St. Philip's Catholic Primary School, Messenger Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3DU

Messenger Road
West Midlands
B66 3DU

Tel: 0121 558 1643

Progression of Skills in Our Curriculum

Maths Progression Maps

Our aim is to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning.

Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surrounds them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. To support this aim, each area is segmented into skills which progress through the year groups. These skills can be found below.

English Progression Maps

When planning the units of work for English, we spent lots of time thinking about which grammar and punctuation objectives from the National Curriculum would work well with each purpose.

We then chose five or six key objectives to really embed within the unit. We chose to focus on two main outcomes each half term. This meant that in lessons leading up to writing a final piece, we were able to really embed their grammar and punctuation skills; spend time investigating vocabulary appropriate to the piece; unpicking high quality examples; creating plans and writing collaboratively with peers.

The end results in the four writing purposes document below which guides the English Writing process in school.

The Wider Curriculum

At St Philips we have recently moved away from teaching non-core subjects (Art, DT, Music, Geography and History) through a Thematic Curriculum. Instead we are now devoting time in our timetables to teach each of these subjects individually.

These lessons form part of our afternoon sessions, alongside RE and PE. We feel that teaching all subjects in this manner, promotes a well-rounded education for our children allowing them to find the areas of the curriculum in which they excel and enjoy. We use a progression of skills document to plan coverage to ensure that the teaching is subject specific and enables our children to acquire a wealth of skills and knowledge for later life.

We make use of Sandwell Music Services to support our Music lessons, they visit us each Monday and every child in school receives a music lesson. Singing, pitch and rhythm being the focus in KS1, while our KS2 children all have the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments.

To support our PE lessons, we use external agencies, in some classes, the children also enjoy a lesson taught by their class teacher.

We alternate the teaching of both Geography/History and Art/DT. This takes place on a half-termly basis, we have carefully planned our coverage of these subjects to ensure that children receive a targeted unit of learning on each key strand within the subject, at least within each Key Stage e.g. planning has ensured that all children will receive a unit of painting, in art, in KS1 and then again in KS2.

Non-Core Progression Maps


All documents on this page are in pdf format.