At St.Stephen's RC Primary School it is our aim to ensure all children are in the position to reach their full potential through our board, balanced and inspiring curriculum.
Throughout the school all staff strive for excellence. They engage, motivate and stimulate the minds of our children through a range of learning styles and approaches.
Within this section of the website you will be able to find out further information about the curriculum we provide at St Stephen's. You will also notice a yearly overview for each year group. This details exactly what will be taught, included any engaging texts that children may read.
The full national curriculum, set out by the Department of Education, can be accessed through the link below.
Should you require any further information regarding our curriculum, your child's class teacher will be more than happy to provide you with the details you require.
Please find below copies of each year groups long term plan for the academic year.
At St. Stephen’s we encourage all pupils to read a wide range of quality texts of both fiction and non-fiction. Children experience these texts through Guided Reading sessions (Bug Club books); when enjoying class books; in the books they take home to read and in the English units each class teacher plans. We also like to hold special events like ‘Book Day’ and ‘Poetry Day’ where the children can immerse themselves in activities story/language related. Sometimes poets and authors are invited into school. Early Years and Key Stage 1 like to hold ‘Fairytale Day,’ ‘Superhero Day’ or other special days related to their class books and topics. These types of days help to instil a love of reading across school. Classes often link up so the children can enjoy sharing storybooks or books they have written themselves with other year groups. We have found this to be extremely rewarding for both sets of children.
The children of St. Stephen’s are very keen writers. We aim to provide them with a rich, stimulating environment where they can develop their writing skills. Each English unit is based on a picture book. This is the case all the way through school. Teachers use the book to plan a range of activities which develop children’s spoken and written language as well as their ability to plan and structure a story with all the necessary punctuation and grammatical features. It is important for the children to write for a variety of purposes and audiences and to practise a full range of texts types including narrative, reports, instructions, letters and recounts.
We aim to broaden and extend the range of children’s writing by giving them opportunities to write in other curriculum areas, always with the aim of developing their English skills.
Spelling is developed by the teaching of phonics initially and then extends to the children exploring spelling patterns and rules which are practised through games and other fun activities. Spellings are tested weekly.
St. Stephen’s use the ‘Achieving Excellence in Handwriting’ scheme which is used regularly every week. This leads to well-formed, joined handwriting of the correct size.
We use the ‘Rising Stars’ reading comprehension tests to help with ongoing assessment of reading ever half term. Children’s writing is moderated regularly by a team of teaching staff.
In our Mathematics curriculum, we currently follow the newly revised White Rose Hub medium term planning. In line with these plans, we assess mathematics using the White Rose Hub Assessment materials.
The overall curriculum is supported by Rising Stars, which teachers use to support their planning and delivery. This helps to really break down the National Curriculum into small steps to ensure progression in skills.
A mastery curriculum is encouraged, where reasoning and problem-solving is at the heart.
Religious Education Curriculum
St. Stephen's RC Primary school follows the "Come and See" R.E programme as recommended by the Diocese of Salford. In the classroom we deliver the programme of "Come and See" through our R.E sessions. The essence of our beliefs and practices are carried out through all our classroom practices. Liturgies, whole school assemblies and class reflections echo the themes and the liturgical calendar throughout each week, in addition to class sessions.
"The programme has been developed to respond to the needs of children today in their faith journey, to enable them to grow in their religious literacy and understanding in a way that is coherent with current educational principles. It is designed to support teachers in their delivery of religious education. It integrates the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Levels of Attainment and the new Religious Education Curriculum Directory. At the heart of the progamme is the mystery of God's self revelation of love through Jesus Christ. "Come and See" gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith through Scripture and Tradition. I am sure that "Come and See" will serve you well in the sacred task of teaching religious education." Rt Rev Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton - Former President of the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers.
"Come and See" is developed through three themes based on the above documents of the Second Vatican Council, which are gradually explored each time at greater depths. They are Church, Sacrament and Christian Living.
The Church themes occur in each season time and each theme gradually builds on the understanding of the previous theme.
1. Autumn - My story - my family - Domestic Church. To start the year Come and See begins with my story within a family. The Church honours the family with the title Domestic Church because it is there that parents by their word and example are the first (teachers) heralds of faith with regard to their children.
2. Spring - Our story - local community - Local Church. After Christmas the children explore the theme of local Church which is our story. The parish is where people gather together to celebrate and practice care and love for each other. The diocese is the community of the Christian faithful.
3. Summer - The story - the worldwide community - Universal Church. The year finishes with the story of the worldwide community, the universal Church. In the Church, God is calling together his people throughout the world. The order and harmony of the created world result from the diversity of beings and from the relationships that exist among them.
The Sacramental themes occur once in every season time and each theme gradually builds on the understanding of the previous theme.
1. Autumn - Belonging - born into Christ's life. Following on from an understanding of belonging to a family the theme of Baptism introduces the understanding of being initiated into belonging to the Christian Church during key stage 1. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. At key stage 2 children will learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation, whereby the baptised are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, the Sacrament of Ordination for the service of the Church and the Sacrament of Marriage, perfecting the human love of wife and husband.
2. Spring - Relating - God's love in our lives - Eucharist. In the Spring time after learning about the local Church community, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is explored. This is the Sacrament of communion with Christ and the Church. This sacrament is at the heart of Come and See since it is at the heart of Christ nourishing his people.
3. Summer - inter-relating - service to the community - Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation forms part of the work of the summer time where there is an opportunity to learn about the joy and challenge of relationships and God's love and mercy celebrated in this sacrament. At key stage 2 children will learn about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which strengthens, forgives and unites the ailing person more closely to Christ.