St. Peter's First School is a village school in Marchington, close to Uttoxeter, with a great sense of community spirit. It is set in spectacular grounds and prides itself on the caring, nurturing atmosphere that has been fostered.
Our class sizes are small and benefit from having teaching assistants who are qualified to deliver numerous interventions to support Teaching and Learning.
St. Peter's First School boasts a fantastic Forest School Programme which is set within the school grounds, which children from Reception through to Year 4 are able to access.
St. Peter's First School also holds a Dyslexia Friendly status.
The lessons are planned to fully meet the needs of the National Curriculum.
The school carries out the policies laid down by the Education Reform Act, details of which can be obtained from the Headteacher or LA.
Copies of all documents referred to under Paragraph 5 and 6 of the Education (School Curriculum and Related Information) Regulation 1989 may be inspected or obtained (except those which are copyright) at the school upon request to the Headteacher. In some instances the Headteacher may make a charge (not exceeding the cost of production) in respect of copies supplied.
THE EARLY YEARS
The lively early years programme lays solid foundations on which children can build throughout their school life. The curriculum is based on the seven areas of learning for the Foundation Stage. The three prime areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development and Communication & Language, with four specific areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
KEY STAGE 1 AND 2 (KS1 AND KS2)
(Currently the curriculum is under review by the Government.)
Pupils from Year 1 through to Year 4 follow an educational programme directly linked with the National Curriculum. The core subjects are Maths, Science, English and ICT. Pupils will also learn through History, Geography, Technology, Art, Physical Education and Music. Most of our work is approached through a creative curriculum.
At the end of Year 1 children undertake Phonics Screening. During Year 2 pupils take part in the national tests for 7 year olds, Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs). These assessments serve to further inform the teacher of a pupil’s achievement level at the end of Key Stage 1. Teacher assessment is continuous throughout Foundation, KS1 and 2.
When pupils join Year 3 they have reached KS2 of the National Curriculum and will continue to follow a creative curriculum.
The school appreciates the support of parents spending 10 – 15 minutes each day helping to develop their child’s literacy skills through reading and practising weekly phonics and key words. At Key stage 1, children will also be expected to complete numeracy homework to support the focus for that week.
We have introduced Log Books across KS1 and 2 to enable children to continue their learning at home, and pursue an aspect of the topic which personally inspires them.
In order to support the curriculum, the pupils are taken on educational visits under the supervision of staff and parent helpers. Voluntary contributions may be asked for to support educational visits, which enhance the curriculum delivered. A copy of the schools Charging Policy is available in school. Please contact the Headteacher.
Pupils work systematically through a PE scheme, which addresses game skills, dance, gymnastics and outdoor education. In addition games activities are organised by qualified instructors, catering for football, netball, rounders and Kwik Cricket. Cluster activities provide for healthy competition between mixed teams from each of the Cluster schools. These take the form of Sporting Festivals and a Swimming Gala to celebrate our sporting achievements within the Cluster.
The school has a Church foundation and this is reflected in our mission statement and religious education teaching. We offer Christian worship experience to all the pupils, appropriate to age and aptitude, whilst valuing family backgrounds. The school provides a daily act of collective worship for all pupils and a withdrawal statement for religious grounds. Parents who wish to withdraw their child from the school’s collective worship and religious education programme may do so after consultation with the Headteacher. Alternative provision in religious education then becomes the responsibility of the parent or guardian. The Ministry Team regularly visit the school to take worship. Close contact is kept with the church at all times, especially during the major Christian festivals. In accordance with the Education Act 1944, Religious Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum. The work to help celebrate major Christian festivals is based on the County’s Agreed Syllabus, but also reflects Lichfield Diocese Agreed Syllabus. The school worships at church three times a year – Christmas, Easter and Harvest. Occasionally the Church uses the school for Sunday Service.
The pupils are encouraged to work at a pace, which matches their capabilities.
Health education is given as part of the Personal Health and Social Education Programme and Science. Class teachers build circle time into the weekly curriculum programme in order to encourage healthy discussions about growth and development within contemporary society. Sex education is not singled out for special treatment. Children in their early years often ask questions of a sexual nature as part of their natural curiosity. Staff are asked to respond simply to such questions as they occur. The school policy for Sex Education is available to parents. Please contact theHeadteacher.