The National Curriculum provides a framework for the development of a child moving through the school. The children in the Nursery and Reception classes are taught using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Every Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 child will be taught the National Curriculum. The basic requirements for KS1 and KS2 under the National Curriculum include “core” subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT. Religious Education is also taught as a “core” subject at St. Francis.

In addition, the “foundation” subjects of Physical Education, Computing, History, Geography,French, Music, Art, and Design Technology are also taught.

If you would like to see what your children are learning this term please click on the curriculum letters and curriculum maps for your child’s year group.

Google Classroom

We are now using Google Classroom for most weekly homework. Homework is usually assigned on Fridays and due for return on Tuesdays. Please see the video for more information on how to access Google Classroom.

Reading is a Priority

As children learn to read they are able to decode the text by applying a range of cues. To become fluent readers they must also understand or comprehend what they read. To help them do this they need to be taught a range of reading comprehension strategies and be encouraged to reflect on their own understanding and learning. This helps children go beyond literal interpretation and recall to explore the complex meanings of a text using inference and deduction. They can begin to learn these strategies from the earliest stages of learning to read. This PowerPoint provides important information about how we teach children to read at St Francis’ and aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for children to explore different texts and develop their love of reading.

Click on the link for more information about reading at St Francis school.

Learning Maths at Home

At school your child is taught a rich and relevant mathematics curriculum ensuring they are very well-equipped for the next stage of their education. Maths learning does not end once the school day is over. In fact we all apply mathematical strategies as we go about our daily lives; calculating the cost of shopping, estimating the size of a new carpet, working out the distance between one destination to the next and planning our busy days so we can fit everything in that we need to do. Like the staff at St Francis’, we know that you too have the highest aspirations for your child so we have added some links to our website to support your child’s Maths learning at home.

Calculation Policy | Reception Methods and Strategies | KS1 Methodsand Strategies | KS2 Methods and Strategies |

Times tables tips
Times Tables Rock Stars
Maths for Kids

Woodlands Maths Zones
Primary Interactive
BBC Bitesize Maths – KS1
BBC Bitesize Maths – KS2
Cool Maths 4 Kids
Crickweb KS2 Maths
CGP Times Tables
KS1 Maths Problems for the Family
KS2 Maths Problems for the Family

Text Books

Mental Maths 5 a Day
Target Your Maths (by Stephen Pearce)
Maths Plus: Word Problems – Pupil Book (From Heinemann)
CGP Study Books


Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills. Without a good vocabulary, children struggle to understand what they are taught, to express how they feel, to manage social situations and resolve conflicts.

Vocabulary is important both in spoken and written form. For a child to be a proficient reader he/she obviously needs to be able to decode the words on the page, but most importantly he/she needs to be able to attach a meaning to those words.

The overarching principle, and what drives the teaching of vocabulary at St Francis’, is that all children will benefit if they are exposed to enriched vocabulary within an environment where the spoken and written word are appreciated. By this we mean:

  • Be exposed to a large number of words at the right level
  • Experience explicit teaching of useful words
  • Learn strategies for independent word learning
  • Have opportunities to enjoy words

Click on the link for more information about Word Aware Vocabulary. ​