The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught in our school. The Government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development. At St Paul’s we deliver the International Early Years Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum as part of our curriculum provision which is closely matched to the NC requirements.
We will mix a rich cross curricular approach through the IPC to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as MFL, computing, PSHE, RE, Music and Physical Education. Our curriculum is designed to make sure it is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.
For more information about our school curriculum please make an appointment at the school office to see the Principal Ms Budsworth.
Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is:
click on the links below to see the Maths Yearly Overview for each year group.
Power Maths is the only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths and the National Curriculum. Please click on the links below to see how Power Maths links to Development Matters and the National Curriculum.
At St Paul’s we use Pathways to Write for our English scheme of work. We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme ‘Pathways to Write.’ Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for writing. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the writing activities provided. Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Write approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.
You will find the end of year expectations for writing, reading and spoken language for each of our year groups in the attached documents. For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.
Please click below to see the English Overviews.
St Paul’s uses Read Write Inc Phonics as our Phonics scheme of work.
At St Paul’s we recognise the importance of early reading and have chosen a phonics scheme that is rigorous and has a sequential approach helping to develop pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment of reading. Read Write Inc Phonics is a DfE approved scheme which looks at both reading and writing and ensures reading books are closely matched to the sounds learnt.
In Reading pupils learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
In Writing pupils write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.
For more information on Phonics or Reading at St Paul’s please click on the links below.
The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is an internationally researched curriculum for learners aged 2-5+years old made up of developed thematic units of learning to guide learning activities and experiences. The IEYC is designed around and driven by underpinning foundations that insure the curriculum remains learning focused and puts the goal of improving learning at the centre of what we do.
Why did we choose IEYC?
Here at St Paul’s we provide a creative curriculum based around the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is our International Primary Curriculum for children aged 3 – 11 years old. It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.
At St Paul’s CE Primary School, we follow the Blackburn Diocese RE Syllabus, Questful RE. This is supplemented by resources from Understanding Christianity.
Questful RE is an enquiry based, balanced RE Curriculum for primary schools and academies which explores Christianity and World Faiths enabling pupils to discover the ways in which faith influences people’s lives. It has been updated and redesigned to ensure that it is in line with current best practice and pedagogical strategies.
Questful RE promotes the explicit teaching of Christian concepts giving pupils a deeper understanding of Christianity. Through an open investigative enquiry approach pupils are given the opportunity to explore major religions and world views. The large number of questions included in each unit is a key feature of the syllabus. As our pupils explore these questions, they will discover more about themselves, their relationships with others, their relationship with the world around them and their relationship with God, helping them to develop spiritually.
See the link below for our full RE curriculum offer.
We use the National Centre for Computing Education curriculum to deliver our computing curriculum. This scheme was chosen based on pupil need – to develop skills in all 3 areas of computing using materials that would engage our pupils and move learning on.
The scheme has been devised to ensure progression of skills with vocabulary acquisition built into each lesson. Within the Teach Computing Curriculum, every year group learns through units within four main themes – Computing Systems and Networks, Creating Media, Programming, Data and Information – with Programming and Creating Media being taught twice over the year. This spiral curriculum approach allows pupils to progress skills and concepts from one year group to the next.
See the link below for an overview of our computing curriculum.
At St Paul’s CE Primary School, we use Charanga as our music scheme of work. Charanga is an award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music that covers the National Curriculum. The scheme uses a vast library of songs, resources and listening activities celebrating the world’s greatest music and is used by 50,000 teachers nationwide. Charanga is taught through 6 units of work per year from Reception to Year 6. Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
See the link below for our music scheme of work overview.
We follow the Coram SCARF scheme of work for PSHE at St Paul’s. This builds on the SCARF values of Safety, Caring Achievement, Resilience and Friendship. SCARF offers a whole school approach to health and wellbeing, including a focus on mindfulness and growth mindset to support socio-emotional learning and opportunities for pupils to develop personally, socially, emotionally and spiritually. PSHE is taught weekly from Nursery to Year 6 and supports school staff in understanding the unique, individual needs of all our pupils. As part of our PSHE provision, all Nursery to Y6 pupils take part in Life Education workshops annually, further developing their understanding of PSHE. Parents are also invited to join in with the workshops.
Areas covered by SCARF are:
Autumn – Relationships
Spring – Living in the Wider World
Summer – Health and Wellbeing
The government has released updated guidance on the delivery of Relationship and Health Education. All schools have a statutory duty to deliver the curriculum. As a school we use the SCARF scheme of work which fulfils all DfE statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education. The autumn term focuses solely on relationships through the themes of:
Click on the link below to see the PSHE/RSE overview and the links to our International Primary Curriculum.
At St Paul’s, we have a bespoke PE curriculum provided by Rees Sports. Our PE curriculum links closely with the National Curriculum and is delivered weekly by Rees Sports staff and class teachers. All classes receive 2 hours of PE each week. The scheme of work is progressive and enables children to develop a range of physical skills through provision of engaging activities which cover a range of individual and team sports including gymnastics, rugby, football, dodgeball, basketball, netball, rounders, cricket, tennis and athletics. The delivery of this scheme of work supports children in developing PE skills which then enables them to participate in tournaments involving other Vantage schools.
Click on the link below to see our PE overview.
See below for the curriculum progression maps for skills, knowledge and understanding.