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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 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

Let’s Celebrate

Ice New Life Spring Africa Dinosaurs
Expressive

Arts and

Design

Colour Mixing

Sculpture – Andy

Goldsworthy

Junk Modelling

Nursery Rhymes

Repeated Rhythms

Responding to Music

Painting – Flander’s

Fields

3D Sculpture – Fireworks Sewing – Stockings

Repeated Rhythms

Watercolour Painting

Textures – Snow and

Ice Collage

Ice Sculpture

Changing Sounds

Painting – Jackson

Pollock

Printing – leaves and flowers

 

 

Modroc – Animal

Masks

Tinga Tinga Paintings

Weaving

African Puppets

African Dancing Drumming

Clay Models

Using Materials –

Dinosaur Fossils

Dinosaur Silhouettes Making Music

Understanding the World Technology

 

 

Changes (growth and decay)

 

My life, my family

Chinese New Year

(traditions)

Animals and Plants Environments
RE I am Special Harvest Special People

Christmas

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

Personal,

Social and

Emotional

Development

What makes me a superhero?

Bonfire Night Road Safety

 

Responsible Citizens – Class Charity How do you feel today?

 

 

You’ve Got a Friend in

Me

Saying Sorry

Taking Care of our

World

How have I changed?

My Talents

What makes me special?

Computing Computer Science

Online Safety

Information Technology

Digital Literacy Digital Literacy Digital Creativity Digital Creativity Data Handling
Physical

Development

Healthy Food

 

Letter formation

 

Games – Ball Skills

Looking after me!

 

Letter formation

 

Gymnastics

Keeping safe

 

Letter formation

 

Dance and Movement

Letter formation

 

Invasion Games

Letter formation

 

Athletics

Letter formation

 

Athletics

 

Year 1 Overview of all subjects

 

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

style

 

Traditional and fairy tales

Using the senses

Labels, lists, captions

 

Recounts

Instructions

Information texts

Stories with predictable and

patterned language

Instructions linked to

ICT

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

Features

Seasonal Changes

Mapping Skills Similarities & differences local area and a nonEuropean country.

Hot & cold areas / poles

History Timelines

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
Computing Online 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 DL Digital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHE My 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

Teeth

My Choices

Being Together

Falling Out

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

Kandinsky circles

Textiles – weaving Easter cards Drawing Sculpture – animal sculptures Painting – textures

 

P.E. Games – balls skills

 

Creative Movement  Gymnastics Gymnastics

Invasion games

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
Music Unison sound.

Sing simple rounds.

 

Quieter and louder.

Getting quieter/louder

 

Rhythm

Sing songs with:

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

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

Pitch

 

Group instruments Play simple tunes

 

Year 2 Overview of all subjects

 

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

culture Recounts

Letters

 

Stories with a familiar setting

Information texts Non-chronological instructions

Poetry

Recounts

Information texts

Letters

Setting description

 

Different stories by the same author

Character description

Instructions

Explanations

Book review

Traditional Stories

Setting description

Information texts

Explanations

Poetry

 

Extended stories

Character descriptions

Recounts

 

 

 

Literature Spine Lilia and the Secret of Rain The Dragon Machine Meerkat Mail

Dear Greenpeace

Willy the Wimp books Good Little Wolf

 

Traction Man

The Magic Finger

Geography Africa comparison to the UK Antarctica and the Kalahari Desert Mapping Skills

Local area – maps and directions

History Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London Ice explorers – Ernest

Shackleton and Tenzing Norgay

Toys and Games within living memory Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
Science Animals and Humans Materials Living Things Materials Living Things Plants Animals and Exersize
Computing Online 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 DL Digital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHE Keeping 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 Technology Mechanisms – African moving pictures Textiles – sewing puppets Food – Healthy Eating
Art African landscape paintings Dragon collages Weavings using hot and cold colours Pop art toy prints Clay tiles

Nature drawings

P.E. Games – balls skills Creative Movement  Gymnastics Gymnastics

Invasion games

Net and wall games Athletics Striking and fielding games
R.E. The Bible Christmas Jesus friend to everyone Easter Symbols Ascension and Pentecost The Church

 

Islam/Judaism/

Sikhism – Sacred books

Islam – The Mosque
Music Recognise 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 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
English Genre- writing

style

 

Instructions

Dialogue and Plays

Familiar Settings

Non-Chron Reports

Adventure and Mystery

Shape Poetry

Instructions

Information Texts

Performance Poetry

Myths and Legends Dialogue and Plays Instructions

Non-Chronological

Reports

Language Play

Familiar Settings

Information Text

 

Literature Spine Stone Age Boy

How to Wash a Woolly

Mammoth

What’s Under the Bed Hurricane Spells The Tear Thief The Tunnel Fox
Geography Extreme Earth Our Local Area Rainforest
History The Stone Age

 

Ancient Egypt World War 2
Science Animals Rocks

 

Forces and Magnets Plants Light
Computing Online 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 DL Digital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHE Secrets 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

y

Cooking – Harvest Loaf Textiles – Christmas Creations Computer Aided

Design- Fridge Magnets

Pneumatics Cooking – Make a rationed meal
Art Printing – Press Print and rubbings Paper Mache

Sculptures

Surface patterns in clay

Simple stitching

Collage – Tearing and

Overlapping

Watercolour paintings

Sculpture

Drawing – Sketching

Painting – Tints and

Tones

Drawing – Different

Grades of Pencil

 

Drawing – Tones and Textures
P:E Invasion Games

 

Gymnastics Dance Ball Skills Athletics Striking and Fielding
R:E Harvest

Lord’s Prayer

Christmas The man who changed

lives

Lent Easter Called by God Rules for Living Judaism
Judaism – Sukkot

(other Harvest festivals)

Islam – Ramadan & Judaism – Yom Kippur Islam/Judaism/

Buddhism/Sikhism –

rules for living

Music Identify patterns of one and two sounds per beat plus rests Vocally pitch match within range.

 

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

 

Year 4 Overview of all subjects

 

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
English Genre- writing style Narratives Writing from different viewpoints Character/ settings descriptions Stories set in an imaginary world Information Texts

Letters Informal letters

Stories which raise issues or Dilemmas

Persuasive texts

Recount

Play scripts, Diaries

Poems to perform

Creating Images

Leaflets

Stories: historical setting

Exploring form

Newspapers

Note writing

Stories from other cultures

Language play

Explanation texts

Literature Spine Escape from Pompeii –

Christina Ballit

The Marble Crusher –

Michael Morpurgo

Hundred mile an hour

Dog – Jeremy Strong

Just so Stories collection  – Shoo

Rayner

The Owl Tree – Jenny

Nimmo

 

Winter’s Child – Angela

McAlister

The Village that

Vanished – Ann

Grifalconi

The lost and happy endings – Carol Ann

Duffy

Varmits – Helen Ward

 

The day the crayons Quit

– Oliver Jeffers

The Invisible Boy – Sally

Gardner

 

Voices in the park – Anthony Browne

 

Geography Countries in Europe Local mapping Mapping Skills

Comparing a UK region to a European region

India comparison to the UK
History Romans Changes in vehicles (small) Anglo Saxons
Science Animals Electricity States of matter Sound Living Things
Computing Online 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 DL Digital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHE Secrets & 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

Relationships

Same and Different

Secrets and confidences What makes us British ?  Around the World Rights of Children
Design and Technology Food – harvest from school garden. Construction – Photo Frames Mechanisms – Powered Vehicles Food – Indian Cooking
Art Roman mosaics

leaf crowns,  sketching skills

Picasso- colour for mood Quentin Blake illustrations, make notes about artists techniques printing Drawing, yarn wrappings, sculpture

 

Indian patterns, clay pottery
P:E Games – 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:E God, David & the Psalms Prayer Christmas – light  World  faith link Jesus the Son of God

 

Easter – betrayal and trust The Church Sacred Places: World Faith Change the World
Various – how other faiths pray Judaism – Hanukkah Judaism – Shabbat Islam/Judaism – The Mosque & Synagogue Various religious leaders.
Music Wider Opportunity: Brass Teaching. Programme of study details learning.

 

 

Year 5 Overview of all subjects

 

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

 

Narrative text;

Recounts;

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 Spine Cloudbusting The Highwayman The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Rose Blanche; Duck, Death and the Tulip The Great Kapok Tree; Holes The Fib & Other Stories
Geography Atlas/map skills,

Countries of UK, Europe and South America.

Fairtrade – St Lucia.

 

Mapping Skills

Rivers, coasts,

 

The water cycle

History Ancient Greece

 

 

 

The Vikings
Science Earth, Sun and Moon

 

Properties of Materials Living things/ habitats Animals Forces
Computing Online 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 DL Digital Literacy with elements of DC
PSHE Bullying

Points of View

 

Democracy

Money Matters

Economic Resources

 

Fruity Fridays

Safety

Healthy Relationships  Sadness and Worry:

Healthy Debate

In the press

 

Healthy Lifestyle

Hate Crime

Actions and

Consequences

Emotional Literacy

Puberty

Risk it

 

Design and Technology Food – Making Soup and bread Textiles – Banner making Pulleys and Structures – (linked with Science) and Shelters
Art Drawing – viewfinders

and depth/scale/ shadows

Sculpture – Clay

(Sally Tuffin)

 

Collage & textiles (Matisse) Painting – complementary and contrasting colours Printing

(Steven Alcorn)

ICT – digital photography
P:E Games (Invasion games) Gymnastics  Dance Gymnastics Dance Games (Net and Wall games) Games (Striking and fielding)

Athletics (running, jumping, throwing)

Games

Athletics (running, jumping, throwing)

R:E The Bible

 

Sacred Books & Texts Christmas Jesus the Teacher Daniel  Easter Women in the Old Testament Pentecost – what happened next
Islam – The Qur’an Judaism – The Torah Judaism – Jewish food rules Judaism – Purim
Music:

African

Drumming

(Djembes)

Posture, pulse, pitch, performance; Tempo Ensemble skills; multiple parts Improvising; dynamics – p/mf/f Improvising; dynamics – p/mf/f Notation; 3-part rhythms Notation; 3-part rhythms