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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Year 1 - Year 6 Curriculum

Our Curriculum is tailored to the needs of our pupils in line with our Mission, the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.  For more information, please refer to the policies on the website or come into school for more information.

English - Writing

Click here for the English Policy

We follow the National Curriculum for English

To support spelling, we follow the guidance set out in the National Curriculum, use a range of creative spelling activities and use a digital resource - Readiwriter.

Click on the links to access spelling lists.

Year 1/2   Year 3/4   Year 5/6

We follow a bespoke handwriting scheme to build quality, consistency and stamina in children's writing. 

We follow a writing sequence which begins by immersing the children in the text, analyses the key features of the text, focuses in on spelling, punctuation and grammar, supports pupils to plan a text, write and edit a piece of writing which is then published and shared with the whole school on our WhiteGold displays and finally review the writing.

We write at length across a variety of subjects and pupils' writing is assessed using our steps to success.


English - Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening are key parts of everything we do at St. Theresa's and runs through all of our lessons whether through questioning, paired talk, group discussion or opportunities to perform, we encourage our pupils to listen and speak.  We run a range of interventions to support pupils and immerse pupils in language.  

English -Phonics and Reading

At St. Theresa's, we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for teachin phonics which is supported by an extensive range of decodable reading books.  Pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have daily phonics lessons.

In Nursery, pupils complete Phase 1 concentrating on rhymes and songs.

In Reception (FS2), pupils learn phonics in Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4

In Year 1, pupils revise Phase 4 and complete Phase 5.

In Year 2, pupils concentrate more on alternative spellings.

Each week pupils are given a book to practise the sounds they have learnt at home.

Click on the links for helpful resources

Phase 2 Speed Sounds    Phase 2 Tricky Words

Phase 3 Speed Sounds    Phase 3 Tricky Words

Phase 4 Blending              Phase 4 Tricky Words

Phase 5 Speed Sounds    Phase 5 Tricky Words

When children are able to decode books, they move on to reading books for understanding.  We assess pupils' understanding to ensure that the reading book they have is at the most appropriate level.  Children are encouraged to read everyday at home and at school and a digital library is provided in addition to the school library.

Books are really important to our curriculum.  Every topic has a related book which is the basis for our English curriculum.  Throughout their time at school pupils experience a range of books.  Each classroom has a reading river which displays the books they will encounter throughout the year. Below are some of our reading rivers.



Click here to read our full maths policy.

We have daily maths lessons as well as utilising real life opportunities to use maths.  We make use of our outdoor spaces and playground markings to help make maths come to life.  We follow the SSELP calculation policy so that there are consistent approaches, supporting our pupils as they move on to secondary school.  Please visit the Policies and Documents section of this website for details about this.

We use a blend of different resources to support our learners but primarily use White Rose as the basis of our teaching.To further support our pupils we provide acces to Mathletics.  Learning Multiplication facts is a key skill.  All pupils in Year 4 are assessed on their knowledge.  To support our pupils, they are awarded bronze, silver and gold stickers as they master each set of facts.  In addition, we provide them with access to TTRockstars.

Religious Education

As a Catholic school, 10% of our timetable is devoted to Religious Education.  This is in addition to Collective Worship and wider curricular activities.

We follow the Come and See RE scheme, along with other Catholic schools in the Hallam Diocese.

Click here to read the full Religious Education policy.

Each year group from Nursery to Year 6 has 9 modules, each of which lasts for four weeks.  In addition, three weeks are devoted to learnng about other faiths.

For more information about what each year group learns about, please visit our Catholic Life page.

Physical Education and Sport

Physical Education and Sport are important at St. Theresa's and we enter many competitions each year to provide our pupils with opportunities to explore their talents.

To read the policy click here.

This year, children are active everyday.  Assessment of skills after the recent pandemic have shown that pupils need to practise basic skills everyday and this is a key part of the school timetable.  



Computing skills are used throughout the curriculum.  Each week, pupils in Year 1-Year 6 have discrete computing lessons.  We follow the Sheffield Computing Scheme to support our pupils becoming safe and competant users, building life long skills.

To read a full policy, click here.

Click here for the progression framework

Rights Respecting School

Our curriculum has ongoing themes which are rooted in Cafod's Sustainable Development Goals and the Rights Respecting School approach.


Art, DT, Music, Geography, History, Science

At St. Theresa’s, we follow the National Curriculum (2014). 

We have created our own progression documents to support progression across the primary phase.  The progression statements use key/driver words which increase in complexity and ensure, where appropriate, objectives are revisited to reinforce both skills and knowledge.  These documents show the progression of both skills and knowledge during pupils’ time in school. 

Art progression document

Design Technology progression document

Music progression document

Geography progression document

History progression document

Science progression document

Science Investigation skills


Modern Foreign Languages

Following consultation with the pupils and parents and looking at the themes that run through the curriculum, we have decided that Key Stage 2 will learn Spanish.

We follow a scheme from www.primarylanguages.net in line with other schools in our locality.

Long Term Plans

Our curriculum is organised into two-year cycles.  This means that each phase (KS1, Lower Key Stage 2, Upper Key Stage 2) is able to work together to provide our children will real and purposeful experiences.

Key Stage 1 Cycle 1 Long Term Plan

Key Stage 1 Cycle 2 Long Term Plan

Lower Key Stage 2 Cycle 1 Long Term Plan

Lower Key Stage 2 Cycle 2 Long Term Plan

Upper Key Stage 2 Cycle 1 Long Term Plan

Upper Key Stage 2 Cycle 2 Long Term Plan

Personal, Social, Health Education - Relationships and Sex Education

Developing the whole child is at the core of life at St. Theresa's.  All schools now have a statutory requirement to teach Relationships and Health and Sex Education.  As a family of Catholic schools, we have worked closely to choose the best resources that support the unique faith character of our schools whilst ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education.  Following consulation with parents in January 2021 and consultation with governors and staff, we have subscribed to Ten:Ten Life to the Full.  This program meets the statutory requirements set out by the DFE whilst supporting our Catholic ethos.  In conjuction with this, we use the PSHE association (2017) document to identify non-statutory aspects of PSHE.  These relate to living in the wider world which are taught in the most appropriate year groups.  Development of this subject continues, working alongside other Catholic schools.  For more information, parents can access the Ten:Ten resources by using the details below.

To read the full policy, click here.

Getting Out Beyond the Four Walls

As well as purposefully planning in real, authentic experiences for pupils and providing as many opportunities to visit places beyond the school, we have developed a curriculum whereby getting out beyond the classroom walls is a key component.


For more information about our curriculum, please speak to the class teacher or visit your child's class page.

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