St. Anne's Curriculum
At St Anne’s Catholic Primary School we want every child to be happy in school and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. Our children learn a broad and balanced curriculum including a range of opportunities to help them gain knowledge, understanding and skills that will excite and ignite their curiosity. They are all taught the National Curriculum subjects including an experience of scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning. We want children to learn through an enriched curriculum within and beyond the classroom placing a clear emphasis on extra-curricular learning by doing and experiencing. We want our children to learn to appreciate the importance they have in our lives, our Church and our country. To do this, it is important they understand the key lessons from history and modern-day life by developing a sound knowledge of the best that has been thought and said. By doing this, they will appreciate human creativity and achievement.
We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.
Intent – What we are trying to achieve?
- Our principal aim is that children leave St Anne’s Catholic Primary School with a wide range of happy and rich memories formed through interesting and exciting experiences that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus ensuring that children see learning as an ongoing process not a one-off event.
- Children will experience a broad and balanced curriculum, which meets the National Curriculum expectations. The individual subjects will be taught by highly-qualified staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in learning.
- All children will study RE for 10% of their curriculum time in order for them to develop a deep understanding of the Catholic Church as well as other faiths.
- Children will also have opportunities to reflect on their own spirituality and develop a relationship with God. They will appreciate the foundation of our faith ie to show love, respect and mercy to others. They will be able to adapt their behaviour and ability to manage relationships using the teachings of Jesus Christ.
- All children will have access to an enriched curriculum. For example, opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider such as theatres or places of geographical or historical interest. The school grounds and locality will be used for learning about, and appreciating, the local environment.
- Children will develop a deep understanding of the subjects they are studying. They will increasingly use their prior knowledge to solve problems and develop the sophistication of their work.
- A PSHE and Citizenship curriculum will be taught to all Key Stages. It will ensure that all children understand their role in fundamental British Values. Children should come to appreciate the impact that their personal behaviour has on others and how to resolve issues of moral conflict when they arise. They should also appreciate those with different views, religions or cultures from themselves, and how multi-cultural Britain adds to the richness of our country.
- Children will be taught how to appropriately use and select technology whilst understanding the potential abuse of such technology ranging from cyberbullying to fraud to fake news.
- Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live and how environmental issues impact on our planet.
- All children will learn about healthy lifestyles and the importance of physical exercise through an extensive programme of fitness and health awareness topics.
- Implementation – How do we translate our vision into practice?
- The number of lessons per subject varies as set out in the school Curriculum Plan .
- Highly qualified staff are, and will be, employed across the school. This includes specialist teachers from our partner secondary school, Blessed William Howard in Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Music. This not only means that children are being taught by subject experts but also aids transition and ensures that children are secondary ready.
- Carefully designed schemes of learning in all subject areas ensure consistency and progress of all learners.
- During each half-term, vehicles for learning are used to provide an exciting, interesting and relevant focus for learning. Each vehicle drives learning throughout the period of learning and is launched at the start of the half-term. The vehicle is not a “topic” in the traditional sense because it is designed to deliver much more than just the national curriculum subjects. The vehicle provides opportunities for children to learn about the management of themselves, relationships and situations.
- Vehicles include guest speakers who are specialists in their field, trips to businesses, fieldwork to relevant places of interest, innovative use of technology to name but a few.
- Each subject is taught individually but plays a key role in the achievement of the learning aims of the vehicle. For example, a focus on the local housing market could include calculating the area of different newly built houses, whilst the modern foreign language lessons focus on preparing a presentation for potential foreign employees of a local business who would need to move to the area. Art and design results in the feedback of an interior designer being used to design a showroom after visiting an actual show home and marketing suite.
- Success criteria in every lesson are set in order to guide children to achieve their potential. This ensures work is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum.
- High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Spiral learning is a key focus of all formative and summative assessment with teachers actively marking work in lessons in order to identify misconceptions early. This also reduces staff workload in terms of marking in their own time. It also enables teachers and support staff to act on the findings from work to secure the best possible outcomes. Furthermore, teachers and peers give feedback on relationships, teamwork and contributions to projects. Children use this feedback to improve their work in subsequent vehicles.
- High quality input from experts and educational resources complement the delivery of specialist learning admirably.
- A school calendar sets out the enrichment opportunities for all students at the beginning of the year. This includes trips, educational opportunities, gifted and talented events and special theme events.
- Physical fitness and health-awareness is a key part of the Pastoral/Citizenship/PE curriculum.
- Children learn maths following a mastery approach so they develop a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts that allow them to develop a knowledge that builds confidence and prepares them for their futures.
Impact – What is the impact of our curriculum on the students?
- Children are happy, feel cared for, and have excellent relationships with others. They know how to deal with challenges and have a range of strategies to overcome them.
- Faith plays a key role in the lives of the children and the decisions they make.
- Children have experienced a wide-ranging number of issues that face them today/will do so in the future, and know appropriate responses to them.
- A large number of visits have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.
- Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in all subjects, reflected in outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning across the curriculum and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
- There is a proven track record of test success that reflects the impact of deep learning.
- Clear outcomes focus and guide all development plans and drive improvement.
- Children are confident, resilient and actively engaged in the wider society.
- The importance of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles are clearly articulated and practised by children.
- Fundamental British Values are evident in the school and understood by all members of the community.
Reading and Phonics
Our approach to learning phonics in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1 (Key Stage 1) is through using as well as . We have a multisensory approach in EYFS and by using the pupils are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.
provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Throughout KS1, pupils are provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression with their reading. We use the popular and well- established , Collins Big Cat for Letters and Sounds and Rigby Star schemes.
As pupils move into KS2 (Key Stage 2), they continue to follow a reading scheme in order that they learn more advanced deduction and inference skills. Opportunities are provided for children to read a wide range of texts written by different authors and to develop a love of reading.
At St Anne’s Catholic Primary School we value every pupil and the contribution they have to make. As a result we aim to ensure that every child achieves success and that all are enabled to develop their skills in accordance with their level of ability.
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
The National Curriculum for mathematics (2014) describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. Combined with our Calculation Policy, this ensures continuity, progression and high expectations for attainment in mathematics.
It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. At St Anne’s we use the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.