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Children at St. Nicholas are taught  a topic based curriculum. We regularly review our Curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of  our pupils. Where possible we link different subjects together to develop pupils' skills. Please click on the link to open the whole school curriculum map.  For any further information, please see the class pages where there will be newsletters and photographs about the topics being taught. 

Curriculum Intent Statement

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6


At Newchurch St. Nicholas we have designed our curriculum to acknowledge that within our diverse school community children are all individuals bringing different experiences and personalities to school.


Our curriculum aims to develop basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values by engaging pupils in learning which is tailored to their needs through providing exciting , relevant opportunities which motivate our children and develop critical thinking and give them a thirst for learning. Timetabling prioritises Maths, English and Phonics which are taught for the vast majority of the time in the morning . Core skills are reinforced through cross curricular work which enables children to make links . Our curriculum also aims to capitalise on the school’s local community recognising changes within it and the impact of these on its culture and opportunities.


We acknowledge the Christian foundation of our school and foster close links with church. Our Christian values are threaded through everyday life at St Nicholas and promote tolerance and understanding, positive attitudes to learning and foster healthy relationships.


We are committed to ensuring that  the education the children receive here will provide them with ambition and inspire them to further their horizons. Our curriculum will provide a firm foundation which will enable children to build their potential and progress confidently into the next phase of their education and life journey. It is also part of our vision that in the ever changing world we live in, our children are equipped to embrace whatever comes their way with a positive outlook.

Our pupils will leave with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit Christian community.


Curriculum maps for each class can be found on the class pages. 

Newchurch St. Nicholas Pupil Passport 

At Newchurch St. Nicholas we believe that there is more to coming to school than just sitting in a classroom.

School years should be filled with fun, memorable events and it is with this in mind that we have created a ‘Passport’ that we will aim to complete with our pupils during their time with us.

Please click on the link to view the passport.


At Newchurch St Nicholas, we teach phonics using the government recommended programme called, ‘Letters and Sounds’.

‘Letters and Sounds’ is a fast paced, clearly progressed phonic programme that takes children through six phases.

Children progress through the phases at different speeds. In order to make this learning relevant to all children, we have grouped them according to the phase they are at.

Phonics is taught in daily twenty five minute sessions before lunch. A variety of short activities make up these sessions. Phonics at Newchurch is as interactive and engaging as possible to enable all children to access the work.

We  use Phonics Bug to plan and deliver our phonics sessions. Our reading books are also linked to this so that children can read books that they are able to phonically decode. 

Below is a list of the different sounds and tricky words your child will be taught at each learning phase.

In Phase 2 children will be practising blending sounds for reading and learning to read tricky words. 

If you require any further information please speak to your child’s class teacher.


Phase 1:

Children are encouraged to listen to sounds in their environment. 

Ask your child questions e.g. ‘What can you hear? How do you know?’


Phase 2:

The following sounds are taught...

Set 1: s a t p

Set 2: i n m d

Set 3: g o c k

Set 4: ck e u r

Set 5: h b f,ff l,ll ss 

The children learn one set per week and are taught to blend sounds as they learn them.


Phase 3:

Set 6: j v w x

Set 7: y z,zz qu 

The following graphemes are taught...

ch sh th (as in that) th (as in think)

ng (as in strong) ai(as in paid) ee (as in week) igh (as in night)

oa (as in coat) oo (as in wood) oo (as in moon) ar (as in car)

or(as in torn) ur (as in turn) ow (as in cow) oi (as in coin) 

ear(as in ear) air (as in air) ure (as in sure) er (as in her)  


Phase 4:

Children are taught to blend and segment a variety of words, shown below

Consonant Vowel Consonant Consonant words eg. Tent

CCVC words eg. Frog

CCVCC words eg. Crisp

CCCVCC words eg. Shrink


Phase 5:

Children are taught the alternative spellings for the sounds they learned in Phase 3.

ay day oy boy wh when a-e make ou out ir girl ph photo e-e these ie tie ue blue ew new i-e like ea eat aw saw oe toe o-e home au Paul u-e rule

Teaching alternative sounds for spellings:

wh, ph

ai, a-e, eigh, ey, ei

ea, e-e, ie, ey,y



y, i

ow, o-e, o, oe

ew, ue, u-e

aw, au, al

ir,er, ear


Phase 6

Mainly concerns itself with teaching spelling. We follow the No Nonsesnse Spelling approach at Newchurch St Nicholas. More information can be found on the spelling page. 

  • We look at how to use and spell past tense words 
  • We learn rules to help us make correct spelling choices  
  • We learn how to add suffixes eg, ed, ing, ly, est, ful, s, es,            
  • We learn how to proof read. 


Some useful websites for all phonics phase games can be found at:


At Newchurch St Nicholas we use the No Nonsense approach to spelling. Further information can be found on the attached documents. 

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