We aim for creativity within our lessons at St. Matthew’s and ensure that learning is interesting, relevant and vibrant for all of our pupils.
At St Matthew’s, EYFS follow The Early Years Framework and KS1 and KS2 follow The National Curriculum. We use the Read, Write, Inc. scheme to teach phonics and the Big Cat Reading Scheme supports children’s independent reading skills across each key stage. Our specialist Music and Spanish teachers provide specialist subject teaching to every year group every week.
Links to our subject curriculum maps for Key Stage 1 and 2 can be found in the table below:
|COMPUTING||Achieving||ART & DESIGN|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY|
Our Year 6 PSHE curriculum for the summer term focuses on transition into Year 7. To support this year’s PSHE programme, the following theatre production by Bigfoot Arts Education is being shared with our Year 6 pupils. We hope our Year 6 pupils enjoy the production of ‘Upwards and Onwards’:
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Westminster Healthy Schools’ Partnership Curriculum Map for PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and the overview for each year group can be found here
As a school we ensure that our planning inside and outside of the classroom promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils as well as preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Our teachers have high expectations of all pupils and make excellent links between different subjects to promote children’s engagement and enjoyment of their learning.
Our themes for our curriculum are:
|Term 1||Belonging||New beginnings|
|Term 5||Achieving||Make a difference|
|Term 6||Moving on|
Topics specific to Early Years are:
|Term 1||Belonging||All About Me|
|Term 2||Light and Dark|
|Term 3||Believing||Amazing Animals|
|Term 4||Balls, Bubbles, Balloons|
|Term 5||Achieving||People Who Help Us|
|Term 6||Travel and Transport|
Throughout the school year, we also have curriculum focus days and weeks where particular subjects are celebrated. Most recent examples of these curriculum enrichment days have included Book Week, Tudor Day, Science and Engineering Week, Arts Week, Friendship Week, World Languages Day and International Day.
Our excellent school choir is made up of about 50 pupils in Key Stage 2. They sing at a range of community events each year and have sung in Downing Street, the Department for Education and the Home Office. A small number of individual instrumental lessons are also available to pupils each term.
The Creative Arts (especially Music) is a particular strength at St Matthew’s. We achieved the Artsmark Gold Award in 2020. Sing Up Platinum (2010) and we have been judged by Ofsted to have Outstanding Music provision (2009).