St Wilfrid's RC Primary School

Care, Learn, Respect.


Whole School Curriculum

St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014.

We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum and it will be taught with consideration of all learners. We want our children to be excited by what they experience in school so that they become lifelong learners and have wonderful futures.

We aim to teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way. Each topic starts with a ‘WOW’ to immediately excite the children about their learning. A ‘WOW’ could be a trip to London, a visitor in school, an Egyptian day or a walk round Hulme Community Garden Centre. At the heart of our topics, is our community. We want the children and their families to be able to bring knowledge of their community and beyond into the classroom.

Our curriculum continues to ensure that our children’s learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements of the English, Mathematics and Science curriculum.

One of the exciting developments within the new curriculum includes a computing curriculum that will integrate new technologies, programming and media into school life.

To achieve all our aspirations within these new topics, we rely on strong partnerships with parents, home and family and your continued support at home will strengthen the success of our new curriculum.


St Wilfrid’s follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Scheme to support children in developing their knowledge of phonics.  Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are set for the daily timetabled sessions held at 1pm. Parents are informed of the phase their child is working on at Parents’ Evening.

Outlined below are the 6 Phases:

Phase 1 - (Nursery/Reception) Children to find rhyming words and make up jingles of words that begin with the same sounds, e.g. Baby Bertha buys big balloons. Children can sound talk words into sounds, e.g. “cat” is “c” “a” “t”.

Phase 2 - (up to six weeks in Reception) Children will be taught to recognise, read and write the 23 sounds of the alphabet. The children will be able to put the sounds together to make words (blend) e.g. “m” “a” “t” “mat” and break down the sounds in words (segment) e.g. “not” “n” “o” “t”. They will also be able to read and write key and tricky words.

Phase 3 - (up to twelve weeks in Reception) Children will be taught to recognise, read and write the sounds that have 2 letters, e.g. sh, ch, th. Children will be able to name the sounds and letter names. This builds up to putting the sounds together to make words and breaking words down, e.g. “shock” “thick” Children will be introduced to two syllable words e.g. birthday, farmyard.

Phase 4 - (up to six weeks in Reception) To keep working on multi syllabic words, e.g. desktop, lunchbox. To be able to put together and break down CVCC (consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant) words, e.g. camp, bank. To be able to put together and break down CCVCC, CCCVC and CCCVCC words, e.g. trend, scrap, scrunch.

Phase 5- (throughout Year 1) To introduce new sounds- the different ways of pronouncing sounds previously learnt in Phase Two and Three, e.g. “ai” and “ay” make the same sound but are spelt differently. The children will learn which sound to use when reading and writing words. The children will be taught alternative pronunciations for letters, e.g. “i” in the words “fin” and “find” makes different sounds.

Phase 6 - (throughout Year 2) The children will be taught word-specific spellings e.g. when sounds can be spelt in more than one way, children learn which words take which spellings e.g. see/sea”, “bed/head/said”.  They will also learn how to spell words with prefixes and suffixes, and they will focus on past, present and future tenses.

In Year 1 the children take The Phonics Screening Check in June. For more information click here.