Learning & Home Learning
Core Curriculum Subjects
On this page you will find an explanation of our Curriculum Offer.
Further down the page, you will see in more detail information about core subjects.
Our Curriculum Offer
At St. Cecilia’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School we offer our children a rich curriculum, which has developed and will develop over time. This encompasses the EYFS (Nursery & Reception) and National curricula (Year 1 and 2) as laid down by the government. Our teaching follows the ‘Come and See’ RE programme developed by the Archdiocese and is lived out through our schools mission statement and motto “Love One Another As I Have Loved You.”
We want our children to be happy, confident and successful with a “can do” attitude. We aim to know the children, build self-esteem and provide a flexible curriculum to meet their needs. We give the children time to develop skills and knowledge and aim to fulfil the needs of every child. Each has their own unique personality and we want to nurture this and help them to understand that they are loved and can share their love with others. We want them to appreciate the people and the world around them and understand that we may have different thoughts and views to other people. We will teach them how to express their views respectfully through our Philosophy for Children skills and through our ethos of mutual respect.
Our curriculum is based around acquiring knowledge and skills, which builds from Nursery up to Year 2. A key aspect of this knowledge base is the development of language and oracy, as children need the skills of talking, to be able to write for all parts of the curriculum. As well as acquiring knowledge, children will also be learning new skills throughout their time with us and we firmly believe the two are inextricably linked. Children need to be taught the skills to apply their knowledge to new situations. In this way we know that what the children have learned is embedded.
We are keen to develop the following values in our children: understanding, forgiveness, respect, a sense of justice (fair play), resilience and democracy. We firmly believe that children need to be happy and feel valued in order to learn effectively. Children’s personal, social and emotional development is key to their mental health and general well-being and this plays a crucial role in every year group across the school. We hope to nurture our children and want them to grow into kind, understanding and respectful adults who can take their place in society with a positive attitude and the ability to work and empathise with others.
We are delighted to be able to offer the children a wide variety of enhancements to the curriculum and cultural experiences. We take all children in Year 2 swimming. We believe that swimming is an important life skill and want all children to feel confident in the water before they leave us to join Key Stage 2. Every child in Key Stage One also benefits from sign language lessons during the year.
The curriculum is enhanced with trips out, such as trips to local churches, Liverpool One, The waterfront, Croxteth Park, Farms, local shops and the surrounding areas.
We also invite many visitors to school e.g. theatre groups, authors, RSPB, artists, chefs, cultural groups, charities etc.
We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as multiskills, football, science and creative clubs.
Children have the opportunity to represent the school in inter-school competitions and events e.g. dance festivals, football and school council conferences, enterprise competitions, awards ceremonies such as Liverpool Counts Quality Mark, Reading Quality Mark etc.
The children have the opportunity to participate in assemblies, plays, performances and celebrations. We believe this develops confidence and enhances performance and public speaking skills. They are given the opportunity to take on responsibilities throughout their time in school e.g. School Council, Badge Leaders, Learning Buddy, Enterprise Team etc.
We are proud to raise money for a number of local, national and international charities each year
e.g. Nugent Care, NSPCC, Local Food Bank, British Legion Poppy Appeal, CAFOD
This document gives an idea of what we offer our children and the opportunities we provide to develop their lifelong love of learning, their spiritual and emotional wellbeing and their understanding of how to live a healthy, active and fulfilled life.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Foundation Stage includes the Nursery and Reception years of a child’s education. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. The Foundation Stage places emphasis on how children learn and engage with their own learning journey through:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
There are seven areas of learning that make up the curriculum:
The Prime areas
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
The Specific areas
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, activities follow the children’s interests wherever possible. Throughout the year a variety of topics and themes are introduced to the children as appropriate.
Children are provided with opportunities to learn outdoors and all children can engage in planting and growing activities in our thriving Nursery allotment.
At St Cecilia’s we are committed to ensuring the children in our care have time, every day, to explore their learning both indoors and outdoors with knowledgeable, interested and enthusiastic adults.
To view the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework click here (opens in a new window)
As a Catholic school our learning experiences are based on two fundamental beliefs:
God made me. I am special, I am unique.
God made the world.
Please click here for the Long Term Literacy and Maths plan for Reception (opens in new window).
Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The Key Stage 1 curriculum covers Years 1 and 2 and provides a balanced and broadly based programme of study which helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of pupils.
The children are taught in topics which may be Science/ Geography/History based. From these literacy and maths activities will be taught.
Please click here (link opens in new window) for The Primary National Curriculum.
Please click here for the Year 1 Long Term Curriculum Plan 2020 – 2021 (opens in new window).
Please click here for the Year 2 Long Term Curriculum Plan 2020 – 2021 (opens in new window).
The primary purpose of assessment in our school is to help the learner make progress and reach their potential.
High quality assessment practice is not just about achieving particular outcomes, but also about preparing children to become independent learners and to achieve by setting high expectations of themselves. Assessment in our school will:
- enable individual pupils to make progress in their learning
- relate to shared learning objectives
- be underpinned by confidence that every child can improve
- help all pupils to demonstrate what they know, understand and are able to do independently appropriate to their age
- involves success criteria that is shared and that work is assessed against the success criteria
- include reliable judgements about how learners are performing, related, where appropriate, to national standards
- involve both teacher and pupils reviewing and reflecting upon assessment information
- provide feedback which leads to pupils recognising the ‘next steps’ in their learning and how to work towards achieving these
- enable teachers to plan effectively by using assessment outcomes to develop next steps
- provide us with information to evaluate our work, and set appropriate targets as a whole school, class and individual pupil levels
- enable parents to understand and be involved in their child’s progress
- ensure that our practices in this area are fully inclusive
The Foundation Stage Profile is completed by the end of Foundation Stage.
A Phonic Screening Check is carried out in Year 1.
Year 2 take part in SAT’s for literacy and maths and these are used to help inform the final teacher assessment judgement. Science assessments are also carried out during the year.
All statutory assessments are shared with parents/carers.
A report on the children’s progress will be given orally at Open Evening each term and in writing at the end of each year.
The results of National Tests will be reported on the child’s end of year report.
Phonic Information for parents
Phonic Screening click here (link opens in a new window)
Key Stage 1 Parents Information Leaflet
End of Key Stage 1 Tests Information click here (opens in new window).
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of more complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and developing an understanding of the relationships between addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Make generalisations about maths and explain their reasons using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Please click here for the Progression in Maths document (opens in new window).
Please click here (link opens in new window) to find out all about teaching and learning maths at our school.
Please click here (link opens in new window) to find out how you can help your child with maths at home.
Please click here (link opens in new window) to find links to some great online resources and apps.
Please click here (link opens in new window) to view our calculation policy.
Please click here (link opens in a new window) to view our school maths calendar.
Liverpool Learning Partnership
Please click here (link opens in new window) for links parents/carers can access to support at home.
Please click here (link opens in new window) for links lifelong learners can enjoy and brush up on their skills.
Our high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
We aim to teach the year group expectations for Literacy, as set out in the English Curriculum within the National Curriculum 2014. This curriculum is divided into Reading and Writing, with Spoken Language underpinning both.
Please click here for the Progression in Literacy document (opens in window).
Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language the children hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. We aim to ensure the continual development of childrens’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills.
Skilled word reading involves the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why great emphasis is placed on the teaching of Phonics in Early Years, continuing into Key Stage 1.
Comprehension (both listening and reading)
Alongside the teaching of Phonics and key words, children have access to a language rich environment where they are able to apply their decoding skills and develop language comprehension in order to ‘read.’ In addition to this, comprehension skills develop through childrens’ experiences of high quality discussion with the teacher/teaching assistant, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction during guided reading sessions.
Home Reading Schemes
At St. Cecilia’s Infant and Nursery School, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of home reading books across a range of schemes. We recognise that all children should follow their own unique reading journey and are keen to provide a rich diet of good quality texts to support them along the way! They will have an opportunity to read books of different genres, non-fiction and poetry. Some of our texts are decodable and follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, whilst others are more reliant upon high frequency word recognition and some are mixed. Our main scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. Please click on the owl below to find out more about this scheme.
Children are taught key reading skills through Guided Reading. In small groups, they are encouraged to read for meaning and to build on their expression and fluency. Books in these sessions provide a greater opportunity for immersion in the text.
In guided reading, we mainly use ‘Literacy Links’ by Kingscourt. These books cover a range of genres as well as non-fiction and poetry. In addition to this, teachers can choose to use a set of books from one of our main schemes. This will depend upon the focus of the session.
Reading for Pleasure
At our school we recognise the importance of encouraging children to be life-long readers. It is for this reason that we are so keen to encourage them to read just for the pleasure of it! In order to achieve this, we have a well-stocked library and inviting class libraries. Children are encouraged to read for free choice/extension activities and to share their love of reading a particular book with their friends. In addition to this, story time is a regular feature in every class and it is here that children really feel the magic of reading.
Liverpool Reading Quality Mark
In our school, we are committed to developing every child as a reader. To this end, we recognise the value of developing reading for pleasure so that children learn to really love it!
Our commitment to reading for pleasure has been acknowledged by our GOLD level ‘Liverpool Reading Quality Mark’ award.
To help support reading at home, please take a look at these websites.
- National LiteracyTrust literacytrust.org.uk
- BookTrust booktrust.org.uk
- Love Reading 4 Kids lovereading4kids.co.uk/
Please click on the Phonics Play link below to see a variety of fun ways to encourage your children’s phonics development!
Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is on spelling quickly and accurately and being able to write legibly, with correct letter formation, correct letter size and correct positioning of the letters on and within the lines as well as joining letters. Consequently all year groups teach discrete spelling and handwriting sessions as well as giving the children regular opportunities to apply their transcription skills across the curriculum.
Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We aim to teach the grammar, vocabulary and punctuation skills as set out within the year group expectations of the English Curriculum within the National Curriculum. Our topics provide the context in which the children can learn to apply their composition skills.
Please click on the following link to find out about literacy events over the year:
Please click on the following link to download the National Curriculum for English
Please click on the following link to find out more about our Readathon in October
St Cecilia’s science education will provide the foundations for understanding the world. Science changes our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building key foundation knowledge and concepts, our children will be encouraged to ask questions and develop the skills to find answers, whilst developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world around them.
Please click here for the Progression in Science document (opens in new window).
|Please click here for a link to Year 1 resources and lessons, linked to plants and how they grow (opens in new tab).|
|Please click here for a link to Year 2 resources and lessons, linked to plants and how they grow (opens in new tab).|
Computing, ICT and E-Safety
Our computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Please click here for the Progression in Computing document (opens in window).
Information to help with KS1 Computing
The BBC Bitesize website has some great videos to help you understand parts of the new ‘computing’ curriculum. Click here here to find out more.
There is a wealth of information and advice available online to help you and your family stay safe. Here are some starting points.
A website advising and enabling those who wish to report possible online exploitation.
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.
Childnet International – Supporting Young People Online
A great leaflet giving conversation starters for discussion at home with your child/children, general internet advice and gaming. Also available in languages other than English.
Childnet – Keeping Your Children Safe Online
Top tips for parents to help younger children stay safe online.
Childnet – International Family Agreement
A good place to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss how to behave in a positive way when online. Also includes template to make your own family agreement.
A collection of guidebooks about apps, cyber-bullying and cyber-security.
See tips to help children become more digitally savvy and get the best out of their online world.
Advice for parents in a digital age. Information on tablets, smartphones and the internet.
Practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.
Safeguarding & online-safety resources.
Support and advice around online safety.
Help and advice for families in a digital world.
If you are thinking of purchasing a game for a console or your child is playing a game online. You can check the content and suitability here.
A guide to keeping your children safe online by being net aware.
UK Safer Internet Centre – Parental Controls
You can set up parental controls on all your devices using the above web page.
UK Safer Internet Centre – Parents’ Guide to Technology
A guide to help parents understand technology eg smartphones, tablets and gaming devices
Think U Know
A site to find the latest information on websites that children like to visit, mobiles and new technology.