Intent

Building our future together in Christ, on a firm foundation of love,

learning and service.

Our vision for SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy & Nursery is to wholeheartedly serve every child by providing a nurturing, safe environment with a steadfast commitment to promoting a love of learning. It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for all of our pupils while nurturing the gift of faith through catechesis and our daily actions. We do this in partnership with parents, the parish and the local community. Through prayer, love, respect and friendship we show that we are signs of God’s love.

The academy’s curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils. We aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to achieve their full Godgiven potential in a quality of education that is progressive. Our primary aim is to develop a love of learning through meaningful, engaging and creative learning experiences.  We aspire to enable each child to become an active member of our school and the wider community. We plan our curriculum based on knowledge being used to develop skill to ensure pupils make progress. We aim to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of their journey through life in the example of Christ. The National Curriculum is an important element of this.

The curriculum at SS Peter and Paul is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the need of all children. It provides opportunities for our children to become independent, confident learners with high aspirations who know how to make positive contributions to the wider community. We want our pupils to be able to retain knowledge and gain transferable skills to support their next steps in education.  

Language

We prioritise early and secure literacy skills. Our curriculum design is centred around rich language development, oracy (expression through speech) and reading, because this is what our pupils need. 

Long term memory: knowing more and remembering more

We place a high value on key concepts in each subject and although our curriculum is broad it is also balanced. Concepts are carefully ordered across a year group to enable links to be made between subjects. Concepts are also progressive, so in any subject a teacher can link back to previous learning.

 Implementation

To achieve our vision we will:

  • foster spiritual and moral development
  • encourage personal and social development with a clear focus upon emotional wellbeing and resilience.
  • raise standards of achievement enabling each child to achieve their intellectual potential
  • deliver a curriculum that meets the intellectual, physical and creative needs of each child
  • provide learning where high standards are pursued with consistency & enthusiasm
  • make valuable contributions that serve the parish and wider community
  • encourage a sense of global responsibility. 

Curriculum design

At SS Peter and Paul, we have strategically planned our curriculum to meet the needs of our community. We believe that the topics we teach will enthuse and inspire our children, developing them as individuals to ensure they make excellent progress from their starting points. Our rich and vibrant curriculum aims to develop specific skills which can be seen across the school throughout all subject areas. As a team we have created long term plans which ensure progression within a context. Teachers then use this to create medium term plans and short term plans where they highlight learning objects, key vocabulary, assessment opportunities and clear differentiation to ensure all of our teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs to all children.

Teaching and Learning

Through teaching, we aim to encourage pupils to be independent, resilient and able to face problems positively. We expect pupils to try their best in all lessons, to achieve all that they deserve. We do this by providing modelling, through careful questioning, through planned collaboration and through effective feedback. 

Teachers support one another too. Through regular monitoring, evaluation and review, we aim to continually adapt and evolve teaching and learning according to the needs and wellbeing of our pupils. We work closely with other schools in our Academy and with specialist Local Authority teams in order to share good practice. 

Assessment

In each subject, teachers build a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding, taking account of every individual’s need through careful assessment, so to identify and address any misconception, embed and use knowledge fluently and move on learning.  We ensure that the children are regularly assessed, using formative and summative assessments, against the relevant framework and objectives across the breadth of the curriculum.  Strategies used will vary according to the subject and learning objective taught. Teachers use a range of live ‘in the moment’ feedback and next step marking to move learning forward. 

Impact

We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding their age related expectations when we consider the varied starting points of children.

The impact will be that our learners will have fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust and many others. They will have a strong spiritual knowledge and faith based upon our mission statement and Catholic ethos.

Our pupils will gain a strong web of knowledge from across the curriculum subjects which can be transferred from one context to another. They will have the ability to retrieve knowledge and make connections between subjects and apply their skills, and they will be able to apply their knowledge to solve problems and not be afraid to make mistakes.