Curriculum

At St Stephen's school we believe that every child has the right to receive quality first teaching through a broad and balanced curriculum.  It is our aim that every child reaches their potential through a hands-on Creative approach to enable learning to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.  Everything we do at our school is focused on developing children's learning, attitudes and behaviour.

Aims and Objectives

We believe that people learn in different ways. At St. Stephen’s school it is our aim to provide a rich and varied learning environment that allows children to develop their skills, attitudes and abilities to their full potential.

Through our teaching we aim to:

  • Enable children to respect and value the Catholic community in line with the mission statement of the school and help them to feel valued as part of that community.
  • Develop children’s self-respect and encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others.
  • Foster children’s self-esteem and help them to build positive relationships with other people.
  • Enable children to become confident, enquiring and independent learners.
  • Show respect for all cultures and, in doing do; promote positive attitudes, values and feelings of others.
  • Help children to grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens.

We plan a Curriculum based on the new National Curriculum Programmes of Study and the levels of attainment in RE derived from the Bishops' conference.

We have high expectations of all children and we work hard to ensure our teaching reflects this.  Fostering a positive atmosphere in every area of school life , where children are allowed to learn by their mistakes, encourages independent learning for all children.

Teaching is differentiated according to individual need, ensuring all tasks are matched to the children’s level of ability. When planning for children with Special Educational Needs, we refer to individual provision maps for specific targets.

We teach the curriculum through a range of discreet subject and topics where we link subjects across the curriculum to enhance and deepen learning.

Each class has its own individual plan for year.  Please see the individual class pages for the annual plan and newsletters for what will be taught each year. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact your teacher or the school. 

We use techniques from Philosphy4Children to develop children’s thinking and reasoning skills.

 Foundation Stage - Nursery and Reception Class

The EYFS curriculum is planned and assessed using the three prime areas and the four specific areas: The Three Prime Areas:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional development

The Four Specific Areas

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding of the World
  4. Expressive Arts and Design

National Curriculum

The core subjects are English, Maths, Religious Education (RE), and Science The foundation subjects are Music, Art, Physical Education, History, Design Technology, Computing and Geography. For each subject programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils' performance.

On-going assessment is also vital to inform our planning. Children are more formally assessed in line with national expectations at the age of 7 (Key Stage 1) and 11 (Key Stage 2). Pupils in Year 1 also take part in a Phonics Screening test at the end of the year. Pupils in Year 4 take part in the Time tables tests.

(Link to Current National Curriculum)