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Curriculum Information



For St. Charles' children to become confident, aspirational lifelong learners who display their Christian beliefs as members of the global community.

  • To be literate.
  • To be creative.
  • To live healthy lifestyles.
  • To be curious.
  • To be resilient.

In September we will be changing the way maths is both taught and learnt at St Charles’ for children in years 1-6.  We will be implementing the Maths No Problem! Programme, which has been successfully implemented in a number of schools over the last few years.  Maths No Problem! is based on the Singapore Method of teaching and learning maths.


Maths No Problem! is an evidence based approach to teaching maths which helps children to develop a deep, long term and adaptable understanding of maths and is an inclusive approach where all children achieve.  Maths is taught at a slower pace which results in greater progress.


Please click here to access a video of Dr Yeap Ban Har talking about one of the fundamental ideas in mathematics – please take the time to watch it!  If you have any further questions please speak to myself or your child’s class teacher.



Every half-term class teachers create a half-term overview. This details what will be taught in each class over the course of the half-term. Click on the Year Group below to access their half-term overview. Please contact your child's class teacher or the school office if there is anymore information you want.



AUTUMN TERM 2ND HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
AUTUMN TERM 1ST HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


SUMMER TERM 2ND HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
SUMMER TERM 1ST HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
SPRING TERM 2ND HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
SPRING TERM 1ST HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
AUTUMN TERM 2ND HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
AUTUMN TERM 1ST HALF Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6



Religious Education is a central element of our curriculum. The School follows the Salford Diocesan scheme – The Way, The Truth and The Life. Assemblies are held three times a week and collective acts of worship are a daily feature. All children are taught about the Catholic faith however parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons, assemblies and collective worship.


Like all schools, we follow the National Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education and Computing, with French taught in KS2.


Two main methods of teaching are used in the School. The first is the teaching of subjects separately and the second is the teaching of subjects using a topic or cross curricular approach. Maths and English are mainly taught as separate subjects but creative links are made where possible. A high priority is attached to the development and application of the basic skills of literacy and numeracy.


The other subjects are taught mainly through planned topics. Often these topics have an emphasis, for example the topic “Houses” as taught in Year 1, includes History, Geography, Science, Art and Design.


The times allocated to teaching all the subjects of the Curriculum are:- 

Key Stage 1 = 22 hours 15 minutes per week 

Key Stage 2 = 23 hours 30 minutes per week



At St. Charles we teach synthetic phonics. This approach teaches children to decode words by sounds, rather than recognising whole words. Children are taught the letters (graphemes) that represent these phonemes and also learn to blend them into words. So, at its most basic, children are taught to read the letters in a word like c-a-t, and then merge them to pronounce the word cat. A phoneme can be represented by one, two, three or four letters (such as "ough" in "dough"). At St. Charles we follow the Phonics Bug Scheme. Click here to visit their website. The Lancashire Assessing and Progression in Phonics document can be found here.



We aim to make it apparent to all who enter St Charles School that we are a Catholic school following the teachings and practises of Christ. 

Each child, member of staff, parent and visitor is treated with love and respect.  Time is given every day to develop a relationship with God through prayer, Liturgies and Religious Education lessons.

St Charles School is an integral part of the Parish of St Charles Borromeo. The Religious Education taught in the school follows the Salford Diocesan scheme of work The Way the Truth and the Light. Collective Worship and short Liturgies are a regular practise within each classroom.

The whole school attends Mass in St Charles church at significant times during the school year and on Holy Days. Each class also celebrates class masses on a regular basis. Assemblies are held four times a week with parents invited to the Friday assembly at 3pm.

The school supports the Parish Sacramental Programme which prepares the children for receiving the Sacraments for the first time.

We aim to develop an awareness of God's presence in our lives and respond to God's invitation to enter into a personal relationship with Him, thus enabling everyone to become a positive Christian member of society.



If you want any more information about our school's curriculum, please contact Mr Kennedy via the school office and he will be more than happy to speak to you.