The fullest possible education

At St Matthew’s our aim is to develop independent, confident and curious learners who have the highest aspirations for their future. Through engaging and varied experiences, St Matthew’s children will explore a challenging and inclusive curriculum; inspiring them to let their light shine.

Our curriculum ensures children are challenged and supported to achieve. We have high aspirations for every child to leave St Matthew’s having achieved academic success. Reading, writing and maths are at the core of our curriculum and our teachers work hard to ensure every child’s individual needs are catered for. Our children’s attainment at the end of Year Six is higher than the national standard with children making excellent progress.

However, St Matthew’s is not an exam factory. We believe children achieve when they are excited and engaged by their learning. Therefore we provide all children with a full, rounded education; an education that prioritises creative arts and sport and is enriched by trips, visitors and special events.

Here is just an example of the curriculum enrichment available to every class.

Nursery and Reception : Weekly dance lessons

Year One : Visit Manchester Art Gallery   

Year Two : Capoeira 

Year Three : Learn a musical instrument  

Year Four : Children’s Shakespeare Festival   

Year Five : Robin Wood Residential adventure

Year Six : RNCM Children’s Opera Project  

Music, drama, art and design are central to our curriculum. We dedicate Monday mornings to art and ensure every child has the opportunity to begin learning three instruments during their primary education. Our children perform Shakespeare at the Royal Exchange with the Children’s Shakespeare Festival and Opera at the RNCM. In Reception and Nursery, our youngest children have weekly dance lessons.

St. Matthew’s is surrounded by woodland, meadows, rivers and ponds. Our incredible outdoor space means we love to learn outdoors. Outdoor learning helps to build confidence, resilience and problem solving skills. We value these skills and the team spirit that is created when we work together outdoors.

Despite being a small school, we provide a broad range of sporting activities for every child. From dance coaches to orienteering, children at St Matthew’s have access to as wide a range of sports as possible. We also promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles with extra-curricular clubs, extensive playground equipment and walk to school schemes.

 The curriculum at St Matthew’s is enriched with a range of activities and events to provide our children with the fullest education possible. This includes school trips to places such as Tatton Park, where the children spend the day as a WW2 evacuee, and exploring Roman Britain in Chester. Every term the school comes ‘off timetable’ for special events and surprises for the children. Last year the children enjoyed birds of prey flying around the school hall, learning circus skills and meeting a Viking!

To excite our children about their learning journey, we provide each child with a learning passport which outlines the curriculum enrichment opportunities they can enjoy. Please take a look at them here:

Learning passport Nursery 2018 2019

Learning passport Reception 2019 2019

Learning Passport Y1 2018 2019

learning passport Y2 2018 2019

Learning passport Y3 2018 2019

Learning passport Y4 2018 2019

Learning passport Y5 2018 2019

Learning passport Y6 2018 2019

On this page are also detailed copies of our curriculum documents for each phase and class. They give a summary of the curriculum that the children in those classes will be studying whilst they are in that particular class.  However, to get a real flavour of our curriculum offer, then please take a look at the class blogs on this site. They show the brilliant learning that has been taking place across the school every week. Follow the link here: Class blogs

Curriculum summaries 



Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six