Curriculum Overview


At St Chad's we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils.


Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage at St. Chad’s all children have the opportunity to learn and develop through activities and experiences which promote independence and which provide a broad range of skills.

The prime areas of learning are: 

 Communication and language 
 Physical development 
 Personal, social and emotional development 

The specific areas of learning are: 
 Literacy 
 Mathematics 
 Understanding the world 
 Expressive arts and design

Each area has specific goals called the Early Learning Goals which children are expected to achieve by the end of the Reception year. 

We deliver the curriculum using the guidance document called Development Matters in the EYFS. This guidance provides development statements from Birth to 60+ months and it is our Long Term Plan. 

In the Nursery activities focus primarily on the 30 to 50 months development statements and in Reception the focus is on the 40 to 60 months development statements.


Key stage 1 & 2

Pupils in Years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum.  


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As a Talk for Writing school, all children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.



To ensure the children become independent readers we use the computer program "Accelerated Reader." The children select their book at their level and when finished they take a short quiz - passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood the book. Since children are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace. 

We encourage all children to read to an adult for 10 minutes a night and have their reading record signed for the next morning.


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Daily discrete teaching of phonics takes place throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, following the Letters and Sounds programme.  

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds website.

Additionally, the phonics skills are applied through daily literacy lesson and across the wider curriculum.  

Years 2 - 6 follow the Ruth Miskin spelling programme, It is a stand-alone programme for children in Years 2 to Years 6 and has been specially created to meet the demands of the new national curriculum.



White Rose Maths Hub

We are now using new materials from The White Rose Maths Hub to support the teaching, resourcing and assessing of Maths. 

Maths lessons will mainly focus on 3 stages—fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The fluency section allows children to practice their skills in a topic, the reasoning section provides an opportunity for children to deepen their thinking and apply their knowledge and skills in different ways and the problem solving section usually involves an open ended task for children to explore and discuss different possibilities and outcomes.


The planning and implementing of Science is in line with the new National Curriculum statutory requirements, each year group has individualised planning which is adapted where necessary to meet the learners' needs.  

Here at St Chad's we are proud to have been awarded The Primary Science Quality Mark - Bronze award.

The Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 230 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3000 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration  with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”



Religious Education

At St Chad's we follow the Come and See scheme to teach our Religious Education. 

Come and See is a Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key stages 1 and 2. The programme of study, written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors was introduced across the Federation in September 2012 and has been warmly received by staff and pupils. The child friendly material provided within Come and See allows children to explore the teachings of the Catholic church through the use of age appropriate resources and activities.

Each year group from Foundation 1 to year 6 have their own list of focus topics to consider throughout the academic year. The topic will coincide with the church calendar however, the depth in which the topic is explored is dependent upon the respective age of the child. For example, during Lent, whilst all children will learn about the plight of Christ, our Early Years children will consider the importance of growing and new life; Key Stage 1 children explore the effect of change and opportunities, with Key Stage 2 children considering the importance of self-discipline, sacrifice, death and new life.

At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition.


Foundation Subjects

For the teaching of the humanities within KS1 and KS2, we plan thematic topics that offer the children a broad and balanced curriculum. 

This enables pupils to learn and develop literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum and therefore understand that learning is a cohesive process .  

The  humanities curriculum includes, Computing, History, Geography, Art, DT (Design Technology), Music and PSHE which provides opportunities for pupils to use their reading, writing, mathematical and communication skills through a wide range of learning opportunities.


P.E & Music

We have specialist teachers for music and P.E and have a wide range of extra-curricular clubs, many of the sports clubs are delivered by professional coaches.





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