Curriculum Subjects

Information about our curriculum is available below. Also please visit our class pages for even more information include long-term plans.


At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.


At St Patrick’s RC Primary School we see Reading as an essential life skill and are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. Our aims in teaching Reading include the following:
• To foster a positive attitude to literacy as an interesting and exciting part of the curriculum.
• To raise the standard of literacy across the school, for children of all abilities.
• To enable pupils to express and communicate meaning in spoken language, listening to and
interpreting what others say and matching style and response to audience, context and purpose.
• To provide pupils with a range of relevant and purposeful opportunities to develop their ability
to read, understand and engage with various types of text for enjoyment and learning.
• Apply their knowledge and understanding of phonics, spelling patterns and rules, grammar and
punctuation to reading and writing opportunities across the curriculum.
• To enable children to write effectively, using a cursive, joined handwriting style and showing a
development in fluency; making and shaping different texts appropriately, according to context,
purpose, reader or audience.
• Develop a technical vocabulary with understanding of grammatical terminology.
• Learn how to apply grammatical terminology in their own writing.



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At St Patrick’s RC Primary School we have adopted a mastery approach for the teaching of mathematics, following the White rose maths scheme of work. Underpinning this pedagogy is the belief that all children can achieve in maths. We believe in promoting sustained and deepened understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we
do. We aim to create independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world.
Teaching for Mastery aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics, rather than many failing to develop the maths skills they need for the future.

Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:
 High expectations for every child
 Fewer topics, greater depth
 Number sense and place value come first
 Research -based curriculum
 Objects and pictures always before numbers and letters
 Problem solving is central
 Calculate with confidence– understand why it works

Mathematics Mastery places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. St Patrick’s mastery curriculum is taught using the ‘White rose Maths’
scheme of learning.

Maths Policy


National Curriculum Progression Primary Maths

Maths Curriculum

Reception overview

Year 1 Overview

Year 2 overview

Year 3 Overview

Year 4 Oveview

Year 5 Overview

Year 6 overview

Useful Documents

Helping Children with Mathematics Year 5 Year 6

Our Aims

Our aims for the teaching of Religious Education are to enrich the lives of our pupils in the:

  • Love of God for everyone and everything He created
  • Understanding of the ‘Good News’ of the Lord, to enable ourselves and others to respond to God’s love
  • Teaching of the Catholic faith
  • Growth of faith by relating the Gospels to their lives and levels of understanding, linked to our Mission Statement and the Come and See programme
  • Development of prayer and worship
  • Awareness and respect of other faiths and cultures


Since its introduction to the Diocese of Nottingham in 2012, we have been following the Come and See RE programme.

Topics covered across the school are:


Year Groups

E. Y.  F1 & 2.







Domestic church



God knows and loves each one


God’s love and care for every  family


 God at every beginning


God’s dream for every family


The family of God in Scripture


Created in the image & likeness of God


God who never stops loving





Baptism; a welcome to God’s family


Baptism an invitation to belong to God’s family

Signs & symbols

Sign & symbols in Baptism


Promises made at Baptism



Confirmation a time to renew baptismal promises


The call to a new way of life

Vocation  & commitment

Christian life

Marriage / ordination





Looking forward to Jesus’ birthday


Advent a time to look forward to Christmas


Advent; preparing to celebrate Christmas


The coming of Jesus


God’s gift of love & friendship in Jesus


Advent; waiting in joyful hope for Jesus; the promised one


Jesus born to show God to the world

Local Church



People celebrate in Church

Special people

People in the parish family


The books used in Church


Christian family’s journey with Jesus


 life in the local Christian community: ministries in  the parish


Continuing Jesus’ mission in diocese. [ecumenism]


The Bible, the special book for the Church 




The parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist


Mass; Jesus’ special meal


Mass a special time for saying thank you to God for everything, especially Jesus.

Listening & Sharing

Jesus gives himself to us in a special way

Giving &receiving

Living in communion


The Eucharist the living memorial of Jesus


Eucharist enables people to live in communion.

Lent/ Easter



Looking forward to Easter


Lent  a time for change


Lent;  an opportunity to start anew in order to celebrate Jesus’ new life

Giving all

Lent a time to remember Jesus’ total giving

Self discipline

Celebrating growth to new life


Lent a time of giving in order to celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus

Death & new life

Celebrating Jesus’ death & Resurrection



Good News

Passing on  the Good news of Jesus

Holidays & holydays

Pentecost: the feast of the Holy Spirit

Spread the word

Pentecost a time to spread the Good News


Gifts of the Holy Spirit

New life

To hear & live the Easter message


Celebration of the Spirit’s transforming power


The Holy Spirit enables people  to become witnesses




Friends of Jesus

Being sorry

God helps us to choose well  Sacrament of Reconciliation


Reasons for rules in the Christian family

Sacrament of Reconciliation


The importance of examination of conscience

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Building bridges

Admitting wrong, being reconciled with  God  and  each other

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Freedom & responsibility

Commandments enable Christians to be free & responsible


Sacrament of the Sick

Universal Church


Our world

God’s wonderful world


Neighbours share God’s world


God’s treasure; the world

Special places

Holy  places for Jesus and the Christian community


Different saints show people what God is like.


The Church is called to stewardship of Creation

Common good

Work of the worldwide Christian family

Collective Worship

All classes participate in a daily act of collective worship.  This may take the form of class prayers, liturgies or assemblies. This is also linked to the Word of the Week (WOW), which are an integral part of school life, and to the Ten:Ten resources, used by staff and pupils to promote and develop whole school and class-based collective worship in an innovative and reflective way.

The National Curriculum states that:
Science is a core subject in the National Curricula (for England, Wales and
Northern Ireland).
In England, it has four attainment targets and a statement of breadth of study.
These are:
Sc1 Scientific enquiry;
Sc2 Life and living processes;
Sc3 Materials and their properties;
Sc4 Physical processes.
Our role is to teach scientific enquiry through the contexts of the three main content areas. The
breadth of study statement in the National Curriculum is concerned with issues such as the use of
ICT, scientific language and health & safety.
Children in the foundation stage – the reception class(es) – are taught the science elements of the
foundation stage document through the EarlyLearning Curriculum: Knowledge and Understanding of
the World.
The targets are:
Sc1 Scientific enquiry;
Sc2 Life processes and living things;
Sc3 Materials and their properties;
Sc4 Physical processes,
plus Focus statements.
Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also
methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world
around us. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that
enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using
and applying process skills.
We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless
of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.
Our aims in teaching science include the following.
 Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
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 Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.
 Helping our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.
 Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
 Developing our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of
 Encouraging the development of positive attitudes to science.
 Building on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
 Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility.
 Building our children’s self-confidence to enable them to work independently.
 Developing our children’s social skills to work cooperatively with others.
 Providing our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a
deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further.
 Giving our children an understanding of scientific processes.
 Helping our children to acquire practical scientific skills.
 Developing the skills of investigation – including observing, measuring, predicting,
hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
 Developing the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
 Developing the use of ICT in investigating and recording.
 Enabling our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
2. Our teaching aims
* Teaching science (National Curriculum Science Orders or equivalent) in ways that are imaginative,
purposeful, well managed and enjoyable.
* Giving clear and accurate teacher explanations and offering skilful questioning.
* Making links between science and other subjects.


Coverage Computing

Progression Document

Computing Progression Document

Scheme of Work

Knowledge Organisers

Useful Links

Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:

  • Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers

Nursery and Reception have outdoor opportunities on a daily basis. In addition to this Reception have a taught PE lesson once per week. All other classes have two taught PE lesson of an hour per week (children bring their PE kits to school and get changed).

The areas of physical activity (games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities) are set out in the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014. The PE curriculum at St Patrick’s is based on these requirements and is detailed on the long term year planner. St Patrick’s have adopted PE Resources from ‘Get set for PE’.  Each year group will learn PE in accordance with the long term planning. This will ensure continuity and progression through school in order to continue to improve standards in PE.

At St Patrick’s RC Primary School, we have developed an expressive Art and Design approach where children are allowed to show their individual expression and creativity through a variety of media following the scheme KAPOW to support. We aim for children to have the creative expression which promotes the articulation of feelings and thoughts through an enjoyable and physically active manner contributing to children’s personal development in creativity, independence and self-reflection.

The National Curriculum states that:

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”

Key features of our Art and Design curriculum:

At St Patrick’s RC Primary School our curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand
    the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Art Policy

Art Curriculum

Art National Primary Curriculum


EYFS Overview

Year 1 and 2 Overview

Year 3 and 4 Overview

Year 5 and 6 Overview

The National Curriculum states that:
“Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on principles such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks,
becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.”

At St Patrick’s RC Primary School our curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to
    perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate in an increasingly
    technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in
    order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At St Patrick’s Catholic School our curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils are taught locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and the skills and fieldwork to apply this knowledge.
The progression framework shows the key knowledge and skills which the children will be proficient in by the end of each year group. These are taught through topics which allow the children to apply their skills by answering an enquiry question.

The National Curriculum states that:
“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.”

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At St Patrick’s Catholic School our curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils in key stage 1 are taught history which is within living memory, beyond living memory, lives of significant people and local history. Pupils in key stage 2 pupils are taught: British history chronologically from the Stone age to 1066; History in Britain beyond 1066; Local history; Ancient History not British between the stone age and 1066; Civilizations from 1000 years ago and Ancient Greece.
The progression framework shows the key knowledge and skills which the children will be proficient in by the end of each year group. These are taught through topics which allow the children to apply their skills by answering an enquiry question.

The National Curriculum states that:
“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the
process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.”

At St Patrick’s our whole class music lessons are provided by the OLOL music services.

Olol music curriculum overview 1

Olol music curriculum overview 2