The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Academies and private schools do not have to follow the national curriculum. Academies must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, Mathemaics and Science. They must also teach religious education.
At St Matthias we have worked hard to develop a rich curriculum that meets the needs of all of our learners. We believe that the best way to prepare our children for the future is to enable them to acquire knowledge whilst developing skills and understanding
Expectations for delivery
End of Year Expectations for Reading, Writing and Mathematics
The booklets below provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.
All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.
If you have any queries regarding the content of these booklets or want support in knowing how best to help your child, please talk to your child’s teacher.
At St. Matthias we are enthusiastic about learning!
Learning happens through many different ways such as by seeing, hearing, feeling, creating, explaining, drawing, acting ideas out etc. Our members of staff work hard provide many rich and exciting learning opportunities to inspire and challenge our pupils. As a result, our pupils enjoy the challenges in school and are engaged in their learning. They can tell you what they need to do next in order to improve further.
We teach our children to apply the skills they learn in one subject to other areas of the curriculum so skills are practiced and not forgotten! Pupils are always encouraged to reach their full academic potential.
At St. Matthias, our aim is for all children to leave St. Matthias able to:
English and Mathematics are taught in the morning. Pupils of all ability levels benefit from opportunities to work in small groups to extend thinking and develop skills. There are opportunities to apply reading, writing and mathematical skills in lessons throughout the day in other aspects of the curriculum and during play and lunch time.
At St. Matthias we want to give all our children the chance to succeed.
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum to all our pupils, designed to accommodate the needs of all learners. Our curriculum builds upon prior learning and expects our learners to:
Through our curriculum we aim to make learning an exciting, enjoyable and stimulating experience. Cross curricular links are developed where appropriate.
Lessons cover a range of subjects to include:
Design and Technology (DT)
French (KS 2)
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
Religious Education (RE)
At St. Matthias we are determined to bring learning alive and take every opportunity to enrich our curriculum with school trips; to museums, places of worship, the library and even a sewage farm to give a few examples. We are also fortunate to be able to welcome adults with specialist skills or interesting stories to tell from time to time. The children learn a lot from these sessions which are always highly enjoyable.
At St. Matthias we aim high for all our pupils!
We attach great importance to the development of our pupils’ social skills and manners as we want to empower all to build successful relationships with other children and adults and to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. We work hard to ensure all our children feel good about themselves, make responsible choices and acquire a high level of self-esteem.
We know that if you feel successful, you will achieve success!
We are very proud of our School Parliament who have an impact on our school. Each year representatives are elected from Year 6 to run our the School Parliament for the year. Two representatives are then chosen by each class from Years 1-5 to be our Class Representatives. These children meet regularly throughout the year to discuss issues and topics that are important to the children and our school community. They consult with their classmates and report back on decisions. In this way, our pupils have been able to take an active role in introducing and supporting school improvement.