St Columba C.of E.

Primary Academy

Changing Lives, Building Futures



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.

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


Our curriculum is based upon learning through cross curricular projects. The projects are chosen to be relevant and stimulating for the children. The children are sometimes involved in choosing what is 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. It 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 where possible, 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.   We aim to enable each child to  enjoy their learning together with making good progress and achieving success.


 We want each child to:


  • Work hard and do their best.
  • Make good progress in their learning;
  • Have a positive attitude towards their learning;
  • Be respectful ad cooperate well with others.
  • 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 of our children.



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


This begins with our 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 independent and successful learners.


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 encourage everyone to have high expectations of themselves and others.    Children and staff are challenged and supported to get the best possible outcomes across all areas of the curriculum.

Teaching Methods

At St Columba there is one class in each year group; teachers plan carefully to meet the needs of every child and to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum.   English and Mathematics are taught in the morning with other areas of the curriculum taught in the afternoon sessions across the week.  A range of teaching methods are used depending on the subject area and the needs of the children.  


English comprises of Guided Reading, Writing, and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and is taught through a core text linked to the half-term topic which enables learning to be cross curricular and relevant. 


In Mathematics teaching we use a Mastery approach which includes teacher input, guided practice and independent learning every day. The programme is designed to ensure continuity and progression across the year groups.  


Other subjects taught discreetly include Science, Computing, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal Devleopment and Music. Subjects incorporated into the Topic Learning are History, Geography and Art & Design.


French is taught as a modern foreign language to children in Years 3-6. 



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