Our curriculum is the experience and activities we provide in the school to educate the whole child. The curriculum is designed to develop enjoyment of, and commitment to learning as a means of encouraging and stimulating the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils. It aims to develop pupils’ sense of identity through knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of our diverse society; to enable them to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to grow into responsible citizens.
Assessment –September 2015
National Curriculum levels have now been removed when reporting on pupil’s progress and attainment and will not be replaced. Primary schools are now responsible for designing their own internal assessment procedures and practices.
At St. Anne’s we will continue to use formative assessment practices as part of class teachers ongoing assessment practices; these are part of Assessment for Learning (AfL) which are part of teaching and learning within the classroom using a combination of questioning and feedback. We are now developing an approach to assessment with the aim that it is effective, consistent and accurate in providing information about the progress of pupils to all of our stakeholders.
The National Numeracy Strategy along with the Revised Framework for Numeracy are implemented throughout the school.
Pupils are taught a range of strategies for mental and written calculations to enable them to become numerate.
Parents are invited to attend Numeracy workshops and are provided with materials and guidance to enable them to learn the strategies we teach in school so that they can further support their children’s learning.
In St. Anne's School we aim to create an environment where children are enabled to communicate confidently and effectively in all aspects of language; reading, writing, speaking and listening. These skills are taught and developed in their own right and through cross curricular links. Our aim is for every child to gain a love of the world of literature and communication.
Throughout the school we have an excellent range of books containing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction with each classroom having its own book area. We use the 'Letters & Sounds' programme to teach phonics from Nursery to the end of Year 2.
In our school Religious Education is the core of the core – not just another subject in the Curriculum, but a way of life.
Through Religious Education and the everyday life of the school, we aim to develop a unique and personal relationship with God our Father through His son Jesus Christ. Underlying all our teachings are the Gospel values of honesty, humility, justice and mercy.
The Religious Education programme covers the themes of the Church, the Sacraments and Christian Living. Time allocated to the teaching of Religious Education is 10 per cent of the total curriculum time. Staff are encouraged to avail of the training opportunities provided by Diocese of Westminster to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Religious Education.
Religious Education also happens through prayer, collective worship, celebration of Mass and hymn singing. We gather together for Liturgical prayer and collective worship regularly. We also provide opportunities for other forms of prayer, meditation, personal prayer and Liturgical Dance. Parents are invited to attend all celebrations and services and share in the various Religious experiences provided for children and families by the school.
Two weeks of the year are dedicated to the teaching of Judaism and Islam. Our aim within this context is that all members of the school community show respect and care for each other and for the wider community of their home and parish.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
“The Learning and Development is made up of different areas.. All the areas of Learning and Development are important and inter- connected to one another. They are underpinned by the above Principles. The seven Areas of Learning and Development together make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and children as they grow, learn and develop.” [D.C.S.F]
These seven areas are planned for daily, in order to provide your child with activities both inside and outside based on their individual development and needs. ‘Children develop rapidly during the early years physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. They are entitled to provision which supports and extends knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence, and helps them overcome any disadvantage.’
Science - We aim to develop an investigative approach to Science through the use of the National Curriculum 2014. Children make sense of their environment using the school grounds to increase their knowledge, understanding and respect for the natural world. They learn through asking questions and planning ways in which to find answers, this enables the children’s natural curiosities to develop into real scientific thinking. In this way they can build up a body of knowledge that not only supports their future learning, but also helps them to appreciate the world around them.
ICT involves the acquisition of computer and digital media skills and the application for these skills across the curriculum, beginning in the Foundation Stage and developing through Key Stages 1 and 2. There are computers in each class with an Interactive Smart board. All classes have a digital, still and movie camera. There are laptops allocated to specifically aid Supported Learning. In addition we have introduced iPads to further extend our ICT provision.
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In St. Anne's School, we believe that art encourages independent thought and helps children to communicate their feelings about their world in which they live.
We provide children with the opportunities and experiences to develop their creative and artistic skills by using a variety of resources, developing different techniques and skills, helping the child enjoy the process and admire the end product. Art is taught discreetly but is also linked to other subjects. Children enjoy and appreciate the work of famous artists by visiting local and national galleries.
Children are encouraged to work with a variety of materials to design, make and evaluate products. They are encouraged to use skills and techniques appropriate to the task.
Children develop knowledge and understanding of different types of mechanisms, health and safety issues and develop communications skills through collaborative work.
Our aim is to make our music curriculum a social, joyful and spiritual experience for all children.
The music curriculum is taught to all age groups by specialist music teachers. Children are encouraged to understand, listen, compose, discuss and create music through singing and through playing a range of musical instruments.
Key Stage 2 children have an opportunity to learn Descant Recorder during school hours.
The Junior Choir learn a wide reportoire of songs and perform regularly both in and out of school giving pleasure to performers and audiences alike. Parents are invited to attend recitals and concerts to celebrate pupils’ talents and achievements.
Plays and concerts are presented at Christmas, Easter and at the end of the Summer term. Parents are invited to attend all events.
Theatre groups regularly perform in school and class outings are arranged to local and West End theatres to enable children to appreciate and experience the Arts.
History and Geography are taught in themed units through the National Curriculum 2014 which allows children the opportunity to develop the skills and ideas needed to retrieve and understand information from books, ICT, pictures, people and places.
By using a variety of resources including children’s direct experiences, we hope they begin to understand how people live around the world and have lived in the past. Our aim is for children to develop self awareness and how they can make a positive contribution to our local community and the world around them.
In St. Anne's, children are provided with an environment that allows them to participate in a range of activities that will benefit their physical wellbeing.
Specialist teachers provide a variety of P.E. lessons and a range of after school coaching sessions including gymnastics, games, dance and football.
Children develop an appreciation of the benefits of cooperation and teamwork, and come to understand the advantages of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Children are encouraged to participate in a range of sports activities during playtimes to further develop PE skills.
We provide a range of teaching and learning opportunities to meet the PHSCE requirements of the National Curriculum and the Every Child Matters agenda.
We teach children how to keep safe and manage the risks they may face at school, at home, in their local communities and online. Themesinclude democracy, drugs awareness, sex and relationship education, road safety, healthy eating and the environment.
We have incorporated the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) into our PHSCE programme, to teach children how to deal with difficult and emotional situations. In recognition of our high standards of PHSCE, the school received the Healthy School Award in 2011.
Every child has the right of access to the same curriculum. The school is committed to the provision of specialist support for children with special needs and employs a dedicated Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Meetings are held each term to check and review the needs of pupils in all classes.
We receive specialist support from the Local Authority’s ‘Support for Learning Services’ who provide support teachers for pupils with specific learning needs.
The School’s Councellor to is allocated to work with pupils so that they may achieve their full potential. Parents are always consulted if their child is to be referred to the School Psychologist or Learning Mentor. Parents are consulted to help identify children’s individual education needs in line with the Disability Discrimination Act.
The school ensures that any child who may have special needs is identified and provided with the correct programme of work and support. Children who require special help are provided with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and may be referred to the School Psychologist or Support Teachers for further assessment.