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 Curriculum Overview


About Our Curriculum

At St. Mary’s RC Primary School our aim is to enable all children to reach their full potential through the provision of a broad, inspiring and creative curriculum.

Teachers endeavour to engage and motivate the children through a range of practical, investigative and imaginative approaches to learning.  A range of organisational strategies and techniques are used in classrooms, including whole class teaching, group work and independent tasks as appropriate.

We believe in children reading for pleasure and being immersed in quality texts. Therefore, teachers use a high quality children’s book as the driver for the curriculum each half term. The book inspires a cross curricular project, covering a variety of subjects, taught through a skills-based programme.

English and our approach to the teaching of Reading

English is taught daily to all children in the form of an English lesson, handwriting, phonics or spelling sessions and guided reading. Teachers’ planning provides each class with purposeful opportunities for writing.  A variety of genres of writing are taught linked to the book being studied. All children are given opportunities to use and apply the skills and knowledge learnt during these sessions in their project learning. Grammar is embedded in all literacy lessons to enable children to apply it in meaningful contexts.

 All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics session during which they learn about the sounds that letters make and how to blend and segment letters in order to read and write words. Children in Year 1 take part in the National Phonics Screening. During the check we assess children’s ability to use their phonics knowledge to read unknown words. In Key Stage 2, children have daily spelling and grammar lessons in line with the National Curriculum 2014 requirements. As part of their weekly homework, children have spellings linked to the spelling lists from the curriculum and the spelling rules taught during these daily lessons.

At St Mary’s we use Oxford Reading Tree as our main reading scheme which incorporates familiar, well-loved characters in a rich and varied choice of writing styles – while also supporting the rigorous teaching of synthetic phonics.  It begins in the Foundation Stage and progressively becomes more difficult.  The number of books your child reads at each level, depends on how much practise they need at that stage.  Their guided reading book in school will be one level higher to enable them to learn new reading skills and use more than one strategy when attempting unfamiliar words in class, then consolidate them at home when reading 1:1 or independently.

Once each pupil completes the reading scheme, we allow them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books from our library.  As pupils progress through KS2, they are encouraged to read for meaning and begin to self-correct.  There is a greater emphasis on oral fluency, reading a range of genres and responding to a range of comprehension questions confidently. Throughout the school we also actively encourage reading for pleasure through our Literacy units, classroom environments and whole school events such as book fairs and themed days.

Guided reading is taught across school. In the Foundation Stage, guided reading sessions happen in small groups during the week. In Key Stages 1 and 2, guided reading groups take place during whole class guided reading sessions. Guided reading sessions work on a carousel of activities. Throughout the week, in addition to the guided reading sessions, children take part in comprehension and grammar tasks linked to the book they are reading. They also have opportunities to read independently for pleasure.

Phonics Scheme:

Please see the document below for the Phonics overview:

Phonics Overview Of Phases


Maths is taught in line with the National Curriculum expectations. It aims for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including using and applying knowledge and skills through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Maths lessons at school also encourage children to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

Children are given chances to solve problems by applying their mathematics in a range of situations. Links to the topic themes are made during maths lessons wherever possible.

The maths curriculum overviews are laid out for each of the terms. These  are shown below  and also linked to the each year group page.. They are intended to give parents specific information about the areas of mathematics your child will be covering in class during the term and enable you as parents to continue to encourage and support your child’s learning.

Year Group Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1 Year 1 Autumn Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer
Year 2 Year 2 Autumn Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer
Year 3 Year 3 Autumn Year 3 Spring Year 3 Summer
Year 4 Year 4 Autumn Year 4 Spring Year 4 Summer
Year 5 Year 5 Autumn Year 5 Spring Year 5 Summer
Year 6 Year 6 Autumn Year 6 Spring Year 6 Summer


Topic Based Curriculum  (Science and the Foundation Subjects)

 Our topic based curriculum ensures children have stimulating experiences throughout the academic year including educational trips that support their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live, incorporating learning outside of the classroom. The benefits of Educational Visits and Residential Experiences are recognised by the staff and school and form an important aspect of a child’s learning journey at St. Mary’s.

Homework Challenges

Children in are given Homework Challenges linked to their topic. The children are presented with several challenges from which to choose, covering a variety of subjects, and they are a great opportunity for collaborative learning at home.

Long Term Objectives and Plans

Please find documents below outlining longer term objectives and plans for the current academic year, for each year group:


Long Term Objectives

NURSERY F1 Long Term Overview 2018-19
RECEPTION F2 Long Term Overview 2018-19
Y1 Year 1 Long Term Overview 2018-19
Y2 Year 2 – Long Term Overview 2018-19
Y3 Year 3 Long Term Overview 2018 -19
Y4 Year 4 Long Term Overview 2018-19
Y5 Year 5 Long Term Overview 2018-19
Y6 Year 6 Long Term Overview 2018-19

Our Sports Curriculum

All the children at St. Mary’s have two hours of curriculum PE and sport each week. Our programme of study meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum also emphasises the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Lessons are taught by a combination of school staff and specialist sports coaches.

School Based Lessons

The table below shows the sports being undertaken through the year by each each year group:

   Autumn Spring Summer
1st Half 2nd Half 1st Half 2nd Half 1st Half 2nd Half
 Y1 Ball Skills SAQ Athletics
Dance Gymnastics Dance Gynamstics Dance Gymnastics
 Y2 Ball Skills SAQ Athletics 
Dance Gymnastics Dance Gymnastics
 Y3 Multisports SAQ Benchball Athletics Rounders
Dance        Invasion games Gymnastics Dance Dance Gymnastics
 Y4 Gymnastics Dance  Gymnastics Dance Dance Gymnastics
Multisports Invasion games SAQ Benchball Athletics Cricket
 Y5 Tag Rugby Indoor Athletics Gymnastics Dance Athletics Rounders
Swimming Swimming Swimming Swimming Gymnastics Dance
 Y6 Tag Rugby Indoor Athletics Dance High 5 Athletics Cricket
Swimming Swimming Swimming Swimming Gymnastics Dance
 In Addition to School Based Lessons
  • Y5 & Y6 each attend a weekly swimming lesson at Denton pool once a week.
  • Y5 are trained to lead play activities through the JPLA (Junior Play Leader Award) scheme.
  • Y6 are given the opportunity to try out a number of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) during their residential visit to Robinwood Activity Centre.
  • Y1 & Y2 have coaching in football led by coaches from Manchester United Football Club.
  • Y3-6 have sessions led by coaches from Lancashire County Cricket Club, during the summer.
Extra Curricular Sport and Competitions

The children are also given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra curricular and competitive sporting activities at school, local and regional level.

Their participation in these events fosters qualities such as self confidence, respect, team spirit, loyalty and self control.

Each year we take part in a wide range of sports competitions including: football, High 5, volleyball, basketball, Tag Rugby, swimming, cricket, indoor and outdoor athletics, cross country, cheerleading, dance, badminton, dodgeball and handball, often meeting with success. 

Our High 5 team have represented Tameside at the County Games for a number of years. Our Tag Rugby team have also played at county level. Our high quality provision has received national recognition through the Activemark award and we have recently been awarded the highest Sainsbury School games Gold Award.

Links with Local Clubs and Sports Associations

We are active members of the following sports associations:

  • Tameside Catholic Schools Sports Association
  • Tameside Sports Development Trust
  • Tameside FA League

We are also affiliated to the following local sports clubs:

Keep up with the latest sports news here and please find more information about our extra-curricular clubs and activities here.

 Still Want To Know More?

If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your teacher, or another member of staff.

If you would like to find out more about how to support your child with their reading and writing then please speak to your child’s teacher.