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Aim High Believe, Fly High Achieve


We want children to be keen to learn and see themselves as learners. At St Mary and St Chad First School, we follow a creative curriculum which enables the children to learn in a fun and engaging way. Our curriculum covers the National Curriculum 2014 (see link below) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (see link below). There are main areas of study are 


  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Design and technology
  • Music
  • PSHE - Personal Social and Health Education


During the year, the children complete work based on particular themes. The themes for 2019/2020 are based on food, materials and water. Through these themes, the subjects of History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music, ICT and Science are taught. The basic skills are taught in English and Maths are then applied through the different subjects and themes. To enhance the children's learning, visits and visitors are used as much as possible. The curriculum is closely planned with our local first schools, middle school and high school to ensure consistency and continuity for the children.

In Key Stage 2, we teach Modern Foreign Languages. Currently we are teaching French. 

Religious Education is taught throughout the school with two thirds of the curriculum Christian and the remaining third  other religions. 

Within our curriculum and school activities we integrate and promote British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. Through this we help to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and promote tolerance and respect for people of all faiths, races, genders, ages, disability and all other groups.


Overviews for each year group in each theme are on the class pages. Below are the expectations for reading, writing and maths for each year group.