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Approach to the curriculum

2018-2019 Curriculum Overview

Curriculum provision, content and approach 


At St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that a creative and varied curriculum is vital to children’s learning and achievement.


In addition to this, the DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” There is currently a significant amount of debate about how the values of our society are fundamental to a growing and vibrant country and economy. At St Teresa’s we have considered this in detail and how what we teach and how it is taught can best be planned to ensure our children develop into excellent citizens of our country. We have incorporated these values, alongside the statutory expectations of the new curriculum, into our long term plan  As a result of this, our provision will include:


  • English; many books will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. Lessons will look at how these themes are presented and how characters embody these values. Poetry, songs and languages from other cultures will also be examined. Lessons will explore the meaning of concepts such as liberty, democracy and tolerance.
  • Citizenship; pupils should be able to understand their personal rights and freedoms, and they will be advised on how to exercise these safely. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about different models of democracy and take part in votes, pupil voice questionnaires and pupil councils.
  • Religious education (RE); lessons will reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. St Teresa’s will actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures, whilst following the Catholic School RE scheme.
  • History and geography; pupils will analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested, such as World War 2 and life in the Victorian era. In geography, pupils will look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world. They will compare and contrast different continents, such as life in Africa and the Americas.
  • Overview; it is our intention that children will make links in their learning through a range of topics and that this curiosity and excitement will enable the children to become lifelong, independent learners.
  • Please see individual class newsletters for details of medium term plans and termly curriculum coverage. If you have any queries about the curriculum, please see your child's class teacher.