1. Teach the Faith, moral teaching and Catechism of the Catholic Church within the context of the 'Come and See' document and the Curriculum Directory.
2. Provide a broad, balanced, relevant and stimulating curriculum based on the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
3. Employ a clear system of planning, which ensures coverage of the National Curriculum and enables staff to best meet the needs of all children.
4. Provide a range of opportunities for the physical, cultural, moral, spiritual, creative and aesthetic development of our children.
5. Develop clear learning objectives in all aspects of our teaching so that the quality of teaching and learning may be enhanced.
6. Adapt and implement early systems of identification for children with Additional Educational Needs and provide a differentiated curriculum for children whose needs require it.
7. Provide equal access to the curriculum, regardless of gender, race, ability or disability.
8. Provide an atmosphere for learning where children are encouraged to communicate and feel confident in a variety of situations.
9. Have high, realistic and consistent expectations for all pupils.
10. Adopt and use efficient systems of Record keeping and Assessment so as to inform future teaching and learning.
11. Stay abreast of current developments in education, adapting school policy to incorporate any initiatives where these are felt to be beneficial to our children.
Year 3 and older children who are baptised Catholic are invited to take part in annual preparations to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and first Holy Communion in St Peter's and St Paul's parishes. Preparations are parish based but are supported by school.
The Curriculum is organised to provide the children with their full entitlement to the requirements of the Revised National Curriculum (N.C.) at a level best suited to their age and ability. The school is continually reviewing the curriculum in order to ensure that children receive a broad and balanced education relevant to the world in which they live. As result we have recently launched a new 'Guerrilla Curriculum' to enable our pupils to investigate and develop their skills around the foundation subjects more fully. The curriculum is split into three main areas; discover, explore and create. Each term the focus is on a different foundation subject with other subjects linked to it. Autumn term is spent discovering through a history focus, spring we explore our geographical skills and knowledge and in summer we concentrate on developing our creativity through different media.
At St Peter's we are committed to using the additional Sport Premium Funding, introduced from Autumn 2013, for the development of high quality P.E. lessons and the provision of greater opportunities for our children to engage in Sport and Healthy lifestyles.
As part of the school's provision of a broad and balanced curriculum, all Y5 and Y6 children receive one hour per week teaching of French at present. This provides a grounding for the teaching of modern Foreign Languages at secondary school.
Timetable amendments will be made during the academic year 2017-18 to extend this provision to Y3 & Y4 children as part of the revised NC requirement.
Science is a core subject and the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2, and the Foundation Stage curriculum is covered in full during a child's time at St Peter's.
Swimming lessons are provided by the LA for our Year 5 pupils (and any Year 6 who have not yet reached the required grade). Children are transported, by coach, to Edlington Pool each week throughout the year. We also take part in Swimming Galas organised by the Doncaster School's Amateur swimming Association.
The Governors of the school have adopted the Diocese of Hallam Policy for developing Education in Personal Relationships. This encompasses both sex education and education in personal relationships. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from any aspect of sex education, and are informed in advance about when this is to be covered in the curriculum.
School Inclusion and Access
As a Catholic School, the governors aim to provide for the individual needs of every child and to make the curriculum accessible to all children within the numerical restraints of guidelines of the agreed Admissions Policy.
Children with additional needs are supported through educational support programmes and specific Individual Educational Programmes (IEP).
Every effort is made to accommodate children with physical disabilities. The school provides a good level of access via ramped entrances. Wheelchair circulation in and around school is generally satisfactory and we have a single disabled toilet. These facilities to date provide an adequate level of provision for wheelchair access and mobility.
The governors are aware of identified areas for improvement and an Access plan is in place for the long term development.
PSHE is delivered primarily within the R.E. and Science curriculum with use made of the missdorothy.com programme at KS2.
A range of after school activities takes place albeit primarily at KS2 due to the extended catchment area. Letters are sent to the appropriate age groups at the beginning of each term. At present, these activities include football, tag rugby, multi-sports, Martial Arts, computer and choir. We are also forging links with McAuley School, as they now have specialist performing arts status and Hall Cross for Science activities.
Year 6 Residential Visit
Towards the end of the summer term, our Year 6 pupils spend a school week in Northumberland. Accompanied by teaching staff and other adults, the children stay in a hostel and visit many places of interest in the surrounding area. The residential visit covers many cross-curricular themes and provides an opportunity for our older children to develop a sense of spirituality.
Parents are usually asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of educational visits that take place during school time. Such visits are organised to give our children first-hand experiences and are, therefore, an extension to the curriculum.
Due to the support of parents we are currently able to offer our children a range of educational visits and experiences. Without this support the range of visits we are able to offer would not be possible.
In order to maintain our stock of books, a charge may also be made for any that are damaged or go missing.
Further details of our charging policy are available from the school.
In addition to the extra-curricular activities, the school also receives information concerning extended school activities taking place in the local area. This includes educational and recreational activities for both children and adults during holiday and term time.