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North Star Alliance

St Peter’s are very proud to be members of North Star and Polaris Teaching School Alliances. North Star and Polaris formed a unique partnership in 2016 to support school improvement across North Yorkshire and work with around 70 primary schools in the region. Our collective aim is to improve outcomes for all children through a self-sustaining, dynamic system of school improvement and support across North Yorkshire and beyond. '


Learning principles at St Peter's


Our school is a warm, caring and inclusive place where everyone feels valued and can grow in confidence and faith. Everything we do, learn and say is supported by our Christian Values of Community, Compassion, Truth, Trust, Friendship and Endurance. Our principles for learning at St Peter’s Brafferton:

· Everyone feels safe and happy in school and follows our clear rules.

· Learning is engaging, exciting and rigorous. Activities are planned and taught based on a problem-solving, real-life approach. Maximum use is made of lesson time.

· Children are resilient, independent learners. They act on adults’ feedback effectively to edit and improve their work. They are happy to accept and seek out challenge, and keen to improve their own and others’ learning.

· Our ‘Keep up not catch up’ culture means that no child falls behind. We know exactly how each child is doing and take steps immediately to support children who need it.

· We have open and mutually supportive relationships with parents. We communicate effectively with parents about their child’s progress and how to help them improve.

· We have very high expectations of learning, behaviour, progress and attainment.

· Everyone takes pride in our work and in our school.


At St Peter’s Brafferton CE (VA) Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a-cross curricular way, enabling children to make meaningful links throughout their learning. We offer a creative curriculum that is balanced and broadly based, promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, intellectual and physical development of all pupils.  It provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to be educated citizens in today’s modern society.

Our curriculum at St Peter’s Brafferton CE (VA) Primary School is as creative as possible and our emphasis on education through the arts, particularly through our music education, helps stimulate creativity and achievement.  We want all of our children to move confidently and successfully through their education and we believe in providing the best quality teaching and learning for all our pupils.  We all work together to ensure that our curriculum engages all learners and provides opportunities for deeper learning. We are always exploring new ways to prepare our children to function in the world beyond the classroom.

Wherever possible, we encourage children to have input into planning the direction of their learning. We plan topics that have rich content using stimuli such as paintings, artefacts and places of interest as a starting point for further investigation and to develop questioning skills. Our aim is for the pupils to investigate rich and challenging issues and topics, often in the context of real world problems. We always bring learning to life for our pupils by linking trips and visits to our topics.  We ensure our lessons include challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences and lots of feedback from adults and peers.  


The curriculum is continually reviewed and enhanced to ensure that it is flexible and responsive to the children’s needs. This ensures there is a relevant context for learning. The blend of discrete subjects, such as literacy and mathematics, enriched by a plethora of other experiences, provides a vibrant mix that supports pupils’ learning.  We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.     


Brafferton Station c1930 




 This term (Spring 2018) we have begun an exciting new whole school topic on the local history and geography of the area which will culminate in an exhibition, stay-and-learn morning, community lunch and performance at the end of term. Amongst the events taking place as part of our topic are links to WW1 and WW2, including investigating the site where a Lancaster Bomber crashed in 1942 and the war memorial window in St Peter’s church, a WW1 memorial singing workshop and performance at Harrogate Conference Centre and a trip to Scruton Station to experience life for children during WW1. Our children will also be learning through village walks, map work, a living history visitor workshop and a fiddle and ceilidh band workshop.

Our curriculum maps identify key learning skills for each year group throughout the whole academic year and ensure full pupil entitlement to the national primary curriculum during their time with us at St Peter’s. This overview is broken down into medium-term plans for each unit of work. The teachers apply their subject expertise to support the planning and ensure that high-quality learning experiences are identified and delivered.

Click  to see our curriculum maps detailing the learning for each class over the year – link to Class 1, link to Class 2, link to Class 3 LTP



In 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced  which covers a broad range of subjects to be taught to all children, including: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, French, Physical Education/Sport, Information Technology, Religious Studies and Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship(PSHCE). Content is based on this new Primary National Curriculum.


The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content for our curriculum. Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.








Art and Design

Design and Technology

Modern Foreign Language


Follow this link to the Department of Education website


National curriculum assessments: Guidance for parents

For further guidance on what to expect in reports from schools about pupils’ assessments at the end of key stage 2 and the role of national curriculum tests and teacher assessments, as well as how results are used within the education system, please click on the link below

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