St Philip's Church of England

Controlled Primary School

Curriculum Overview

The New Curriculum



Please spend some time looking at the overviews- we are sure that you will agree that it is diverse, creative and very relevant to our pupils and the world in which they live today.


If you would like more information please see your child's teacher. Alternatively you could contact the assistant headteachers, Mrs Hibbert or Mrs Drane, who will be happy to discuss any aspect with you.

Please also click on the year group overviews for more information. Some of them also contain an external link to our curriculum provider, Focus Education, and further non-negotiable expectations for English and Maths.  


In Key Stage One we follow the Phonics programme Letters and Sounds.

In Reception our children learn their letters and sounds using Jolly Phonics.

Our Reading Scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree - in other words, the Biff, Chip and Kipper books!

We use Rigby readers and Big Cat for our guided reading sessions.

An Overview of the Reception Class Curriculum

We have also devised a new R.E. curriculum, using the new materials from the diocese of Blackburn.

Previous Whole School Topics


A highlight of our curriculum is the way we enrich our learning with stand alone units that show progression through the year groups and unite the school with their shared themes.


We have explored the theme of our global responsibility through two very demanding cantatas composed by Anne Conlon and Peter Rose -Yanomamo and Ocean World. Each of these culminated in a challenging and highly successful whole school performance and allowed all our pupils to absorb the beautiful lyrics and the powerful messages contained within.


Each class took a theme during the unit and created a display to reflect their focus.

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In July we were honoured to perform Ocean World to Anne Conlon, as she very kindly agreed to come to our second performance!
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Subsequent whole school topics have had a Literacy focus. The whole school studied Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Future plans include a whole school study of Shakespeare during Shakespeare Week in March. Also in March, we are incorporating the RE unit Change a Life with UNICEF's Day for Change and our work towards becoming a Rights Respecting School.  
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Picture 5 Years 1 & 2
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Picture 7 Year 4
Picture 8 Year 5
Picture 9 Year 6
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Particularly poignant is our whole school Remembrance display. Each year, we take a poem about Remembrance and write our own versions of it. We also make poppies or paint pictures.


Scarlet poppies can flutter


like fragile butterflies


in the dry yellow corn


of summer.


And they can dance


like graceful ballerinas


among the feathery stalks


of barley.


Red poppies can glow


like bright little lamps


on our warm winter coats


in November.


And they can whisper


like long-lost voices


from the forgotten fields


of Flanders.

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