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Creative Curriculum Review – Summer 2017

Having based our curriculum planning on the current Creative Curriculum document below for two years, we are now in a position to review it.

The revised creative curriculum was modified to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum whilst retaining key effective elements of our old curriculum which had been developed and improved over many years in conjunction with staff training. Our Creative Curriculum remains a useful starting point, however a number of issues have become apparent:

  • EYFS and KS1 need a three year programme rather than a two year one;
  • Geography requires significantly more representation;
  • As the staff have worked through the cycle, they have noted ways in which the English section can be made to fit better with other subjects and these improvements need to be incorporated;
  • The PSHE content is significant. This needs review to ensure effective time management of key content.

Staff discussions have raised the following points to be addressed as part of the review process:

  • The 2014 National Curriculum is much more subject specific and there are far fewer themes and topics which link across the curriculum than previously;
  • Specific areas remain where teacher upskilling is desirable. Primarily, these areas are languages and music;
  • The previous, very clear, progression of DT skills and content needs to be revised in line with the new curriculum;
  • A negative impact on teaching and learning has been created by the considerable time pressure from content-heavy foundation subjects. These subjects get 'squeezed out' either because previously planned tasks take longer than expected or because of other events;
  • Many 'extra' events take time away from foundation subjects. Wherever possible, these can be associated with particular subjects, however sometimes they do not match the objectives/content that we are required to deliver.
Proposals

An updated Creative Curriculum document will be written in the Autumn term which has:

  • a third cycle for EYFS & KS1;
  • greater geography content;
  • refined PSHE content;
  • more D&T opportunities.

We will revise and re-implement a skills progression for all foundation subjects so that different expectations for each year group are explicitly clear. This is part of a planned rolling programme over the next two/three years. We will begin for 2017-8 with Art, to tie in with work on achieving the Arts Mark, and History and Geography where initial work has already been done. PE will continue to follow the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work with adaptations made, as required, to fit in with other subjects. Music will continue to be based on published schemes (Music Express) whilst our new language specialist will implement a new scheme of Spanish teaching from September 2017. During 2017-18, the new RE curriculum 'Understanding Christianity' will be piloted and rolled out across the school by Mrs Williams who attended a series of Diocese training this year.

Working Towards Artsmark

We are delighted to be working towards the Silver Artsmark this year. We strongly believe the arts provide a foundation for learning to enable children to achieve their full potential.

We have undertaken pupils and staff surveys to see areas they would like improvements in. This will involve upskilling our staff and giving pupils many opportunities to develop their creativity. We plan to invite artists in to inspire and motivate our pupils and have already booked the O2 for our eldest pupils to join in with the biggest choir in the world "Young Voices".

We firmly believe that children of all abilities learn best when they are inspired and their creativity can take them in many directions! This year our pupils, through art and design, dance, drama, music and creative writing will be enjoying the Artsmark journey.

We will review our programme of extra events and only keep those which make a significant contribution to the wider needs of the school. Where these events do occur, whenever possible, we will ensure that they are planned for sufficiently in advance so that they can be incorporated into our teaching programs in a more coherent manner.

The SLT will investigate the possibility of moving assembly to last thing in the afternoon to reduce disruption straight after lunch and ensure that the time available for foundation subjects is used as productively and with as few interruptions as possible.

When planning foundation subjects, teachers will concentrate on fewer but higher quality activities which really move the children's learning on. Our curriculum champion will audit further staff training needs.

The SLT will investigate the possibility of more specialist support for the teaching of music and Languages and for developing the skill sets of the staff.

We will plan for collapsed curriculum opportunities so that better use can be made of the specialisms of the staff across the school. This will also help to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for subjects that might otherwise get squeezed.

Ms Catchpole, Curriculum Champion, July 2017.

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School Curriculum 17-18 / 16-17

Please view the documents below for details of the curriculum for each class.

Please view the documents below for details of our school curriculum.

If you want to find our more about our school curriculum, please contact your child's classteacher in the first instance. Alternatively, please contact Ms Catchpole via the office. Ms Catchpole is responsible for the whole school creative curriculum and was appointed to the role of Curriculum Champion in Spring 2017.

Latest News

22nd Nov - our 'Stay and Play' session at Peterfield welcomed prospective parents and pupils for September 2017. The application deadline for the first round of EYFS admissions is 15th January 2018.

22nd Nov - Pupils from Petersfield attended an award ceremony and were presented with our Bronze Travel Plan award and a prizes of bike and scooter storage.

21st Nov - Thanks to FOPS for the dancing, sweets and fun had at tonight's school disco.

17th Nov - Children in Need Fundraising with a dress down day.

16th Nov - We were delighted to host one of our regular induction sessions. We highly value the parent and local community support we receive to enrich the learning of our pupils.

16th Nov - In our Anti-Bullying Assembly today, we listened to how to be a good friend, why we are all unique, special and equal and the varieties of bullying. The pupils learnt more about how to deal with cyber bullying and we all agreed that Petersfield is an anti-bullying school.

15th Nov - Hands on science in Rowan Class thanks to Miss Ball! 'Mr Ashford made his hands wet, scooped up the bubbles and Miss Ball then set light to a long, long, long stick before setting Mr Ashford's hands on fire! Twice! When the flames went out, Mr Ashford's hands weren't even singed!'

14th Nov - Year 6 participated in the first of an exciting series of science lessons thanks to Johnson Matthey as organized by one of our wonderful parents.

14th Nov - we continue to invite parents and carers into school to find out more about how we support any specific needs of our pupils at our 'SENDCo parent drop in'. Please see the diary dates for the next session in the Spring term.

8th-14th Nov - Thank you to our teachers and FOPS for staffing the book fair and to our pupils and parents for supporting this event and grabbing a good read!

11th Nov - We were very proud of our pupils, past and present, who joined us and the local community to observe 2 minutes silence. Our thanks to Mr Bryant for organizing the poppy campaign at Petersfield and to the Standard Bearer who led us from school to Chequers.

10th Nov - Pine class enjoyed an excellent visit to the British Museum. Thanks to our staff and volunteers for enabling this visit.

10th Nov - Congratulation to those who deserved our Headteacher Awards today. We are very proud of the excellent learning and attitudes to learning being demonstrated.

9th Nov - We were delighted to welcome prospective parents to our Open Afternoon for September 2018 intake. We were very impressed with how the children joined in with the learning in class. We look forward to welcoming new pupils and parents back. The deadline for applications is 15th Jan 2018.

8th Nov - What an exciting medieval day in EYFS and KS1 today! Music, dancing, arts, crafts, cooking, and of course a banquet, were all enjoyed in costume. What a great day of learning!

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