The Curriculum at St Anne's Catholic Primary School
A curriculum that promotes the school’s culture and aims.
Christ is at the Centre of St Anne’s: we are all created in God’s image. Our ethos is lived out through signs of Christ’s teaching in the school; the way we behave and care for each other as one large family and through our service to society. Our culture and aims promote Gospel values and the dignity of the human person; each child is perceived as a precious individual. Our strong expression of a loving community, where everyone is treated with respect, gives our pupils, staff, families and governors a sense of belonging, giving fullness to life. We believe these ideals form the basis from which we grow our conscience; our values, motivations, aspirations, choices and actions.
The school’s direction stems from its Mission Statement:
Each one of us is special
Each one of us is unique
Because we are created by God’s love.
May God’s love shine on our lives
As we care and share and learn together.
The school curriculum is more than the National Curriculum alone: St. Anne’s Curriculum is bespoke and it is everything that our school does to contribute to the development of each and every child from the time we open to the time we close each day.
Recognising this fact, we have developed a rich school curriculum that seeks to serve our vision of Future Readiness through 'Curriculum drivers.'.
The 'Curriculum drivers' go beyond the National Curriculum and also incorporate the following key values:- metacognition and self-regulated learning, teamwork, Gospel values and British Values, Virtues, Catholic Social teachings, managing feelings and behaviours, managing relationships, cultural appreciation, managing time and resources, global awareness and responsibility. All aspects of Spiritual , Moral, Social, Vocational, Cultural (SMSVC).
Our Curriculum drivers are underpinned by our School Mission
“Each one of us is unique and each one of us is special”.
They are further underpinned by the Children’s Charter adopted by all schools in Our Lady and All Saints Multi Academy Company.
Our charter has the following principles:
All Saints have a love for others,
All Saints use their gifts wisely,
All Saints are servants of Christ,
All Saints are risk takers,
All Saints have a love for the world around them
Our mission is that all children will know God’s love and show God’s love, through their actions. They will follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Following our virtues, Catholic social teaching and gospel values enables our children to grow in faith and to be agents of change in their own community and the wider world.
Our drivers are based on high aspirations for all ensuring exceptional achievement for all.
Our drivers are based on strong working partnerships with families.
Diversity and Spirituality – to help pupils understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as citizens in the local and global community.
- Pupils are tolerant, respectful and value differences in others.
- Pupils love for one another.
- Pupils value their own self-worth and are able to empathise with others.
- Pupils can self-regulate and make appropriate choices.
- Pupils develop their spiritual and cultural awareness and show respect.
- Pupils feel safe and secure and develop a good level of confidence and independence.
- Pupils engage with a high quality PSHE curriculum.
- Pupils understand the importance of promoting democracy.
- Pupils understand the importance of individuality.
- Pupils are servants of Christ and by using their gifts wisely they make a positive contribution to school and their community and the wider world.
Knowledge and Skills – to develop the building blocks for lifelong learning.
- Pupils develop their language and communication skills and use the correct grammar and speak confidently.
- Pupils become fluent, confident readers and have a thirst for reading.
- Pupils engage with high quality texts throughout the curriculum.
- Pupils develop their vocabulary due to the high quality texts used throughout the curriculum.
- Pupils become confident writers, using the correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Pupils become competent mathematicians and can use and apply their knowledge to reason and solve problems.
- Pupils develop the knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of the wider curriculum and to make connections with their learning.
- Pupils gain the necessary skills and strategies to become resilient and independent.
- Pupils become problem solvers, innovators, confident communicators.
- Pupils understand the importance of right and wrong choices and the importance of law.
Possibilities and Aspirations– to encourage our pupils to have aspirations for the future, realise the opportunities that are available to them and be inspired by good role models and high quality experiences.
- Pupils can confidently talk about their strengths and what they would like to improve.
- Pupils are risk takers.
- Pupils have a good understanding of the possibilities available to them and talk about what they would like to do when they leave school.
- Pupils talk about the experiences they have had in school and how these have inspired them.
- Pupils aspire to succeed and be the best that they can be.
- Pupils celebrate and maximise their own individual gifts and talents.
Wellbeing and Love– to help pupils develop confidence, motivation and self-belief so they have a firm foundation to build from.
- Pupils are mentally and physically healthy.
- Pupils have good levels of self-esteem.
- Pupils understand their emotions, can self-regulate and make appropriate choices.
- Pupils have strategies to help them overcome difficulties including perseverance and determination.
- Pupils understand how to have healthy, safe relationships with others.
- Pupils show respect and love for one another
- Pupils share their gifts and talents to have a positive impact on themselves, others and the world.
Principles for Learning and Teaching:
- All children are engaged in their learning and are active learners; invested and engaged.
- All children understand what they have achieved and know what to do to make progress.
- All children are independent, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners; raising their own questions.
- All children have time to evaluate and reflect on their learning.
- All children have their different learning needs recognised.
- All children experience teaching that inspires their learning.
- All children are exposed to learning opportunities that encourage them to be creative.
- All children are challenged and enjoy learning and problem solving.
- All children develop spiritually, morally and socially as members of the school community and the wider community including charitable links and service.
As a Catholic school, the principles of Catholic education is at our core. This includes the pursuit of excellence and preparing our children as world citizens of the 21st Century. To achieve this, our children need high levels of literacy and numeracy and we recognise RE as a core subject. We also recognise that parents are the primary educators.
At St Anne's our curriculum is designed to recognise the context of our school and Its community. Our curriculum is carefully designed to meet the needs of our school context and community. Our curriculum raises the ambition of our pupils. It ensures that all pupils have the chance for success, regardless of their starting points. We strive to provide meaningful experiences, allowing children to appreciate the wider world and recognise the opportunities that exist outside of our community. We have a clear focus on progression by carefully sequencing knowledge, providing clarity about what ‘getting better’ at a subject means and making explicit connections and links between the different subjects and experiences. Key concepts, knowledge and skills have been identified and organised into subject specific progressive objectives. These are sequenced to ensure these build and develop as pupils’ move through the school; ensuring learning becomes embedded. These progressive objectives are used to inform planning and sequences of lessons across all subjects. Clear end points are identified in all subjects and teaching and learning builds towards achieving these.
St Anne’s recognises the challenges and gaps in knowledge (or cultural capital) that many pupils in the school have. Therefore, our curriculum is aspirational for all pupils and aims to embed opportunities to develop cultural capital, well-chosen texts, visits and experiences for pupils across all subjects. In addition, there are many opportunities for children to apply their learning in real life contexts and make links with the community around them as well as the wider world.
The curriculum ensures that there is an emphasis on development of core skills, including reading and speech and language. These are prioritised through early years and key stage one to ensure pupils are able to access a broad and rich curriculum at key stage two. Across the whole school, core skills in speaking and listening, reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and presentation are given a high profile to ensure pupils have high standards and aspiration in all work.
All children have access to the curriculum with work being tailored appropriately for children with SEND – modifying end points so that they are appropriate but remain aspirational. Any child working below their age-related expectation, receives a tailored curriculum with personalised objectives. This enables all children to build the skills and knowledge needed to bridge the gap between themselves and their peers enabling them to reach their full potential.
Opportunities are planned for the children to know about keeping safe, enabling pupils to recognise online and offline risk. We include and promote British values, (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs) ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as a UK citizen. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence. We encourage children to make links and transfer their skills and knowledge from one curriculum area to another. We aim to create confident, self-regulating, adaptable learners who are comfortable working independently or collaboratively. We aim for pupils to become academically ambitious, confident and accomplished young people as we develop pupils’ character, throughout their journey at St Anne’s.
In recognising the holistic development of the whole-child, the pastoral support given to children should enable vulnerable children to fully access their learning and curriculum entitlement. The school has various systems which support the emotional and mental well-being of children and provides signposting to their parents.
Emotional and mental wellbeing is greatly enhanced by Sport and Healthy living. P.E. remains central to both our curriculum and extra-curricular provision. We also strongly believe the pedagogy of being active positively influences other areas of the curriculum and really enhances children’s learning, physiologically allowing better learning to happen, as well as children learning skills such as listening, problem solving, team work, respect and resilience.
We want our children to:
- Develop spiritually on a journey in faith (RE)
- Communicate articulately and engage in discussion (S&L)
- Read with meaning and write creatively (English)
- Understand the language of the universe (Mathematics)
- Know how the universe and life works (Science)
- Know how our physical earth works (Geography)
- Know how we have struggled to become who we are (History)
- Know how society works and how we should live (SMSC & BV)
- Know how we experience existence and experience the joy of creativity (Art and design, Music)
- Know how we use basic tools (Computing and Technology)
- Know how we look after ourselves (PE) and our families (PHSE& RHSE)
- We want our children to learn and remember facts, so new knowledge is built through enquiry, debate and creativity because what we know changes what we see.
By the time pupils leave St Anne’s they will:-
- Be well rounded individuals who are confident in their ability to talk to others in an articulate and respectful manner.
- Appreciate the wider world and recognise the opportunities that exist outside of our community.
- Understand what ‘getting better’ at the subject means and be able to make explicit connections and links between the different subjects and experiences.
- Have a firm foundation for the next stage of their education.
At St Anne’s, all subjects within the curriculum are carefully mapped out into long-term plans. The long-term plans outline when key concepts, knowledge and skills will be taught and revisited and show how these concepts progressively lead towards children achieving our identified curriculum end points. The long-term plans also enable links between subjects to be identified and carefully planned for to support children’s retention of knowledge and skills. Short term planning is informed by the subject’s long-term plan, medium term planning and the subject’s progression statements.
English and Mathematics are taught daily throughout school and from years one to six, the foundation subjects are taught discretely, and when possible, links are made between subjects.
Teachers work with subject leaders to ensure schemes of work are delivered effectively and that quality first teaching is in place. Lessons have clearly defined outcomes and pupils are taught using effective teaching sequences which include modelling, scaffolding, guided practice, independent work and feedback. Teachers assess pupils work and identify any misconceptions so that these can be addressed. Assessment is used to check whether pupils have gained the intended learning during lessons and to inform future teaching. Teachers understand that for pupils to learn, knowledge and skills need to become embedded in long-term memory. To ensure this happens all lessons are planned to build on what has been taught before and work towards defined end points. Teachers ensure pupils have a secure understanding of the learning intention and can use and apply their knowledge and skills fluently and independently. All teachers are supported to develop expert subject knowledge through high quality CPD, both from within school and from external providers.
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 curriculum 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
- 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
- Ashley Booth Reading Resources
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 Pearson 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 Pearson 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 and KAPOW resources to help children to feel they are musical and give them confidence and hopefully a life-long love of music. The children will develop the ability to become performers, composers and listeners of music from many genres.
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.
Learning can be defined as an alteration in long-term memory. Teachers use assessment to ensure our pupils have gained the intended knowledge and skills, can use these effectively and know more, remember more and are able to do more. The impact of our curriculum can be seen in the work produced by our pupils and by considering the progress they are making in line with the defined end points identified in our curriculum. Our pupils develop the knowledge, skills and cultural capital needed to ensure they successfully progress onto the next stage in their education and life and develop into responsible, respectful and resilient citizens.
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.