At Holy Redeemer we plan and teach an enquiry based creative curriculum that captures our pupils’ interests and imagination, making links between different areas of their learning. Through consultation with pupils, staff and parents, we have designed our own Holy Redeemer Curriculum, which will provide the warp through which we weave the content of the National Curriculum, to provide a rich and colourful tapestry of learning for our pupils. Last year we introduced Building Learning Power, where pupils will learn about the 6 Rs that will help them to become better learners (resilience, responsibility, reciprocity, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and readiness). For KS1 we broke these learning behaviours down and worked together to create  characters that the children could try to be like (wonderfully brought to life by Mrs Breakwell). Hover over each image to find out the name of the character and the learning characteristic that they are helping the children to develop. You can also right-click an image to download it (CTRL-CLICK on older Macs).


For teaching phonics we are using Progression in Phonics and Floppy Phonics, and the reading scheme we principally use is Oxford Reading Tree. As some of our classes are mixed year groups, and as the mix of these classes changes from year to year depending on numbers of pupils in each year group, we monitor the learning of all pupils and plan our curriculum each year taking this into account. Follow this link for our long-term subject plans designed in line with the National Curriculum 2014. These are the topics for each class for the academic year 2016-17. Through these topics, Key Stages 1 and 2 will be delivering many curriculum subjects as part a cohesive unit of study. Reception Class will deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (for more detailed information, please see the class pages):

Autumn Term

Reception – Nursery Rhymes, Let’s Celebrate, Multicultural Week (Sikhism) 

Year 1 – Roald Dahl, Castles and Dragons, Seasonal Changes, Everyday Materials, Explorers, Physical Features-Maps-Field Skills, Christmas

Year 2 – Fire, Fire! (The Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes), Multicultural Week (Seikism), Christmas

Year 3 – Meet the Flintstones (Stone Age Study), The Romans, Electricity, Multicultural Week (Judaism)

Year 4 – Victorian Life, To Infinity and Beyond (Space)/Habitats and Living Things, Euro-Express (European Studies), Multicultural Week (Buddhism)

Class 6 –  Roald Dahl: 100 Years, The Impact of the Industrial Revolution (Victorians), Living things / habitats, Evolution and inheritance (revision), Micro-organisms

Spring Term

Reception –Traditional Stories, Transport.

Year 1 – Story Time, Healthy Me, Human and Physical Features, Pershore Locality Study, Florence Nightingale.

Year 2 – Wild Africa (Handa’s Surprise, Masai and I), India (Footprints in the Forest: A Chembakolli Story), The Twits

Year 3 – Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Grow it!, Take One Picture.

Year 4 – Battle of the Bands (Sound), Study of an Artist, Ancient Greece, A Drop in the Ocean (The Water Cycle and States of Matter)

Class 6- Our Amazing World: Mountains, El Salvador, Properties and changes of materials, Earth and space, Light and Electricity (revision)

For several week during the Spring Term the whole school will plan and deliver their curriculum through the National Gallery’s Take One Picture project. This year’s picture is A Roman Triumph, by Peter Paul Rubens. This year’s picture has not yet been announced.

Summer Term

Reception – Dinosaurs, Minibeasts

Year 1 – Nature Detectives, Animal Carnival, Plants, Weather Patterns

Year 2 – Animals, Creatures, Minibeasts!, Beside the Seaside

Year 3 – Grow it!, Around the World, Britain and Europe, Anglo Saxons and The Vikings

Year 4 – Habitats and Living Things: Into the Wild!

Class 6 – The Wind in the Willows, Building Bridges (transition work), Animals including humans, Forces (Revision),



As a Catholic school we teach a Catholic RE curriculum, based on the Diocesan RE Scheme. All year groups learn about different aspects of the key points in the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost as well being taught a unit on prayer, one on Creation and another on an alternative world religion. These are the other topics covered by specific year groups:

Reception: Baptism,  People Who Help Us, People Who Care for Us

Year 1: Families and Celebrations, Following Jesus Today, Forgiveness, Sharing in Jesus’ Life, Healer and Teacher

Year 2: Old Testament Stories and Prayer, Sharing in the Life of Mary and the Disciples, Parables and Miracles, Special Celebrations, Our Church, The Mass

Year 3: Belonging: We Gather as God’s Family, Reconciliation, The Eucharist is a Thanksgiving to God, We Listen to God’s Word at Mass

Year 4: The Story of Abraham to Joseph, Jesus: The Light of the World and Beloved Son, Jesus Teaches us How to Pray, Old Testament: Moses to King David, Sharing in the Life of Christ: the Church as a Community, Special Roles and Responsibilities

Year 5/6: Marriage and Holy Orders, Miracles and the Sacrament of the Sick, Parables and Sayings of Jesus, The Work of the Apostles, Baptism and Confirmation: Celebrations of the Holy Spirit, Belonging to the Church Community, Celebrating the Life of Mary and The Saints

French is taught across the school from Year 2-6.

Music is taught across the school, from Year 1 upwards, by our specialist music teacher, Mr Lister.  Music Curriculum 2016-2017 

For more information about our curriculum, look out for curriculum newsletters from class teachers and view the Class pages of the website.