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Aims of the School - Our Curriculum Statement

We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment for all pupils within the school and one that encourages children to develop to their full potential without fear of failure.

Children need to feel secure in order to work effectively.

The curriculum offered at Peterchurch is in line with the National Curriculum requirements for a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum, to “promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.” (Education Reform Act 1988)

Whole School Curriculum

The school is currently arranged into five classes as follows;

  • Ash Class – Reception and Year 1
  • Beech Class – Year 1 and Year 2
  • Cherry Class – Year 3 and Year 4
  • Maple Class – Year 4 and Year 5
  • Oak Class – Year 6

To cover the National Curriculum requirements each year group has a yearly plan covering all subject which emphasises cross-curricular links. Please see this link to view pages 44 to 50 for individual year group curriculum plans which is included in the Prospectus.

The Infants currently follow a two-year rolling programme and the Juniors a four year rolling programme.

Each topic has a particular bias towards a subject or subjects but also incorporates to a lesser extent other National Curriculum Subjects.

Our curriculum is a continually evolving blend of learning experiences, designed to develop the fundamental skills which children need to succeed.

Our curriculum at Peterchurch Primary School is:

  • Collaborative… where children, parents and staff are actively involved in a strong partnership, which encourages effective learning.
  • Relevant… so that all subjects and elements contribute to a sound education which equips pupils with the necessary skills for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life.
  • Exciting… and fun-filled to inspire and motivate our children through the stimulating enrichment experiences that are provided for pupils.
  • Aspirational… where expectations are always high.
  • Tailor-made… building on the strengths and expertise of our staff, the interests and predispositions of learners and the rich local resources that Herefordshire has to offer its community
  • International… equipping children for life in a global society and work in a global economy.
  • Values-led… where we follow a programme through which, children and adults are inspired to choose their own positive personal, social, moral and spiritual values providing a moral compass for their daily lives.
  • Extensive… introducing each learner to a wide range of concepts, experiences, knowledge and skills while promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual and physical development.

Assessment

At Peterchurch Primary School we are committed to ensuring that every child fulfils their potential.

In order to ensure that this happens, end of year targets are set for every child in each of the core subjects (reading, writing and maths) to make outstanding progress by year end. Assessments in the classroom are both summative (for example, an end of term test) and formative. Formative assessment takes place on a day-to-day basis by class teachers and helps them to plan what needs to be incorporated in their teaching to move the children forward. These ‘Next Steps’ are shared with the children through verbal feedback and marking and with parents through reports and during parents evenings.

Teachers assess the children against the Herefordshire Assessment System each term and parents are advised of these levels and their child’s progress towards targets at parents’ evenings and through a termly report. Our tracking system and termly Pupil Progress meetings ensure that children are on track and informs our dedicated SENDCo of any extra support a child may need whether academic or pastoral. We pride ourselves on our holistic approach.