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The Curriculum at St. Benedict’s R.C. Primary School

At St Benedict’s RC Primary School, we follow the National and Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This includes the core subjects eg Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Foundation Subjects of Design and Technology, Art and Design, Geography, History, Physical Education, Music and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE).


We use the Phonics Play scheme to teach the children to read and write. Children are taught to:

  •      Learn to read and write letter-sound correspondences quickly.
  •      Decode, spell and handwrite quickly
  •      Comprehend what they read
  •      Read with fluency and expression
  •      Write confidently using oral rehearsal
  •      Work effectively with a partner to articulate their learning at every step

 The programme helps to develop the children as:

  •      Fluent, enthusiastic readers.
  •      Confident speakers.
  •      Keen writers

Our approach aims to provide a stimulating environment which encourages proactive learners and inspires each child. We do this by developing a child-centred curriculum that is innovative, broad and varied, using a variety of teaching methods and learning styles. Using cross-curricular topics like these enables our children to learn creatively.


We emphasise first hand experiences and benefit from the rich history and geography of our local area, by embedding our curriculum in the children’s own environment. Exciting and memorable experiences are developed for each topic, such as dance and drama workshops coming into school, educational day and residential visits, enrichment days and activities including a ‘Play in a Day’, art and maths days. Whenever and whenever possible, we take our learning outdoors, engaging in fieldwork, outdoor pursuits and hands-on scientific enquiry. We plan opportunities to practice and consolidate mathematical knowledge and writing skills through our cross-curricular approach to learning.


As a Catholic School our curriculum is distinctive in promoting Christian values and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Studies are supported by first hand experiences such as visiting our Parish Church and visits to other places of worship to widen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the wider world.


If you require more information on what your child is learning please look on the class pages of the website or do not hesitate to contact the class teacher.




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