At. St Matthew’s we follow the 2014 National Curriculum in Years 1 to 6 and the Early Year’s Framework in Reception. All year group planning is based on meeting the statutory requirements of the curriculum through a topic-based approach that delivers breadth, depth, balance and progression.
The ethos at St. Matthew’s aims to take into account the background of its pupils and promote the self-esteem and mental well-being of our pupils; by building much of the curriculum around the experience and values that the child brings to the classroom. To further their learning, pupils are provided with as much first-hand experience as possible and Essential Learning Experiences (ELEs) to encourage the development of their language skills and an awareness of their local environment and the local community.
Our aim is to ensure our pupils are receiving an education which is relevant to their needs; which meets the legal requirements; which is exciting and motivating and will provide a progression of skills development.

Subject Association Websites:
English  -  NATE – National Association for the Teaching of English
Drama  -  NATD – National Association for the Teaching of Drama
Maths - ATM association for maths teachers, NCETM National Centre for excellence in Teaching Maths
Science  -  ASE - The Association for Science Education
Design and Technology - DATA
Geography - Geographical Association
History - Historical Association 
Physical Education - Association for Physical Education
Computing - Computing at School


Curriculum Overviews


Reading at St Matthew’s


At St Matthew’s it is our vision that every child will leave primary school being able to read fluently and have an understanding of what they are reading.


The National Curriculum (2014) clearly states that teaching the English language is an essential, if not the most essential role of a primary school.


Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

How we teach Reading

Teaching of Phonics

Please see below our reading book band chart.

Reading & Phonics





Writing at St Matthew's


In writing the children learn about transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Writing at St Matthew’s is delivered through an exciting and engaging curriculum which is taught from Reception to Year 6. 


In the Early Years, play is the primary way for children to explore and develop writing skills. Children are encouraged to make independent decisions and mark-make/write as part of their play. To make this possible the environment is rich in print and writing areas are well resourced, easily accessible and attractive. Through role play, children are offered purposes for writing and are provided with lots of opportunities to experiment with writing themselves. Magnetic letters, tactile materials and computer software are also available for children to experiment with mark making/writing. When it is deemed appropriate children move into more structured writing opportunities.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 writing is taught through the use of high quality texts and a recognised teaching sequence. Quality texts provide a stimulus for all children to develop their writing across different text types. 'Talk for writing' is used to allow children to interact and engage with the text. Activities such as book talk, writer talk, story-telling, role play, drama and word and language games are an important part of the writing process. Once children have gathered ideas and planned their writing, teachers model writing to support the writing process. After writing, children are given an opportunity to edit and improve their work through targeted individual marking and they often go on to redraft and publish their finished pieces. Whenever possible writing with a clear purpose is the priority as we find this leads to better outcomes and engagement.


To find out more about any aspect of our curriculum please contact either your child's class teacher, or our Curriculum Leader, Mrs Shaikh.

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