Other Subjects

MFL—Modern Foreign Languages

In Key Stage 2, children are taught French enabling them to make substantial progress in one language. MFL is delivered weekly, in dedicated language lessons, however children are also encouraged to use their language skills in other areas of the curriculum. Lessons are practical, fun and interactive with a balance of spoken and written language being taught. Children are encouraged to communicate ideas and feelings in speech and in writing using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. The focus of study is on practical communication.

The high-quality teaching of MFL, enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers. It also provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, and learn new ways of thinking.


“In their sustained quest to improve, school leaders work in teams to evaluate and develop specific areas of the curriculum, for example introducing the teaching of Modern foreign languages.”                                                                             

Ofsted, September 2007


Design and Technology

Design and Technology aims to prepare pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Our Design and Technology curriculum is exciting, inventive and  fun . The Design and Technology curriculum aims for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They will learn to look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems using the thinking skills approach.

Pupils are taught skills in using tools and techniques in combining materials. They will then use the skills in the production of their designs. Built into this process of designing and making is evaluation of their own work and the work of others improving speaking and listening skills.

As part of their work with food, pupils have the opportunity to prepare, cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Children will be taught to:

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and
  • understand where food comes from.

What is very apparent across the school is the emphasis on opportunities to develop pupils’ key skills in all subjects, suitably celebrated through high quality displays throughout the school.”                                                                                            

Ofsted, September 2007


PSHE and Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship, is a non-statutory subject that supports the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum, which meets pupils’ needs and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of adult life. The programme of study includes three core themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

Embedded within our Mission Statement, we give all children the opportunity to achieve, believe and care, by providing our children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, Christian values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Our Citizenship team consists of Mrs Waterworth and Mrs Lochrie.


Here at St Wilfrid’s our Citizenship curriculum plays a lead role in strengthening British Values. We aim to ‘promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths.

Citizenship is also addressed through other subjects such as RE, Science and Geography. The school offers further citizenship opportunities, including an annual mini enterprise project (Year 6).

Mentally Healthy Schools Award

The school has recently received a gold award for Emotional Health and Well Being (EHWB). The lead member of staff involved with EHWB, is the Headteacher, with the Chair of Governors and the Citizenship coordinators.

Young Citizenship Award

This award is open to all pupils in the school from Year 1 to Year 6 as recognition of their contribution to a local community project or voluntary activity.

Sex Education

This is taught as part of the PSHE curriculum across the Academy. As children enter their final two years of primary education, parents are invited into school prior to the delivery of Puberty and Growing Up lessons, so that they are more aware of the curriculum. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education in Year 6. All lessons are appropriate to the pupil’s age and maturity and it is taught within a moral, family oriented and Christian framework. Staff work with experienced outside agencies in the planning and delivery of sex education.

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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