St Francis C.E. Primary School

St Francis C.E. Primary School

  • “Governors share the passion of senior leaders to secure the best possible outcomes for pupils.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Relationships between teachers and pupils are excellent.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Teachers make activities fun and relevant, which captures pupils' interests and ensures their good learning.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “There is a strong and positive ethos in the school.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Pupils make good progress across the school, particularly in writing and mathematics.”OFSTED June 2016
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St Francis CE Primary School Curriculum

OUR CURRICULUM VISION

At St Francis C.E. Primary School we pride ourselves on leading a curriculum that is focused on developing the whole child, their skills, knowledge, attitudes and interests.

Through our new approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM), your child will have the skills to invent their future. STEAM plays an invaluable part in helping your child to develop academic, social and personal success. Through practical, hands-on problem solving, your child will develop transferable skills such as creativity, curiosity, resilience, resourcefulness, collaboration and confidence to help pave the way to a wide open future. 

More information can be found about STEAM schools here

 We use Cornerstones to help guide our curriculum and have tailored our plans to meet the needs of the children in our community. 

More information can be found about Cornerstones here

Wherever possible, learning is grounded in real life experiences and provides pupils with the opportunity to broaden their horizons through outdoor learning, whole school projects and by embracing opportunities in our local area. 

  • We are a school that values its Church of England foundation, where all are spiritually nurtured. St Francis school embraces the diverse nature of our community, recognising and providing for the individual needs of all children and their families.
  • We promote and sustain mutual respect and positive relationships.
  • We provide a rich and varied curriculum using the STEAM approach which motivates and challenges children to fulfil their potential, while fostering resilience, life-long learning and an ability to respond to a changing world.
  • We ensure children understand how to progress and achieve goals in a learning environment where they can take risks, learn from their mistakes and know all their successes will be celebrated.
  • We encourage and support children to make educated choices regarding their safety, well-being and lifestyle, helping them make a positive contribution to society, both locally and beyond.
  • We develop and maintain effective partnerships with parents/ carers and the wider community.

Please click here to see the 2 year long term overview for all stages of St Francis CE Primary School

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

Our Nursery and Foundation Stage classes are busy, happy places where children and adults have lots of fun whilst learning and growing together. The classes follow the Foundation Stage curriculum which is a national framework for children of this age. The children learn through playing and exploring, being active and through critical thinking.  Children are encouraged to make choices, develop independence and take responsibility for their choices and actions. To achieve this, we provide an exciting stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environment with nooks and crannies for imaginative play or quiet thinking and where children can develop their skills in all areas of learning. 

Our Reception Curriculum is guided by Cornerstones. 

Nursery Curriculum Map

Reception Curriculum Map

KEY STAGE 1 AND 2

Long term planning for Key Stage One and Two is devised using the National Curriculum. Teachers work in phases (Years 1/2, 3/4, 4/5 and 5/6) to ensure that all of the statutory elements are covered whilst also enabling breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding to be achieved.  

 

With the presence of mixed year classes, the curriculum is mostly planned on a two year cycle, with teachers working in phase teams to provide children with exciting learning opportunities centred around a termly project using Cornerstones. Class teachers then differentiate termly plans accordingly in order to provide an appropriate challenge level for all pupils.  

Cycle A Cycle B
Sparrows (Year 1) Long Term Plan Cycle A Sparrows (Year 1) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Magpies (Year 1/2) Long Term Plan Cycle A Magpies (Year 1/2) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Red Kites (Year 2) Long Term Plan Cycle A Red Kites (Year 2) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Puffins (Year 3) Long Term Plan Cycle A Puffins (Year 3) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Owls (Year 3/4) Long Term Plan Cycle A Owls (Year 3/4) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Kingfishers (Year 4/5) Long Term Plan Cycle A Kingfishers (Year 4/5) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Ravens (Year 5/6) Long Term Plan Cycle A Ravens (Year 5/6) Long Term Plan Cycle B
Falcons (Year 6) Long Term Plan Cycle A

Falcons (Year 6) Long Term Plan Cycle B

Click here for our full Curriculum Statement