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At Caton St Paul’s, we endeavour to ensure every child reaches their potential across the curriculum throughout their school life. The unique, God-given talents of each child are nurtured and celebrated within our Christian family. Everything we do is rooted in our Christian vision: One family, belonging, believing and learning together.

The aims of our curriculum are:

  • To develop a balance of knowledge, skills and understanding, ensuring breadth of knowledge alongside the ongoing development of key skills to enable children to aspire to become subject specialists.
  • To ensure children are equipped to become informed members of the community, as well as fostering resilience and responsibility
  • To enable children to develop the independent thought and decision making necessary to succeed in the 21st Century
  • To meet the legal requirements of the National Curriculum

Our school bases its work on the Early Years Foundation Stage for the children in Reception and on the National Curriculum (2014) for children in Years 1 to 6.

Follow this link to view the EYFS Development Matters Framework and National Curriculum Framework for Key Stages One and Two:

We have an overarching topic for each term and much of our work is planned around this. English and Maths are planned primarily using the Lancashire planning framework and this is supplemented with planning from other sources including the White Rose Hub. One of our curricular aims is to inspire children to become subject specialists: because of this, although linked closely to topic, our foundation subjects are clearly demarcated on planning, and to the children.

Teachers carefully plan the coverage of basic skills in these areas and ensure that the statutory skills and progression are made in each year group. Each child in a year group will be taught the same skills for each subject, no matter which class they are in. However, the topics and knowledge will be different. To ensure parity, we will plan specific subject days to fill any gaps in knowledge that may occur – these are carefully planned to meet all objectives of the national curriculum.

Click on the class name to see their curriculum map for this year:

Amethyst Class 

Sapphire Class

Emerald Class

Topaz Class

Ruby Class

Diamond Class Y1

Diamond Class YR


The school has an ICT suite along with a bank of 35 chrome books which mean that computing skills are taught both discretely and also in a cross curricular way as appropriate for the age of the children. Children are encouraged to use the internet as a research tool but are also made aware of the need for safety while online.

All classes have two lessons of PE a week and also benefit from outside coaches coming into school both in lesson time and as part of our extra curricular provision.

RE lessons follow the Blackburn Diocesan scheme of work.

Educational visits are planned appropriately to enrich the children’s understanding of topics covered.  In 2020-21, we aim to offer all children the opportunity to take part in outdoor educational experiences.

Reception, Y1 and Y2 will take part in an outdoor activity. (Paid for by sports premium funding)

Y3: canoeing with Big Adventure (Paid for by sports premium funding)

Y4: caving with Big Adventure (Paid for by sports premium funding)

Y5: one night residential to be confirmed (subsidised by sports premium funding)

Y6: 2 night residential at Robin Wood (Paid for by parents)

We enjoy a wide range of music in our school and as well as music being taught during curriculum time children are encouraged to take part in peripatetic music lessons.  Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments including woodwind, brass, keyboard and strings.  We have a well established choir who meet weekly to learn new songs and they perform these in the local community.

Click here for Understanding progress in English: A guide for parents.

Click here for Understanding progress in Maths: A guide for parents.

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mr Gittins: