Growing Together
Respecting Each Other

Our Curriculum

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the EYFS and National Curriculum 2014, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes that which the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave in and around our school. Within our curriculum we have considered the unique environment of St Helens and it’s rich history, along with it’s links to Liverpool.

School does not follow a purchased scheme of work. We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of our children taking into account our local environment, our place within the UK and the world. Details of our curriculum content can be found by reading our curriculum maps.

We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds for our teaching of phonics and we use Little Wandle Reading to support the phonics scheme.

Foundation Subjects

Hello, my name is Mr Sutcliffe and I am the middle leader for foundation subjects at Sherdley Primary School. I joined the school in September 2021 and I have been a subject coordinator for many curriculum areas in my previous schools, such as maths, PE, science and computing.

My role covers all the ‘foundation’ subjects – Art, DT, Computing, Music, MFL (French), RE, History, Geography and PSHE as well as Science. These subjects are very important to us because they allow us to take our learning from our reading, writing and maths lessons and broaden our experiences and learning outside of the classroom and into the real world.

I support the subject curriculum leaders by leading internal moderations, known as ‘deep dives’, which help subject coordinators understand how the teaching and learning of their subject is performing across the school. This involves working with the school leaders to speak to teachers and children about each subject, and then working with the subject coordinator to find ways to improve how a subject is taught by teachers and being learnt by children.

I also deliver training at staff meetings with updates about how recent research or findings from other schools can help us to be consistent and improve the way which we plan, teach and learn across all subjects at Sherdley Primary.

If you would like to know more about my role or the foundations subjects at Sherdley Primary School, please come and speak to me.


Our Curriculum Intent Statement

Sherdley Primary School Vision:  Growing together, respecting each other.

Mission statement:  To inspire children to achieve their true potential in a happy and safe environment.

Curriculum Intent

Sherdley Primary School aims to provide opportunities for our pupils to meet our expectations, which are as easy as A, B, C, D, E:

  • Always follow instructions
  • Be resilient
  • Caring, sharing and kind
  • Demonstrate responsibility to others and self
  • Expect the best of ourselves

We feel that these expectations help our pupils to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We aim for all learners to enjoy their education and make good progress from their different starting points, in all areas of learning. Pupils are helped to achieve their potential within the Sherdley family, we recognise that every child is unique; we tailor the learning, curriculum and provision to embrace the individual’s personal interests that are reflective of our community and to meet their needs.

Our immersive curriculum, which follows the National Curriculum, has been designed to meet the diverse needs of all our children and community. It aims to give them the life opportunities, ambition and aspiration that will enable them to become fulfilled, successful and responsible citizens for the world that they will inhabit. Our curriculum is broad and balanced in order to ensure that all the pupils at Sherdley are given the opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and experiences in odrer for them to flourish in their educational 'carer' and beyond. 

Sherdley Primary School
Mill Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 4HA
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