St Gildas Catholic Primary School

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The school is organised in seven classes, each with its own teacher. The children are grouped in a single year band, with no mixed age classes. All children in Years 1-6 will be taught within the structure of the National Curriculum.


Curriculum Statement September 2014

The Department for Education set out a new framework for the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 from September 2014.  We will continue to offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all of our pupils and which prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  We will continue to provide a daily act of collective worship and to teach religious education to every pupil.  We will continue to provide every pupil with personal, social and health education (PSHE).


The National Curriculum

This provides an outline of the core knowledge around which our teachers will continue to develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of our pupils' knowledge, understanding and skills.  The Secretary of State for Education has published Programmes of Study for each subject which set out the subject matter, skills and processes to be taught at each Key Stage. Teachers in our school then choose how they organise the school day and how they teach the content of the Programmes of Study. Click below link for further information.​



Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science


Foundation Subjects

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education


A Modern Foreign Language is also compulsory at Key Stage 2. In our school this is Spanish across all year groups and French is introduced in Year 6.

In addition, we are required to teach Religious Education to both Key Stages.



Our teachers set high expectations for every pupil and use appropriate assessment to set ambitious targets for individuals and whole year groups.  Lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to each child achieving. Potential areas of difficulty for individuals are identified and addressed at the start of each new unit of work.


Numeracy and Mathematics

Our teachers use every relevant subject to develop our pupils' mathematical fluency and to increase confidence in numeracy and other mathematical skills.


Language and Literacy

Our teachers develop pupils' spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary whilst teaching every subject. Fluency in the English language is an important foundation for success in all subjects.  Our pupils are taught to speak clearly and express their ideas confidently using Standard English.  Our teachers develop pupils' reading and writing in all subjects to support their gaining of knowledge.  Our teachers develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils' current knowledge. It is vital that we introduce our pupils to language which defines each subject in its own right, such as accurate mathematical and scientific vocabulary.


For much of the time children will study the 'core' curriculum - English, Science and Mathematics. The children will also be taught R.E.


Reading and Phonics

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 phonics and reading schemes are in operation The main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. The original Biff and Chip books are supplemented with Traditional Tales and Songbirds. Collins Big Cat texts are also used as well as Cambridge Reading. In addition, there are some books from other schemes including Banana Storybooks, Sunshine Books and Oxford Literacy Web. Other non-scheme colour banded books are used alongside the reading scheme books to provide a rich and varied reading diet. Phonics follows the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. Some additional materials from Read Write Inc are also used.


Curriculum Plans

Please see your child’s class page for the long term plan for their year group.

08-10-18 Guidance to help spelling across the school