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
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.
Reception Subject Overview
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer||Summer 2|
|English Genre||Traditional Tales||Labels, lists and captions||Recounts||Recounts||Instruction Writing||Narrative|
|Literature Spine||Supertato – Sue Hendra||Oi! Get off our train – John Burningham||Dear Polar Bear – Barry Ablett||Bog Baby – Jeanne Williams||Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Brown||The Rainbow Bear – Michael Morpurgo|
|Topic||Superheroes Once Upon A Rhyme||Autumn
|Ice||New Life Spring||Africa||Dinosaurs|
Sculpture – Andy
Responding to Music
|Painting – Flander’s
3D Sculpture – Fireworks Sewing – Stockings
Textures – Snow and
|Painting – Jackson
Printing – leaves and flowers
|Modroc – Animal
Tinga Tinga Paintings
African Dancing Drumming
Using Materials –
Dinosaur Silhouettes Making Music
|Understanding the World||Technology
|Changes (growth and decay)
My life, my family
|Chinese New Year
|Animals and Plants||Environments|
|RE||I am Special Harvest||Special People
Festivals of Light
|Stories Jesus Heard Easter||Stories Jesus Told||Friendship Special Places||Prayer Special Times|
|Hinduism – Divali Judaism – Hanukkah||Islam – The Mosque||Islam/Judaism –
Prayer & Judaism- Rosh Hashanah
|What makes me a superhero?
Bonfire Night Road Safety
|Responsible Citizens – Class Charity How do you feel today?
|You’ve Got a Friend in
|Taking Care of our
How have I changed?
What makes me special?
|Digital Literacy||Digital Literacy||Digital Creativity||Digital Creativity||Data Handling|
Games – Ball Skills
|Looking after me!
Dance and Movement
Year 1 Overview of all subjects
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|English Genre- writing
|Traditional and fairy tales
Using the senses
Labels, lists, captions
|Stories with predictable and
Instructions linked to
|Poems on a theme Letters||Stories – fantasy worlds
Stories -familiar settings Character/setting description Invitations
|Pattern and Rhyme
Diary Linked to Science
|Literature Spine||Toys in Space – Mini Grey||The Magic bed – John Burningham||Tin Forest – Helen Ward The Flower – John Light||Where the Wild things are – Maurice Sendak||Beegu – Alexis Deacon|
|Geography||UK countries and capital cities||Oceans
Human and Physical
|Mapping Skills||Similarities & 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.|
|Science||Humans and Senses
|Everyday Materials||Seasonal Changes||Animals and Plants|
With elements of DL
with elements of DC
With elements of IT
With elements of IT
|Information Technology with elements of DL||Digital Literacy with elements of DC|
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 ‘
Guide Dogs for the Blind
|Clean Hands and Clean
Secrets and Surprises
|Design and Technology||Construction – Making Photo Frames||Christmas Creations||Food – Teddy Bear’s Picnic||Mechanisms – Moving Vehicles||Structures – Animal Dens|
|Art||Clay models of people
|Printing skills /colour mixing
|Textiles – weaving Easter cards||Drawing||Sculpture – animal sculptures||Painting – textures
|P.E.||Games – balls skills
|Creative Movement Gymnastics||Gymnastics
|Net and wall games||Athletics||Striking and fielding games|
|R.E.||God and Creation Harvest||Christmas Gift- good news and new bringers.||Easter- Celebrating Life||Jesus was special
|Baptism:world faith link||Saints and Followers|
|Judaism – Sukkot (Harvest festival)||Islam/Sikhism – Birth rites|
Sing simple rounds.
|Quieter and 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
Year 3 Overview of all subjects
Year 4 Overview of all subjects