At Peterhouse we follow the EYFS framework. This framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
Communication and language;
Personal, social and emotional development.
Understanding the world;
Expressive arts and design.
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Our teachers will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like the curriculum in the main school, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Peterhouse follows the National Primary Curriculum (2014). We use a combination of programmes to support, enhance and track learning, including:
English and Maths are taught discretely, with a variety of opportunities throughout the curriculum for children to apply the declarative knowledge that they have been taught. Some of our topics are taught through topics, however we are very careful to ensure that each subject has it's own identity.
This year we are excited to be starting the second year of our Peterhouse Curriculum.
The teachers have been working hard to create a bespoke curriculum that is takes our children beyond the national curriculum and gives them access to a bright, exciting and ambitious world of learning.
Each year group has a set of core objectives for each subject in the curriculum. These objectives progress as the child grows and the expectations raise through the school until each child leaves us ready for high school and the world beyond.
Our curriculum offers exciting opportunities that our children would not normally have access to in their day to day lives. For example, last year we had our own music CD produced and published, took part in a national sculpture trail and grew fruit and vegetables that were used in local Adnams restaurants!
Here are a few key facts about the new Peterhouse Curriculum...
Many of our subjects will be taught in a cross curricular topic, with the class focusing on a central big question and investigating week by week to find the answer. Where we have lessons or subjects that cannot be taught in this way we will teach discreet lessons.
The Big Questions
Our curriculum is built around three big questions. These questions run through the whole school and are linked to our Christian values. Our teachers plan their topics around these questions and aim to come up with a class answer. We show off the work we have completed each term in a whole school showcase event.
This year our BIG question are:
The following documents contain the key objectives for each year group and for each subject. Our teachers will work their way through all of this and more through the year, making sure that it is all wrapped up in exciting and interesting topics.
This year we are developing ways of monitoring and assessing our sparkly new curriculum. Our teachers have started to complete assessment grids for each of the foundation subjects - these will be filled in each term and will reflect how many of the national curriculum objectives have been met.
At the end of the year we will be able to use this data to modify our curriculum to best meet the needs of our children for the following year.
Our teachers also collect evidence through the year that they can use to show what the children have ben up to. This may take the form of photographs, samples of work or observation notes. All of this evidence is then used to help write the children's end of year reports.
To assess our core subjects we use Pupil Asset. We follow our Trust's approach to assessment so that data can be collected from a number of schools and used to make large scale change and address training needs across the trust.