At St Anne’s, we strive to provide the children with creative and enjoyable purposes for writing; where possible, the learning is linked with the children’s topics and interests to motivate them.
During daily English lessons, children are taught the skills to become creative, independent writers who are able to apply the technical aspects of writing in a variety of texts types as well as consider the impact of the text on the reader.
English units are taught in phases. During the first phase, children are immersed in a variety of text types that they are able to enjoy, whilst learning and analysing the text’s features in order to use these in their own writing. During this phase, the children practise their speaking and listening skills through activities such as role play and Talk For Writing.
In the second phase, children are taught the grammatical features that they will need to use in order to be able to write in the style that they are learning. Finally, in the third phase, the children apply these new skills, as well their previous learning, to create their final piece of text. This model is adapted to meet the learning needs of the children in different Key Stages, as well as children with different needs within individual classes.
Regular attention is given to the presentation and handwriting in the children’s books as we believe that the children deserve to take pride in the work that they have produced.
At St Anne's we ensure that our mathematics curriculum fully embraces the three key areas of the national curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. To help the children develop their skills and understanding, we use an approach where we encourage them to 'Say it,' 'Build it,' 'Draw it' and 'Write it.'
We firmly believe that this emphasis on practical experience, talk, and conceptual understanding, underpins the development of skilled and curious mathematicians who can make conjectures, generalisations and prove their understanding.
The priority within our maths curriculum is to provide real life experiences for children to demonstrate and apply their mathematical understanding.
Every week we hold a 'Maths Eyes' assembly. Every class is given the same picture and pupils are asked to write a question (and answer!) inspired by the photo. A selection of these are discussed in assembly to model quality problem solving and reasoning to all
The current calculation policy is sourced from the White Rose Maths hub and provides clear examples of the type of methods that we use at St Anne's. If you are unsure of how to support your child with homework, please speak to their teacher.
At St Anne’s we aim to provide a Science curriculum that builds upon the natural curiosity of young children in. By harnessing this and developing their verbal questioning and reasoning skills, we enable children to gain a greater understanding of the world around them.
In our Science curriculum, we use the teaching of core knowledge and skills within a range of creative and engaging activities. This is in order to provide children with the foundations for the three core areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
We encourage scientific thinking by challenging children to make predictions, carry out experiments and construct reasoned conclusions from what they observe.
Our schemes of work are supported by Herts for Learning planning formats and documents.
We have developed a series of whole school Science weeks that occur each term. These focus on a key area of Science and creates opportunities for the whole school community to come together to discover more. The development of these science weeks along side the weekly science lessons in each class, raises the profile of this important subject area.
At St Anne's we endeavor to provide children with a creative approach to the curriculum.
Whilst we follow the National Curriculum in all areas across the school, we try to blend subject areas together in a creative and thought provoking way so that children are able to continually make links within their learning.
When learning about a specific time in history, we may also encourage children to explore this area fully by using their design and technology or art skills to make models or pictorial representations of their learning. We may encourage children to make links to their geographical knowledge to understand the areas of world that related directly with that time in history. When producing pieces of work we may encourage the use of ICT through children using presentations to share their learning.
At all stages of teaching, we continually encourage children to use and practice their literacy skills, through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
St Anne's is a school that values pupils' own faith and also works to introduce them to other world faiths.
As a school we follow the Cambridgeshire County RE syllabus and the planning and materials from Understanding Christianity produced by the Church of England.
The teaching of RE also supports children's personal development, including spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, with reference to the personal, social and health education (PSHE) policy and curriculum
The whole school RE curriculum map is outlined below.
The Early Years Framework came into force in April 2017. This framework
sets out what providers must do to promote the learning and development of their pupils to ensure they are ready for school.
There are 7 areas of learning and development that must shape the teaching and learning in Reception Class.
The 3 prime areas are:
The 4 specific areas of learning are:
St Anne's is committed to providing learning through play. More information can be found on the class page.
The aim of the history curriculum within the school is to develop key historical knowledge, skills and concepts that are revisited as a child moves through the school.
We have designed the curriculum to build throughout the school and to take the children on a learning journey that helps them to develop a clear chronological understanding.
Our History curriculum aims to excite the children and allow them to develop their own skills as historians by developing questioning skills and to encourage enquiry.
Each year class teachers plan for exciting trips and visit from visitors that will inspire children and bring a real 'hands on' approach to their learning.
By providing a wide range of learning opportunities we aim to equip children with the knowledge and understanding of how people lived in the past so that they are better able to make their own life choices today and in the future.
The aim of the Geography curriculum across the school, is to provide rich and diverse teaching and learning experiences that develop children's curiosity about the world around them and the people within it.
Children learn about the local area and compare this with other areas within the UK and the wider world
Through investigating differences and similarities within physical and human features of different environments, children develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.
It is our aim that the geography curriculum equips children with key knowledge and skills to provide them with an awareness of their impact in the world now and in the future.
The art curriculum at St Anne’s covers all areas of the national curriculum. Some aspects of the subject are taught discretely. We aim to inter weave art across different subject areas, allowing children to transfer skills and knowledge. By teaching the basic skills of drawing, painting and 3D work, children start to develop their hand to eye co ordination and their ability to express themselves in a meaning full way.
There are be many different forms of art shared with children through their learning and each year group will focus on a specific artist. The aim is that through a child's learning journey at St Anne’s, they will learn about different styles and techniques, are able to make comparisons between artists, develop skills in expressing personal opinions about what they like and why.
The teaching of the arts is not limited to the art curriculum but also overlaps into the music curriculum and areas of PE such as dance.
Computers and technology are part of every day life to so many of us that children would be at a disadvantage if they were not exposed to a thorough and robust ICT and computing curriculum within school.
Our aim is for children to become confident users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enables them to be confident, creative and independent learners. Whilst also understanding the basic principles of keeping themselves safe online.
Through the use of a range of ICT equipment, programs and teaching in school, children start to understand the basic principles of programming and how to interact with technology in their every day lives.
They develop confidence in using ICT to not only present their thoughts and ideas but to also research and explore different learning themes and ideas across the curriculum.
By equipping children with the skills and knowledge to become more independent and confident in the use of ICT they are then able to confidently use it to support all areas of their learning and in their lives both inside and outside of the school now and in the future.