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What informs our curriculum?

Please click below to see a statement about our school's curriculum.

For a whole school curriculum planning overview, Please note that this is a guide only. Teachers may adapt the topics or order if needed. 


As part of our teaching we promote equality and inclusivity. Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) are included in learning experiences with reasonable adjustments and scaffolding where needed. Teachers receive the support of the Inclusion Co-ordinator and attend training to meet the needs of individual pupils. Our school is guided by legislation and works tirelessly to ensure compliance with this and with regional directives. The Equality Policy and SEND policy outline how to do this in more detail, including guidance on Individual Education Plans for SEND pupils.

Below you will find information about the school's curriculum by subject.

For the most recent results for St Nicholas, please see our results/performance page.

Class teachers are responsible for teaching the whole curriculum, with a focus on the core subjects of Maths, English, Science and Religious Education.


They do this through thematic learning with cross curricular areas of learning. We are committed to providing enrichment activities and events throughout the school year to enhance all subjects throughout the curriculum. Children in Years 1 - 6 study all subjects in the National Curriculum, often within a thematic approach.  This includes English, Mathematics, Science, Computing (computer/technology skills), History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education combined with Citizenship. Sex Education is taught sensitively throughout the school and the policy is in line with the Christian ethos of the school. The opportunity to learn a modern foreign language has been introduced for the top classes.


All areas of learning are underpinned by progressive subject skills which ensure that pupils are learning and being taught at an appropriate level. For staff at St Nicholas, deep and meaningful learning is achieved through repetition and the ability of children to transfer and apply competencies in different contexts. Teachers ensure that learning is highly motivational and enhanced by visits.


Each child is monitored throughout the year through on-going assessment and occasional tests and progress is communicated to parents during parent consultations and within reports. In Year 2 and Year 6, children participate in end of Key Stage tests.


Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Under 5s, which is based around child initiated play to enhance learning.

If you would like to find out more information on the curriculum we follow at St Nicholas, please do get in touch with the school.  For contact details, please click here.

St Nicholas CE Primary School, Church Green
Harpenden, AL5 2TP