St Matthew's C of E

Primary School

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General Curriculum Information



We promote high standards of learning, behaviour and attitudes to enable every child to be the very best that they can be.  We want all our children to respect and be tolerant of others, to understand differences and celebrate diversity.


  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • comprises all learning and other experiences for our pupils

  • The national curriculum forms one part of our school curriculum

  • As a Voluntary Aided School we make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education to pupils at all key stages and sex and relationship education in KS2

  • We follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study for those subject areas that should be taught to all pupils

  • We publish our school curriculum by subject and academic year online

  • We make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice

  • We include other subjects or topics in planning and designing our own programme of education
 St Matthew's CE Primary School - OUR CURRICULUM 



Our aims are directed towards preparing each child for life beyond St Matthew’s.  To accomplish this we aspire to:

  • Offer an education based upon Christian aims and values;
  • Provide a curriculum that is:

relevant to each child’s experience;

balanced across a range of experiences that make an equal contribution to the child’s development;

broad in the range of opportunities and experiences which it provides.

  • Encourage children to use their initiative, be curious, be resilient and have a growth mind set
  • Ensure equal opportunity for every child to realise his/her maximum potential, spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, creatively and academically;
  • Develop high self-expectations and a delight in achieving, encouraging the acquisition of self-responsibility, confidence and independence in learning within a secure, happy working environment;
  • Promote respect for the abilities, skills, feelings and needs of others;
  • Prepare each child for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life, enabling them to make a positive contribution to society.




The breath of our curriculum is designed with four goals in mind:-

  1. To give pupils appropriate experiences which are based on Christian values and which will develop their spirituality
  2. To develop as confident, responsible citizens who use their initiative, are curious, are resilient and have a growth mind set
  3. To provide a rich ‘cultural’ wealth
  4. To provide a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.

We follow the Aims of the National Curriculum 2014

Our curriculum, (taken from the National Curriculum 2014) provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that the DfE recommends children need to be educated citizens.

Therefore ...

Our curriculum introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child in our school.

There is time and space in our school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications.

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. 

(This outline of the National Curriculum is available in the Subject Content on our website).

If you have any queries about our curriculum, please contact the school office and we will be happy to explain further - we firmly believe that the curriculum that your child is taught, and the manner in which we teach it, is of upmost importance.

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Please look at your child's Class Page to find out more about what they are learning about in our half termly curriculum newsletters.

Our PSHE Curriculum


PSHE is taught at St Matthew's and in order to fulfil our statutory responsibility to safeguard pupils, support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.


Please refer to the PSHE pages on our website.

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