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St Columba C. of E. Primary Academy’s curriculum is underpinned by our vision and values. Our aim is to engage all children through a challenging and stimulating curriculum, so that they are excited to learn and become lifelong learners.

Year teams have organised their curriculum around overarching themes through which all subjects in the primary curriculum are taught.  Daily Mathematics and English lessons based upon the requirements of the National Curriculum focus on high quality learning of essential key skills needed to become independent learners who are confident and resilient. These skills can then be applied in meaningful contexts in other areas of the curriculum.

Please follow the links below to each year group’s page to read more about the curriculum your children will be experiencing.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)


Our curriculum is based upon learning through cross curricular projects. The chosen projects are to be relevant and stimulating for the children, the children are even involved sometimes in choosing subjects and resources to be taught.


Each project is planned and taught in line with the new 2014 National Curriculum objectives to ensure continuity and progression across the school. Learning within the projects is based upon the acquisition of key skills and learning values.


Our curriculum provides the perfect mix of knowledge, creativity and skills development to promote excellence and enjoyment of learning. We believe that exciting, engaging lessons, adapted individually to each child’s needs are the best way to ensure every child succeeds.


Reading, Writing and Maths are taught daily in our Academy, ensuring that all children develop the key skills they will need. These skills are then used in other subjects, giving children opportunities to refine, practise and apply their knowledge.


All teachers tailor their lessons carefully to ensure that every child can access the curriculum - whatever their ability - in order to succeed.


Our curriculum will enable each child to not only enjoy their education but also to make progress and achieve.


At St Columba every child is important and deserves success. We will support and help every child to become the best they can possibly be. We want each child to:


  • Have high expectations of what they can and will achieve;
  • Achieve the very best they can;
  • Make progress in their learning;
  • Have a positive attitude towards their learning;
  • Have a healthy lifestyle;
  • Feel safe and secure;
  • Be proud of their school and their uniform;
  • Be polite, kind and helpful members of the community.


But most of all to…


Enjoy school!


At St. Columba, we endeavour to achieve all of this, for all our children.



Our team of dedicated staff provide every child with a warm, supportive environment in which to develop and mature.


This begins with our before school Breakfast Club and finishes with a wide range of after school activities run by our Academy staff.


In the wider community, links have been forged through a variety of offsite educational excursions as well as visitors being welcomed to the school.


Our most important visitors are our parents, who we regularly invite in to spend time with their children, sharing in their academic achievements.


Support and Challenge


We have an in-depth understanding of our individuals’ abilities enabling us to cater for each of their needs, supporting them to become successful learners.


Our children thrive due to our careful planning of the curriculum, ensuring all children are enjoying challenging activities and encouraged to direct their own learning.


Our inclusion team dedicate themselves to promoting confident and independent children through nurturing and matching the needs of the children to their abilities. We enable each child to fulfil his/her potential, within a culture of praise and encouragement.


High Expectations = High Achievement


At St. Columba Church of England Academy we all have high expectations and we feel that by having high expectations of ourselves and each other, we encourage those around us to have high expectations of themselves.


A culture of high expectation leads to the highest achievers as we all strive to better ourselves.


Children and staff are challenged and supported to get the best possible outcomes. Children, with the support of their teacher, set themselves goals and targets which they then challenge themselves to meet.

Teaching Methods

At St Columba there is one class in each year group; teachers plan meticulously to meet the needs of your child and to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum.   English is taught in classes as that way staff are able to maximise the cross curricular opportunities for the teaching and application of key skills in both reading and writing. The Mathematics curriculum is supported by a programme of Mathematics learning called CLIC Maths which includes weekly Big Maths Beat That tests that the children really enjoy.  CLIC stands for counting, learn its, it’s nothing new and calculation; this forms part of the Mathematics teaching each week and prioritises mental Maths skills such as number bonds and times tables.


A mixture of whole class teaching, focused group teaching, discovery time, independent challenge time, investigation time or enquiry time is used throughout the Academy.  The key to which method is used at St Columba is a combination of the needs of the children and the requirements of the subject being taught.  We will always attempt to match our teaching to the learning styles of our children.   There are times when an individual child or a small group of children may work with a teacher or learning support assistant away from the classroom in order to catch up with their peers or extend their learning further.

Additional Information on the Curriculum can be obtained from your child's class page above or from your child's class teacher.