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St Nicolas C.E. Junior School Curriculum

On this page, you will find links to our long term plans for the school curriculum.

Our Curriculum Statement (February 2019): 

At St Nicolas School every child has access to a broad, balanced and enjoyable curriculum, which aims to provide each child with a high quality education underpinned by the values of the school.

At St Nicolas School we aim to:

  • provide a broad curriculum that introduces each child to a wide range of concepts, experiences, knowledge and skills and promotes spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual and physical development,
  • provide a balanced curriculum so that each subject area is allowed sufficient time for its contribution to be effective,
  • provide a relevant curriculum preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of everyday life including within the local, national and international communities,
  • differentiate the curriculum so that what is taught and how it is taught is matched to, and develops, children’s abilities and aptitudes,
  • facilitate continuity of progression between feeder schools at KS1 and KS3,
  • use teaching styles which offer and encourage a variety of relevant learning opportunities,
  • foster effective partnership between the child, parent, school and community,
  • deliver a curriculum that encourages respect for the environment,
  • offer opportunities outside of the classroom and school day so that each child can develop a thirst for knowledge and an appreciation of the world around them.

We provide a curriculum that includes the National Curriculum and the LA agreed syllabus for Religious Education. In English and Maths, as well as Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Modern Foreign Languages.

The agreed key components of the school’s curriculum are to ensure:

  • National Curriculum coverage
  • A quality skills progression throughout the year
  • A high knowledge base through all subjects
  • Enquiry based learning
  • Key skills pervade the curriculum including
    • o Research skills
    • o Quality writing (PEE)
    • o Knowledge and understanding of local and national geography, history etc.
  • There is a quality structure that makes planning straightforward for all staff

Sex and relationships and drugs education is taught throughout the school, as part of science lessons and PSHCE lessons.

Current curriculum time is organised as follows:

  • Length of the school week (without break times included): 25 hours 35 minutes
  • Register and purple pen: 1 hour 15 mins per week
  • Guided reading/spelling: 1 hour 15 mins per week
  • Collective worship: 2 hours 5 minutes per week
  • English lessons: 5 hours per week
  • Maths lessons: 5 hours per week
  • P.E. lessons: 2 hours per week
  • Class novel: 1 hour 15 mins per week

This takes up in total 17 hours and 50 minutes per week, allowing 7 hours 45 minutes for the rest of the curriculum.

Curriculum allocations should therefore be as follows:

R.E.: 1 hour 15 mins per week

PSHE: 1 hour per week

Computing: 1 hour per week

Modern Foreign Languages: 30 mins per week

Art/D.T.: 1 hour per week

History/Geography: 1 hour 30 mins per week

Science: 1 hour per week

Music: 30 mins per week

If we assume a 30 week year (allowing for trips, Christmas, Easter etc.), this would give the following amount of hours per subject, per year:

  • English 225 hours per year (34%)
  • Maths 150 hours per year (22%)
  • P.E. 60 hours per year (9%)
  • R.E. 37 ½ hours per year (6%)
  • PSHE 30 hours per year (4%)
  • Computing 30 hours per year (4%)_
  • Science 30 hours per year (4%)
  • History 22 ½ hours per year (3%)
  • Geography 22 ½ hours per year (3%)
  • Art 15 hours per year (2%)
  • D.T. 15 hours per year (2%)
  • Music 15 hours per year (2%)
  • MFL 15 hours per year (2%)

Challenge Award Report  - St Nicolas CE junior March 2016

Curriculum Plans

Key information about our curriculum including long term plans for all subjects is laid out below: