St Pauls CE Primary School

St Paul's CE Primary School

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Our Curriculum

At St Paul's we follow the New National Curriculum for all subjects and have worked hard to ensure that it is delivered in a way that is creative, inspiring and challenging.

Expectations for the end of the year:

Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

We believe that the following key principles are important in our curriculum:

Breadth - We teach all subjects in the national curriculum and also try to provide ample opportunities to support children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Balance - We try to ensure that sufficient time and weight is given to each subject in order that children achieve well in relation to the national expectations. Our timetable is flexible which allows teachers to deliver lessons either weekly or in a consecutive series or "block" so that children can be immersed in the topic.

Creativity - We believe that children learn best when they can make links, both within and between subjects. We teach our humanities and science through a cross curricular approach, enabling our pupils to apply the core skills of literacy and maths within a context. We also try to deliver lessons in a variety of ways to support children with different learning styles and needs - visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.

Inspiring and relevant - Children learn best when they are engaged and stimulated by their learning and we try to ensure that our curriculum reflects this with units of work that will enthuse and motivate. We use trips and visitors to bring learning to life and to help children recognise that learning also happens outside the classroom.

Challenging - We have high expectations for all our children from when they enter in Reception to when they leave in Year 6. Our curriculum reflects this and, combined with our focus on consistent quality teaching, ensures our children leave St Paul's prepared for the next stages of their learning, including being "secondary ready".

English detailed plans for:  Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5   Year 6

We are also in the process of changing how we assess children as national curriculum levels are being replaced with end of year attainment statements from this year. We are using Target Tracker to track attainment and progress.

Daily literacy and numeracy lessons ensure that children have all the core skills they need to access the curriculum fully and be independent learners. We believe that children also need to develop the skills required to be confident and enthusiastic readers. Reading takes place in every class each day using a range of graded reading books which include books from the reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Lighthouse as well as "real books" and children are encouraged to take books home to read each night with their parents. All our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes also have daily phonics sessions which are based on Letters and Sounds. Children are encouraged to use their phonic skills to help decode the words in their reading books but are also taught to use a range of other cues such as context, picture cues and sight vocabulary. We offer workshops each year to provide advice to parents on how they can support their children at home with reading, maths and other areas of the curriculum.

Daily maths lessons take place for all classes to help them develop core skills and knowledge. We also provide opportunities for children to apply their skills and understanding through regular problem solving and investigations. Children are helped to learn their number facts, including times tables, in line with the new national curriculum expectations and are tested on these regularly for quick recall. 

Our humanities and science topics are cross curricular and have a wide range of trips planned to inspire the children's learning. It is also an opportunity to develop and apply their core literacy and maths skills in a range of contexts.

At St Paul’s CE Primary School we recognise that each child has unique qualities and abilities. Children may have learning; physical, emotional/behavioural or social needs which may require special support or provision over the long or short term.

Their needs are identified and assessed according to the national code of practice and help is provided in school ,or sometimes from outside agencies for those who need it. The school policy on pupils with special educational needs is available to parents from the school office.

Teachers plan the work of the school yearly, weekly and daily. This planning is detailed and is based on children’s different needs. Teachers are constantly assessing as they ask questions in lessons and look at work in progress.  We value this style of assessment during lessons and in marking work as it supports the next steps in children’s learning. We also value assessments where the children are tested against national standards.  At the ages of 7 and 11 the children do Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) during the summer term of Years 2 and Year 6.  The results show their level of attainment in English, Mathematics and Science as set against national standards.

Music is a central part of life at St Paul’s CE Primary School. All classes have weekly class music lessons  and many pupils learn at least one instrument.

Our wider opportunities programme in Year 3/4 gives the pupils the opportunity to learn different instruments, with Year 4 learning the Ukulele this year

We have a school choir which performs bi-annually at the Royal Albert Hall. In addition, pupils from our school perform at Cluster music festivals, at school events and in partnership with other local organisations.

We host music tuition after school, through Camden Music Service, where children learn to play the guitar, violin, piano or various recorders.  

Singing is integral to life at our school: at daily collective worship, class assemblies, church services and in class.

Educational visits 


We actively plan Educational Visits to bring class work to life. Examples of places we visit are the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum and the Dickens Museum.  We travel by tube and bus. Teachers undertake a pre-visit risk assessment of both the journey and the destination.



In signing the Home-School Agreement you will be giving your permission to allow your children to attend local visits not involving public transport. For trips involving public or private transport you will be sent details and a permission slip to sign.

You will sometimes be invited to join us for these visits for extra support in supervising the children. However, we ask that younger siblings do not come, so that parent helpers can fully focus on the class itself.

Unfortunately, the school cannot afford to cover the full cost of transport or entrance fees for such visits, therefore we ask for parental support.  If support is not given then such activities may not be able to happen.  Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution.  However no child is excluded from any activity through inability to contribute financially and any difficulties are dealt with in the strictest confidence

Charging Policy

Under the law, the governors may choose to charge for some activities. Our policy is as follows:

Contributions from parents are permissible for:

  • Travel, board, lodging and day trip expenses on residential trips
  • Costs of specialised individual or group music tuition
  • Costs related to the wilful breakage and loss of and/or damage to school property e.g. books and equipment
  • Costs of day visits to places of interest and of value to the children

Parents should talk to the Headteacher if they are finding it difficult to make any contribution.

Under the Government’s Extended Services programme, we provide a breakfast club to our children for which a charge is required.

No charge will be made for:

•           Education in school hours

•           Provision of learning materials connected to the national curriculum