The curriculum we offer incorporates the National Curriculum 2014. The core subjects of
the National Curriculum are English, Science, Mathematics, Computing and Religious
Education in a Catholic school. The foundation subjects are history, geography, art and
design, design and technology, languages, music and physical education. In addition to these, personal, social and health education (PSHE) as well as Sex Education and Relationships (SER) are also taught.
The curriculum is usually taught using a thematic or topic-based approach. This enables
the children to study subjects in context in a structured and cohesive way. There is also
discrete subject teaching, where necessary, to cover the requirements of the National
At St Pancras Catholic Primary School the curriculum is carefully planned and differentiated
to ensure that every child can be stretched and supported whatever their ability. We have
high expectations and children are encouraged to develop their skills both as independent
and collaborative learners.
Reading skills are introduced in the Early Years using a variety of stimulating texts, including
the structured „Oxford Reading Tree‟ scheme. Graded books are taken home on a regular
basis and reading record books provide communication on progress between home and
school. Free choice books are also available either from the classroom or from the school
library. Guided reading takes place during planned sessions, enabling the teacher to monitor
each child’s progress on a regular basis. However, reading naturally occurs throughout the
whole school day and is fundamental to all areas of curriculum. We aim to integrate reading
skills into all subjects. A structured system is in place for pupils who need long or short term
support. Our ultimate aim is always to encourage independent reading, enjoyment and
At St Pancras School we constantly strive to provide all our children with a varied, rich and
stimulating experience of language. We place great emphasis on listening skills and confident self-expression, both verbally and in writing. Our curriculum encompasses both fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry and drama. The children are taught the vital skills of planning, editing and constructive criticism. They learn the appropriate writing style for the purpose and can discuss the qualities of different genres. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and presentation are all taught in a structured and varied way. The curriculum fully supports the development of literacy as outlined in the English Programmes of study.
Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. Throughout the Early
Years, mathematics focuses on the development of skills and concepts, primarily through the study of patterns and relationships. The children will be encouraged to use and apply their knowledge to a number of situations. By adopting an investigative approach to mathematics pupils will be encouraged to become creative thinkers examining a variety of strategies to find a solution to a problem. The Mathematics National Curriculum has been fully implemented in Key Stages 1 and 2. Children will be encouraged to communicate their ideas through discussion and on paper. At St Pancras we wish to develop positive attitudes towards mathematics and a confidence and enthusiasm to engage in mathematical enquiry. The school has a wide range of mathematical apparatus for practical activities, including physical resources and computers. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental mathematics, which includes times tables, and skills in estimation. The use of maths games ensure that this can be done in an enjoyable and non-threatening way.
Science enables the acquisition of skills, concepts and attitudes that allow children the
opportunity to make discoveries about the world around them. This is encouraged through
observation, prediction and practical investigations based on first hand experiences. The
children will be encouraged to work collaboratively and draw conclusions from their work.
The school also makes good use of the school grounds and the environmental area. The
children have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of their own environment which
includes our wild area and pond.
Spanish is taught in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 by a Spanish speaking teacher using the Speakee
programme. The aim of Primary Languages at St Pancras is to introduce the children to
languages and cultures in a fun and enjoyable way. There is a strong emphasis on playing
games and singing songs and the children have access to a wide variety of resources to
support their language learning. St Pancras children maintain links with a primary school in
Design and Technology
The Design and Technology National Curriculum is addressed by providing projects, usually
connected with other areas of the curriculum, where children can investigate needs, design,
plan and construct models and evaluate their work. Alongside this children are taught
technology skills such as using materials and tools techniques which are developed
progressively throughout the seven years. Together these elements combine to give children
skills in solving problems in a technological environment.
There is Wi-Fi throughout the school. In 2016 we purchased fifteen new laptops on a
movable trolley; therefore all classes have access to laptops for the children to use at any
given time. There are interactive whiteboards installed in all classes in Reception, Key Stage 1
and Key Stage 2. Every class has a visualiser. The children have time-tabled access to our
Computing suite which consists of sixteen computers a data projector and a visualiser. Every
computer in the school is networked, with each child having their own private space on the
network to save their work in. The School network is linked to the Local Authority’s Intranet and is filtered to ensure safe internet use. Reception children have a large touch screen computer to enhance their computing skills.
Our hardware provision includes printers in shared areas and the computing suite, a
moveable laptop trolley with fifteen laptops; two touch screen computers, digital cameras,
scanners, web cameras and visualisers.
Data projectors, interactive white boards and control technology. We have a large range of
software that supports computing skills and learning across the curriculum. At St Pancras we
believe that our pupils should be given access to high quality teaching in computing as soon
as possible so that they may become proficient in computing and use it effectively at home,
at school and ultimately in the workplace.
At St Pancras we enjoy history. We encourage the children to identify with people from the
past. We stimulate enquiring minds by investigating the significance of evidence which informs us of the past and affects our understanding of the present. Children are given opportunities to participate in role-play situations to discover what life must have been like. The handling of artefacts and the evaluation of primary and secondary sources of evidence are actively encouraged in topic work. Visits are also arranged to museums and places of interest to support the curriculum. As a school we work in partnership with Lewes Priory Trust to enhance knowledge and understanding of local history.
At St Pancras we are aware of the vital significance of geography in our daily lives. To locate
ourselves in our surroundings we spend time drawing and reading maps. We also investigate
our locality in detail to discover the vital interaction between people and their environment.
We also explore the wider world with curiosity and enthusiasm. As a school, we are actively
involved in the Local Heritage Funded environmental projects: Railway Land Live and Project
Art and Design
Art and design, is taught by an artist in residence. Art lessons take place in the school art
studio. Each term the whole school explores one artist or crafts person using a range of
mixed medium. Planning is age appropriate; we follow the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities to record their observations in a range of ways from direct experience and to work from memory and imagination. They explore a wide range of tools, techniques and materials. Children will also develop an understanding of the history of art, craft and design and will learn how to relate what they have learnt to their own work. Every child has a school sketchbook to record the design process.
Music, both instrumental and vocal, plays a prominent part in the school. We have a music
specialist teacher and each class enjoys weekly music lessons. There are weekly singing times for all children. This creative opportunity to learning is funded by the pupil premium.
The school has a school choir; year 6 performs every year in the Big Sing School’s, Christmas
concert. Our school choir also performs within the community, particularly during the festive
season. Performances within the school are encouraged and there are opportunities for all
children from year two onwards to have tuition in cello and violin.
Drama is appreciated at St Pancras as a creative art form, an effective way of developing
speaking and listening skills and a valuable learning aid across the curriculum. Every child is
given the opportunity to make, perform and respond to drama each term. The range of drama
activities provided include role-play, classroom improvisation, exploration of historical
facts/artefacts through drama, play script reading, whole class activities, performances of
devised and scripted material as well as opportunities to watch and respond to visiting theatre companies.
The place of Religious Education at St Pancras Catholic Primary School
Religious Education lies at the heart of our school. It provides the context in which the
school operates and is lived out in all activities and interactions. We believe that Religious
Education is about extending knowledge and understanding of faith beliefs and traditions in
order that a deepening relationship with God may grow.
The distinctive nature of our Catholic School
We aim to provide a community where the values of the Gospel are made explicit and are
witnessed to by all members within it. We have a shared Vision and lived faith as expressed
in our Mission Statement, and this is manifest through staff relationships, pupil behaviour,
expectations and our dealings with the parents, carers and the wider community. We have
an emphasis on personal achievements in order to help support the realization of potential
of all. Through the content and process of our Religious Education teaching, and supported
by all other activities in the school, we seek to integrate all life’s experience and all learning
into an ever deepening appreciation of Faith in Jesus Christ.
Our aims are expressed through our mission statement and core values:
The Christian imperative to love self, shows an awareness of valuing,
respecting and understanding self and others as a basis for personal
relationships and is key to understanding our human dignity.
The family is at the heart of the life and mission of the Catholic
God has revealed Himself as One, “not in the unity of a single person, but in a
Trinity of one substance” (Roman Missal, Preface of the Most Holy Trinity). His very
nature is a communion of life and love. As those who are made “in his image and
likeness”, human beings live in community; we work to proclaim and extend the
Kingdom of God for the good of humanity.
In planning our Religious Education the following specific aims are also relevant:
To help children appreciate and act on the two greatest commandments – “Love the
Lord your God” and “Love one another as I have loved you”.
To promote interest and enjoyment in Religious Education.
To deepen children’s knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith, its
relevance to the personal search for meaning, purpose, values and the skills required
to engage in religious thinking.
To develop knowledge and understanding of other World religions and respect for
others who belong to different faith communities.
To help each child to develop a sense of their own identity and worth.
To develop understanding of the nature of moral behaviours, beliefs and attitudes
this will enable them to become responsible members of society.
To empower the whole school family to be all that they were created to be.
Teaching and Learning: The teaching of religious education in a Catholic primary school is
10% of the taught curriculum time (2 hours per week). It is currently organized following the
themed approach in the “Come and See” program as a basis. Each class teacher plans using
the “Come and See” materials along with the level descriptors for the topic. Teachers are
expected to use creative approaches to learning in order to ensure the diverse needs of their class cohort are met. Computing should be used effectively as a research tool and embedded in the teaching and learning of religious education.
Personal, Social and Health Education
The process of personal and social development focuses on personal growth. At St Pancras
we provide opportunities for children to develop their self-concept, self-confidence and selfesteem. Our aim is to help young people understand and value themselves as individuals and as responsible and caring members of society.
Health Education is taught through topics. Visitors from the wider community, such as:
Ambulance staff, First Aiders, dentists, nurses, nutritionists etc. assist us in the delivery of the
Sex and Relationship Education
The Governing Body believes that sex and relationship education is an essential part of a
holistic education since its focus is the individual, uniquely created by God in His own image,
and his / her role in creation and family life. Through sex and relationship education children
come to understand more about themselves, their families and the beauty of creation.
The Governors recognise that in providing a programme of sex and relationship
education for pupils, it is their duty to support parents and carers in their key role as
educators. Sex and relationship education is presented in the context of the Gospel
values upheld by the Catholic Church and set out in the “Catechism of the Catholic
Church”, the “Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church”, and the Youth
Catechism (“YouCat”) of the Catholic Church.
Sex and relationship education is taught progressively throughout the school as part of the
overall EPR & RE co-coordinated framework. It is delivered in mixed gender groups. The
Acting Headteacher is involved in its planning and delivery.
Aspects of sex and relationship education will be covered as part of the statutory element of
the Science National Curriculum and will also be taught as a blocked unit of work in year
five/six with the focus on 'Growing up and Moving on.' For this the school will use its own
resource sheets to support discussion. A wide range of materials will also be used which can
be shown to and discussed with parents and carers, before the programme is delivered.
Sport and P.E
The provision of P.E within the school is designed to support, contribute to and
complement the aims of the school, by providing, where possible, equality of access for all
students to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Physical Education aims to provide
an enjoyable, challenging and satisfying programme with opportunities for every student to
develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. We have welcomed the support of
specialist coaches in gymnastics, dance, football and swimming. Staff have also actively
participated in a practical gymnastic Inset workshop.
We have a large airy hall for physical education and a playground for outdoor work. The
school also has access to a large field area off site. A running track is marked out on it by the
Parks and Recreation Department who roll and cut the ground regularly. An annual school
sports day is held on the field to which parents and carers are invited in the summer term.
The school has designated infant and junior play areas and a separate adventure play
apparatus play area. In addition to this we have quiet shaded areas with seating for children
to enjoy. The following individual and team sports are offered within the Physical Education
curriculum for boys and girls: gymnastics, movement and dance, football, swimming,
athletics, hockey, netball, rounders, basketball and cricket.
Extra-curricular activities are offered in a wide variety of sports for children from Years 1 - 6.
We aim to cater not only for the students interested in playing competitive sport but also for
those who wish to participate on a recreational basis.
This year the football, netball, and athletics teams have been involved in a number of
competitive and friendly matches. The school regularly participates in the annual schools’
swimming gala and cross-country competition. The school has made strong links with Lewes football club.
Swimming is taught to children as part of the school curriculum in years 2-6 throughout the
year. Our aim is that no child should leave the school without being confident in the water.
Swimming is taught at the Lewes Leisure Centre pool.