Our curriculum is broad and balanced. Over the three terms of the academic year, each child has the opportunity to experience the full range of subjects. Key Stages 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum which is built around developing the children’s essential knowledge, understanding and key skills within subjects.

English

At St. Benedict’s we use the New Primary School curriculum for English (introduced September 2014) together with other published schemes. In addition, a revised literacy scheme of work was created by the Literacy Subject Leader which outlines expectations for, reading, writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar for each year group. It also outlines the narratives of writing which are taught across school.

Mathematics

The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We want children to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Science

St Benedict’s follows the National Curriculum to teach science. We aim to provide children with learning experiences to develop an understanding of the world by using and applying scientific knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to use different types of scientific enquiry to ask and answer questions about each topic through firsthand experiences.
Science is taught through a variety of topics covering Light, Seasonal Change, Plants and Animals, Materials, Sound, Habitats, Forces and Magnets, Light, Rocks, States of Matter, Electricity, Earth and Space and Evolution and Inheritance.

St Benedict’s are proud to have achieved the silver award for the Primary Science Quality Mark.