Curriculum Intent

We are proud to have a knowledge-based curriculum which promotes good attitudes to learning, high standards and high achievements for all children. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.

The English curriculum has been revised in line with the new national curriculum July 2014. Our English curriculum is structured using a variety of schemes and materials which support planning for the teaching and learning in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Speaking & listening strategies are used to underpin teaching in English. We follow the National Curriculum for English in addition to using other resources.

Reading at Our Lady & St Edwards

Reading Progression Ladder

Reading and Phonics Intent

Reading with your child – In school and at home

Writing Policy 2020

Writing at Our Lady & St Edwards

EGPS Overview

Our maths curriculum is structured using a variety of schemes including White Rose which support planning for the teaching and learning in arithmetic, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The new maths curriculum ensures that when a child is introduced to a key new concept, they should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach.

Concrete – students should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial – students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence. Maths is developed through quality first teaching using rich tasks to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Reasoning allows the children to be able to recognise patterns, make connections, predict, draw conclusions, justify and generalise. Problem solving allows the children to make choices and seeking and communicating solutions to the actual problem. The children have the opportunity to think more deeply and to tackle problems that require a greater depth of understanding. More Information found in our Maths Policy.

Maths Policy

Throughout the whole school we plan and teach science weekly. We follow the new curriculum focusing on key science questions and investigative work. We start any investigation by predicting what we think might happened based on what we already know. We set out of our science investigations by identifying the materials being used, the step-by-step method we use to complete the investigation, record the results and a conclusion. We think of things we would do differently next time and whether the investigation was a fair test. Find out more through our Science Policy.

Science Policy

The staff strive to nurture the seeds of faith in our children and their families through the Come and See Programme. Working alongside families, staff and parish we are building a community of faith in which the young can grow socially, emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually. Our teaching each term begins with a Big Question and is further explored through three themes: Domestic Church, Local Church and Universal Church.  Find out more through our Religious Education Policy and Collective Worship Policy.

Religious Education Policy

Collective Worship Policy

Art aims to develop children’s interest, skills, knowledge and appreciation of Art through a range of experiences.  More information found in our Art Policy

Art Policy

Computing looks at how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. The focus of the new curriculum is on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for programming and digital media.  More information found in our Computing Policy and Curriculum Intent: Computing.

Computing Policy

Curriculum Intent: Computing

DT aims to develop in each child their designing and making skills, nurturing creativity and innovation, whilst exploring values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live and work within it. More information found in our D & T Policy

D & T Policy

Geography and History have been revised in line with the new national curriculum July 2014. They are taught alternatively every half term, in weekly lessons. They are topic based and the school use a range of materials to specify which objectives are taught in each year group. Both subjects are taught and planned as stand- alone lessons as well as cross-curricular, for example computing, music and art and design. Each half-termly topic is introduced with a WOW starter as well as opportunties to go on Educational Visits. More information found in our Geography Policy and History Policy

Geography Policy

History Policy

Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained can make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.” (The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES 2005), Part Two page 4.) At Our Lady & St Edwards, we offer French to all pupils from Nursery to Year 6. More information can be found in our  Modern Foreign Languages Policy

Modern Foreign Languages Policy

Music aims to stimulate and develop children’s interest, enjoyment, involvement and appreciation of music. To perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. More information can be found in our Music Policy

Music Policy

Physical education provides pupils with the opportunity to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils learn how to think in different ways and make decisions in response to creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to reflect on their performance, plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve the quality of their work. More information can be found in our P.E. Policy

PE Policy

PE Intent

PE Booklet For Parents

Since September 2020, the Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE became compulsory in all schools. Our PSHE curriculum overview details how these aspects are covered. The school’s Relationship and Sex Education programme is based on three core Catholic Education Service themes within which there will be broad overlap. The three themes are:

Created and loved by God (this explores the individual)

The Christian imperative to love self, made in the image and likeness of God, shows an understanding of the importance of valuing and understanding oneself as the basis for personal relationships.

Created to love others (this explores an individual’s relationships with others)

God is love. We are created out of love and for love. The command to love is the basis of all Christian morality.

Created to live in community – local, national & global (this explores the individual’s relationships with the wider world) 

Human beings are relational by nature and live in the wider community. Through our exchange with others, our mutual service and through dialogue, we attempt to proclaim and extend the Kingdom of God for the good of individuals and the good of society.

​Further RSHE Information

RSHE Policy

Department for Education RSE Guidance

Catholic Education Service RSE Guidance

SRE Policy

This policy was developed through a variety of consultation methods involving pupils, parents/carers, staff, governors, parish priest, Healthy Schools Team and the school nurse. All views were taken into account when developing this policy and the Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) programme.