St Andrew’s C.E.Primary School follows the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (click here) in the Nursery and Reception classes and the National Curriculum (click here) in Years 1 to 6. In order to make learning fun and relevant, we use a thematic approach to teaching which is inspired by the interests of the children and teachers themselves.

This means that teachers use themes such as "Up, up and away" in Year 1 or "The Benin Kingdom" in Year 6 to teach both knowledge and skills across many curriculum areas such as History, Geography, Science, Art and Design and Computing.

English and Mathematics are taught daily, sometimes in discrete lessons, sometimes using the topic theme as a stimulus for work in these subjects too.

There are, of course, times when some subject content does not fit in with a class theme; these areas are taught discretely to ensure full coverage of the curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to continuously evolve so that we offer the children an increasingly rich and broad learning experience.

As a Christian Voluntary Aided Church of England School our Religious Education curriculum follows the local Manchester Diocesan Curriculum. This is one way in which we develop the children's spiritual and ethical understanding and knowledge.

Children at St Andrew’s receive high quality phonics teaching. We use a variety of different schemes including Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play, amongst others. The teaching of reading is supported by providing children with a comprehensive and varied reading experience which includes Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club and a range of other literature. Once children are past the early stages of reading we use Accelerated Reader to motivate and monitor all our readers.

We actively 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.

A key element to enhancing the curriculum at St Andrew’s is our involvement with the wider community. We get involved every week with learning beyond our school, our city and our country. We have regular visitors and enjoy school trips to different places. We get involved with supporting those more needy than ourselves and try hard to develop those important 'life skills' needed for adult life.

Our curriculum offers much more than the statutory requirements. We also invest time in developing the children's manners, confidence, and their support and respect for one another. We have a House system which we use to emphasize these issues. Extra-curricular clubs are held on most evenings after school.

If you visit the class pages you will be able to see the curriculum for each class in each half term, in user friendly detail.

The schemes of work which are available below show how each subject is taught in each year group:

Click here for the History and Geography scheme of work

Click here for the Art and Design/Design Technology scheme of work

Click here for the Computing scheme of work

Click here for the Science scheme of work

Click here for the RE scheme of work

Music is taught using the Charanga Scheme, although in Year 4 all children learn the recorder.


At St. Andrew’s we use a PSHE programme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw PSHE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme.

Designed as a whole school approach, Jigsaw provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6. The DfE specified as part of its National Curriculum guidance that “All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice”.

Our Jigsaw PSHE Programme is informed by existing DfE guidance on Sex and Relationships Education, Preventing and Tackling Bullying, Drug and Alcohol Education, Safeguarding and Equality. It also draws on the advice given in the Church of England document “Valuing All God’s Children Guidance for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Jigsaw - a guide for parents

The Jigsaw Approach

Jigsaw Foundation Stage

Jigsaw Year 1

Jigsaw Year 2

Jigsaw Year 3

Jigsaw Year 4

 Jigsaw Year 5

Jigsaw Year 6