Our Lady Of Furness Catholic Federation

Our Lady Of Furness Catholic Federation

Lovingly we Learn in Harmony

  1. St Mary's Catholic Primary School
  2. Curriculum


Our Curriculum is designed with our children in mind.  We aim to provide essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future successes.  The learning and experiences we provide is about giving them the best possible start to their education.  

The drivers of our curriculum are:  Outdoors, Diversity and Growth.

Religious Education

As a Catholic School, we follow the guidance set out by the Bishops' Conference in 2012.  To meet these requirements, we use the CTS scheme, 'The Way the Truth and the Life', which is supplemented by teachers' own planning.

Whole School Syllabus Overview

In Key Stage One, R.E. is taught to individual year groups.  In Key Stage Two, there is a two year cycle between the Year 3 and Year 4 syllabus for Class Three, and the Year 5 and Year 6 syllabus for Class Four.

Each term, we have an RE theme day, where the children are taught in mixed aged house groups, and focus on an aspect of the church. 

If you require any further information about the curriculum in a particular year group, please make an appointment to see your child's class teacher.


Reading and Phonics

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as /sh/ or /oo/
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to 'de-code' new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way - starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex - it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. Phonics and spelling sessions are delivered in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught to read and spell common words and learn a range of spelling patterns and rules.

In EYFS and KS1, phonics is taught using Little Wandle.  We also use the Little Wandle Reading scheme.


We will supplement with other books banded in the same way. We have recently purchased a wide selection of reading books that go alongside our main reading scheme so that children can make choices about their reading. Starting from Early Years, children at our school are given an opportunity to choose reading books as we believe that this will develop reading for pleasure across all year groups.

We promote a strong home/ school partnership and encourage children across all year groups to read regularly and discuss books with an adult at home.


Our Reading Policy


Writing is taught in English lessons (see coverage) and we give the children as many opportunities as possible to write across the curriculum.





We are committed to developing mastery in maths across all year groups.  In order to help us attain this, our main scheme is Power Maths.  You can find out more about Power Maths below.

Maths is taught to individual year groups, as detailed below:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6



Science is taught mainly using a combination of the Science Bug and Developing Experts schemes.  It is taught on a two year rolling cycle in classes 2-4.  We endeavour to use our wonderful outdoor space as much as possible in the teaching of science.

Science Bug Long Term Plan


Our Wider Curriculum

We use the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to plan and monitor our wider curriculum in Key Stages One and Two.  Topics are taught on a two year cycle.


Here is our Topic 

History Year A

History Year B

History Milestones

Geography Year A

Geography Year B

Geography Milestones

Art and Design Year A

Art and Design Year B

Art and Design Milestones

Design and Technology Year A

Design and Technology Year B

Design and Technology Milestones


Computing Milestones


Music Milestones


PE Milestones


Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS Long Term Plan Year A 

EYFS Long Term Plan Year B