Curriculum

Our Curriculum Vision

For all children to develop a love of learning and develop their God given talents.

For all children to be numerate, literate and competent technology users.

For all children to be well read individuals with a high level of vocabulary.

For all children to be safe and aware of managing risks.

For all children to have a developed understanding of local, national and global issues.

Introduction

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.

Curriculum Overviews

Information on our curriculum can be read below:

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.

Religious Education

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.

English

The National Curriculum forms the basis of our work in English. We develop children’s skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected subject that has been developed over centuries. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Children need to be able to see links and patterns in mathematics.

The mathematics units of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

Here at St Annes’ the use of concrete objects, practical resources and a wide range of mathematical learning opportunities enables pupils to enjoy maths whilst meeting the expectations of the national curriculum.

Take a look at our year group overviews to see what maths skills the children are learning and how their mathematical skills are built up.

Science

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.

Computing

Society is increasingly dependent on computers for communication. Children develop their ICT skills by using the computers in our fully equipped IT Suite.

History

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.

Geography

In Geography children learn about places, people, weather, and develop geographical skills such as map reading and data gathering.

Foreign Languages

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught Spanish. They learn a basic vocabulary, how to hold a social conversation and communicate in writing.

Music

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.

Physical Education

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.