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Curriculum Statement

 

St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Statement

 

Curriculum Intent

At St Anne’s’ we recognise that we are building the foundations for life-long learning with Christ at the centre. We want to capture and nurture a love of learning that our pupils will carry with them as they grow. We offer a rich and vibrant curriculum which is ambitious and inclusive for all learners.  We place an emphasis on the knowledge and understanding that- “Each one of us is unique and each one of us is special because we are created by God’s love”- by nurturing fostering the development of courteous, co-operative and caring individuals who are sensitive to the needs of others and form and maintain constructive relationships based on respect. Our children are encouraged to aim as high as they can whilst also enjoying their childhood and benefiting from as many opportunities and experiences as possible.

We have an innovative curriculum which is regularly reviewed and improved. There is whole school clarity of our purpose to help all children to succeed in their academic, personal and spiritual development. Through our curriculum and teaching we aim for pupils to become: Articulate, Informed and Empowered.

 

A whole school focus on the curriculum ensured all subjects are coherently planned and sequenced to build knowledge and skills. Schemes of work, progression grids and knowledge organisers support teachers in planning coherent learning which builds upon, revisits and extends prior learning.

In order to achieve this the Governors, Headteacher and Staff recognise the need to constantly review our .practice to ensure our goals are being achieved.

 

Principles and purpose

 

Our curriculum will:

  • Promote our Gospel Virtues and values, including British Values, so children take responsibility for themselves and their actions, are respectful, tolerant and develop resilience. This includes quality PSHE  and RSHE so that pupils are able to develop a positive sense of well-being and keep themselves safe and healthy.
  • Develop the requisite knowledge, understanding  and skills to think and act spiritually and morally, to engage in the culture in which they live and to understand and appreciate the cultures of others.
  • Provide a knowledge rich, engaging and memorable programme of study which is tailored to the needs of our pupils and one which applies strategies to overcome potential barriers to learning that we as a school identify.
  • Develop pupils’ subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills, inspire a love of learning that is aligned with national intent so that pupils can achieve well in school, in readiness for their next stage in education.
  • Inspire pupils to learn with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
  • Develop the attitudes and behaviours that pupils will need to succeed in the world and will create confident and successful lifelong learners.
  • Work in partnership with parents, carers and families and the wider school community to mould and inspire active, resilient and caring citizens of the future who have a respect for the people around them and make a positive contribution.
  • Nurture young people to be virtuous individuals who are equipped with the strength and courage to put their faith into action to become full and active members of society.

 

Through our Catholic ethos, we acknowledge our responsibility to all, to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school family. We believe in lifelong learning aiming to equip our children to live life today and for tomorrow walking in the footsteps of Jesus.

 

Mission:

 

Each one of us is unique

Each one of us is special

Because we are created by God’s love.

May God’s love shine on our lives as we

CARE and SHARE and LEARN together.

 

 

 

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

 

Curriculum Content

Our curriculum follows the National Curriculum in content. Our approach to curriculum design recognises the benefits of a focus on subject specific content coupled with a flexible approach that enables us to make links across the curriculum. 

An overview of each subject is as follows:

Religious Education

We follow the Catholic Birmingham Diocese curriculum strategy (Learning and Growing as the People of God) from Foundation (Nursery) to Year 6.

 

English

English is planned for, following the EYFS Framework and KS1 and KS2 national curriculum.
St Anne’s has chosen the following programmes and frameworks to support the delivery of the English NC

  • RWI in early years and KS1(including relevant interventions across KS2)
  • Talk-for Writing approach across school
  • Teaching Toolkits for writing
  • Collins spellings and grammar KS1 & KS2
  • Pie Corbett Reading Spine

Whilst the National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when appropriate.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics units are based upon the ‘White Rose’ schemes of work.  There is a yearly overview for each year group from Rec to Year 6. Each term is split into blocks of work, with time allowed for the introduction of new content and the integration of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We use a variety of resources to support our Maths planning alongside White Rose such as Power Maths, TTRS, Thirdspace Learning,

 

Science

Science planning is built around the Collins ‘Snap Science” scheme of work which delivers an enquiry based approach to science teaching and supports children to use their developing science enquiry skills to build their knowledge of the scientific ideas in a systematic and conceptually appropriate way. Alongside this, elements of the Reach Out curriculum are used and cross referenced with Snap Science to maximise high quality reading opportunities

 

Computing

Our Computing curriculum  uses the scheme produced by Purple Mash which aims to provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging Computing curriculum for all pupils which teach pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology. Each unit includes a specific focus on e-safety.

 

History

Our History curriculum is planned and designed, using  the Units of Work produced by Rising Stars and Reach Curriculum as it’s core, whilst also incorporating opportunities to draw upon the children’s own personal experiences and their locality. Our aim is to provide and high quality history education, which will help children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of wider world.

 

 

Geography

Our Geography curriculum is planned and designed, using  the Units of Work produced by Rising Stars and Reach Curriculum as it’s core, whilst also incorporating opportunities to draw upon the children’s own personal experiences and their locality. Our aim is to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

 

 

 

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is built around the Kapow Scheme. The projects we have selected encourage children to look at, evaluate and adapt existing products and systems, working creatively to design their own. These projects include a focus on cooking and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

 

 

Art and Design

Art and Design is built around the Kapow scheme. All lessons are built on four key pillars: generating ideas, evaluating, knowledge and making, and ensure progression of skills. Throughout each unit, the children are introduced to inspirational artists and craftspeople from around the world.

 

Modern Foreign Language

French is taught through the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes.

 

Music

Music uses the ‘Charanga’ scheme which offers an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning with units covering: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing

 

 

 

Physical Education

Physical Education is based on the Real PE indoor scheme which aims to give EVERY child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sport and life. The child-centred approach is designed to offer support and challenge. Each unit focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. Outdoor P.E consists of using the skills developed in REAL P.E and applied to invasion games and other outdoor sport opportunities. The National Curriculum schemes of work are developed and adapted to ensure a full range of coverage.

 

PSHE
The school makes a conscious effort to incorporate PSHE into the curriculum, placing a great deal of importance on the children’s emotional health and well-being and the part they can play in the sustainability agenda.
We use the Jigsaw PSHE which is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world

 

Curriculum Enrichment
 

We provide curriculum enrichment to provide children with a range of quality activities that will support them to learn about curricular and non-curricular ideas and concepts. Our curriculum is extended by a variety of enrichment activities including day visits, cultural experiences and themed days.  We also offer a wide range of clubs, which are available throughout the school year.  Attendance at the clubs is monitored and pupils consulted to ensure our offer meets needs.

 

Curriculum Impact

Our cohesive curriculum places the learners at the centre and allows them to make connections in the knowledge, skills and understanding that are vital across all subjects.

At St. Anne’s, we strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding age-related expectations.  We intend that our children will be fully prepared for their next stage of education; ready to contribute positively to society as a whole.

Our work on promoting language and social skills, including virtues and values, resilience and well-being enables the children to become the very best version of themselves made in the image of Christ.

 

Christ is at the centre of all that we do.

 

 

    

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