English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School

Dee Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 4BE
Tel: 0118 937 5466
Email: admin@englishmartyrs.reading.sch.uk

Our Primary Curriculum


Our Curriculum in Years 1-6

In Year’s 1-6, we teach the National Curriculum through ‘Inspire’; a cross curricular scheme published by Cornwall Learning.

You can find overall details of how Inspire is taught in each year group here.  

You will find more specific details of Inspire, by visiting the Inspire website and clicking on the relevant page:


 Religious Education

Being a Catholic School, RE is at the heart of our curriculum and covers 20% of the timetable. We follow the God Matters scheme, prescribed by the Portsmouth Diocese. A unit planner for God Matters, outlining what is taught in each year group, can be found here:

God Matters Unit Planner


Maths in the National Curriculum

Maths in Years 1-6 is taught separately from Inspire. You can find details of the mathematical areas taught in each year group below, as well as an overall explanation as to how the school teaches maths: 

Maths is a core subject with a range of cross-curricular links but most often, is best taught discretely, using opportunities from other subjects to rehearse skills in a context. Numeracy involves developing confidence and competence in number work; shape, space and measure; handling data and the using and applying of these skills.

The New Maths Curriculum is set out into 6 sections.

  • Number– including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions and Percentages.
  • Measurement.
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Algebra.
  • Geometry – including Position and Direction.
  • Statistics. 

What are the key changes for Mathematics and how will it affect your child?

There are many changes to the current curriculum here are some of the key differences:

  • The New Curriculum has a much greater emphasis on mental maths, calculation and fractions, in addition to children being required to understand and use numbers that are much larger than those of the previous curriculum.
  • Children are expected to know all table facts to 12 x12 by Year 4.
  • One of the biggest changes is that by the time the children are at the end of Year 3 they must be able to use a formal written method for all operations.
  • Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 and learn number bonds to 20.
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.

For those who are interested to find out more information, click here, this will link to the statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of mathematics from September 2014.


If would like to know the methods our children use in maths, please use the clickable links below.


Year 1  Year 2 Year 3
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


PE Curriculum

PE is also taught as a separate subject. An overview of the PE topics covered in each year group can be found below:

EYFS Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6  


 If you require a paper copy of our curriculum, please contact the school office. There may be a charge for photocopying.