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Curriculum Overview

Please refer to our 'Class Pages' section to see an up to date overview of each classes termly curriculum coverage.

School ethos and values

St Nicholas’ Primary School aims to provide a challenging and creative learning environment within which the National Curriculum and the wider curriculum can be delivered effectively.

We encourage positive attitudes to learning so that each child may be helped to achieve his or her full potential and to enjoy learning throughout their life.

The school atmosphere is happy, energetic, purposeful, secure, creative and caring. We actively promote trust and respect between children, teachers, parents and others in the life of the school.

We aim to extend children’s social, spiritual, moral, environmental and cultural awareness within the school, the community and the world outside, and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all children.

Parents, staff, pupils and governors are all essential working partners in achieving these aims. 

St Nicholas’ Primary School is committed to giving children an excellent, broad-based education, and nurturing within each child enthusiastic, positive attitudes towards life-long learning. 

What children learn  

Each child will be working on the four core subjects of: mathematics (numeracy), English (literacy), science, and ICT, as well as the six foundation subjects of: design technology, history, geography, art, music, and physical education.

These are all vitally important aspects of the curriculum.

In art, music and drama, children are given first-hand experiences of observing and performing in the Arts. There are visits from outside performers, musicians and artists during the school year.

Religious education is taught from Oxfordshire County Council’s agreed syllabus. Parents are reminded that they may withdraw their children from collective Acts of Worship.

Teaching and assessment

We provide a broad curriculum, based on children having practical experiences in a stimulating environment. Work is developed through a topic-based approach, and each year and term has specific subject areas linked to the school’s curriculum map. Schemes of Work are published for each subject area and are supported by teachers’ weekly and daily plans.

Care is also taken to ensure a balance is maintained across and between subject areas, and time allocations are made to ensure coverage of all National Curriculum subjects are in accordance with advice from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. 

At the end of each Key Stage, Level descriptions are used to assess children’s progress and achievements.







3 – 5



Foundation Stage Curriculum

Foundation Stage Profile

5 – 6

Key Stage 1

Year 1

National Curriculum:

English, Maths, Science, DT, ICT,

History, Geography,

Art, Music & PE

Religious Education

PSHE & Citizenship


6 – 7

Year 2

National KS1 Tests and Tasks in Maths & English

7 – 8

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Optional QCA tests in Maths & English

8 – 9

Year 4

Optional QCA tests in Maths & English

9 –10

Year 5

Optional QCA test in Maths & English

10 –11

Year 6

National KS2 Tests in Maths, English & Science


 Please refer to our 'Class Pages' section to see an up to date overview of each classes termly curriculum coverage.


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