01204 333692

Norris Street

Little Lever, Bolton BL3 1BQ

Curriculum Information

St. Matthew’s CE Primary School Curriculum Information

At St Matthew’s we are proud to be an inclusive school where we work together to challenge, inspire and motivate all children to become successful, confident and caring citizens of our diverse world. We place the Christian Values of Faith, Hope, Love, Honesty and Justice at the centre of all that we do. We embrace our Christian values through a positive and caring environment and promote tolerance towards and a respect for, the different faiths, lifestyles and cultures of other people. We believe that our school values and aims promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that good teaching, underpinned by a strong curriculum and an effective approach to delivering Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural development will enable our pupils to become well-rounded and confident young people who are prepared for life in a multi-cultural, modern Britain.

Our aims and key principles are:

To provide children with an exciting and challenging curriculum which is broad, balanced and provides both first hand experiences and builds on children’s prior knowledge.

We strive to make our school a happy place where we all learn for life, grow together and work hard to achieve our personal best, in an environment where every person matters.

We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to enable children to become confident independent learners and successful adults.

  • To inspire a love of learning
  • To ensure everyone feels safe, cared for and respected.
  • To treat everyone equally irrespective of gender, race, physical characteristics or any other factors.
  • To develop children’s confidence, self-belief and self-worth
  • To promote enthusiasm, laughter and fun
  • To celebrate achievement
  • To promote empathy, compassion and caring.


We aim for children:

  • To respect and value themselves, others, property and the law.
  • To be reflective in their learning, of themselves and of their behaviour.
  • To be imaginative and creative
  • To be tolerant and patient
  • To be resilient and able to take risks
  • To understand the value of words and be confident in interacting and debating with others and have the ability to use words to solve conflicts.


How Parents/carers are informed about the Curriculum

At the start of the school year, parents are invited to ‘Meet the Teacher’ and to find out more about the curriculum for the coming year. In addition parents/carers will be provided with a full summary of the age related expectations in English and Mathematics.

At the start of each term, parents/carers also receive a curriculum letter detailing the key objectives in Mathematics and each aspect of English outlining the topics that will be the focus of their child as well as an overview of the topic content for all other subjects.

At the end of the term, a summary report is provided including a brief comment by the class teacher about approach to learning and progress towards the end of year expectations.

Parents Evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring term. The Autumn term meeting is an open invite and the Spring Term is more ‘formal’.

At the end of the school year, parents/carers are also provided with a full school report that summarises progress and attainment for the year.

Parents/carers are invited to meet with the class teacher at any time in the year that they would like an update on progress- there does not have to be a worry or concern.

Parent can also find out more information about the National Primary Curriculum here

Phonics Teaching 

We teach children to read and write using the high quality phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds.’ Daily lessons in the Reception Class and KS1 classes enable children to develop their skills in reading, writing and spelling. Phonics sessions are structured to build on previous learning and introduce new phonics skills and subject knowledge. Teachers carefully plan daily lessons that teach children new letter sounds and words and allow consolidation of previously learned sounds and words. Daily differentiated activities are planned to allow children to apply the skills and knowledge learned to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

Any child who is not making the expected progress will be given extra support to help them improve reading and spelling skills and make progress. Support will also be provided for older pupils who may be experiencing difficulty in reading/writing because they have missed or misunderstood a crucial phase of systematic phonics teaching.

In the summer term, Y1 children take a National Phonics Screening Check in which children will be assessed on their reading of 40 decodable ‘words’. This progress check identifies those children who are not yet at the expected stage in reading. We are careful not to pressurise the children, and we ensure they are not aware they are being tested. Any children who do not meet the standard in Year 1 take the assessment again in Year 2.

Curriculum Overviews


Reception Subject Overview


Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2SummerSummer 2
English GenreTraditional TalesLabels, lists and captionsRecountsRecountsInstruction WritingNarrative
Literature SpineSupertato – Sue HendraOi! Get off our train – John BurninghamDear Polar Bear – Barry AblettBog Baby – Jeanne WilliamsHanda’s Surprise – Eileen BrownThe Rainbow Bear – Michael Morpurgo
TopicSuperheroes Once Upon A RhymeAutumn

Let’s Celebrate

IceNew Life SpringAfricaDinosaurs

Arts and


Colour Mixing

Sculpture – Andy


Junk Modelling

Nursery Rhymes

Repeated Rhythms

Responding to Music

Painting – Flander’s


3D Sculpture – Fireworks Sewing – Stockings

Repeated Rhythms

Watercolour Painting

Textures – Snow and

Ice Collage

Ice Sculpture

Changing Sounds

Painting – Jackson


Printing – leaves and flowers



Modroc – Animal


Tinga Tinga Paintings


African Puppets

African Dancing Drumming

Clay Models

Using Materials –

Dinosaur Fossils

Dinosaur Silhouettes Making Music

Understanding the WorldTechnology



Changes (growth and decay)


My life, my family

Chinese New Year


Animals and PlantsEnvironments
REI am Special HarvestSpecial People


Festivals of Light

Stories Jesus Heard EasterStories Jesus ToldFriendship Special PlacesPrayer Special Times
Hinduism – Divali Judaism – HanukkahIslam – The MosqueIslam/Judaism –

Prayer & Judaism- Rosh Hashanah


Social and



What makes me a superhero?

Bonfire Night Road Safety


Responsible Citizens – Class Charity How do you feel today?



You’ve Got a Friend in


Saying Sorry

Taking Care of our


How have I changed?

My Talents

What makes me special?

ComputingComputer Science

Online Safety

Information Technology

Digital LiteracyDigital LiteracyDigital CreativityDigital CreativityData Handling


Healthy Food


Letter formation


Games – Ball Skills

Looking after me!


Letter formation



Keeping safe


Letter formation


Dance and Movement

Letter formation


Invasion Games

Letter formation



Letter formation




Year 1 Overview of all subjects


Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
English Genre- writing



Traditional and fairy tales

Using the senses

Labels, lists, captions




Information texts

Stories with predictable and

patterned language

Instructions linked to


Poems on a theme LettersStories – fantasy worlds

Stories -familiar settings Character/setting description Invitations

Pattern and Rhyme


Diary Linked to Science

Literature SpineToys in Space – Mini GreyThe Magic bed – John BurninghamTin Forest – Helen Ward The Flower – John LightWhere the Wild things are – Maurice SendakBeegu – Alexis Deacon
GeographyUK countries and capital citiesOceans

Human and Physical


Seasonal Changes

Mapping SkillsSimilarities & differences local area and a nonEuropean country.

Hot & cold areas / poles


Similarities /differences life now and the past.

Historical people– Christopher Columbus / Neil Armstrong.

Sig. events in the past.

Local history – environment / person, changes in the past.
ScienceHumans and Senses


Everyday MaterialsSeasonal ChangesAnimals and Plants
ComputingOnline Safety

With elements of DL


Digital Literacy

with elements of DC


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Information Technology with elements of DLDigital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHEMy successes

Using the computer

How to be a good friend

Who am I?  Who are you? Bonfire Night safety  Money Matters:Special People

Share responsibility for keeping safe ‘

My Feelings

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Clean Hands and Clean


My Choices

Being Together

Falling Out

Secrets and Surprises

Design and TechnologyConstruction – Making Photo FramesChristmas CreationsFood – Teddy Bear’s PicnicMechanisms – Moving VehiclesStructures – Animal Dens
ArtClay models of people


Printing skills /colour mixing

Kandinsky circles

Textiles – weaving Easter cardsDrawingSculpture – animal sculpturesPainting – textures


P.E.Games – balls skills


Creative Movement  GymnasticsGymnastics

Invasion games

Net and wall gamesAthleticsStriking and fielding games
R.E.God and Creation HarvestChristmas Gift- good news and new bringers.Easter- Celebrating LifeJesus was special


Baptism:world faith linkSaints and Followers
Judaism – Sukkot (Harvest festival)Islam/Sikhism – Birth rites
MusicUnison sound.

Sing simple rounds.


Quieter and louder.

Getting quieter/louder



Sing songs with:

-wider pitch range (C-C).  – sense of melodic shape.

Call and response. Verse and chorus. Same and different phrases.Speed



Group instruments Play simple tunes


Year 2 Overview of all subjects


Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
English Genre- writing styleTraditional Stories Stories from another

culture Recounts



Stories with a familiar setting

Information texts Non-chronological instructions



Information texts


Setting description


Different stories by the same author

Character description



Book review

Traditional Stories

Setting description

Information texts




Extended stories

Character descriptions





Literature SpineLilia and the Secret of RainThe Dragon MachineMeerkat Mail

Dear Greenpeace

Willy the Wimp booksGood Little Wolf


Traction Man

The Magic Finger

GeographyAfrica comparison to the UKAntarctica and the Kalahari DesertMapping Skills

Local area – maps and directions

HistorySamuel Pepys and the Great Fire of LondonIce explorers – Ernest

Shackleton and Tenzing Norgay

Toys and Games within living memoryFlorence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
ScienceAnimals and HumansMaterialsLiving Things MaterialsLiving ThingsPlantsAnimals and Exersize
ComputingOnline Safety

With elements of DL


Digital Literacy

with elements of DC


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Information Technology with elements of DLDigital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHEKeeping Clean

Caring for our world Bonfire Night Safety

Who looks after me ?

Healthy Lifestyle

Secrets and Surprises

Falling Out

Being a responsible citizen (Class Charity)

My Body

Keeping Safe

Friendship. Saying Sorry. What it means to be unkind.

Being Together:

Being responsible

Fruity Friday’s



Road Safety  Growing Up ‘yes’ ‘no’ I’ll ask/ I’ll tell.

More money matters:


Design and TechnologyMechanisms – African moving picturesTextiles – sewing puppetsFood – Healthy Eating
ArtAfrican landscape paintingsDragon collagesWeavings using hot and cold coloursPop art toy printsClay tiles

Nature drawings

P.E.Games – balls skillsCreative Movement  GymnasticsGymnastics

Invasion games

Net and wall gamesAthleticsStriking and fielding games
R.E.The BibleChristmasJesus friend to everyoneEaster SymbolsAscension and PentecostThe Church



Sikhism – Sacred books

Islam – The Mosque
MusicRecognise and identify pitch using soh-me then lah-soh-me.Singing and playing  question and answer.Differentiate pulse and rhythm of known song.

identifying patterns

Explore how change in dynamic and tempo affects the music.Group instruments  and play simple songs.


Add simple accompaniments


Year 3 Overview of all subjects


Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
English Genre- writing




Dialogue and Plays

Familiar Settings

Non-Chron Reports

Adventure and Mystery

Shape Poetry


Information Texts

Performance Poetry

Myths and Legends Dialogue and PlaysInstructions



Language Play

Familiar Settings

Information Text


Literature SpineStone Age Boy

How to Wash a Woolly


What’s Under the Bed HurricaneSpellsThe Tear ThiefThe TunnelFox
GeographyExtreme EarthOur Local AreaRainforest
HistoryThe Stone Age


Ancient EgyptWorld War 2


Forces and MagnetsPlantsLight
ComputingOnline Safety

With elements of DL


Digital Literacy

with elements of DC


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Information Technology with elements of DLDigital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHESecrets and confidences Keeping Safe

My Actions

Staying Healthy

My Feelings

How do I feel?



Fruity Friday’s

It’s the Law


First Aid

Rights and

responsibilities: at


Secrets and confidences Farm to Fork


Solving a problem Your choice
Design and Technolog


Cooking – Harvest LoafTextiles – Christmas CreationsComputer Aided

Design- Fridge Magnets

PneumaticsCooking – Make a rationed meal
ArtPrinting – Press Print and rubbingsPaper Mache


Surface patterns in clay

Simple stitching

Collage – Tearing and


Watercolour paintings


Drawing – Sketching

Painting – Tints and


Drawing – Different

Grades of Pencil


Drawing – Tones and Textures
P:EInvasion Games


GymnasticsDanceBall SkillsAthleticsStriking and Fielding

Lord’s Prayer

ChristmasThe man who changed


Lent EasterCalled by God Rules for LivingJudaism
Judaism – Sukkot

(other Harvest festivals)

Islam – Ramadan & Judaism – Yom KippurIslam/Judaism/

Buddhism/Sikhism –

rules for living

MusicIdentify patterns of one and two sounds per beat plus restsVocally pitch match within range.


Contrasting tempi. Accelerando, ritardando.Notate using rhythm sol-fa then staff notation.


Year 4 Overview of all subjects


Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
English Genre- writing styleNarratives Writing from different viewpoints Character/ settings descriptionsStories set in an imaginary world Information Texts

Letters Informal letters

Stories which raise issues or Dilemmas

Persuasive texts


Play scripts, Diaries

Poems to perform

Creating Images


Stories: historical setting

Exploring form


Note writing

Stories from other cultures

Language play

Explanation texts

Literature SpineEscape from Pompeii –

Christina Ballit

The Marble Crusher –

Michael Morpurgo

Hundred mile an hour

Dog – Jeremy Strong

Just so Stories collection  – Shoo


The Owl Tree – Jenny



Winter’s Child – Angela


The Village that

Vanished – Ann


The lost and happy endings – Carol Ann


Varmits – Helen Ward


The day the crayons Quit

– Oliver Jeffers

The Invisible Boy – Sally



Voices in the park – Anthony Browne


GeographyCountries in EuropeLocal mappingMapping Skills

Comparing a UK region to a European region

India comparison to the UK
HistoryRomansChanges in vehicles (small)Anglo Saxons
ScienceAnimalsElectricityStates of matterSoundLiving Things
ComputingOnline Safety

With elements of DL

Digital Literacy with elements of DCComputer Science

With elements of IT

Computer Science

With elements of IT

Information Technology with elements of DLDigital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHESecrets & confidences

Road safety

I feel good


Little Lever Children

Love Little Lever

Balanced Lifestyle


Fruity Friday’s

Keep it to yourself.

Points of View


First Aid

Staying Healthy: Teeth


Same and Different

Secrets and confidences What makes us British ?  Around the WorldRights of Children
Design and TechnologyFood – harvest from school garden.Construction – Photo FramesMechanisms – Powered VehiclesFood – Indian Cooking
ArtRoman mosaics

leaf crowns,  sketching skills

Picasso- colour for moodQuentin Blake illustrations, make notes about artists techniquesprintingDrawing, yarn wrappings, sculpture


Indian patterns, clay pottery
P:EGames – Small balls – cricket/rounders

Gym – Jumping, turning, rolling, balances

Games – large ball

skills –

Creative movement – responding to different sounds

Games – Hockey Gym – develop sequences


Games – Rugby

Creative movement Group

dance:contemporary music extract

Games – Athletics Gym – Paired working – balances – curves/stretches.Games – Tennis

Creative movement –

Indian style dancing – class dance.

R:EGod, David & the Psalms PrayerChristmas – light  World  faith linkJesus the Son of God


Easter – betrayal and trustThe ChurchSacred Places: World Faith Change the World
Various – how other faiths prayJudaism – HanukkahJudaism – ShabbatIslam/Judaism – The Mosque & SynagogueVarious religious leaders.
MusicWider Opportunity: Brass Teaching. Programme of study details learning.



Year 5 Overview of all subjects


Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
English Genre- writing style


Narrative text;


Significant authors.

Myths and Legends;

Explanation texts; Poetic style; Narrative poems; Performance poetry.

Persuasion; Letters.Film Narrative; Reports.Stories from other cultures; Setting description.


Diary Writing; Instructions.
Literature SpineCloudbustingThe HighwaymanThe Lion, The Witch & The WardrobeRose Blanche; Duck, Death and the TulipThe Great Kapok Tree; HolesThe Fib & Other Stories
GeographyAtlas/map skills,

Countries of UK, Europe and South America.

Fairtrade – St Lucia.


Mapping Skills

Rivers, coasts,


The water cycle

HistoryAncient Greece




The Vikings
ScienceEarth, Sun and Moon


Properties of MaterialsLiving things/ habitats AnimalsForces
ComputingOnline Safety

With elements of DL


Digital Literacy

with elements of DC


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Computer Science

With elements of IT


Information Technology with elements of DLDigital Literacy with elements of DC

Points of View



Money Matters

Economic Resources


Fruity Fridays


Healthy Relationships  Sadness and Worry:

Healthy Debate

In the press


Healthy Lifestyle

Hate Crime

Actions and


Emotional Literacy


Risk it


Design and TechnologyFood – Making Soup and breadTextiles – Banner makingPulleys and Structures – (linked with Science) and Shelters
ArtDrawing – viewfinders

and depth/scale/ shadows

Sculpture – Clay

(Sally Tuffin)


Collage & textiles (Matisse)Painting – complementary and contrasting coloursPrinting

(Steven Alcorn)

ICT – digital photography
P:EGames (Invasion games)Gymnastics  DanceGymnastics DanceGames (Net and Wall games)Games (Striking and fielding)

Athletics (running, jumping, throwing)


Athletics (running, jumping, throwing)

R:EThe Bible


Sacred Books & Texts ChristmasJesus the TeacherDaniel  EasterWomen in the Old TestamentPentecost – what happened next
Islam – The Qur’an Judaism – The TorahJudaism – Jewish food rulesJudaism – Purim




Posture, pulse, pitch, performance; TempoEnsemble skills; multiple partsImprovising; dynamics – p/mf/fImprovising; dynamics – p/mf/fNotation; 3-part rhythmsNotation; 3-part rhythms