As well as providing our children with a firm grounding in the Anglican faith, we ensure we deliver a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum which challenges every child and focuses on the school's key values of:
Love, Compassion, Endurance, Forgiveness, Thankfulness and Stewardship
In this section of our website, you will find information relating to the curriculum being taught in each Year Group and for specific subject areas. You will find some of the documents useful when you are helping your child in their learning at home. So please visit the class pages and see the information below for some very useful resources.
Curriculum Statement of Intent
At St Stephen's CE Primary School our curriculum is designed to:
Equip all children, irrespective of disadvantage or SEND, with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations to enable them to contribute to, and succeed in, future society
Reflect the home context of many of our children by providing a broad range of memorable learning experiences, within a vocabulary rich environment, to engender positive attitudes to lifelong learning.
Ensure all pupils 'learn to read and read to learn' at an age appropriate level and fluency in order to access the full curriculum offer
Progressively build upon key skills and knowledge in a planned and coherent way, delivering high quality and timely interventions as appropriate, throughout the key stage
At St Stephen's, we are committed to the Christian faith, recognising and valuing every individual as special and unique in the image and likeness of God. Religious Education at St Stephen's respects and promotes each child's capacity for wonder, awe, reverence and spirituality. Our Religious Education curriculum leads our children to aspire not to have more but to be more; children are taught about God's love; they learn about their Christian responsibilities; children are provided with experiences of church and Christian traditions alongside how to be respectful and show understanding of people and traditions of those from other faith backgrounds. Through our Religious Education our children learn about their unique place within the home, school and parish community.
Government Thinking - A key part of the Government's plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. They want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. All schools must have a clear strategy for embedding these values and showing how their work with children has been effective in doing so.
School Aims - As a church school we aim, within our teaching of Religious Education, to enable pupils to understand how Christianity shaped British culture and heritage, and how it influences the lives of millions of people today. We also aim to enable children to learn about other faiths and beliefs and their impact on everyday life, culture, politics, art and history.
At St Stephen's we intend to provide a Maths curriculum which allows children to reason mathematically through creative and engaging lessons. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity of the subject.
We currently follow the White Rose scheme of work which develops a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. This culture produces strong, secure learning and real progress and we use the policy which supports this.
At St Stephen's, it is our intent to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English which will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. With regards to reading, Phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
Our intent at St Stephen's, in line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. By the time they leave St Stephen's, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the Key Stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.
Science provides the foundation for understanding the world around us. It can not only teach pupils about the world they live in, but also how to study it and make sense of various phenomena. As such, it is a fundamental aspect of children's learning. The teaching of science at St Stephen's will not only ensure statutory compliance with the national curriculum, but also that all pupils have a solid grounding in science and a positive attitude towards scientific knowledge and experimental processes.
At St Stephen's, it is our intent to deliver a PSHE curriculum which is accessible to all and which will maximise the outcomes for every child so they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this, they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues which are part of growing up.
Click on the link to access the science programme of study linked to PSHE
By providing a high quality music experience, we intend to engage and inspire pupils at St Stephen's to instill in them a love of the subject whilst developing their musical ability. By providing a range of opportunities to engage with music - listening, composing and performing - we aim to increase their confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
At St Stephen's, we aim for a high quality curriculum which will inspire a natural curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their life; to promote the children's interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes. It should help to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world and deepen their knowledge and understanding about the world and their place in it.
At St Stephen's, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a natural curiosity and fascination about Britain's past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it was influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
At St Stephen's, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children's entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At St Stephen's, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons which are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At St Stephens, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as history, science, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.
Reading at St Stephen's