Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils as children of God and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
At the core our curriculum is about developing religiously literate pupils who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect critically, think ethically and contribute meaningfully to society both now and in the future.
At Saint Anne’s this means helping all pupils to:
- Engage in the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith and how it relates to their lives today;
- Develop their skills in English, Mathematics and Science;
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, the environment, different religions and cultures, a foreign language, technology, computing, music and the creative arts;
- Participate in sport and physical activity and understand its impact;
- Engage in Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education;
- Develop positive character traits including resilience, communication, teamwork, problem solving and empathy;
- Develop positive attributes including high self-esteem, positive emotional and mental health, and tolerance, managing risk, respect and ambition.
Our aim is to be motivational and engage pupils in both the process and the content of learning, include learning that takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and the school day.
In both Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11), the subjects of the National Curriculum are taught through integrated themes and topics, which change each term, as well as through subject-based teaching.
There is a strong focus on the development of the core skills of reading, writing, communication and mathematics both within daily English and Mathematics lessons and activities and throughout the curriculum.
This curriculum enables children to see connections in their learning, and develop their thinking skills and creativity. Children also receive at least two hours of dedicated R.E. and Physical Education each week.
Reception is directed by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Each year group has a curriculum plan which can be read below. More information is made available over the year to parents via regular newsletters home.
Our whole school curriculum rationale can be read below:
- Whole School Curriculum Overview - 2017/18 (pdf)
Specific information about the curriculum for each term can be found on each individual Year Group page, which you can jump to below.
Specific Curriculum Areas
The National Curriculum forms the basis of our work and the children are taught the following subjects:
Core subjects: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Computing.
Foundation subjects: Art, Music, History, Geography, Design Technology, P.E., SMSC, Foreign Language.
Saint Anne’s is a Catholic School and Religious Education is taught in accordance with the beliefs of the Catholic Church and following the Diocesan Religious Education Strategy. Our Religious Education programme is designed to develop a deeper understanding of the life of Jesus our guide and knowledge of the important events and feasts of the Church’s year
Furthermore, through the RE Curriculum we explore the main focus of world religions. We accept children of other faiths into our school community and children of all religions are welcome to join all celebrations during school hours.
We invite all parents to join us when we celebrate Mass and themed Assemblies, and especially as partners in preparing their children for the Sacraments.
The National Curriculum forms the basis of our work in English. We develop children’s skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing.
The National Curriculum forms the basis of our work in Mathematics. The Mathematics curriculum promotes high standards in number work, problem solving and data handling.
In Science, children learn to experiment and investigate. They study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and focus on life and physical processes and materials. We aim to develop in the children an understanding of science in everyday life as well as teaching a scientific vocabulary.
Society is increasingly dependent on computers for communication. Children develop their ICT skills by using the computers in our fully equipped IT Suite.
In Key Stage 1, children develop a sense of History based on their own lives. In Key Stage 2, children learn about specific periods of History, from the Stone Age to the Twentieth Century.
In Geography children learn about places, people, weather, and develop geographical skills such as map reading and data gathering.
Children in Key Stage 2 are taught Spanish. They learn a basic vocabulary, how to hold a social conversation and communicate in writing.
In music lessons, children have the opportunity to sing, compose, listen and perform. They also learn about famous composers. All children in Year 4 learn to play the flute and can continue with lessons into Years 5 and 6 if they develop a keen interest. Children in Years 3 and 5 learn to play the Steel Pans.
In Physical Education, children develop skills in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor pursuits, learning to appreciate the importance of keeping fit.
Art and Design
Art is carefully planned to provide a progressive development of skills and artistic approaches and knowledge of famous artists and paintings.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology children work on a range of designing and making activities and become creative problem solvers, both individually and as part of a group.