Gatehouse Avenue, Bristol, Avon BS13 9AB

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St Pius X Catholic Primary School


St Pius X Catholic Primary School


The School follows the new National Curriculum for England.  English and Mathematics are two of our core subjects. Classes spend up to an hour per day on them.  The other core subject is Religious Education. Core subjects are those we dedicate the most time to during the week.  In addition we have Foundation Subjects, which are Science, ICT, History, Geography, Physical Education, Design Technology, Art and Music.  Throughout the week, each class will promote writing across each of these subjects and make links with maths.


Each class plans a topic based curriculum, which will engage and excite the children.  These topics are enhanced through high quality off site visits to inspire and engage the children in their learning.  Throughout lessons the children will be encouraged to produce high standards of work, related to all these subjects.  Within English, the school uses Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' in KS1, which engages the children in the love of stories and books.  In KS2 children begin to use 'Power of Reading' allowing them to become increasingly immersed in engaging the reader and making the powerful links between reading and writing.  In maths children are taught using the White Rose programme.

All children in the foundation stage and KS1 have phonics teaching, this is through 'Letters and Sounds' programme.

Across the school we have a wide range of books from a number of reading schemes that have all been colour coded using the Reading Recovery levels, these include books from Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat, Project X etc.  In Reception children will read books that link with their phonics stage of learning.


We encourage children to do homework in accordance with national guidelines. Homework is not set every night but we would expect that children spend some part of their time outside of school to read, investigate topics, practice maths skills (particularly learning times tables and using an analogue clock) and learn spellings. These activities are more successful if you can spend some time with your child, sharing the learning experience.


If you wish to learn more about our curriculum please speak to class teachers who are available at the end of each school day.


See our class pages for individual termly curriculum overviews and topic webs


Link to National Curriculum document