SS Peter and Paul School Curriculum
Our Curriculum Intent
“The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. This is why there are so many subjects — because development is the results of different elements that act together and stimulate intelligence, knowledge, the emotions, the body, and so on.” (Pope Francis).
As a Catholic school, we aim to build each child’s formation as a whole person, with a range of experiences and opportunities that might otherwise not be available to them.
Through our curriculum, we aim to provide the children with the knowledge, the skills and the understanding to enable them to achieve their best.
The children at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School will become articulate, confident, resilient, self-managing and above all, supportive of others, through opportunities sought out for them.
The curriculum at SS Peter and Paul Catholic primary school enables children to value the achievements of others:
- artistic and sporting achievement
- scientific breakthrough and discovery
- where problems have been solved and
- where human endeavour has succeeded, even against the odds.
In valuing the achievements of others, our children will learn how to value themselves.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will gain a deeper understanding of their own Roman Catholic beliefs and those of other faiths, developing their values and the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues while enhancing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will develop the skills to build healthy lives, both emotionally and physically. They will learn the skills to build positive relationships with others so they can contribute positively and safely to the local and wider community. The children will gain a good understanding of our British values and how these shape society.
We aim to ignite in our children a deep connection with language and an understanding of the importance of the spoken and written word as essential communication tools.
We intend for our children to become competent and confident, lifelong readers for research and pleasure. Therefore, we teach with passion and enthusiasm that excites, engages and enthuses children with a love for reading.
At SS Peter and Paul, we aim to give children the knowledge to:
- decode accurately, effectively and efficiently;
- comprehend using explicitly taught critical analysis tools and techniques; and
- develop continuous practice, development, and refinement.
We aim to:
- firstly encourage children to become confident at speaking, using correct standard English in order to inform their language choice;
- model the writing process in shared and collaborative work, demonstrating how to strengthen all parts of writing;
- equip children to make informed choices about structure, the language, grammar, vocabulary and other features that they need to know for their own writing; and
- inspire children to take risks and be creative in their writing, beginning to think about their audience and adapting their tone accordingly.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will:
- be able to reason ‘why?’ confidently using mathematical language;
- be fluent in key concepts and deepen understanding through the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach;
- develop resilience and a positive mind-set to seek solutions to problems.
These will support the children to meet the demands of adult life, such as budgeting, managing timetables and understanding finances.
Our aim is to encourage and develop a lifelong love of learning and resilient children who take pride in their work, and develop independence in thinking and learning with Jesus’ teachings at the heart of everything we do. We value open-ended play and provide an enabling environment which promotes independence, exploration and creativity.
We aim to provide a holistic curriculum building on the children’s interests and their previous experiences, valuing the diversity of the families in our community and nurturing the “whole” child, through effective parent partnerships.
Our children will develop their curiosity about the world by investigating and challenging previous breakthroughs and discovering the way the scientific world works.
We aim to prepare our children for an ever-changing scientific and technological world.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will learn and develop their skills to become computer literate and gain an understanding of computational thinking. They will learn that technology is continually evolving and that keeping themselves safe online is a necessity.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past problems and successes and that of the wider world, helping to stimulate their curiosity about the past and how it has influenced our lives and our values today.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will be equipped with knowledge about diverse places, resources, the natural and human environment, together with deep understanding and growing confidence in utilising a range of geographical skills.
Art and Design
Children at SS Peter and Paul will have the opportunity to express themselves through imagination and the development of their creative skills. They will be able to appreciate the beauty in our world and express their emotions in a visual form. They will be able to think critically about what they create and achieve.
Children at SS Peter and Paul are encouraged to be inventive and creative using problem-solving skills. They will be able to use a range of skills, evaluating their mistakes and successes, to develop a breadth of thinking to seek further solutions.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will have opportunities and experiences to express themselves through music. They will understand the value and importance of music across cultures and in the wider community, using their skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Children at SS Peter and Paul will develop their confidence within physical activity, games and sports, further deepening their knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The children will have the opportunity to take part in sporting events and celebrate their achievements.
Modern Foreign Language: Spanish
It is our intention that children in Key Stage Two not only gain initial knowledge regarding the structure of the Spanish language, but also learn about Spanish culture too, all within an atmosphere of trial and improvement, in order to build greater understanding of the world.
Relationships and Sex Education
The school has followed the guidance as outlined by the Southwark Diocese Education Commission and the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales in its review of the policy. Please refer to the Education Commission's website to access latest guidance and policies.
There are many policies contained on the site, including the diocesan guidance on British Values and Challenging Homophobic Behaviour.