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Overview of the curriculum

Our curriculum plans cover all the expectations laid out in the National Curriculum 2014 ensuring that by the time children leave our school they have experienced a broad and balanced range of subjects and topics which are relevant to life in the 21st Century.

Click here to view the school’s Curriculum Statement

Click here for Maths medium term plans

Click here to view the new maths points

Click here to see the topics for Years 1 and 2

Click here to see the topics for Years 3 and 4

Click here to see the topics for Years 5 and 6


Early years – there are 17 areas of learning within the foundation stage curriculum. In reception a child led approach is taken where children learn through a range of ways including child-initiated play. Please click here for more details on the 17 areas of learning.

Click here to find out more about Early Years at St Peter’s

Maths and English – both these core subjects are taught daily.  In KS2 children are taught in ability groups.


Phonics – pupils in foundation stage and key stage 1 are taught a 20 min phonics lesson daily to enable them to develop their reading and later their spelling skills. To find out more about how phonics and reading are taught in Early Years and KS1 please read the following document:

Click here to read more about Phonics and Reading at St Peter’s

We base our phonics teaching and learning on the Letters and Sounds document:

 Click here to read the Letters and Sounds document

Guided reading – all pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 take part in a daily guided reading session where they use a range of activities to develop their reading comprehension skills.

Grammar and spelling – all pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 study the expectations of the grammar and spelling curriculum both within English lessons and in discrete 20 minute lessons at least twice a week.

Religious education – all pupils are a taught a discrete RE lesson each week which is based upon the Chelmsford Diocese Syllabus for Religious Education and Understanding Christianity.  See Religious Education page under the Curriculum tab.

Physical education – all pupils have two hours of PE a week including their swimming lesson.  See Physical Education page under the Curriculum tab.

All other curriculum areas: The other curriculum areas are taught using a topic based approach. Each topic is based on either  Science, Geography or History with links made to one of two other subjects; Art, Design & Technology, Music, PSE and Computing. Topics last between 3-6 weeks in the juniors or 4-8 weeks in the infants. The aim of this approach is that children see links between the subjects they learn and have time to delve deeper into topics across a week rather than jumping between subject. Within a two year cycle pupils cover all the expectations for their stage of learning.


Click below to read information about how we assess and track children under the new Curriculum 2014


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