on their learning journey.
Class teachers send out a termly letter outlining the areas of work which the children will be involved in during the coming term. Follow the link to the 'Class Pages' section of our site to access this information.
Towards the end of each term, each year group holds a learning celebration event. Our parents are invitied in to the learning environments to see and hear about the exciting learning that has taken place.
The document below outlines our topics for 2014 - 2015.