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St Pauls C of E (VA) Primary School

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St Pauls C of E (VA) Primary School




At St Paul’s CE (VA) Primary School, we have moved from our 2-year rolling programme into a 1-year programme, in order to ensure that the children's skills are progressing each year.

Each term or half-term, every class's learning will be built around a theme, which is usually based on the history or geography topic. Many subjects will be linked to this theme (for example, Year 3 children studying the Stone Age in history lessons might have Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age as their class text in English, whilst also learning about cave paintings in art lessons). This will help the children to put their learning into a variety of contexts, in order to better understand it as a whole.

Below you will find the history and geography topic overview around which these themes will be based.


Reception Class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.


St. Paul's Topic Overview

Maths at St Paul’s


At St Paul’s we all work hard to enjoy and achieve in maths. Our lessons help us to develop understanding of important maths concepts through creative and practical activities, which will help us in everyday life.

All lessons are focussed on helping our children to develop their skills and understanding in line with the aims of the National Curriculum.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  •  Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


In Maths lessons at St Paul’s you will see:

  • Children taught in mixed-ability groups tackling activities with a growth mindset, which includes taking a positive attitude towards challenges.

  • Children developing their conceptual understanding by reasoning mathematically, explaining key ideas and giving examples.

  • Children learning through practical activities, using readily available resources and equipment.

  • Children solving problems involving measurements including money and time.


You will also see children using and applying their maths skills and understanding in other curriculum areas, such as taking measurements in Science or reading maps in Topic lessons.

Teaching Reading

The phonics approach used in Reception and KS1 is based on the 'Letters and Sounds' framework; various resources are used in school to teach phonics. Children take part in phonics and reading activities daily. They also take home reading books from different publishers including Dandelion Readers, Songbirds and Oxford Reading Tree to support home learning and promote the important partnership between school and home. It is important that children learn 'pure sounds' when starting on their phonic journeys (see link below for information).