If you have any questions about the curriculum at East Peckham Primary school, please make an appointment to speak to the class teacher.
If your child doesn't attend yet and you still like to find out more, please contact the school office via phone or email.
At East Peckham Primary School we follow the Rochester Diocesan materials in line with the new Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE in Key Stage One and Two, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum. Staff supplement the plans with creative and engaging input and activities, such as teaching through art and drama.
Teaching of Christianity covers two-thirds of the RE curriculum, with other world faiths being taught the remainder of the time. This ensures the children are able to understand that people have different beliefs, preparing them for life in a multi-cultural society.
The framework outlines for teachers the minimum expected hours of teaching in RE, and the religious faiths that all children following this curriculum must cover.
For your information the minimum expected teaching hours are:-
KS1(Including EYFS) - 36 Hours a year
KS2 - 45 Hours a year
The statutory hours of teaching are not inclusive of Collective worship and this therefore cannot be counted as part of the RE yearly taught hours.
It is the duty of the school to ensure parents are informed of the educational objectives and content of the RE syllabus, therefore this information is available upon request.
In addition to the above it is also the duty of the school to advise that any child can be withdrawn from the RE Curriculum at the request of their parent at any time and at this time the parent must make it clear as to the whether the child is being withdraw from all aspects of the RE Curriculum or specific faiths or teachings.
If you choose to withdraw you child from RE you are not required to provide a reason or explanation.
If a child is withdrawn from the RE curriculum then discussions will need to take place between the parent and class teacher to ascertain the measures necessary where RE is integrated in the curriculum.
If children are withdrawn from RE the school has a duty to supervise them but not to provide extra work and withdrawn pupils will remain on school premises.
A review of the withdrawal process may be reviewed yearly with the parent.
The request for withdrawal of a child from RE and other specific RE integrated lesson does not extend to other areas of the curriculum when spontaneous questioning may lead to religious matters E.g. history or citizenship.
Where a child is withdrawn, the law provides for alternative arrangements to be made for RE of the kind the parent wants to be received, this could be provided at school or the pupil could be sent to another school where suitable RE is provided. If neither approach are practical then the child can be withdrawn for a reasonable amount of time to allow them to attend external RE.
External arrangement for RE are allowed as long as the Local Authority is satisfied that it does not interfere with school attendance.
Please read the information on our Sex and Relationship education lessons. If you have any questions or queries, please speak to Mrs Hannan or your child's class teacher.
What Adventures await…In and Around the Garden!
Robins’ class have been exploring the outside this term! We began our topic by going on a School trip to Hadlow College where we carried out some pond dipping and mini-beast hunting activities! The Children were very excited to use a net and see what they could find in the Oriental pond. They were brilliant, catching newts, spiders and many larvae.
We went pond dipping and looking to see what they have caught. Using an identification card to work out the creatures.
We used large nets to bang onto bushes to find any mini-beasts.
The nets were very big but the children did well holding onto them and using them correctly.
Throughout the topic we have tried to link our Literacy and Maths learning. The children came into the classroom one morning to find an egg on a leaf, the next day it had hatched into a caterpillar! This was our hook for the learning the story of “The Hungry Caterpillar.” We then learnt the story by heart and then changed it into a familiar story called “The Hungry Tadpole.”
In our Mathematics learning we have been practising our counting to 20 and the operations of adding and subtracting. We used our little bugs to assist us with this!
The children have been really into looking for mini-beast in the outside learning area. They have looked underneath rocks, leaves and tables to find some interesting creatures including ants, ear-wigs, beetles, spiders, ladybirds and bees.
We have also been looking after our own tadpoles and caterpillars which we are observing closely for changes. We are very excited to have ‘pets’ in the class and are anticipating what will happen to them very soon!
We have been making music!
Wrens have been learning all about explorers! Take a look at some of our wonderful powerpoints!
We have been learning about volcanoes in our topic. See the volcano erupt and the writing we have done too!
Earlier this term, Falcons class were sent to Camp Green Lake (a juvenile detention centre)!
At Camp Green Lake, every campmate has to dig one hole everyday which is five foot wide and five foot deep.
Read our writing to find out about the treasures that we uncovered when we were out digging one day!
A maths enrichment website with many number and word problem solving activities of varying difficulty.
An interactive website designed to test and assist children in the learning of times tables, number bonds and other key skills needed in Maths.
A website which has a huge variety of interactive online games designed to improve and assist children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum.
A superb website with many Phonics based activities to support children’s learning of the English spoken and written language.
British Petroleum has set up a website based around Science for young children. There are many activities to do which are aimed at primary children. Look for the word primary in brackets next to the activity.
A list of FREE downloadable apps for your devices at home which allow children to play and experiment with coding software. All ages are covered in the list.
In Foundation Stage and KS1 we follow the Letters and Sounds program to teach phonics to the children.
If you require more information about this, we hold Phonics workshops at the start of each academic year that we invite parents to or speak to your child's class teacher.
The link to the program can be found below:
Click here for more information.