We aim to develop and encourage creativity in all children. We teach specific skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Through our creative curriculum, children are taught about great artists, craft makers and designers; they explore historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Each year we hold an Art day which gives the children the opportunity to study a specific artist and/or genre. We bring the artwork from each year group together in order to showcase a whole school piece of art.
At St Anne’s we use Design and Technology to help encourage the children to identify, examine and solve practical problems and to find new ways of improving and adapting existing situations. All children are encouraged to be inventive and creative and to use a range of materials and tools, to help develop, modify and evaluate their ideas through a series of projects linked to our Creative Curriculum. The children follow a design, make and evaluate process. They will work in a range of relevant contexts, for example; home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise and the wider environment.
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Martin Luther King, Jr
History allows our learners to become outstanding critical thinkers in all areas of their development. Our investigations into historical events teach our children to be effective historians by researching and studying a range of sources, comparing and contrasting, and presenting findings in a critical way. This allows the learners to understand key historical concepts such as viewpoint, chronology, cause and effect, and the significance of certain events. We are fortunate to be situated in a historically rich area, giving us a range of fascinating local history studies, such as London during the Blitz, how the Romans changed Britain and changes in the local area.
“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.” David Attenborough
Geography inspires children to become curious and fascinated about their world. Children’s knowledge of our diverse world (places, people, resources and natural and human environments) develops through comparisons of their local community with the wider world. Geography deepens a child’s understanding and develops their skills to investigate human and physical processes as well as features of the Earth and how it is shaped, interconnected and changes over time.
In 2014 the National Curriculum introduced ‘Computing’ to replace ICT. This represents continuity and change, challenge and opportunity. The idea was to give schools the chance to review and enhance current approaches in order to provide an even more exciting and rigorous curriculum that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live.
Our school has a wide range of computer equipment and resources to help deliver the Computing curriculum. We have an extensive collection of laptops and iPads for the children to use, and teachers use interactive whiteboards to support teaching and learning. The children develop their awareness of Computing across all subjects within topics and other subject. A key focus of Computing is learning about e-safety (e.g. safe use of the internet) and this is covered within every unit of work.
|Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
Pupils should be taught to:
Pupils should be taught to:
Nursery and Reception classes (EYFS) follow the objectives within the Technology strand of the Understanding the World area of learning in the EYFS Framework.
|30-50months||40-60months||Early Learning Goal|
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela
We have a highly multilingual school, with 81% of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and 23 different languages spoken. We believe that language-learning provides our children with many benefits, both academically and socially.
The children in Key Stage 2 (Y3-Y6) study Spanish once a week. We chose Spanish to reflect our large and growing Spanish-speaking community.
We follow guidance set out in the National Curriculum and aim to ensure that, by the end of the programme of study in KS2, all pupils:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language;
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity;
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures;
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing.
At the start of the children’s language journey there is a strong focus on developing their speaking and listening learning through the use of interactive media, songs and ICT. Carefully differentiated lessons further develop grammar, reading and writing skills as the children progress through our tailored programme of study. We also develop the children’s appreciation of different languages and cultures through deepening their understanding of life in Spanish-speaking countries.
We are working on introducing the children to Spanish earlier, in order to more fully prepare them for KS2. This will be done in a variety of ways across the EYFS and KS1 (Rec-Y2), such as by taking the register in Spanish, learning ‘Words of the Week’, labelling classroom resources in Spanish, and using our Expert Learners in KS2 to support new learners.
Children in Key Stage 2 all learn to play the recorder and those showing a talent for music will have the opportunity to learn flute or keyboards in years 5 and 6. Early Years and Key Stage 1 children learn a variety of songs from memory and learn to play percussion instruments with increasing control.
At St Anne’s, we strive to ensure that pupils have two hours of quality PE lessons delivered per week (one hour of which is delivered by specialist external coaches) through which we develop a range of areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum:
- Invasion games (football, netball, basketball);
- Striking and fielding (cricket, rounders, tennis);
See the yearly planner below, outlining the provision for Years 1-6. The EYFS (Nursery and Reception) vary their delivery to suit the needs of their Early Learning Goals.
|AUTUMN I||AUTUMN II||SPRING I||SPRING II||SUMMER I||SUMMER II|
|YEAR 1||Invasion Games||Invasion Games||Gymnastics / Fitness||Invasion Games||Striking and Fielding||Athletics|
|YEAR 2||Invasion Games||Invasion Games||Gymnastics / Fitness||Invasion Games||Striking and Fielding||Athletics|
|YEAR 3||Invasion Games||Invasion Games||Gymnastics / Fitness||Invasion Games||Striking and Fielding||Athletics|
|YEAR 4||Invasion Games||Invasion Games||Gymnastics / Fitness||Invasion Games||Striking and Fielding||Athletics|
|YEAR 5||Invasion Games||Invasion Games||Gymnastics / Fitness||Invasion Games||Striking and Fielding||Athletics|
|YEAR 6||Invasion Games||Invasion Games||Gymnastics / Fitness||Invasion Games||Striking and Fielding||Athletics|
Children in Year 4 take part in swimming lessons, aiming to develop their water confidence and general swimming ability. These lessons take place on Friday mornings.
The school PE kit is as follows:
- Plain black or white trainers
- Plain white T-shirt
- Plain navy blue shorts
- Plain navy blue jogging bottoms
PE kits should be brought into school on Monday morning, kept in school throughout the week, and taken home on Friday to be washed. This ensures that children are equipped throughout the week to partake in PE lessons.
At St Anne’s we are proud to offer a wide range of extra-curricular sporting opportunities, with school representative sides competing on almost a weekly basis year round in a wide range of sports. At lunch times the children receive weekly coaching sessions on the pitch as well as have the opportunity to take part in child led ‘Sports Stop’ sessions during their lunch time.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and wider community. PSHE and Citizenship lessons follow the non-statutory guidance in the National Curriculum, and are mainly delivered through the SEAL Programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). PSHE also comprises Sex and Relationship Education and Drug Education, which are delivered at an age-appropriate level and with sensitivity to the Catholic character of the school. PSHE is concerned with the emotional health and well-being of our pupils; through teaching PSHE, we aim to help our children become independent learners and responsible citizens.
Here at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School we are proud to provide a broad and balanced Science curriculum which both challenges and engages the children. In the Early Years, the children explore Science through structured, well-resourced play activities, designed to introduce them to the world around them. Higher up the school, more formal teaching is focused on key skills, investigations and memorable, practical activities.
Beyond the classroom, we engage and enthuse the children with a range of Science activities, including workshops, Science clubs, educational visits, and live animal experiences.