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Curriculum Overview


Our curriculum is well established and is taught with consistency throughout the school. Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum for Years 1-6. The curriculum is timetabled so that all subjects of the national curriculum are taught, this enables a broad and balanced curriculum. 

Careful consideration has been given to the sequencing of knowledge and skills within each subject from Reception to Year 6, and from one year group to the next, towards clearly defined end points. Our curriculum in EYFS prepares pupils for Year 1. Prior curriculum knowledge and skills shapes their readiness for the next stage in learning.  Our curriculum has been planned to be engaging and promotes a love of learning. It is a curriulum that is enriched by connecting learners to the local, national and global world, opening doors to new experiences and opportunities. 

Our well resourced curriculum is enriched by first hand experiences, so that pupils embed their learning and gain in cultural capital. Each National Curriculum subject has its own progression grid, outlining the learning, knowledge, skills and vocabulary in each year group. These build on previous learning so that children can make sense of new concepts so that learning moves to their long term memory. 

The curriculum is planned to take into account our local context. Pupils develop a growth mind set approach by challenging themselves. Pupils become more resilient by recovering from any setbacks they experience. Throughout our curriculum, pupils live out our Catholic mission by responding to social justice and local, national and international charitable work. 


Learning is sequenced and built upon, so children know more and remember more. We deliver creative and engaging lessons. Recap and recall forms a key part of the lesson, ensuring children have remembered prior knowledge and skills so that knowledge can be built upon, so it moves to the long-term memory.

Early reading and the development of vocabulary are at the heart of our curriculum. Our phonics scheme Little Wandle ensures children learn to read in a systematic way. Phonically matched books are part of this process. Reading development is carefully monitored so that reading fluency and comprehension is achieved.

Teachers check and embed what pupils already know. Teachers know how new knowledge fits into the sequence of learning. Lessons enable pupils to demonstrate their understanding of key knowledge and skills as they apply their learning through different means of recording and discussion.

We are an inclusive school. Teaching is carefully adapted to meet the needs of all children, including those with SEND.  Assessment, quizzes and recall activities are used to check pupils’ understanding both throughout the lesson, at the end of lessons and summative assessment at the end of units.

We provide a range of curriculum enrichment in the form of speakers and educational visits. Pupils are fully engaged in lessons. Expected behaviour is based on our behaviour curriculum and expected behaviour is explicitly taught.

Our extra-curricular activities also help to build skills and character. Pupils lead the charitable work in the school as Mini Vinnies. Pupil leadership opportunities include prefects, ECO club, junior leadership team, wellbeing ambassadors, digital leaders and school councillors help pupils to make a tangible difference to the pupil experience. 


The impact of our curriculum is shown in the understanding and retention of knowledge and skills across the curriculum, together with the attainment and progress of our pupils. This is reflected in pupil work, end points, behaviour and attitudes to learning. Pupils understand, retain and call recall information so that they perform well in assessments. Outcomes are excellent and exceed local and national averages. Disadvantaged pupils including those with SEND are given the best opportunities to progress and achieve well. Pupils are prepared well for the next stage of education and are equipped with the necessary life skills in order to support them as they move on. Impact is measured using a range of strategies. These include:

  • Formative assessments via questionning, marking, quizzes, recall activities.
  • Summative assessments in the form of unit assessments.
  • Senior Leadership Team and Subject Leader learning walks and drop in sessions
  • Subject Leader ‘flick and fix’ monitoring
  • Observation of quality first teaching in lessons checking learning and attitudes to learning.
  • Book Looks/work scrutiny
  • Exploring how pupils know more and remember more.
  • Formal tracking detailing attainment and progress completed termly
  • Pupil Progress meetings and Pupil Premium and SEND meetings
  • Evaluation of interventions
  • Knowledge checks
  • National testing

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


We couldn't be happier with St Vincent's, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent's, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey
Pupil’s behaviour is exemplary, and they respect and care for all in the school community - Denominational Inspection
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School Games Platinum Award 2021/22-2022/23
CPD champion School
Primary Science Quality Mark 2021-2024
Dyslexia Aware 2022-2025
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Music Mark School Member
United Against Bullying Silver School 2023
Wellbeing Award for Schools
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Primary Geography Quality Mark Gold 2021-24
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools- Silver Right Aware
Leading Parent Partnership Award 2021-2024
EDPA 2022-2025 Award
Trafford Council Inclusion Charter
Improving Children's Mental Health: Place 2 Be