Our School Curriculum

Our school has three different Key Stages within it.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of Nursery and Reception (ages 3 to 4 and 4 to 5). At our school we don't have a Nursery and therefore the only year group in EYFS is Reception.

Our EYFS Leader is Miss Ramsden. Details on the EYFS curriculum can be found by clicking here.

Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2 after Foundation Stage. The children in these two classes will be 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 years of age respectively and it is at the beginning of Year 1 that children begin work on the National Curriculum. A new National Curriculum came into force in September 2014.

Our Key Stage 1 leader is Mrs Horsfield.

Key Stage 2 covers Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the children in these classes continue to study the National Curriculum. To ensure that there is the same focus on progress every two years, we have divided Key Stage 2 into Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.

Lower Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 3 and 4 (7 to 8 year olds and 8 to 9 year olds) and is led by Mrs Edmonds.

Upper Key Stage 2 is made up of Years 5 and 6 (9 to 10 year olds and 10 to 11 year olds) and is led by Mrs Plain.


Subject Association Websites:

English  -  NATE – National Association for the Teaching of English

Drama  -  NATD – National Association for the Teaching of Drama

Maths - ATM association for maths teachersNCETM National Centre for excellence in Teaching Maths

Science  -  ASE - The Association for Science Education

Design and Technology - DATA

Geography - Geographical Association

History - Historical Association 

Physical Education - Association for Physical Education

Computing - Computing at School

Our Approach to the Teaching of Reading

Reading is an absolutely vital key skill. It underpins everything else. Reading is the key to understanding your maths and science as well as everyday signs. It is crucial that school and home work together to develop the quality of reading in every child. Please don't think that because your child has reached the juniors that reading can stop. We want our children to enjoy reading for pleasure as well as it being an important function in order to access basic information.

We will always give your child a reading book which has a level of challenge. This means that when they get a home reading book some of the words will provide a challenge in terms of saying the words as well as understanding them. The idea is that with every book, the children learn how to say and understand an increasing range of words that they can then use in their writing.

As a school we use books from a variety of schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and use Letters and Sounds as our phonics programme.

In class we hear readers individually and also as part of guided reading which is an opportunity to share a book and learning in reading with a group of other children and staff.

The staff model expression and intonation in their reading through sharing a whole class reading book.

Teaching children about fundamental British Values

The teaching of values is central to an education at St Nicholas as we believe that children should grow up with a sound understanding and appreciation of values which help them to take their place as good and responsible members of society.

More recently we have been teaching the children about five fundamental British values which are: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

We believe that these values are critical to the development of any child and making sure that our future society have sound values for life.

Schools also now have a duty to work with children who are at risk of becoming radicalised and holding extremist views. We do this by teaching the children to respect themselves, their friends, their community and their world. This website is a useful tool in this work.

Every school has a duty to respond to the Prevent duty, and ensure that a risk assessment is carried out to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and extremist views.

You can view our response to this duty below.

British Values

Evidence of the British Values in our school

Christian Values

We believe that everyone who learns at our school should behave in school according to Christian Values. These values are explained at the website www.christianvalues4schools.co.uk which is introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  We have also tried to interpret these for our children and staff at St Nicholas. We believe that our Christian values give the children values for life and is part of what makes our school so distinctive. We believe that it is part of our mission as teachers to teach the children skills such as empathy, compassion and trust which help them to make their way in life as helpful and constructive members of society.

More able Children

Within every school there will be children who are capable of achieving well beyond the attainment of the more able children in the class. These children need to have their needs met in order to maximise their learning potential and to ensure that they don't become switched off.

The Charity POTENTIAL PLUS is a charity that supports parents and schools in the identification and support of gifted and talented children.

At St Nicholas we have defined "significantly ahead" as being at least one whole level of attainment above that which is expected for their age.

Useful websites:

NACE - National Association for Able Children in Education