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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In Years 1 to 6 we allocate an 90 minute daily lesson. This includes all elements of the subject, including reading, writing, spelling, grammar and comprehension with additional Guided/Reciprocal Reading. The long and medium term plans incorporate a range of high quality texts from different genres. Accelerated Reader is used in Years 2-6 matching children’s reading ability to a text while providing enough challenge and developing comprehension skills. 



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 Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc scheme.  


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



We teach Maths using Hamilton Trust planning which allows us to ensre there is consistency throughout the school. It hellps te teachers to ensure they are teaching and providing the children with an event spread of the topics in Maths. 

The curriculum esures that we teach the followig topics: Number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and divisio, geometry, shape and reasoning. 

To give children the best chance of becoming confident mathematicians, they need repeated practice with basic number skills. They need to know these skills by heart and to be able to use them easily. 



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.  


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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