Curriculum Overview

Each year group produces a topic web which is handed out to parents and posted on their class webpage. This topic web provides more detail about what aspects are covered and taught for each new topic.

Children study at primary level for seven years. A reception course in the first year, (YR), Foundation Stage, which is followed by the first two Key Stages of the National Curriculum through years Y1 to Y6. Key Stage 1 refers to the Infant years (Y1 and Y2), Key Stage 2 refers to the junior years (Y3 to Y6).

The National Curriculum consists of five core subjects: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science and Religious Education.
Foundation Subjects: Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education.

Key Learning

Religious Education

Ellel St John’s is a Church of England Primary School and carefully follows the Religious Education syllabus produced by the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education. The syllabus is delivered as follows:

KS1 inc UC Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1 1.1 Harvest. How can we help those who do not have a good harvest?

5 hours total

3+2 Jewish Harvest

1.9 My world Jesus world

4 hours total

1.3 Christmas. Why do we give and receive gifts?

5 hours total

1.4 Jesus was special

5 hours total
1.5 Easter. Celebrating new life and new beginnings

5 hours total

(UC 1.5 Why does Easter matter to Christians)

1.7 Why is baptism special?

7 hours in total

5 + 2 Birth rites-Muslim, Hindu, Sikh

UC 1.1 What do Christians believe God is like?

5 hours in total

Year 2 2.1 The Bible. Why is it such a special book?

10 hours in total

6 + 4 Holy Books
2.2 Christmas. Why was the birth of Jesus such good news?

4 hours in total

(UC 1.3 Why does Christmas matter to Christians.)

2.3 Jesus friend to everyone

6 hours in total

(UC 1.4 What is the Good News Jesus brings)

2.4 Easter. How do Symbols help us understand the story?  signs and symbols

5 hours in total

(UC 1.5 Why does Easter matter to Christians)

2.5 Why is the church a special place for Christians?

10 hours in total

6 + 4 Places of worship – Mosque

2.6 What happened at the Ascension and Pentecost?

4 hours in total

Lower KS2 inc UC Autumn Spring Summer
Year 3 3.6 Harvest

5 hours in total

3 + 2 sukkot –Jewish festival

3.1 Called by God

7 hours in total

(UC 2A.2 What is it like to follow God?)

3.2 Christmas. God with us

4 hours in total

3.3 Jesus the man who changed lives

6 hours in total

(UC 2A.4 What kind of world did Jesus want?)

3.4 Exploring the sadness and Joy of Easter.

5 hours in total

(UC 2A.5 Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?)

UC 2A.1 What do Christians learn from the creation story?

5 hours in total

3.5 Which rules should we follow?

12 hours in total

6 + 6 Rules for living in Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism

Year 4 4.1 God David and the Psalms

6 hours in total

4.2 Christmas. Exploring the symbolism of light.

6 hours in total

4 + 2 Jewish festival Hannukah

4.3 Jesus Son of God

9 hours in total

7 + 2 Jewish Shabbat

4.4 Exploring Easter as a story of  betrayal and trust.

5 hours in total

(UC 2A.5 Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday? CHECK WHAT WAS COVERED IN Y3)

4.5 Are all churches the same?

12 hours in total

6 + 6 Places of worship

4.6 What is prayer?

5 hours in total

4 + 1 How do other faiths pray?

Upper KS2 inc UC Autumn Spring Summer
Year 5 5.1 How and why do Christians read the Bible?


6 + 5 Holy Books Hinduism

5.2 Christmas. The gospels of Matthew and Luke.

4 hours in total

(UC 2B.4 Was Jesus the messiah?)

5.3 Jesus the teacher

6 hours in total

(UC 2A.5 What would Jesus do?  2B.8 What kind of king is Jesus?)

5.4 Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of victory?

5 hours in total

(UC 2B.6 What did Jesus do to save human beings)

5.9 Pentecost, what happened next?

6 hours in total

(UC 2A.6 When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?)

5.5 Exploring the lives of significant women in the Old Testament.

7 hours in total

5 + 2 Jewish festival Purim

Year 6 6.1 Life as a journey and pilgrimage.

10 hours in total

6 + 4 Pilgrimage in Islam and Judaism

6.2 How do Christians prepare for Christmas?

5 hours in total

(UC 2B.4 Was Jesus the Messiah?)

6.3A Why is the Exodus such a significant event in Jewish and Christian history?

6 hours in total

6.3 Why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist?

3 hours in total

6.4 Easter. Who was Jesus? who is Jesus

4 hours in total

(UC 2B.4 Was Jesus the Messiah?)

6.6  Ideas about God

8 hours in total

6 + 2 Names of God in other religions

(UC 2B.1 What does it mean if God is holy and loving)

UC 2B.2 Creation and Science, conflicting or complimentary?

5 hours

Core Subjects

All pupils study the five core subjects: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science and Religious Education, according to the guidelines set out in the National Curiculum. Computing supports all areas of the curriculum, as well as being taught separately. Larger proportions of time are allocated to these core subjects and with particular emphasis on the development of basic skills which are taught in a variety of ways. English and mathematics are timetabled for at least 1 hour each day in all the classes.


English and literacy are regarded as particularly important because the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing are vital to all other curricular areas. Therefore is taught explicitly in English lessons, but also within other other topic areas such as History. The aim of the school is that each child should be articulate, literate and able to listen and to write clearly, legibly and fluently to the best of his or her ability by the time they leave Ellel St. John’s.


At Ellel St. John’s we aim to ensure that each child leaving the school at the age of 11 is numerate, having the skills of computation, measurement and spatial awareness appropriate to his or her ability. The children develop mathematically at their own pace through a carefully structured syllabus. Concepts are formed and built upon through practical, oral, and written work, whilst encouraging an enjoyment of mathematics and a fascination with numbers. Within the Mathematics curriculum, numeracy is given priority. Our approach to number is that mental methods should always be used as a first option when tackling calculations. Other methods are only appropriate when the calculation is beyond the mental capability of the child. Learning multiplication tables is not left to chance and is built into our curriculum.

Foundation Subjects

The foundation subjects of Geography, History, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design and Technology are given sufficient time to make a worthwhile contribution and meet the overall requirements of the National Curriculum. The school has detailed policy documents for all areas of the curriculum and we will be pleased to expand upon this necessarily brief summary of our philosophy.

Thematic Approach

At Ellel St. John’s we aim to foster a love of learning. We want our pupils to be challenged, enthused and skilled to become working citizens of the 21st century. We have consistently high standards in school and always expect the best of our pupils. We deliver a creative curriculum that makes meaningful links between different subjects and one that is based, wherever possible, in our own local area. The engagement of pupils is core to all our teaching and so we plan to integrate valuable, exciting experiences into the curriculum. We make extensive use of the locality and the community to support the curriculum and make regular use of visits and visitors to enrich the learning experiences.

You can find out much more about our topic / curriculum coverage by looking at each year groups’ webpage and BLOGs!