In this section, you will find information about our school’s curriculum, including: 

  • the content of the curriculum we follow in each academic year for every subject
  • the names of the phonics and reading schemes we are using in KS1
  • how parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we follow

Our aim is to equip children not only with the statutory requirements of the curriculum but to prepare them for their role as active, responsible citizens. Our wide range of additional learning opportunities provide an opportunity for the children to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and value each individual. We celebrate success and build on disappointment in order to develop resilient young people of the future.

At Florence Melly, we offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. A curriculum which: promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The curriculum at Florence Melly is determined by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum, Liverpool City Council Curriculum Guidelines and the school’s individual subject policies.

For more details, please click this link to access our Curriculum Statement:

This school curriculum page is intended to give you information about:

What your child will be learning each half term, for the academic year September 2017 – 2018.

Celebration Weeks, what they are, when they are.

Fundraising days and Awareness Raising days.

Sponsored Events.

Guest Speakers who add an extra dimension to your child’s education.

Other events in school that support our curriculum.

You and your child may find this curriculum guide useful as it will:

Encourage discussion at home about your child’s learning.

Encourage your child to develop independence towards their approach to learning at home.

Enable you to organise what your child will need to wear on specific Fund Raising and Awareness Raising days.


Phonics in the EYFS is taught using a combination of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. A parent guide is available using this link (Jolly Phonics Parent Guide) and provides background information on the Jolly Phonics programme and also suggests products that would be suitable for use in the home. In KS1, phonics is taught using the School Improvement Liverpool KS1 Phonics Planning Document.

The guided reading scheme that we have adopted across the whole-school is ‘Collins Big Cat’.

Please visit for further information.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Under the new model, learning and development is divided into seven areas as follows:

Three Prime areas of learning: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional development.

Four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts & design.

The statutory requirements for the EYFS can be accessed using the following link EYFS Statutory Requirements and a helpful parent guide is also available Parent Guide.

KS1 and KS2

At KS1 and KS2 children use the Chis Quigley Essentials Curriculum alongside the National Curriculum. Due to copyright reasons, we cannot allow the full Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to be published on the school website. However, to give clarity, Chris Quigley have created a document for schools using the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to use on their websites in line with DfE requirements. This can be found using the link below:


Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum

Our curriculum provides our pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications.

For further guidance on the National Curriculum can be found using the following link:national-curriculum-logoNational Curriculum

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. Our staff have spent considerable time developing their own long-term curriculum maps for their year groups. These documents outline the content of the curriculum for each year group, across the academic year. They provide insight into what each year group will be teaching.

Whole-School Curriculum Opportunities 2017:18 Whole-School Curriculum Opportunities 2017:18 2 Whole-School Curriculum Opportunities 2017:18 3

Curriculum Activities

At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are committed to providing inspirational and innovative teaching and the highest quality learning experiences for all our pupils. We aim to create an environment which promotes curiosity, a love and thirst for learning and empowers our children to become independent, lifelong learners. Our children are the ‘jewels in our crown’ and we ensure every child is valued, challenged and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Please see below a sample of the wonderful learning opportunities we offer:

Year 3 Brazilian Samba - December 2017

Year 3 Brazilian Samba Performance – December 2017

Year 3 wowed us and their parents with a superb Brazilian Samba performance. The children have worked tirelessly across this term, learning new drumming skills and techniques and this culminated in a fabulous end of term performance. We are so proud of their achievements. The skill they showed to keep a beat with all those drums playing was remarkable. Well done Year 3.

Ready, Steady...COOK - November 2017

Ready, Steady…Cook! – November 2017

What a fabulous morning we had today at Florence Melly! We were treated to a cookery masterclass led by Stuart and Fay from Chartwells (the company who provide our school dinners). Mr Walsh and Mrs Dentith swapped their teacher whiteboard pens for chef whites and competed against each other in a battle to be crowned ‘Florence Melly’s Masterchef’. Four children were selected to join the teachers and they rustled up two delicious dishes in front of the whole school that Jamie Oliver would be proud of. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event as they cheered the teachers and their peers on. The competition was decided by ‘cheer-o-meter’ and was won by Mr Walsh! His dish was so delicious that he is considering leaving the teaching profession to pursue a career in the food industry. A huge thank you to Stuart and Fay from Chartwells who made the event such a success.

Remembrance - November 2017

Remembrance – November 2017

During the week beginning 6th November 2017, in memory of all those who lost their lives at war, our pupils learned all about the significance of the Poppy Appeal and Armistice Day and that it is a very special part of our British culture when we remember the fallen and those who gave their lives to defend Britain. Our Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl led the celebrations by visiting each class selling stick on poppies to our children.  A group of children also visited the grave of Florence Melly, the founder of our school, at the Chapel in Toxteth with Mr Doyle.

Litter Picking and Goodison Park - October 2017

Litter Picking Initiative with Merseyside Policy/Trip to Goodison Park – October 2017

Thank you to our wonderful children who took part in the Litter Picking initiative in association with Walton Lane Police Station. Our children went around the local community and helped clear the area of a large amount of rubbish. The children were rewarded by Merseyside Police with tickets to attend Everton v Arsenal on Sunday 22nd October. The students sat within touching distance of the players in the Family Enclosure and although the result wasn’t great for Everton, they saw lots of action as 7 goals were scored with Arsenal winning 5-2. A special thanks to Mr Derbyshire for organising the event and supervising the children at the game.

Reasoning Skills in Maths - October 2017

Everyone has caught the Maths bug at Florence Melly – October 2017

What is it with maths in our school? The children are loving the challenges presented to them and in Years 2 and 4 they really showed off their skills today. The Halloween theme went down a real treat and provided a superb context for learning as the pupils had to deal with money problems and plan a Halloween party for Mr Heaton. Very impressive indeed!

Digital Footprint Workshops - September 2017

Digital Footprint – October 2017

On 11th October 2017, our Year 5 pupils worked with our Designated Safeguarding Lead Mr Leach, exploring digital footprints. The children were amazed at just how far an online post can travel and they explored how they can protect themselves online and reduce their online footprint. The children created informative posters which have been put on display in the parent room for everyone to see.

The Premier League Trophy at Florence Melly - October 2017

The Premier League Trophy at Florence Melly - October 2017

The Premier League Trophy come to Florence Melly – October 2017

Wow, what an amazing day we have had. Florence Melly Primary School welcomed the Premier League Primary Stars and Liverpool FC Foundation to our school with the Premier League Trophy. Our children had a great time, they had their pictures taken with the trophy, participated in lots of outdoor activities, explored the Premier League Stars values during their SMSC lessons and met the Liverpool Mascot Mighty Red.

European Football at Anfield - September 2017

European Football at Anfield – September 2017

As part of our ongoing community partnership with Liverpool Football Club we were delighted to receive tickets for their return to European football against Sevilla. Our children were given tickets and enjoyed access to the hospitality area as part of the evening. They had a lovely evening, it was just a shame about the score!

Maths Reasoning Skills in Years 6 - October 2017

Maths Reasoning Skills in Year 6 – September 2017

What an amazing way to develop your maths reasoning skills. Our high flying Year 6 pupils explored maths in an extraordinary way today. The children had to complete a series of problems to crack the code and open the safe. They tackled problems relating to decimals and place value and rounding as part of their mission set by Miss Bear. The winning team unlocked their safe to reveal wonderful prizes. Well done Year 6.

Liverpool vs Arsenal - September 2017

Liverpool vs Arsenal – September 2017

Some lucky pupils were treated to a VIP visit to Anfield to watch Liverpool play Arsenal in the new Premiership season. Seven lucky competition winners enjoyed corporate hospitality and enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of football where the best team won! The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, one that many of them had never had the opportunity to experience before.

Birds of Prey - July 2017

Croxteth Park Farm Birds of Prey – July 2017

Many thanks to our colleagues from Croxteth Park Farm who brought some friends into see our Year 2 pupils. Our lucky children got a chance to meet Sky and Mac and their falconer Martin from Croxteth Park Farm. We worked with Walton Park Sports Centre to secure the visit and they have been great in supporting many initiatives in the school. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we thrilled when they got the chance to hold the birds.

 Dan Carden Visits Florence Melly - July 2017

Local MP, Dan Carden, visits Flo Melly – July 2017

As part of our 90th birthday celebrations, Dan Carden our new Walton MP visited our school. He spent time with our school councillors, school historians, staff and governors and even took the time to get stuck into some of the fun day activities on offer. It was a real treat and a pleasure to have him visit our school. He even took to Twitter last night to share his views of our school: “Congratulations to @FloMellyNews on your 90th birthday! I had a great day celebrating with the staff and children – what a wonderful school.”

Flo Melly Bake Off - July 2017

The Flo Melly Bake Off – July 2017

As part of our 90th birthday celebrations, our pupils celebrated the much anticipated Florence Melly Bake Off! Four crazy staff members dressed up as famous ‘Bake Off’ characters and judged the cakes our fantastic pupils baked. A winner was selected from each class and they received a whopping 100 Dojo points for being the ‘Star Baker’. The event was a huge success and the children loved Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue and Mel visiting their classes. Even the Mayor enjoyed meeting the judges!

VIP Visit from the Lord Mayor - July 2017

VIP Visit from the Lord Mayor – July 2017

The Lord Mayor Malcom Kennedy and his wife visited our school to join us in celebrating our 90th birthday! It was an absolute treat and a pleasure to have these very important visitors come to our school. They were hugely impressed with the events taking place and the confidence, attitude and behaviour of our children. The Mayor took to Twitter to thank our wonderful pupils: “the pupils were brilliant. I felt like royalty”.

 Year 4 Visit to the Wirral Country Park - June 2017

Year 4 Visit to the Wirral Country Park – June 2017

As part of their Science topic on habitats, our Year 4 children visited the Wirral Country Park to experience a range of habitats for themselves. A Green Flag award winner, this was the first designated Country Park in Britain. The children experienced the magnificent views of migratory birds over the River Dee, walked on Thurstaston Beach and had a picnic in the grasslands. The children listened inquisitively to expert talks and captured their own mini-beasts. They really brought Science alive!

LFC 125 Year Celebration - June 2017

LFC 125 Year Birthday Celebration – June 2017

This weekend, twenty of our pupils were treated to an extravagant birthday bash as part of Liverpool Football Club’s 125th birthday celebrations. Pupils were invited to attend the event at Anfield with their parents and staff where they met ex footballers and mascot Mighty Red and participated in a whole host of games. The children were treated like royalty and throughly enjoyed the experience. We are so lucky to have developed such a fantastic relationship with the club.

Year 6 Transition Trip to West Kirby - June 2017

Year 6 Transition Trip to West Kirby – June 2017

To help support our wonderful Year 6 pupils with the daunting transition between primary and secondary school, we decided to run our very own transition day. Our school linked with West Kirby Primary School on the Wirral and spent the day learning how to travel safely on public transport and discuss their hopes, dreams and fears with other Year 6 pupils from another school. The day proved to be a huge success and the children were a real credit to the school.

Year 4 Trip to the Roman Experience in Chester - June 2017

Year 4 Trip to the Roman Experience in Chester – June 2017

What a great way to immerse the children into Roman life. The visit began in the dark hold of a Roman Galley. Grapus the Oars Master spoke of the dangers the children would face as they neared the edge of the known world. Upon leaving the Galley the children saw the reconstructed granary, barracks, bath-house, taverna and market stalls that would have formed part of the fortress that was once home to the 5000 strong “brave and victorious” Twentieth Legion. They really did  experience the sights, sounds and smells of Roman Britain. The children participated in a variety of historically themed activities such as trying on Roman Armour, firing a catapult, building a hypocaust and creating a mosaic. What a fantastic way to re-live a time in history!

Hot Chocolate with the Head - May 2017

Hot Chocolate with the Headteacher – May 2017

As part of our constant push to improve the attendance of our pupils, six lucky pupils won a very special prize for having much improved attendance. These pupils demonstrated two of our core values (determination and motivation) over a sustained period of time to improve their attendance and to show our appreciation for their handwork, they spent the afternoon with the Headteacher and enjoyed delicious hot chocolate and doughnuts.

Crown Green Bowls - May 2017

Crown Green Bowls – May 2017

Our Year 5 children have been selected to take part in Crown Green bowling coaching. This takes place each week at Walton Hall Bowling Green. A group of Year 5 pupils have learnt how to play bowls having been taught by older members of the local community. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the bowling club remarked how well behaved the children were. They are a credit to the school. See how much fun they had!

Exploring Street Art in Liverpool – Graffiti on Grafton Street - May 2017

Exploring Street Art in Liverpool – Graffiti on Grafton Street – May 2017

On Friday 9th June 2017, a group of pupils visited Grafton Street in Liverpool to explore the superb street art as part of a project they completed with Mrs Findell. The children were really enthused by the topic on graffiti and to stimulate their curiosity, Mrs Findell and Mr Doyle took the eager learners to see some for themselves. The children documented their visit using iPads and used the photographs they captured to write about their experience.

On the Pitch at Anfield - March 2017

On the Pitch at Anfield – April 2017

A once in a lifetime experience! Nine of our pupils were provided with the opportunity to not only watch Liverpool at Anfield (a first for many of them) but to also walk on the famous turf at half-time! As part of the Red Neighbours programme, the pupils watched Liverpool beat Sunderland and at half time, soak up what it would actually be like to be a professional footballer by waling out infant of 54,000 people. A truly unforgettable experience!