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'Do unto others as you would have them do to you'. (Mt 7.12)

St Matthew's Primary

Friendship • Discovery • Prayer


Early Years and Foundation Stage

In the foundation stage, which covers Nursery and Reception we follow Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, This splits the curriculum into seven equally important areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and language (listening, understanding and speaking)
  • Physical development (moving and handling, health and self care)
  • Personal, social and emotional (Self confidence and self awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships)

The specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Mathematics (number and shape, space and measure)
  • Understanding the world (people and communities, the world and technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (Exploring and using media and materials, and being imaginative)

The Early Learning Goals within each Area of Learning outline what most children should be able to achieve by the time they leave Reception at the age of 5.

As you will see when you visit the Foundation Stage, our practitioners are skilled at providing an enabling and enriching environment for the children, which plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning. Children are highly engaged in purposeful play and display the characterisitcs of effective learning which underpins our teaching across the Foundation Stage. Please click here for the Nursery term overview and here for the Reception term overview.

Key Stage 1 and 2

In Key Stages 1 and 2 we follow the National Curriculum, which groups the subjects into Core Subjects and Foundation Subjects.

Core Subjects Foundation Subjects

Religious Education

(click here for the RE curriculum)

Physical Education


History Art
Science Geography Design Technology
Computing Personal, Social & Health  Education  Music
     MFL (French)

Bringing the Curriculum to Life

At the heart of our curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2 is the idea that children learn better when they are immersed in and enjoying their learning.  We try to bring the curriculum to life through following a topic-based integrated curriculum, where links are made between different subjects and where teachers take every opportunity to enrich the children's learning through trips out of school and visitors coming into school.

In addition, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs, which are always very popular.

Please click to the links below to view the curriculum specific to each year group:

Year 1 - click here to view the Y1 curriculum

Year 2 - click here to view the Y2 curriculum

Year 3 - click here to view the Y3 curriculum

Year 4 - click here to view the Y4 curriculum

Year 5 - click here to view the Y5 curriculum

Year 6 - click here to view the Y6 curriculum