Our Curriculum

Yearly Overviews

Curriculum Overview

For details of what is taught in each class please look on the childrens' pages and the subject pages on the left hand side.


At St Francis RC Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, and which also prepares them for the next stage of their education. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum but also takes into account the needs and interests of our pupils, enabling them to grow healthily, safely, academically and responsibly. 

Our curriculum:

  • Ensures equality for everyone, providing opportunities for all members of our community to learn, achieve to the best of their abilities, experience success, gain confidence and grow in independence.
  • Motivates and extends all children, helping them to develop a full range of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Enables children to talk about how they learn, to think creatively, to take risks and handle change, so that they can become lifelong learners, able to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which we live.
  • Places an emphasis on the development of courteous, co-operative and caring individuals who are sensitive to the needs of others and form and maintain constructive relationships based on respect.
  • Includes high quality PSHE so that pupils are able to develop a positive sense of well-being and keep themselves safe and healthy.
  •  Encourages children to recognise their responsibilities as citizens by providing opportunities for them to play an active part in school life, take care of their environment and develop their understanding of the mutual interdependence of the global community.
  • We strive to ensure that the children all respect everyone regardless of background, race, religion gender or sexual orientation.
  • As a Catholic school our faith underpins everything that we do and we believe that, with God, everything is in our reach.


Our curriculum is based around a series of progressive skills and knowledge linked to the National Curriculum. The skills, knowledge and vocabulary are mapped out across each year group and are taught to the children through either stand alone subject delivery such as Maths, or a series of topics or ILPs which have links between specific curriculum areas.

The topics are chosen to give children the knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live whilst also reflecting the differing backgrounds that the children have come from. They are planned out to build a developing picture of the world in which they live at an age appropriate level.

Some Foundation subjects - Geography, History, Art and Design and Design Technology- are delivered through topics or Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Other Foundation subjects are sometimes delivered within the topic and sometimes as stand alone sessions.

 We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Each topic identifies the knowledge the children will acquire and there is also a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.



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