Sacred Heart Catholic Primary exists to bring children to a greater love and knowledge of God. This fundamental belief permeates the whole curriculum. Curriculum means all those activities that are designed to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in society.

Sound teaching methods are employed which reflect the best of modern ideas together with a sense of care and respect for all involved in the learning situation. All children follow National Curriculum programmes in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT as well as Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and PE with the aim of developing essential knowledge, understanding and key skills within subjects.


The curriculum defines and describes the full range of experiences that Sacred Heart School plans and delivers for its pupils in preparing them for the opportunities and demands of adult life. It has clear aims and is grounded upon a set of values and attitudes that influence the activities and quality of relationships within the school. Consequently, Sacred Heart School curriculum includes the Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum and other statutory requirements and recommendations.

Through our curriculum we are striving to enable learners to develop their knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding and their awareness of moral values. We hope that it will enable them to enter life after formal education as active participants in and contributors to society, capable of achieving as much independence as possible. In supporting this aim, the school curriculum should encourage individuals to derive satisfaction from their learning, enjoy its processes and be able to see links between their learning and their life as well as learn from their experiences and the experiences of others.

The main principles underlying all curriculum policies in Sacred Heart School are entitlement, inclusion and raising achievement.



At Sacred Heart School we use the New Primary Curriculum for English (introduced September 2014).  Writing is taught through the Talk for Writing Approach which enables pupils to learn the features and structure of different genres of writing and the appropriate vocabulary.  At Sacred Heart, reading is a priority in the English curriculum.  Planned reading lessons take place during the afternoon.  Teaching and learning focuses on the keys skills of reading:  vocabulary, inference, the purpose of a text, making predictions, retrieving information and summarising a text.  We use several resources such as Literacy Shed, Reading Rocketers and class reading books.  In EYFS and KS1 there is a focus on children reading with an adult.



Maths lessons also follow the New Primary School Curriculum. The new curriculum is designed to enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children work towards developing the skills to reason mathematically and solve problems.

At Sacred Heart we use the White Rose scheme which we adapt to suit the needs of each individual child.



Sacred Heart follows the National Curriculum to teach science. We aim to provide children with learning experiences to develop an understanding of the world by using and applying scientific knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to use different types of scientific enquiry to ask and answer questions about each topic through first hand experiences.
Science is taught through a variety of topics covering Light, Seasonal Change, Plants and Animals, Materials, Sound, Habitats, Forces and Magnets, Light, Rocks, States of Matter, Electricity, Earth and Space and Evolution and Inheritance.


Long Term Plans

We have a four-year rolling programme of whole school themed topics which structure and shape our learning throughout school. These topics are then broken down into different aspects for each Key Stage. Use the link below to find out more about what we will be learning about. This year, we are following the topics for Year B.


National curriculum

For more information about expectations for your child in each subject and year group, please visit the link below:

The National Curriculum