At St Anne’s, we endeavour to provide a curriculum that is creative, engaging, rich in real life experiences and underpinned by our Catholic ethos. The Catholic nature of our school permeates the whole curriculum and religious education forms a central part of school life. We currently follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme. The aim of this programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Collective worship forms a regular part of each day and children actively participate in a wide variety of liturgies.
The remainder of the core curriculum consists of English, mathematics and science. Although we place an appropriate emphasis on this crucial core curriculum, we greatly value the other subjects (art & design, design & technology, computing, history, geography, languages, music and physical education). Each of these offers children unique opportunities to develop their individual gifts and gain authentic insights into God’s work of creation. We fully meet the requirements of the national curriculum and our curriculum actively promotes British values.
We view the early years foundation stage (from pre-school groups to the end of the Reception year) as a crucial stage in a child’s education. Consequently we work closely with nursery schools and parents to ensure that children make a smooth start to their life at St Anne’s. In the foundation stage, children experience a lot of self-directed learning and make extensive use of our well-equipped outside area.
We structure our curriculum through learning journeys, each of which has a different main subject focus. These learning journeys are flexible, child-led, respond to the individual needs of all the children and are progressive throughout the school. ICT is integrated throughout all areas of learning.
At the start of the learning journeys, the ‘big picture’ overview is shared with children and parents so that everyone can share in the learning. The big picture is displayed in the classroom so it is visible for the children and they are always aware of the next steps in their learning. You can read more about how we organise the curriculum into learning journeys in our curriculum policy.
Assessment of learning is ongoing and carried out in a variety of ways. Children are taught skills in assessing their own work and we work with them to make them aware of their next steps and targets to work on. We encourage parents to be fully involved with their children’s learning and we regularly come together at the end of a learning journey to celebrate the learning. This also strengthens the vital home-school partnership.
At St Anne’s, we see working with parents as invaluable. We realise that when working together the children’s learning can be enriched and extended. Communication is important each week year groups send an email to parents detailing learning that is happening at school that week and how the learning can be consolidated and developed at home. Parents are invited in on a number of occasions throughout the year, particularly on our themed days and weeks to share their experiences with the children.
We realise that first hand experiences play a key role in children’s learning. As such, we try to include a trip or visit in as many learning journeys as possible to make learning come alive for the children. This may include trips within the local community, having members of the local community coming into school or taking a trip further afield. We also have residential trips in Years 4, 5, and 6 which enable children to develop a range of skills outside the classroom, such as social skills, team work. They also give the children many opportunities to challenge themselves and achieve things they did not think they could.
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities which extend learning in specific subject areas. These also give children a chance to shine in different areas and develop a range of skills. Clubs, which are available before and after-school each day, enable children to mix with a wider range of age groups, develop social and communication skills and encourage them to try something new.
You can read more about our approach to the curriculum and learning jounreys in our curriculum policy. This part of our website also includes information about each curriculum subject and an overview of the learning journeys in each year group.