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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

‘Unlocking love for lifelong learning for God, self and for others’





The new 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England is now firmly in place and all classes from Year 1 to Year 6 are being taught to the new expectations. 


During the course of the previous academic year (2014-2015) the obligation to teach programmes of study from the previous National Curriculum have been disapplied and new programmes of study and attainment targets have been put in place.



Our aim is to enable children to:


  • develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity;
  • use reading skills as an integral part of learning throughout the curriculum;
  • read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding;
  • develop different strategies for approaching reading and be able to orchestrate the full range of strategies


Younger children will be allocated a targeted reading book by their teacher and will be monitored on their progress through the Benchmarking coloured book scheme. When children read the top of the Benchmark scheme they progress onto Accelerated Reader.


We use the following reading schemes at school to support the children's reading:


Love Reading 4 Kids - this site provides extracts for all age groups and is suited for all interests.


Prime Ed - this scheme of work provides comprehensions and targeted question.  It is up to date with the new National Curriculum requirements and includes a range of fiction and non fiction text types.


Cornerstones provide a recommended book list which is suitable for each year group to use as a teaching point.




We use Phonics Play to help the children practise their skills and to embed their learning of phonetical sounds.

We also use Soundswrite in Reception and Year 1 as part of a teaching tool.  This programme has interactive games and incorporates all phonic phases.


Accelerated Reader


For those children who are on the Accelerated Reader Programme, parents can use the link below to identify books that are included within the Programme and what level they are. Your child will select and read books set at their level and then take a computer based test to assess their understanding; if successful, your child will then progress up the AR levels until they reach level 6 and become free readers. Parents can be informed of the results of these tests and how often your child is testing through the email link. If you need a reminder of your parent log in, please contact the school office who will be able to provide it.

Children will be rewarded for their successes through certificates, wristbands and celebration lunches. 


Recommended books for Years R - 6



We aim to develop confident, fluent and enthusiastic writers. Writing is delivered through cross-curricular and creative topics alongside the teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation. A variety of texts are used to support the teaching and learning and enthuse the children into becoming writers themselves.


Throughout the school year, there will be various writing competitions for KS1 and KS2 children.  This is an excellent opportunity for children to engage in their writing to be creative and confident.  


As a school we colloborate with YoungWriters.  Their aim is "to promote poetry and creative writing. We run annual competitions, produce poetry and creative writing collections as well as provide resources for teachers and young writers."


For any upcoming competitions, please see the YoungWriters link below.



At St Peter’s we have adopted an innovative and child-led approach to spelling.  Across the school we have introduced the Spelling Shed and Spelling Frame Programmes across the school.  The new National Curriculum outlines very clearly the continuity and progression of spelling for Key Stage 1 & 2. This resource includes termly spelling lists that follows the National Curriculum, spelling games and a programme of study for every year group which can be shared with parents to ensure that full coverage of all spelling rules and exceptions have been offered.  


Alongside these programmes, the children of KS2 will also use ‘Spelling Boxes’ to personalise their learning of spelling. They contain words that the child needs to learn.  Working with a spelling buddy, a ‘Spuddy’, words are tested daily and progress from being a new word to becoming a learnt word.  All learnt words are then tested by an adult and ticked off of the child’s word list.  These lists are formulated from each year groups' Programme of study (see National Curriculum document).  


The class teacher will set spelling lists to support each child's individual ability.  


Weekly spelling assessments will take place in every year group where the teacher will monitor the progress of each child and provide feedback in any areas of weakness.


In addition to this, the teacher will use a range of strategies and resources to enhance the children's learning of spelling.


Discreet spelling lessons will be delivered to the children on a daily basis in order to learn, practice and perfect accurate spelling.  From the spelling lists set for homework, a weekly test will take place to identify gaps in learning and to inform teachers' planning.  These tests will take place every Friday.

World Book Day - Thursday 5 March 2020
Please see Admissions page for full details of school visits for children starting in Reception September 2020