Curriculum Overview


At St William’s Catholic Primary School we have developed an exciting and creative primary curriculum with the help of Lancashire Consultants. Our curriculum is designed with English underpinning each of our topics, in developing and implementing our new primary curriculum model we have increased the curriculum time devoted to English and Mathematics. Each topic is introduced with a topic week to immerse the children in their new topic and inspire their learning. All statutory requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum are mapped to ensure complete coverage through both thematic and discrete teaching of subjects. You can see in more detail what this looks like on our curriculum overviews.


For details on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance please click here

Early Years – Nursery and Reception


Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At St William’s Catholic Primary School we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying the secure foundations for future learning and development. However, we also believe that early childhood is valid in itself as part of life. It is therefore important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.

At St William’s we recognise that all children begin school with a wide variety of experiences and learning and it is the privilege of the adults working in the Early Years team to accept the task of building upon that prior learning experience. This is done through a holistic approach to learning; ensuring that parents and guardians, support staff and the Early Years team work effectively together to support the learning and development of all children in their care.

At St William’s we follow a topic based approach (Dimensions Curriculum) which is completely aligned to the statutory EYFS national framework. The curriculum is divided up into six half termly themes per year and we implement this through a two year rolling programme. The two year rolling programme involves both year groups teaching the same theme with differentiated skills, concepts and activities.

The children learn through playing, observing, talking, listening and having fun. They experience a wide variety of exciting learning activities designed to help them develop their linguistic and numeric skills and knowledge and understanding of their world. The children also learn to socialise, play and develop their motor and creative skills.


For a detailed outline of the Early Years Statutory Framework please click here

For a detailed outline of the Early Outcomes please click here

For a detailed outline of the Early Years Foundation Stage Guide for Parents please click here

For a copy of ‘What to expect when…’ please click here

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2


In Key Stages 1 and 2 learning continues to be purposeful, exciting, interesting and fun. At St William’s we follow a topic based approach which is completely aligned to the statutory national curriculum. Our model covers all year groups, from Year 1 to Year 6. The subjects integrated into our curriculum model are currently English, Science, History, Geography, DT, Dance, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship and ICT / Computing. The subjects taught discretely, although linked in through our topic based approach if possible, are Maths, PE, MFL, Music and RE. 

The Lancashire LPDS curriculum which covers all of the National Curriculum objectives for foundation subjects (History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE, Computing, Music and PE), through a topic based approach.  Each topic is designed to develop children’s curiosity, knowledge, sense of adventure, ambition, creativity, positivity, skills of self-reflection and their ability to work collaboratively.

Teachers actively plan opportunities for children to develop and apply their Mathematics and English skills through the topics; there is a focus on these key skills in order to open up a world of opportunities and learning in other areas.

Key Stage 1 Phonics


Our reading resources are taken from a variety of published schemes, colour banded to aid progression in reading skills. Teaching in phonics follows the Letters and Sounds programme.

For a detailed outline of the Letters and Sounds programme please click here 

Internet Safety


Throughout the year all of the children learn about how to keep safe on line. We have had some assemblies and class discussions on staying SMART on the internet. Some parents have attended our e-safety workshops led by our local Police Community Support Officers. To view some helpful information please click on the links below.





Our Class Curriculum Overviews