Curriculum changes for the Summer term 2019
Dear parents and carers,
I am really pleased to write to you with some good news. From this term, we have adapted our curriculum to ensure that there is a broad and balanced approach to the content.
In recent years, most schools have applied a heavy bias towards Numeracy and Literacy in response to the significantly raised National Curriculum expectations in these subject areas. St Peter’s has been no exception in this regard. As I am sure you would all agree, we all want our children to develop into broad and balanced individuals and hence there is a need for a broad and balanced curriculum.
Please be assured that this does not mean that standards in Numeracy and Literacy will be lowered. Quite to the contrary: we firmly believe that the curricular changes will have a significant impact on vocabulary, understanding, motivation and as a result long-term learning – rather than short term recall.
We are defining our curriculum as being a ‘Literacy and Knowledge Rich’ curriculum’. It would be easy to misinterpret ‘knowledge rich’ as rote learning of facts – it is not! The term ‘knowledge rich’ actually relates to the key language, concepts (including misconceptions being addressed) and understanding which pupils will need as they progress through the Primary curriculum, into the Secondary curriculum, and beyond.
A curriculum for all
It is important to state that learning sequences will be designed to give all learners , particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge, vocabulary and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We offer all pupils the vital academic tools for educational success, alongside the capability to communicate with confidence in the world beyond the school gates. Here is an example of what the curriculum will focus on this term in Year 1:
Week 1 SCIENCE – INTRODUCTION TO MAGNETISM.
Week 2 and 3 FICTION WRITING (The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell) and MUSIC (basic elements of music rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre, etc.).
Week 4 TYPES OF ART: SCULPTURE.
Week 5 SPANISH and SCIENCE – PLANTS.
Week 6 and 7 COMPUTING and ONLINE SAFETY. LOCAL STUDY of Otterton Mill and the River Otter. MUSIC (instruments and famous works of music).
Week 8 SCIENCE – TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH.
Week 9 and 10 ART – LOOKING AT AND TALKING ABOUT WORKS OF ART. LOCAL STUDY of Budleigh Beach and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Week 11 BRITISH HISTORY – PRIME MINISTERS.
You will find out the curriculum for your class through your class newsletters.
I hope you will agree this is really exciting. Please do let us have any feedback from your children about these changes, and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Steve and the team