Curriculum

Here you can access all information related to our school curriculum, including long-term objectives, latest curriculum news and our ‘Outstanding Learners’ showcase.

Curriculum Information Types

A school curriculum is broad and comprises a lot of information. To best communicate this to you, our curriculum information is broken down as follows:

(Use the title links above to jump to the relevant sections)

1. Curriculum Introduction and Overview
This top level information can be found on this page. It includes curriculum overview, along with phonics scheme and complaints procedure information, relevant for the whole school. 
2. Subject Overviews
Information outlining longer term objectives and plans for each subject, also found on this page.
3. Curriculum Overviews For Each Year Group >
These documents provide year group specific information about what children will be learning during the year. So you don’t miss out, they will also appear on your child’s class page news feed as they are published, along with all the other class news.
4. Curriculum News >
These are curriculum news articles from daily life at St. Theresa’s, with accompanying photos and videos, to give you an insight into the classroom, strengthen the home-school partnership and celebrate the work the children are producing. As with all news, the articles can be found in our main news feed and on specific class pages. You can use the category links at the top of the articles to explore specific subjects in more detail. You can also browse specific subject via the links in the sidebar on this page.
5. The Golden Wall >
A collection of examples of great work from our pupils that we are proud to publish. Any pupil featuring on the Golden Wall, has earnt the title of Golden Champion! For quick access you can also find The Golden Wall in the Classes drop down menu.  

Curriculum Introduction and Overview

Teaching and Learning

We want children to be hardworking and happy at our school while they are learning, to enable them to develop their talents and use their skills with increasing understanding, confidence and pleasure. Above all we want them to become confident, enthusiastic learners.

We provide a broad, balanced, relevant and rich curriculum. Children are encouraged to work co-operatively and productively with others and take a full and active part in all areas of school life.

To deliver the curriculum each class teacher uses a variety of methods, including whole class teaching, group and individual work to achieve the planned objectives. Clear success criteria are identified for each lesson and are shared with the children so that they are fully aware of the purpose of their activities and the expectations of what they are to achieve. Children are grouped in a number of ways, by ability, interest groups or friendship groups.

The majority of children at St. Theresa’s School make good progress in their educational achievements. Teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies to promote high standards of achievement. Children are encouraged towards fulfilling their potential abilities by following a curriculum that is differentiated to match their ability.

Religious Education

St. Theresa’s School is a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School. It is part of a network of schools provided by the Salford Diocese and maintained by the Oldham Local Authority. It was built by and is supported by practising Catholics. The Catholic Faith, taught and practised by them in their homes and in their parish will be handed on to the children in greater detail in school, within the context of a truly Christian atmosphere.

We aim to ensure that every child is aware of God’s presence in their lives and that they are offered a firm platform in Religious Education, strengthened by example, teaching and prayer. In partnership with parents and parish we promote the spiritual and moral formation and well-being of the children. The Catholic spirit of the school should be immediately apparent in the daily life of the school.

Religious Instruction is given in accordance with the Syllabus prescribed by the Diocese of Salford – ‘Come and See’. The school views the RE curriculum as having paramount importance as it provides for the children the link in their faith development as strong, confident and committed Roman Catholics. This curriculum is taught in both separate focused lessons and through other subjects as the opportunities naturally arise. RE is developed in an ongoing year-by-year basis in our RE Development Plan. All staff ensure that the highest quality of learning experience is provided in RE as in other subject areas.

The preparation of children in Year 3 for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist is primarily the responsibility of the parents, undertaken within the context of their parish, supported and reinforced through classroom activities and opportunities to pray and reflect.

The school provides daily acts of worship in each classroom and also whole school assemblies. We celebrate important feast days by attending Mass either in school or in Church – the children are encouraged to participate in the readings, prayers and offertory procession. All children in our school are invited to take part in collective acts of worship regardless of their faith background.

Parents are most welcome to attend school Masses and Family Assemblies.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children aged from 3 to the end of the reception year. It is a distinct stage of learning and is important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. Early learning goals provide 6 areas of learning that lay a secure basis for children’s future learning.

Early childhood is crucial in terms of children’s development and well being. Growth is rapid and differential and a significantly high proportion of learning takes place from birth to age 6. It is, therefore, a time when children particularly need high quality care and learning experiences.

The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum.

Children in the nursery and reception class follow a programme of study which gives them first hand experience of the many areas of the Curriculum and these areas relate directly to the first levels of the National Curriculum:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The children’s development will be assessed during and at the end of the Foundation Stage using the Foundation Stage Profile. Information about this profile will be given to parents at various times throughout the year. 17

As the children progress into Year 1, they begin to use the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

Phonics Schemes

Details to be added soon.


Subject Overviews 

Literacy (Core Subject)

The Primary Framework for Literacy is used to develop children’s skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Literacy objectives and skills are developed in discreet literacy lessons and also in other areas across the curriculum.

Mathematics (Core Subject)

Maths at St. Theresa’s is taught through the Renewed Primary Framework in a three-part lesson consisting of an oral and mental starter, a main learning activity with focused objectives and a plenary session where the main parts of the lesson are reinforced and consolidated and additional questions which lead into the next lesson are posed.

Science (Core Subject)

We aim to encourage a scientific approach to problems and to the growing importance of science in our everyday lives. Much of our science curriculum is taught through topic work.

Computing (ICT)

All children throughout the school explore ICT and learn to use it confidently. They use it to access and explore other areas of the curriculum, to undertake research, develop ideas and make things happen, to share information and modify and evaluate their work as it progresses.

PE 

PE lessons are always a popular part of the curriculum and children are always eager to participate. Full use is made of the school hall and grounds to offer a wide and varied PE curriculum. The PE curriculum includes gymnastics, games, dance and athletics. Children in Years 1-6 attend swimming lessons for one term during the school year.

Other Foundation Subjects (History, Geography, Art, D&T and Music)

The National Curriculum for each subject form the basis of the teaching of the knowledge, skills and understanding of these subjects. Work from these areas may be taught in cross-curricular themes.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

We see this area as primarily the right and duty of parents. However, the school does have a complimentary role to play. SRE will be taught as a separate subject through the ‘In the Beginning..’ scheme where emphasis is placed on the context of the child’s spiritual, moral, caring, human family relationship. Teachers are asked to answers questions honestly, taking care that answers are simple and straightforward and do not give rise to confusion and anxiety. All children will be encouraged to refer to their parents where appropriate.

For more information please see our Sex and Relationships Education Policy on the school policies page.


Additional Curriculum

We recognise that children learn in lots of ways and we are committed to providing a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum which gives every child the chance to excel both during and after school.

Learn more about the wide range of activities on offer on our Clubs and Enrichment page. 


Curriculum Complaints Procedure

  • The Head Teacher deals with all aspects of the school curriculum and is the first point of contact for any parent who has concerns about what is taught and learned in school.
  • School rarely receive complaints about the curriculum, but all schools are required to set out a curriculum complaints procedure.
  • If you contact us we will try to answer any questions you may have in an informal and helpful manner.
  • If, the concerns cannot be resolved, then a formal complaint may be referred to the Governing Body and from there to the Local Education. Please refer to our Complaints Policy for more information on how to do this.

Still Want To Know More?

If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your teacher, or another member of staff.