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St Cuthbert's Primary

Introduction to St. Cuthbert’s International Work

At St. Cuthbert’s, we value children’s international learning very highly and encourage children to explore and understand their role as part of our ‘global community’. We provide opportunities for children to consider how their actions have an impact on their neighbours across the globe and on the world around them, encouraging the children to allow that knowledge and understanding to positively influence their day-to-day choices.
International learning is woven throughout the curriculum, with exploration of the Global Sustainable Development Goals embedded into a range of subjects and topics throughout the year. Children work on projects with our global partnership schools (currently including schools in France, Tanzania and India) and through more locally based projects, such as the ‘Scholars into Schools’ projects organised by Durham University.
These projects provide the children with a real-life context for their learning and give them the opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of cultures, traditions and languages other than our own. We work hard to challenge perceptions and expand the children’s global understanding and experience. Through this, the children learn to treat themselves and others with respect, understanding and empathy, celebrating each other’s similarities and differences. We help children to understand and value others’ way of life, guiding them in recognising how much we can learn from each other and how we can all work together, as equal and respected partners, to build a better world for ourselves and for our global neighbours and friends.
Through our MFL curriculum, we also encourage the children to embrace their role as a ‘global citizen’ and recognise the value of language as a tool in building relationships, positive communication and showing respect for others. The children explore and develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable them to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning in KS3 and beyond.
Being a faith school, our international work and educating the children as global citizens has an additional facet. We use scripture and resources from CAFOD to support the children’s understanding of the world around them, their global neighbours and the effect humans are having on the planet. We strive to equip them with the knowledge and skills to become a responsible life-long global citizen, caring about their world and becoming more adept and proactive in living positively and harmoniously with their global neighbours.

Welcome to St Cuthbert’s STEM page

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. STEM is important because it is present in every part of our lives. By exposing our children in school and at home to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will hopefully develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a STEM field. 

Here you will find videos uncovering different jobs in the STEM field, photographs of our children taking part in STEM activities/challenges in class or in the wider community and every week we will upload an activity you can carry out at home together as a family. Remember to send us any photos of you and your families completing these challenges so we can share with our school community.

Hello everyone

    This week all of your activities are based around different kinds of faces and their similarities and differences. We know …

Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to the Year Six page – we are delighted that you found some time to come and visit.  On this page, you will be able to keep up to date with all of the fantastic experiences we have  and you will also be able to find out useful information about your child’s learning.  
Year Six is a really important year for the children for lots of reasons.  Of course, we have SATs to prepare for, but just as importantly, this year gives the children many fantastic opportunities to grow as individuals.  As well as our residential trips to the Youth Village, this year we will be performing two shows – the first of which will be our performance of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ at the Gala theatre in Durham.    
Please visit the site regularly to keep up to speed with important dates and information.  
Many thanks

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

We have an enjoyable year ahead for your child and we are sure that they will enjoy the topics that we are covering. Year 1 is the first year of Key Stage 1 and the children will be formally assessed every half term.

Children will be ‘set’ for their literacy RWI lesson and will receive spellings to learn weekly based on a particular sound with a few HFW/tricky words to learn also. Reading books will be changed twice a week. This will  be on a Monday and a Friday. Please make sure your child has read their books and that their reading records have been signed with any comments. We listen to the children read every day, as part of their Read, Write Inc lesson. We will also listen to the children read their home reader regularly and review their book level each term.

In June all Year 1 children will be assessed in their phonics ability through the compulsory government’s phonics screening check. This check will assess your child reading 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. For further information about this or to help your child at home please visit here:

Children will also be set Maths homework. This may be an activity to consolidate learning or a Mathletics activity which will be set on a weekly basis.

Thank you in advance for supporting your child with regular reading at home.

If you require any more information, please feel free to get in touch.

Welcome to Year 5

In Year 5, we begin to prepare children for the challenges of Year 6 and the transition to Secondary school. The children get an exciting opportunity to experience Secondary school in the summer term.

As part of their preparation, we nurture the children to become independent learners as they thrive when they are engaged in their own learning and have responsibility for it. Through a range of exciting topics across the year, such as Earth and beyond, the children get to use their talents and creativity to improve their knowledge and skills in a way that suits them. Please see our curriculum map to view all of the topics we cover this year.

Year 5 routines:
Spellings are given out on Monday to be practised at home. The children are then tested on their spellings at school on Friday.

Homework menus are given out at the beginning of each term. The children choose an item off the menu to do each week and hand in their homework book every Friday.

Reading at home is really important to help the children improve their reading skills and widen their vocabulary so books are sent home. Please could you listen to your child read and sign their diary once they have finished the book. The children should ideally change their book twice a week.

PE takes place on Monday and Thursday. Please could children have full PE kit (including jogging bottoms) in school at all times.

We hope that the children will enjoy the year, always striving to be the best that they can be so that they are ready for their transition into Year 6 and the added responsibilities that come with this.