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St Philip Howard

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Curriculum Overview

Our School Curriculum

This section of our website gives information on the curriculum our children will be studying over the academic year.

The curriculum overviews provide detailed information on what each year group will be studying each half term.

Each class has a page on our website which is used to share the exciting things they have been doing throughout the year. On this page is the half termly curriculum newsletter which will provide additional detail about the curriculum, special events, celebrations, visitors and trips.

We want our parents and carers to be involved in their child’s education and throughout the year we will invite them into school to share some special times.


Curriculum Newsletters

Each half term, we will send home a curriculum newsletter which will provide additional detail about the curriculum, special events, celebrations, visitors and trips.

Where can I find out more information?

If you require further information on the curriculum at St. Philip Howard, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

If you would like to find out more information on Cornerstones and the National Curriculum, please use the links below.







Our Curriculum Summary

End of Year Expectations

Each year, a booklet that provides information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school is sent home. The staff have identified these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.

All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.

If you have any queries regarding the content of this booklet or want support in knowing how best to help your child, please talk to your child’s teacher.

Forest School 

Forest School is defined by the Forest School Association as 'an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.'  


Here at St Philip Howard, we are excited that all our children have weekly Forest School sessions, where they are offered opportunities to achieve and develop their confidence through a range of activities and experiences - often involving mud!  We run our sessions through all weathers and each season offers interactions that have a positive, lasting effect on the children's sense of belonging and stewardship over the site and God's wonderful creation.  


Whilst many aspects of learning can be taken outside, including lessons based around National Curriculum objectives, Forest School sessions offer learner-centred opportunities.  These help promote the children's holistic development, strengthening their stamina, resilience and perseverance.  In our Forest School sessions, we aim to help each child to learn in their own way, encouraging independence through developing skills such as team work, communication, problem solving and encouraging supported risk taking: skills which support their learning back in the classroom, too! 


English at St Philip Howard

We follow the National Curriculum and 'Herts for Learning Long Term Planning' framework to ensure coverage of all genres. Units of planning from Herts for Learning, Curriculum Maestro and a range of other selected resources are adapted to plan units and lessons. Lessons are differentiated, supportive, engaging and challenging; all the while ensuring the National Curriculum standards for English are met.

Teachers regularly assess to ensure that children are working at age related expectations. Some children are supported through scaffolding resources and others are challenged to use a greater depth of understanding. Cross Curriculum links are made where possible to enrich learning.


We teach phonics using the Bug Club Phonics programme. This programme is a balanced approach to the teaching of reading using systematic synthetic phonics. In systematic synthetic phonics the graphemes and corresponding phonemes are taught just before the introduction of words that contain these letters. To read these words, children are taught to pronounce the individual phonemes (sounds) associated with the graphemes (letters) they see, and then to blend them together (synthesise) to form the word.


We follow the Herts for Learning Essential Spelling programme from Year 2 onwards. This is a whole class approach to teaching spelling that enables all children to succeed. This programme focuses more on the teaching of spelling so that children understand how to apply patterns, strategies and knowledge to other words not just a list of words given each week.







Herts for Learning Long Term English Planning

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Attendance percentage for each class.

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  • Reception


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  • Year 2


  • Year 3


  • Year 4


  • Year 5


  • Year 6


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"We are part of God's family. We follow the way of Jesus by loving, learning and doing our best."


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