St John Fisher RC Primary School, Stanycliffe Lane, Middleton, Manchester, M24 2PB

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St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale

Love Jesus, love learning, inspiring each other to be the best that we can be.

Curriculum

All information on our school curriculum, including subject policies, termly overviews and access to the latest curriculum news. 

Our curriculum is compliant with regard the schools duties outlined in the Equalities Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.

Our curriculum is differentiated to ensure that it is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

A school curriculum is broad and comprises a lot of information. To best communicate our curriculum to you, from top level planning objectives, down to class termly detail, we have split the information into five main types. These are as follows: 

1. Daily Curriculum News

Daily curriculum news articles reported on the website, with accompanying photos and videos, to give you an insight into the classroom, strengthen the home-school partnership and celebrate the work the children are producing. As will all news, the articles can be found in our main news feed. You can use the category links at the top of the articles to explore specific subjects in more detail.

4. Knowledge Organisers (Implementation)

 

 

Reception RE Knowledge Organiser Autumn Term One Domestic Church - Family
Reception RE Knowledge Organiser Autumn Term One - Creation
Reception RE Knowledge Organiser Autumn Two Advent - Waiting
Reception RE Knowledge Organiser Autumn Two Baptism
EYFS Reading Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023
EYFS Writing Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023
EYFS Mathematics Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023
EYFS Science Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023
EYFS Computing Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023
EYFS Geography Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023

EYFS History Knowledge Organiser 2022-2023

Reception RE Knowledge Organiser Spring 1 Local Church-Community

EYFS Knowledge Organiser - PE - 2022-2023

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - RE
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - English
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Week One - Maths - Place Value
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Week Two - Maths - Place Value
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn - Science
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Design and Technology
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Geography

KS1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - PE - Gymnastics

KS1 Knowledge Organiser Autumn Two - Attacking and Defending/ Football PE

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE - Belonging
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - English
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths - Number Bonds to 10
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths - Place Value
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Science

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Topic

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - RE

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - English

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Math

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Science 

Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - History/Geography

KS1 Knowledge Organiser - PE - Netball

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - RE
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - English
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Maths Block 1 - Place Value
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Maths Block 2 - Addition & Subtraction
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Science
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - History and Geography
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - English
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths Block 1 - Place Value
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths Block 1 - Expanded Form
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths Block 2 - Addition & Subtraction
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Science
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - History and Geography

KS1 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - PE - Gymnastics

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - RE

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - English

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Maths Block 2 Number Bonds to 10

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Science

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - History and Geography

Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Art

KS1 Knowledge Organiser - PE - Netball

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - RE - Homes
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - English
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Geography
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE - Advent
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths Block 2 - Addition and Subtraction
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Science
Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Art

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - PE - Gymnastics

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - RE

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - English

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Math Block 2 Addition and Subtraction

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Science

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - History - The Stone Age

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Clay

Year 3 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Art

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - PE - Netball

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - RE
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Maths - Block 1
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Science
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Art
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Geography
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE - Advent
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - English
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Science - Animals Including Humans
Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Term - Geography

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - PE - Gymnastics

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - RE

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - English

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Math

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Science

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - DT

Year 4 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - History and Geography

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - PE - Netball

Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - RE - Family - Ourselves
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - English
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Maths Block 1 - Place Value
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Maths Block 2 - Addition & Subtraction
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Maths Block 3 - Multiplication & Division
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Science - Properties of Materials
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Art & Design - Impressionism
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - History and Geography
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE - Advent
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE - Belonging
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - English
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Maths - Multiplication & Division
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Science
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Music - Holst
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - History and Geography
Year 5 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Art & Design - Abstract Art

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - PE - Gymnastics

Year 5 Knowlege Organiser - Spring 1 - RE Mission

Year 5 Knowlege Organiser - Spring 1 - English

Year 5 Knowlege Organiser - Spring 1 - Maths - Multiplication and Division

Year 5 Knowlege Organiser - Spring 1 - Science-Forces

Year 5 Knowlege Organiser - Spring 1 - History and Geography

Year 5 Knowlege Organiser - Spring 1 - Art and Design

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - PE - Netball

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - RE
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - English
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Week 1&2 Place Value
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Science
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Art
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Design & Technology
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn One - Geography
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - RE
Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Week 6 Division Maths

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Two - Science

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - RE - Sources

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - English - WW11

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Math Block 1 - Ratio

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Math Block 2 - Algebra

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Math Block 3 - Decimals

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Animals Including Humans - The Heart

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - History and Geography WW11

Year 6 Knowledge Organiser - Spring 1 - Art - Paul Nash

KS2 Knowledge Organiser - PE - Netball

 

7. Supporting Bilingual Parents with Maths

Curriculum Objectives

Our top level objectives in planning and implementing the Curriculum are to:

  • Provide an interesting and stimulating environment with a caring, secure atmosphere, in order to foster self-discipline, good manners, mutual respect and tolerance, and where children may become happy and well-balanced individuals.
  • Provide the basic skills which children need for work and life by giving each of them a thorough grounding in English and Mathematics appropriate to their age, aptitude and ability.
  • Make every effort to offer a broad balanced curriculum to all pupils regardless of ability, gender, religion or ethnic origin. We follow the National Curriculum in all subjects. However, we continually look for ways to adapt and modify the curriculum to suit the needs of our children.

Phonics and Reading Schemes

  • We use Read Write Inc. as our KS1 phonics scheme. 
  • Reading schemes used in KS1 are: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Ginn and All Aboard.
  • Reading schemes used in KS2 are: Oxford Reading Tree – Treetops and Project X.

Spellings

As part of our commitment to continually improving standards and attainment for all children we follow the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) spelling programme to improve standards in writing, grammar and spelling.

Read Write Inc. Spelling is for children in Year 2 to Year 6 and embeds the national curriculum spelling skills using direct teaching in short, daily spelling sessions.  

The children take part in daily, bite-sized lessons that build knowledge cumulatively.  Three friendly aliens introduce the spelling rules on an exciting online spelling planet.  There is a lot of emphasis placed on partner and oral work to ensure children fully grasp the spelling concepts.  The children also have their own practice book that provides a range of activities to enhance understanding.  Any errors or misconceptions are logged in the children’s personal log books so that these can be practised at other times and also taken home for additional practice.

The programme also provides teachers with the opportunity to assess progress each half term and ensure children are understanding the spelling rules and filling the gaps in their knowledge.

The spellings (usually 10) will be sent home to practise each week before a spelling test on Friday. We would be grateful if you could support your child at home in discussing, learning to read and spelling the words from the lists relevant to their year group. 

The spellings lists for each year group are below:

Special Focus

The ‘Special Focus’ words highlighted in red run alongside the spelling patterns that we cover as part of our RWI spelling lessons.  These include words such as homophones and words with apostrophes that children can find difficult to spell.

The Special Focus KS1  ‘Red’ words are referred to as the Common Exception Words that children use frequently in their writing and those that they often misspell, sometimes because they don’t follow a particular spelling pattern. 

The KS2 Special Focus ‘Orange words’ are the ‘Statutory Spellings’ included in the National Curriculum Programme of Study. 

All Common Exception words and Statutory Spellings are listed within each year group and once again we would ask that you support your child in learning these difficult words at home.

Helping Your Child with Spelling 

Most of us, even if we consider ourselves to be good spellers, make spelling mistakes at some point. What is important is that we know what to do when we get stuck and we know how to correct our mistakes. At school, our children learn the rules, conventions and spelling strategies needed to become confident at spelling by following the RWI scheme of work.

Here are some of the strategies that you could use at home that will help your child become a confident and accurate speller: 

  • Sounding words out: breaking the word down into phonemes (e.g. c-a-t, sh-e-ll) Many words cannot be sounded out so other strategies are needed;
  • Using the Look, say, cover, write, check strategy: look at the word and say it out loud, then cover it, write it and check to see if it is correct. If not, highlight or underline the incorrect part and repeat the process;
  • Dividing the word into syllables, say each syllable as they write the word (e.g. re-mem- ber);
  • Using mnemonics as an aid to memorising a tricky word (e.g. people: people eat orange peel like elephants; could: O U lucky duck);
  • Finding words within words (e.g. a rat in separate);
  • Making links between the meaning of words and their spelling (e.g. sign, signal, signature) – this strategy is used at a later stage than others;
  • Using a dictionary as soon as they know how to.

Please encourage your child to have a go at spelling words they are unsure of. This will give them the opportunity to try out spelling strategies and to find those that they find useful. You can help them to use the strategies outlined above and praise their efforts. 

Other Useful Reference Documentation

Master National Curriculum

 

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
Statutory Framework

 

Development Matters (Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage)
Development Matters

Still Want To Know More?

If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your teacher, or another member of staff.