Sacred Heart curriculum rationale

You can find details of Sacred Heart’s curriculum rationale HERE

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which can be found by clicking the link below. We have developed our curriculum over recent years to ensure we not only meet but exceed the requirements of the national curriculum in providing our pupils with a knowledge-rich education to ensure their success as they move into KS3.

National Curriculum(opens in new tab)

At Sacred Heart, we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.

Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world.  The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more.

The school curriculum reflects the requirements to provide a broad and balanced curriculum as per the Academies Act 2010(opens in new tab), and the National Curriculum programmes of study(opens in new tab) which we have chosen to follow.

It also reflects requirements for inclusion and equality as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014(opens in new tab) and Equality Act 2010(opens in new tab), and refers to curriculum-related expectations of governing boards set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook(opens in new tab).

Further information on how we achieve this can be found in our statement of equality information and objectives, and in our SEND policy and information report.

If you would like any further information about our school curriculum, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

Below are the links to programmes used in our curriculum.

RE- Come and See

PHSE and RSE- Ten Ten– Life to the Full, Journey in LoveCafodPHSE Matters


Accelerated Reader 

White Rose 

Purple Mash


Little Wandle New Letters and Sounds

For subject overviews for the whole school, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

To see the specific knowledge and skills your child will be learning this year, please click on the year group buttons or links below. As we go through the year you will see more photos are added.

Foundation 1  /  Foundation 2  /  Year 1  /  Year 2  /  Year 3  /  Year 4  /  Year 5  /  Year 6

Phonics at our school

At Sacred Heart we follow the Letters and Sounds phases for teaching phonics. We use phrases alongside each sound to help the children have a hook for learning each sound. Each phonic session revisits sounds which the children have previously learnt and then introduces the next sound in the phase they are working in. We follow a four part lessons; revisit and review, teach, practice and apply. Children are encouraged to practice and apply the new phonic skills they have learnt through both reading and writing words. Phonics sessions are discretely taught from Foundation 1 to year 2. When children are in year 3 on wards those who need support in this area will work in a phonics intervention to build on their knowledge and understanding from the previous key stage.

We run parent workshops in Foundation Stage, where parents are given more information about what Phonics are and how it helps their child to develop their reading skills. In year 1 a parent workshop is run in the Autumn term to share information regarding the Phonics Screening Check that the children will take in the Summer term. We encourage children to use their phonics when reading both in school and at home.

The rationale and order that we teach phonics is attached below

Programme Overview Reception And Year 1

When your child starts in F1 or F2, you will have a chance to learn more about phonics teaching from their teacher. Please practice at home with them- children learn much quicker if this happens!

Our new library!

Our new library is now open- see the photos below. Each class has a time during the week where they can sit on the cushions and listen to their teacher read to them.

Mrs Hayles has shown each class how to use the library and each class will get the chance to join Mrs Hayles or Mrs James one lunchtime each week to hear or story, take their AR quiz or just read!

Our very first reading bookmark raffle- we now do this LIVE over zoom every two weeks and it is always very exciting!!!

Children are encouraged to love books and read for pleasure. With this in mind, children are given many opportunities throughout the day in which they can read, on their own, in a group or with the whole class. Reading at home is also crucial.

This year, we have introduced the Accelerated Reader programme with years 2 to 6. With AR, children read a book and then take a comprehension quiz about it as soon as possible. This is all completed online and children are given regular feedback on how they have done. The programme also adds up how many words each child has read so far in the year. We have a competition ongoing where we are waiting for our first ‘Word Millionaire’ to emerge- this person will be taken to a book shop and will be allowed to choose books which reach up to the top of their leg!!!! It’s all very exciting.

I have attached the PowerPoint presentation, used in the 2 parent’s meetings, for more information.

Our First Millionaire reader was Charity and she won this many books!!!!

Please click HERE to see details of our PSHE/RSE curriculum

Please click HERE for more details on Computing at Sacred Heart

Please click HERE for details of our history curriculum

EYFS History, Year 1 History,  Year 2 History,  Year 3 History, Year 4 History, Year 5 History, Year 6 History

Please click HERE for details of our art and design curriculum

Please click HERE for details of our DT curriculum.

Please click HERE to see details of our music curriculum

Please click HERE for details of our MFL/Mandarin curriculum

Please click HERE for details of our PE curriculum