Curriculum Intent

  • At Caton Primary School, our vision is to create a curriculum that is relevant and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • We promote a positive attitude towards learning so that our curious young people enjoy coming to school and acquire a firm foundation for future learning.
  • We want to help each child develop resilience, independence, responsibility and emotional intelligence.
  • We foster high expectations of behaviour for learning, endeavour and achievement.
  • By working with our village and families, we will create an aspirational school community in which everyone is valued and successes are celebrated.


  • Create caring, confident and curious children.
  • Offer opportunities that will expand horizons.
  • Motivate and challenge our children to achieve academic success.
  • Enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.
  • Partner with families to create an aspirational school community.
  • Appreciate the uniqueness of each child and recognise their potential.
  • Support, guide and inspire through excellent teaching practices.
  • Show our children what they can achieve.
  • Guide children in understanding the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all.
  • Celebrate and promote individual talents, interests and achievements.
  • Promote understanding of diversity and global awareness.

We demonstrate our commitment to the above through our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 ‘Caton Passports’. These outline our school’s unique curriculum which embraces so much more than the National Curriculum requirements and fulfils our mission statement. It includes statements such as: I can tie my shoelaces; I know my date of birth and address; I have visited an art gallery; I have been on a hike; I have represented the school at a sporting event; I have performed to an audience; and I have raised money for charity.

Success in all aspects of the broad curriculum is celebrated at our weekly celebration assembly. Certificates are presented for Super Citizens, Wonderful Workers and Golden Pen awards. In addition, Presentation Prize winners are invited to a monthly fruit and smoothie party.

We also hold an annual awards ceremony for sustained achievement in all aspects of the curriculum from Maths to Citizenship and the Performing Arts.


In Reception and Key Stage 1, we teach phonics daily using the Read Write Inc scheme.

We hold an annual meeting with Reception parents to explain how we teach phonics.

Catch-up phonics programmes are in place for children who need additional support.


The reading schemes used in school include: Songbirds, Oxford Reading Tree (Floppy’s Phonics) and Fireflies. A variety of texts are chosen according to reading ability in order to encourage a broad range of reading and to link with the stage that pupils are at in their phonics.

Reading diaries are used to record books read and also as a means of communication between parents and teacher to help support the reading process.

We have a reading award scheme which encourages regular reading across a range of authors and genres.

We always have a quality class novel on the go, which we read daily to our children and we hold a big annual celebration of reading on World Book Day.


Please find information regarding the new content of the Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum. We are following the advice from the PSHE Association and The Association of Science Education collaboration. Appendix 1

Early Years

In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, learning through purposeful play and developing the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

If you would like to know more, follow the links below:

Statutory Framework for EYFS 2021

Development Matters 2021

Years 1 to 6

Curriculum rolling programme

In 2021/22, we are following Cycle A.

We provide all pupils with as many opportunities as possible to share their learning through:

  • A termly subject-themed Mastermind competition. Round One tests knowledge learnt in class and Round Two tests additional knowledge researched and learnt.

  • Learning assemblies

  • Learning exhibitions

  • Music concerts. Year 3 and 4 all learn to play the ukulele in Cycle A and the keyboard in Cycle B through the Lancashire Music Service. At the end of term’s learning, they perform for parents.

  • Corresponding termly with pupils from the primary school in Socx.


All pupils in Key Stage 2 swim in the Autumn term. Once they can swim 25 metres competently, they progress to learning lifesaving and other water skills.

Educational Visits

Educational visits form a very important part of our curriculum. In Key Stage 1, day trips complement the children’s learning in science, RE, history and geography. In Key Stage 2, in addition to day trips to venues such as the slavery museum in Liverpool, we have a suite of residential visits including: Borwick Hall Outdoor Adventure (Year 3 /4); London (Year 5); and France (Year 6). We believe that these trips equip our pupils with life skills such as resilience, teamwork and independence, as well as developing their cultural capital and, of course, making memories for life.

Knowledge Organisers

Our knowledge organisers show the core knowledge we expect all children to have gained by the end of a topic of work. Lessons cover much more than this and provide additional challenge for the most able pupils.

Class 1

Art and Design

Does how we treat the world matter?

Amazing me!

Where I live

Class 3

Science – Food and digestion

Art – Carl Giles

History – The Romans

Music – Composition to stories

RE – Islam (Prophet Muhammad) and Christianity (The Holy Spirit)

Class 4

Art – Formal elements of art

History – Ancient Greece

RE – Buddhism

Geography – Why is London such a cool place to live?

History – The Changing Power of Monarchs and the Magna Carta

Science – Properties and changes of materials

Art – Design for a purpose

RE – How do Christians mark the turning points of the journey of life?

Calculations Policies

Addition and subtraction calculation policy

Multiplication and Division calculation policy

Further information about the national curriculum can be found here

Year by year programmes of study can be accessed by clicking the links below. Due to the nature of rolling programmes in mixed age classes, some children may meet a topic or concept in a different year. Care is taken that a progression of skills and knowledge is maintained, which is appropriate to the children.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Support for Parents

We provide regular workshops for parents with information on how we teach reading, writing and maths.