Progressive curriculum


English and Maths

At St Bernadette’s we use the statutory guidance as set out in the National Curriculum 2014 for English and Maths.  To support planning of Maths we use White Rose and our English curriculum is mapped out so progression of writing and reading skills are sequenced in accordance with NC expectations.   For assessment of Reading, Writing and Maths, teachers use assessment grids  (Key Performance Indicators: KPIs).


Foundation subjects

St Bernadette’s have developed a progressive, sequential planning and assessment strategy for all foundation subjects, which is personalised to our children and school context (school KPIs- Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, French and Music).

  • School leaders have used the statutory elements of the National Curriculum 2014 to plan progressive and sequential coverage for each stage of learning.
  • Leaders have also considered essential prior learning and key vocabulary for each year group.
  • Teachers use these documents and planning and assessment frameworks.
  • Key learning (in purple writing) indicates awareness of necessary and progressive learning essential to secure as a stepping stone to accessing next stage of learning (this purple learning will link to the metacognition in Year group Medium Term Plans)
  • Any bold KPIs may need more than one lesson or breaking into small steps



At St Bernadette’s, we have a clear vision of our curriculum expectations and have created long-term Curriculum plans for all year groups and subject areas.  An overview of subject areas are mapped out across all year groups to ensure excellent coverage and progression.


Bespoke medium and short term planning provides greater depth and creativity to expected learning.