St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Statement
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. 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:
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.
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:
We follow the Catholic Birmingham Diocese strategy (Learning and Growing as the People of God) from Foundation (Nursery) to Year 6.
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
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 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 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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
Christ is at the centre of all that we do.