The Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

“Curriculum”, in its broadest sense, means everything that happens in or as a result of school. We believe that spiritual and secular aspects of the curriculum offered at Holy Name Catholic Primary School are inseparable and inter – twined. The ethos of our Catholic School is embodied in the curriculum we offer to the children entrusted to us.


The National Curriculum

Nursery and Reception classes are known as the Early Years Foundation Stage. The curriculum for these 2 age groups is planned in 6 areas of learning. These areas are: personal and social development, language & literacy, mathematics, knowledge & understanding of the world, physical development and creative development. Experiences are planned for both indoor and outdoor learning, which enable all children to make maximum progress in all areas.

Years 1 and 2 are called Key Stage 1. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are called Key Stage 2. The curriculum is planned using QCA documents and the International Primary Curriculum.

The core subjects are English, Maths, Science and Computing, and the compulsory subject of R.E. The other subjects are called the Foundation subjects. These are History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E., and Design Technology.  PSHE & Citizenship is also included in the curriculum.

In - House Testing will contribute to the Assessment Process and compliment Teacher Assessment, using optional SATS or Teacher designed tests in the Summer Term.

We seek to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, based on the requirements of the National Curriculum. To enhance this we will provide opportunities to undertake Educational Visits relevant and pertinent to the Topics children are studying, and provide activities and experiences which are an integral part of Primary Education.

Literacy is taught based on the National Literacy Strategy. The emphasis is on enjoyment and understanding of a wide range of texts and authors. The children are taught word and sentence structure, the structures of writing for different purposes and reading for meaning.

We will seek to secure imaginatively an expanding range of skills in the development of language and personal education.

  1. the ability to listen
  2. to converse articulately
  3. to read with fluency and accuracy and to take into account the demands of language structure in common use and an author’s intentions.
  4. to use skills of inference and deduction