At St. Peter’s Primary School we recognise that education involves children, parents, staff, governors, the community and the local authority, and that for optimum benefit all should work closely together to support the process of learning.
Working in partnership, we aim to:
As a school, we are committed to our vision statement –
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. In order for your child to receive the sacraments you will need to contact Fr. Darren Reid at St Peter's or Fr. Bernard at St. Paul's to register your interest in September.
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. We follow the 'Guerrilla Curriculum' which has been designed and personalised 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.
Each topic is taught through investigation a key question. These are:
Year 1: How do we remember the past?
Year 2: How did it all begin?
Year 3: How did people from the past shape the world we know today?
Year 4: What makes a great story?
Year 5: Do our choices really matter?
Year 6: How do we know truth from tale?
Year 1: What does it mean to belong?
Year 2: Do we always appreciate what we've got?
Year 3: How might we live in the future?
Year 4: How can small actions eventually change the world?
Year 5: What is the difference between living and surviving?
Year 6: Does adversity make you stronger?
Year 1: Who could live in a zoo?
Year 2: How could we live in the moment?
Year 3: What do we treasure the most?
Year 4: Is it better to stand out or fit in?
Year 5: Does the camera ever lie?
Year 6: How can we make our mark?
Our long term planning for the topics is available on the class pages.
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 KS2 children receive one hour per week teaching of French at some point in the school year. Year 6 children access French for one hour every week throughout the year. This provides a grounding for the teaching of modern Foreign Languages at secondary school.
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 will travel by coach to Armthorpe Leisure Centre each week throughout the spring and summer terms. 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. We have also invited the team form Big Talk into school to open the year with a session for parents before they deliver curriculum content to the children as a starting point for leaning. 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.
We also employ the service of a specialist music teacher so that all children have access to specialist music teaching at some point in the year.
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 Support Plans (ISP).
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.
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, craft, art, history, cheerleading.
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. In the year 2018/19 it will take on a new dimension as part of the year 6 History Curriculum and study the Vikings and the Birth of Christianity. 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.