Our Learning

Our learning at Phoenix St Peter Academy is built around our four core values; through our kindness to all, we are able to have the courage to be creative and aspire to our goals.

We use the National Curriculum as a way of designing a curriculum that is broad, balanced and engaging, focusing on broadening pupils’ horizons both academically and culturally. This is an integral part of our learning at Phoenix as we aim to support and guide pupils to explore their potential in all areas of the curriculum.

The Horizon Curriculum was written by school leaders and aims to develop a wide range of skills which support the children in broadening their knowledge and understanding of the world, preparing them for the future.

  • Our Aims
  • Curriculum
  • Pupils
  • PE / Sports
  • SEND
  • Results
  • Early Years

Our Curriculum Aims

The Horizon Curriculum seeks to promote curiosity, investigation and exploration. It provides young people with the opportunity to acquire skills that are transferable and relevant to their lives, in order to broaden their horizons in the years ahead. By fostering the courage to ask questions, the creativity to experiment, the aspiration to focus and persevere, and the kindness to share and collaborate, the Horizon Curriculum embeds Phoenix’s core values into young people’s day-to-day learning experience.

Our curriculum aims are:

  • To provide children with the learning behaviours they need to be prepared for the future.
  • To develop lessons that are challenging, engaging and purposeful, to support children in building their confidence and self-esteem.
  • To ensure that children are well educated by equipping them with the key literacy and numeracy skills necessary.
  • To establish various themes across the school, built on strong cross-curricular links, where opportunities are created to develop meaningful learning.

Horizon Curriculum

The structure of the Horizon Curriculum at Phoenix uses foundation subjects as a vehicle for reading and writing. It is a skills-based curriculum that focuses on developing historians, geographers, scientists, theologists and culturalists, and develops skills in reading and writing through a cross-curricular approach.

Through the Horizon Curriculum, the following National Curriculum subjects are enriched and covered through the whole school theme: English (including reading and writing), history, geography, science, RE, citizenship, art and design, and design and technology.

Some subjects are taught independently of the Horizon Curriculum, as standalone lessons, and where appropriate, links are made to the Horizon whole school theme. These subjects are maths, computing, music, languages, PE, yoga & mindfulness.


Our PPA model, where our teachers have time out of class, is based on the premise that children at Phoenix have access to specialist teachers. Currently at Phoenix, children have access to a specialist Art/DT teacher, music teacher, sports coach and language teacher once a week.


At Phoenix, children start their new themes through the use of a fertile question; an open ended question which they will spend the length of the unit trying to investigate and answer. The aim of the unit is to ensure that all pupils can answer this question in their final lesson. Each unit’s fertile question can be seen in the overviews below.

Click on the link below to see the whole school overview for Horizon themes for KS1 and KS2:

Horizon Curriculum Themes KS1 KS2

Click on the link below to see the EYFS overview of Horizon themes:

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to all schools to support disadvantaged pupils. This is currently £1320 per pupil registered. Phoenix St Peter Academy receives Pupil Premium for children who are in care or adopted from care; children whose parents are in the armed forces; and for every pupil who is registered for free school meals.

How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?

The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can check online at the “Apply for Free School Meals” Suffolk County Council Website here. After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify our school.

Children in Reception and KS1 (Years 1 and 2) are entitled to a free school meal; however, registering your child for free meals will entitle the school to receive additional funding for the school.

For the 2018 / 2019 Pupil Premium Strategy, please click below:

Pupil Premium Report 2018 – 19

For the 2017 / 2018 Pupil Premium Strategy, please click below:

Pupil-Premium-Strategy-2017-2018 (total)

For information specifically about the PE premium, please click on the PE tab.



PE and Sport Premium

Through a high quality Physical Education programme, Phoenix St Peter Academy aims to enable pupils to:

* Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

* Be physically active for sustained periods of time

* Engage in competitive sports and activities

* Lead active, healthy lives


Curriculum Information

All pupils at Phoenix receive a progressive and comprehensive Physical Education programme through the teaching of the Val Sabin programme of study.

Pupils have access to all Physical Education components. These include Dance, Gymnastics and Games at key stage 1, with the additions of Swimming and Athletics at key stage 2.

We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.


PE & Sport Premium

Click below to read an outline of our PE and Sport Premium Impact statement which demonstrates how our funding was spent during 2016-2017 and the impact that this has had on our pupils at Phoenix:

PE Premium 2017 Impact

Phoenix St Peter Academy PE Premium 2017 18

North Suffolk Newsletter SepOct 2017

December Newsletter 2018

Primary Calendar 2018

Term 1 Partnership Table

PE Grant Expected Expenditure 2017 – 18




Please click below to view our SEND Policy.

SEND Policy

Please click below to read our Special Educational Needs Information Report.

SEN Information Report

Please click below to read our overview of Special Educational Needs.

SEN Overview


Key Stage 2 Results

Key Stage 2 (end of primary school) results

Click on the performance table link HERE to find out the following information:

  • average progress scores in reading, writing and maths
  • average ‘scaled scores’ in reading and maths
  • percentage of pupils who achieved the expected standard or above in reading, writing and maths
  • percentage of pupils who achieved a high level of attainment in reading, writing and maths



Early Years

We passionately believe that enabling our youngest children
to thrive gives them the best chance of being confident, well
educated and prepared for the future.
Our team are strongly committed to learning though play, as
free play enables children to make friends, overcome fears
and solve their own problems.
Pupils are always supported by adults who know them well
and provide learning opportunities which ensure they can
progress both academically and socially.
Our Early Years Classes Offer:
  • High quality Early Years education led by a qualified teacher and experienced staff
  • A fantastic, spacious, well equipped environment inside and out
  • Flexible, funded provision for children the term after their 3rd birthday, with 15 hours of childcare during term time
  • A full-time reception place, the year children become 5
  • Regular parent workshops and share events


Please follow the link to view our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum overview:

EYFS Topics

Please find here the Early Years Foundation Stage Policy:

Early Years Foundation Policy -Summer 2018

Please click for information about our nursery places offer:

Nursery Places Offer

Marvellous Me

At Phoenix St Peter we use a parental engagement app called Marvellous Me.

You will receive a unique code that is assigned to your child and enables you to receive personal postcards about what your child has been learning at school that day. No more questioning your child about what they have been learning at school, you will already know and be able to talk to them about it.

Click on the PDF to learn more:

MarvellousMe Parent Quick Reference


Across EYFS we use the online learning journal program Tapestry.

Tapestry enhances this special time, helping teachers and practitioners to capture children’s experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child’s progress.

Your child will have their own Learning Journal which details all learning activities they have participated in and the areas of learning assigned in the ‘Development Matters’ document.

We encourage parents to also record activities and learning experiences your child has engaged in at home, making them part of their personal learning journey.

You will receive a code that is unique to your child and this code can be shared with all of the family so everyone can share in engaging with your child’s learning.

Shared Reading

EYFS classes welcome parents to join their child in enjoying a selection of books.

Reception class invite parents to join their child every Thursday from 8:55am to 9:25am.

Timings of the day:


Starts at 8:45am to 11:45am

Parents have the option for their child to stay for lunch, bringing a home packed lunch or enjoying a school meal. With so many benefits to shared mealtimes including familiarity with the school day and social skills, we find many parents choose this option. This is a chargeable extra, please speak to a member of staff to organise.

If your child stays for lunch the session finishes at 12:15pm.



Start of the day 8:55am

Morning session: 8:55am to 12:15pm

Lunch is 12:15pm to 1:15pm.

Reception children are entitled to a free school meal of which hot and cold options are available.

School day finishes at 3:15pm



Curriculum ™

Broadening children's horizons at Phoenix St Peter
The Horizon curriculum was written by school leaders and aims to develops a wide range of skills that supports the children to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world; preparing them for the future.

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