Our Curriculum

Our Philosophy

We believe the primary school should be a safe and wonderful place where children want to be: where learning happens both within and outside of the classroom. Children will be encouraged to enjoy life whilst at school and discover their fascinations.

Whatever their background they will learn how to shape their own futures and develop their unique capacities and skills rooted in their own interests. They will learn the literacy and numeracy skills needed for life and necessary to progress in their education. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. They will develop their first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship.

A primary education should set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well rounded individuals, mentally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity toward the people, the world and the universe around them

To help us to deliver this we use the Inspire curriculum. The Inspire Curriculum is committed to:

Achievement and succes

Learning and life skills

Creative thinking, innovation and enterprise

Learning through exploration

Stretch and challenge

Developing working memory


Independent and learner-led learning

Collaborative learning

Outdoors and nature

Applied learning

Authentic tasks with a real audience

FUN and positive emotional links

If you would like to find more information on the National Curriculum for each year group please click on the link or contact school 

RE Curriculum 

St Malachy’s School acknowledges that Religious Education is a lifelong process and recognises that the primary years are significant in the lasting impression they make upon our children. Religious Education in school is concerned with helping children search for meaning, value and purpose in life.  The child is not simply learning about religion, they are learning from it.

To fulfill our aims we use the Come and See programme of Religious Education. In accordance with the guidelines from the Bishops' Conference the children at St Malachy’s receive 2.5 hours of Religious Education each week.


We regard children’s entitlement to spiritual, moral, social and cultural education as our primary objective at St Malachy’s.  Our Catholic beliefs and values provide the context for all learning and school experiences.  The ‘CARITAS in Action’ programme is utilized to deliver the social teaching of the Catholic Church.  There are opportunities for the  children plan and work collaboratively on fund-raising and charitable projects that directly benefit our parish and local community.

In addition to CARITAS In Action there are also planned opportunities for ‘Big Questions’ about the purpose and meaning of life.  ‘Big Questions’ are asked and discussed during each ‘Topic’ themed unit of work from the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ which is used to teach core and foundation subjects in line with the requirements of the New Curriculum.

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St Malachy's RC Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester M40 7RG

Tel: 0161 205 3496 | Email: admin@st-malachys.manchester.sch.uk