- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society,
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is our curriculum until the children enter the Primary National Curriculum in Year 1.
There are seven areas of development which the children will be assessed against throughout the year. Children are expected to achieve a 'Good Level of Development' (GLD) by the end of their year with us. This is achieved by meeting the Early Learning Goals which can be found using the curriculum links below.
We work closely with families and other professionals to ensure that all children are given the best opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.
If you would like to explore our curriculum please click on the attachments below:
Phonics and Reading
Phonics and Reading
EYFS and KS1 Phonics
Phonics at Petham
At Petham we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach Phonics and early reading.Letters and Sounds is a resource published by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of six phases. At Petham we teach discrete daily phonic lessons which are fun, interactive and follow a set outline of Recap, Teach, Practise, Apply and Assess. To cater for a wide range of learning styles, our teaching includes games, singing and resources from Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play.
At Petham Primary school, we offer each child the opportunity to apply their learning by participating in a range of additional activities. Here is our curriculum intent:
In EYFS children are taught to recognise the 44 sounds in the English language which we put together to form words. Some are represented by one letter, like 't', and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck and 'igh' as in light. We refer to these as diagraphs. Once they have mastered the initial sounds the children are encouraged to match them to letters, then blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.Finally, they use their knowledge of the sounds and blending skills to support their spelling. The children learn to read a list of age appropriate 'tricky' words, words which cannot be sounded out using their phonics e.g 'the'.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 the children revise the 44 sounds and begin to blend smaller sounds. Towards the end of Key Stage 1 and moving in to Key Stage 2, we teach the children important 'spelling rules'. This enables children to make the shift from writing phonetically to spelling words accurately.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
In Key Stage 1 the children revise the 44 sounds and begin to blend smaller sounds. Towards the end of Key Stage 1 and moving in to Key Stage 2, we teach the children important 'spelling rules'. This enables children to make the shift from writing phonetically to spelling words accurately. The national Phonics Screening Check was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and it is administered during the summer term. It is a short, statutory, assessment to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills required to read words and that they are on track to become confident, fluent readers who have a love of reading.
The check consists of a list of 40 words, half are real words and half are 'nonsense' words; the nonsense words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This not only makes the check a bit more fun, but provides the children with a context for the nonsense words.
Please find below a video demonstrating the correct pronunciation of each sound.
Useful Phonics websites and games
We encourage the children to use and apply what they have learnt in their Maths lessons in many practical ways and you will often see children weighing ingredients to cook with, working out averages for team points, upscaling artwork or teaching other children a concept they have already mastered themselves.
To support the mental dexterity with numbers we learn number facts, such as number bonds and times tables. These are regularly practised and tested - often in fun ways like times table bingo, Timetable Rockstars or weekly Big Maths Beat That. Key Instant Recall Facts are sent home termly to be learnt to support the children's fluency in number recall.
Outside of the daily Maths lessons, children complete their daily 'Fantastic 5' which is where they develop, practise and apply their methods for and understanding of the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This enables children to constantly refine their fluency skills and frequently revisit concepts taught in lessons.
We subscribe to Mathletics, which offers appropriate maths activities and games online. Mathletics is used in lessons, but can also be accessed at home. All children have their own log in and teachers track children's activity and how well they do on the tasks they have been set.
At Petham Primary school, we offer each child the opportunity to apply their learning by participating in a range of additional activities. Here is our curriculum offer to yourchild:
Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)
In this section you will find the Key Instant Recall Facts(KIRFs) which are sent home on a termly basis to support children's fluency and rapid number recall. These are tested in school at the end of each term.
In this section you will find the calculation policy documents for Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions.
Below you will find a long term plan for the teaching of our Maths curriculum for year groups 1 to 6.
Useful maths websites and games
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Our PE Curriculum
The PE curriculum is broad and balanced, is accessible, and aims to meet the needs and interests of all pupils. All childrenhave opportunities to explore the areas of net and wall, striking and fielding, invasion games, Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA), Swimming, Dance and Gymnastics. We take full advantage of our large outdoor area, using the field and hard standing for a variety of games including handball, high 5 netball, basketball, football, rounders, cricket, athletics. We also have a large hall with built in gymnastics equipment, providing an indoor space for gymnastics, dance and softball.
Opportunities for all
We are aGold Sports Mark Award School, this reflects the emphasis we put on high quality PE teaching and our children's involvement in inter / intra sporting competitions. This year, we are hoping to maintain our Gold Sports Mark Award.
We are part of the Canterbury Academy Trust Sports Partnership which facilitates a large number of children to compete in inter-school competitions on a regular basis. We are part of the Kent School Games which also offers further opportunities for our children to compete against other schools. This is now an embedded part of our competitive sport programme. Our children have provided notable achievements in netball, basketball and infant agility competitions.The Partnership also provides high quality training and support for our teachers.
Through our broad and balanced PE and Sport curriculum, our children learn to develop and strengthen the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, team work and ambition, leading to improved concentration, academic achievement and overriding attitude. These skills are adopted by our Key Stage 2 Playleaders.
EYFS & Key Stage 1
Children are taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance skills, strengthening their core muscles, agility, co-ordination. By the end of KS1 the children are confident in applying these skills in a range of activities such a teams games, composing and performing simple dance movements which link and composing a short set of linked gymnastic positions.
Key Stage 2
Our KS2 children build on their KS1 skills, progressing to running,jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They develop strength, flexibility, control, balance and technique. Children are taught to compare their performances in dance and gymnastics with previous ones and their peers, demonstrating vital critique skills. Our KS2 children play regular competitive games and are taught to apply the basic principles for attack and defense. The children take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges as part of a team and individually.In addition to regular lessons held at school, the children take part in termly swimming lessons with specialist teachers. Voluntary contributions are asked for to help meet the cost of these activities
In all activities, the children are taught to compare their performance to their own previous achievements, with the encouragement to always try to better your personal best.
We encourage the children to both compete with themselves and each other and to co-operate as part of a team. Our annual sports day, which is an integral part of our Sports Week, has a traditional, competitive nature together with a series of activities that all children can enjoy.
We offer a variety of extra-curricular sports clubs including basketball, high 5 netball, handball, girl's football, multi-skills, gymnastics and dance.
Children's understanding and enjoyment of art is developed through the opportunity to express their own ideas and feelings and by exploring the work of other artists.
We use a wide range of media and techniques to encourage our children to develop this vital area of the curriculum.
We proudly display children's artwork in the classrooms and in the corridors - this really helps to make the school bright and appealing, as well as giving children a sense of pride.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology
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Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages
We feel that it is of vital importance that our children have knowledge, and some understanding of foreign languages. During their time at Petham your child will have the opportunity to study French in a regular language lesson when they reach KS2. This will include reading, writing speaking and listening and translating French.
Whilst learning French the children will also be educated about other languages and cultures form around the world.
Geography lends itself as a highly cross-curricular subject that encourages children to critically examine, explore, appreciate and comprehend the world in which we inhabit. At a primary curriculum level, the study of Geography focuses on notions of place, space and environment, whereby students develop the skills of understanding a locality and how humans have adapted to this physical space, transforming it - over time - in to a 'place'.
During Geography lessons at Petham Primary School, children will build upon their learning - year on year - through a development of Geographical skills, understanding and technical knowledge. This will be achieved through a variety of whole-class teaching, group activities and individual tasks; due to the cross-curricular nature of the subject, Geographical content will be learnt in other subjects beyond discrete 'Learning Links' sessions. Within these lessons, students will be given the opportunity to practise, consolidate and extend their Geographical skills, as well as critically evaluate the work of their peers; this should be done through both written and verbal methods depending on the skills to be developed.
Here is the Geography skills taught at Petham Primary School:
At Petham Primary school, we offer each child the opportunity to apply their learning by participating in a range of additional activities. Here is our curriculum offer to your child:
At Petham we aim to deliver a high quality history curriculum that ignites children's curiosity about exploring the past, including their own history, British history and history of the wider world. We aim to inspire children to find out more about people and events from the past and equip them with the skills they need to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, and develop their historical perspective and judgment. As well as developing children's historical knowledge there is also a strong emphasis on developing age appropriate understanding of chronology, historical interpretation and the skills of historical enquiry using a variety of sources.
We aim to provide children with hands on experiences and opportunities to explore the History of their local environment and community as much as possible. History is taught through carefully selected topics that are designed to develop our children's interests in an engaging and motivating approach with cross-curricular opportunities. We follow a planned progression of skills and knowledge, which relate to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum and EYFS Development Matters (Understanding the World), to ensure that children are embedding and building upon their learning as they move through each year group.
As today's world relies heavily on technology, we aim to ensure that our children are well prepared for the life ahead of them and try to make sure they experience the majority of the technology that is around them, in a safe environment. We teach E-Safety and have yearly awareness days so that the children know what to do if they are bullied online or come across content that is upsetting.
We follow the Purple Mash scheme of work which offers appropriate Computing activities and games. The younger children in our school will begin by learning the basic skills require to engage with technology including logging in and saving their work. Each year group has the opportunity to develop their skills in coding and debugging simple algorithms alongside engaging with various software to ensure that our pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
We encourage the children to apply what they have learnt in their Computing lessons in all other subjects within the curriculum. We have access to Interactive Whiteboards in each classroom and we have abank of tablets from which the children can work. We use a range of e-learning resources and have links with home for Maths throughTimestables Rockstars.
To learn how we keep your children safe please refer to oure-safetypage.
Useful websites and games
PSHE & C
PSHE & C
Much of our PSHE & C curriculum becomes a part of everything we do in school as we want children to feel confident about themselves, understand safety and health and relationships.
PSHE & C education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
Petham Primary School uses the following scheme of work to ensure clear coverage and impact for our children.
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We embrace and celebrate our differences through Diversity day and Multicultural days.
As a school we empower our children to be the very best citizens they can be by exploring Anti-Bullying ideas, Cyber-Bullying and Online Safety. This ensures our children our protected and they know how to support their friends.
Transition days support our children with life changes and enable them to cope with and embrace change. We provide opportunities for our children to work across age groups and across the school to learn key skills in cooperation, resilience, team building and communication.
We are an inclusive school and actively promote individuality.