Whole School Curriculum
We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception Class and the National Curriculum from Year One to Year Six. Links to both documents can be found below:
At Simonstone St Peter’s Church of England Primary School we strive to make learning relevant and fun for all pupils by developing a creative curriculum that is rich and exciting. Teachers link together the skills and knowledge the pupils are required to learn into ‘themes’ or ‘topics’, which makes the learning more relevant and real for the children. Topics include learning taken from the relevant curriculum but are tailored to reflect the needs and interests of each class. First hand experiences are at the heart of each topic and the children regularly go off-site to visit other places or have expert visitors into school. Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we follow a 2 year topic cycle,
Curriculum overviews are sent home to parents at the beginning of each term.
Our RE curriculum also follows a 2 year cycle and we follow Blackburn Diocese's Scheme of Work.
We are passionate about children learning to read at Simonstone St Peter’s Church of England Primary School. As Ofsted said, “Reading is strongly promoted across the school and pupils of all ages read well.”
Over the seven years that your child is in our care we aim for them to develop a love of reading and books so that they move from learning to read to reading to learn – and reading purely for enjoyment too! We have a small library and from starting school the children are encouraged to take books home and share these with their family.
Children are heard read on a 1:1 basis and in guided reading groups. In KS2 the children read regularly from a class novel linked to their topic.
Guided Reading takes place once a week. A group of children, all of a similar ability, work with the teacher on their next steps for learning in reading. Within their group, they all access the same text and work on either applying their phonic knowledge or developing their comprehension skills.
Each child will have a home reading book. Our reading scheme follows the ‘Book Band’ system in which a range of different books of the same level of difficulty are grouped under a colour (Lilac, Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Gold, White, Lime, Brown, Grey, Dark Blue, Dark Pink.) The books vary in a number of ways, including layout, size, vocabulary and length, to give the children a rich diet of literature. The difference between each colour band/number stage is very gradual, so that children do not experience great difficulty moving up through the scheme. There are a wide range of books and genres in each colour band to keep children interested and motivated with their reading.
We use the following reading schemes in school : Oxford Reading Tree - Project X, Treetops; Literacy Land; Pearson-Bug Club; All Aboard and Ginn Reading 360.
This is where the children are taught about letter sounds and shapes, and which letters (or groups of letters) make which sounds. Children are taught to say the sound, and recognise the letter (or group of letters) that makes that sound. However, using phonics to help you read is not just about knowing the sounds that the letters make. The children have to learn how to blend those individual sounds together to read words. For example, c-a-t blended together says ‘cat’ and sh-o-p says ‘shop’.
In Reception Class, Year One and Year Two the children have a twenty-five minute phonics session every day. The sessions are delivered by the teachers and teaching assistants. The children are grouped for phonics according to what they know and can do. This means that they are taught specific next steps in small groups.
Each term progress in phonics is evaluated and the groups are adjusted to reflect the progress that the children are making. If a child is struggling, specific intervention will be put in place to prevent them from falling behind. For some children with Special Educational Needs, phonics targets will be included in their individual Education Plans. This means that they will be taught phonics one-to-one with an adult.
Each year group has a list of high frequency words. Children are taught to read some common words on sight, through the use of flashcards and games.
We use a combination of different reading schemes to support our children develop their phonic skills including:
Oxford Reading Tree: Songbirds and Floppy’s Phonics
Oxford University Press: Project X Phonics
Daily literacy sessions take place in all classes where children are taught the skills that they need to become thoughtful and imaginative writers. Writing is taught through units of work, which each focus on a specific type of text, e.g. recounts, instructions, fairy tales, etc. The units take the children from reading and analysing examples of that particular text type, to developing their ideas then writing their own. As well as being taught to voice and improve their ideas, the children learn specific grammar, punctuation and spelling skills within each year group. Details of the learning expected in each class can be found in the End of Year Expectations for each year group.
Mathematics is taught for 50 minutes to an hour daily, in each class, following the Lancashire suggested scheme of work. Teachers ensure that learning in mathematics is set in real-life contexts to inspire and enthuse the children. The Key Skills to be taught in each year group can be found in the End of Year Expectations booklets.
School follows the Blackburn Diocese Programme of Study in a two year cycle.
PE Curriculum overview and sporting provision
We endeavour to ensure that our children lead healthy active lifestyles and that during the School week they have opportunities to be physically active. Each class has 2 allocated PE sessions each week which currently are as follows:
Years 3 - 6 go to Padiham Pool for swimming lessons on a Thursday afternoon throughout the academic year. Class 4 (Years 5/6) in the Autumn term and the first half of the Spring term; and Class 3 (Years 3/4) in the second half of the Spring term and the Summer term. This replaces their PE session on Thursday afternoon.
We work closely with a number of clubs in the local area including Accrington Stanley FC; Simonstone Tennis Club and Read and Simonstone Cricket Club. Professionals are frequently invited in to lead and enhance our sports provision, providing the children and staff with expertise advice and training.
In addition, we encourage the children to take part in games and develop their skills at playtimes. Children from Years 5 and 6 have undertaken the 'Sports Playground Leaders' programme and engage with all year groups during break times to enhance the provision that they enjoy. We have a range of equipment for the children to use including; skipping ropes, hoops, bats and balls etc.
Each year we hold a sports day which is a comprises of competitive team events followed by individual sprint and long races. This event always proves very popular with the children and is always well attended by parents and carers who come along to watch and encourage.
We take part in a variety of inter-school sporting competitions. In the academic year 2016/17 usually organised by our local schools sports partnership, these included:
Although we stress that it is the taking part that counts and we always encourage good sportsmanlike behaviour, it is always a cause for celebration when we are successful.
In 2015 we achieved our 'Bronze' Level School Games Mark.
In 2016 we achieved our 'Silver' Level School Games Mark.
In 2017 we achieved our 'Gold' Level School Games Mark.
We run a range of after-school sports clubs and these can be found on our 'Extra Curricular' Activities page.
Click above to read the information presented by Miss Hartley at our recent Maths Meeting for parents and carers of children in the EYFS and Key Stage 1.
Parent/Carer Information Evening on the 24th February 2016 - 'Life without Levels at Simonstone.' Find out about changes to the National Curriculum and Assessment without Levels at KS1 and KS2.