St. Nicholas Primary School Curriculum Offer
We work within the guidelines set by the Department for Education and follow the National Curriculum in a creative and imaginative way to engage and inspire all learners.
As far as possible, work at St. Nicholas Church of England Primary School is organised on a themed based approach where a broad topic is taken for a period of time. The benefit of this is that it puts the children's learning into a real life context, giving it relevance and allowing them to apply the skills they are acquiring across different areas of the curriculum. Topics are planned carefully to ensure that all areas of the National Curriculum are covered.
Further details of each term's topics can be found in the Class Pages in the Children's Section.
At St Nich’s we aim to maximise progress for all children so they become independent, confident (have a go) and adaptable mathematicians with a growth mindset.
The Mastery approach is being adopted in all year groups although this will not look identical in each class or year group because of our mixed year group classes. In a lesson, teachers will adopt different formats depending on the stage in a unit, children’s progress, the task in hand and which group they feel needs more support to progress.
The Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach encourages use of manipulatives across the school. Whilst the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage (Development Matters Education Programmes) are our basis, our planning and provision are shaped by the White Rose Maths long term planning, units and small steps.
English Plans for supporting Learning
We use Jolly Phonics to teach phonics and fully de-codable reading books to support the development of early reading skills.
To support the development of writing in English and across the curriculum we use the Pie Corbett Story Making Talk 4 Writing approach.