At St Peter’s we offer a broad and balanced foundation curriculum that is built upon key skills taken from the National Curriculum. These skills are taught through exciting and engaging lessons which are made relevant to the children using the local area to fully support their learning. The foundation subjects are taught using the Cornerstones curriculum which ensures that the children's learning follows a cross-curricular, thematic approach. Each unit of work is launched using a ‘Wow Day’ that captures the children’s imagination and enthuses them to want to find out more.
In History, children are taught the skills of chronology, historical enquiry and knowledge and interpretation throughout British history and the wider world. History is made real with visits to local sites, where children get the chance to ‘live the history’ and engage in meaningful activities that inspire and promote a love for learning. We make links to how history has shaped the world that we live in today and how we can apply this into our own lives. For example, Year 4 children learnt about the Roman Empire and the importance of working as a team to achieve great things. We actively encourage children to ask questions and often use their ideas to steer the learning. To further develop a love of history, we invite experts in their field into school so that children can see first-hand how history is used in the ‘real world’. We aim to inspire the children and show them the value of the history that we teach them.
In Geography we cover both physical and human geography, which is again based on key skills from the national curriculum. We use our local area frequently to help the children fully understand the concepts that are being shared with them. For example, visits to local beaches occur in each year group to carry out a range of ‘hands on’ activities from studying coastal erosion to identifying physical and human features and understanding their impact on the environment.
Our science curriculum is built on scientific key skills set out by the national curriculum. The children have access to a wide range of topics, which cover the three strands of science – chemistry, physics and biology. Within these strands, children have a ‘hands on’ approach to learning and frequently carry out investigations which helps them to put their knowledge into action. We work very closely with local grammar schools and are part of several STEAM events which take place within the local community. Our Year 4 children visited Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary where they explored the theme of motion. On returning to school, the children used their knowledge to create a poem, which was then brought to life through drama. All of this helped the children to fully understand the concept of motion and made for an exciting way to learn. We encourage independent learning and set exciting science challenges at the end of each unit. The children are set a challenge where they have a chance to show what they have learnt in a way that they feel is best. Some of our recent challenges include identifying how blood flows, the effect of pollutants on a river and making a torch for an explorer.
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