Reception Class

We follow the Statutory Framework for Early Years 2017 (see document at the bottom of the page). There are seven main areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

The curriculum is broken into two areas: Core and Foundation subjects.

In a Roman Catholic school, the Core subjects are:

English, Maths, Science and Religion.

The Foundation subjects are:

Computing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Art, Music, DT, History, Geography and Games/PE/Dance

Our coverage of these subjects is guided by the National Curriculum. Please see the 'Parents' Curriculum Guide' at the bottom of the page for more detail.  In addition to the above subjects, the themes of PSHE and British Values permeate our curriculum and daily life.


The Learning Challenge Curriculum

We use the Learning Challenge Curriculum by Focus Education as a starting point for delivering our Topics. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. Our first port of call is always the National Curriculum to ensure we are covering the statutory requirements for each subject. 

Please see our class pages for more detailed year group information about the curriculum your child will be following during the year.


Encouraging Learning Behaviours

We want our children to have deep learning experiences. This is best achieved when children work through a problem for themselves and are not simply told the answer by an adult. We want children to be engaged with subjects and activities that they try to avoid through fear of getting things wrong or "not being good enough".  This is known as having a growth mindset. This can be a challenging experience and  we present the children with a wide variety of strategies to help them with this process.  They are introduced to the 'Learning Pit' to help them understand the feelings they may encounter when faced with a problem. The videos below also provide useful discussion points with your children when they are faced with a challenge.

For more information about growth mindset please follow the link:

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Contact the School

St Julie Catholic Primary School

Brooklands Road
St Helens
WA10 5HG

Headteacher: Mrs A Hodgson
Main Contact: Office Manager, Mrs S O’Reilly
SENDCO Contact: Mrs J Ashcroft

Tel: 01744 678233