Curriculum

Literacy

 

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.

Maths

 

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. 

Science

 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.  

Creative Curriculum

At St Anne's we endeavor to provide children with a creative approach to the curriculum. We do this by linking whole school topics with curriculum learning objectives across all key stages.


Using a whole school topic of Earth, Wind and Fire, our imaginative teachers plan various learning opportunities such as investigating volcanoes, building boats and experimenting with different materials and construction techniques, learning about key historic events such as the great fire of London or discussing current affairs such as plastic pollution.


Through this cross curricular approach, children's engagement in their learning is high and encourages further questions and queries that extend their learning.


To download our 2 year curriculum cycle, click below. 

Religious Education

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.

Early Years

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:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The 4 specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

St Anne's is committed to providing learning through play. More information can be found on the class page. 


Downloads

Topic plan 2018 onwards (docx)

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