St. anne's Ce primary school - oUR Curriculum INTENT
At St. Anne’s CE Primary School, we engage and inspire pupils with an exciting, relevant and memorable curriculum that aims to make learning irresistible. We will ignite and inspire children’s curiosity, instilling a passion for lifelong learning through our Learning Challenge Curriculum.
We strive for all pupils to develop resilience and perseverance, challenging and supporting children to aim high. The curriculum will cover specific key areas of knowledge, skills and understanding within and across different subjects. Children will be encouraged to delve deeper into their learning, building on skills progressively each year which will lead to academic success across the curriculum.
At the heart of their learning, children will develop an understanding of our school values that are the cornerstones of respectful, global and healthy citizens. Our caring culture will underpin learning in our school. Children will be equipped with a range of strategies that enable them to access their learning in a variety of ways in order to overcome barriers and achieve success.
We aim for our curriculum to be:
- Christian and values based
- Enquiry and question driven
- Skills and knowledge based
We aim for our curriculum to embed BASIC SKILLS:
- Application of Technology
We aim for our curriculum to ENCOURAGE:
- A Growth Mindset
- Problem solving skills
- Independent thinkers
- Co-operative individuals
- Inquisitive and curious minds
- Healthy lifestyles (Physically and Mentally)
- Strong relationships
- Our school values
- Understanding of our rights and responsibilities in society
- Life skills
- Self-motivated learners
- A sense of belonging within our community and the wider world
- Spiritual growth
- Excellent communication skills
- Pursuit of passions and interests
- High quality outcomes, progress and attainment
To help us achieve this we will embed a Learning Challenge approach to the curriculum.
Learning Challenge Curriculum
At St. Anne’s CE Primary School, we plan learning in a thematic approach. Themes have been organised across each year group to ensure that there are a variety of curriculum drivers that cover the content of the national curriculum and our own St. Anne’s curriculum. This thematic approach leads to a more flexible delivery of the curriculum meaning that some weeks children may not study Art, instead they will have a focus on Geography. During other weeks, the opposite may be true, and some weeks there may be a balance across the subjects.
Organising the learning in this way ensures teachers have the flexibility to deliver the curriculum in the way that they feel will have most impact for learners. Religious Education, PSHE, Computing and PE are planned weekly and follow whole school progression frameworks.
The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. The Learning Challenge approach is used as a structure and ethos for curriculum design. In designing the curriculum teachers and learners use a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre- learning tasks, the National Curriculum and the school’s context, a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. The subsidiary learning challenge is normally expected to last for one week. Learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and be within their immediate understanding. Importantly the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and it is something that is within their immediate understanding.
Ensure that learners are directly involved in the planning process. Well planned pre-learning tasks should help to bring out what learners already know; what misconceptions they may have and what really interests them. Teachers take account of the pre-learning tasks to help them plan subsidiary learning challenges.
To ensure that learners are immediately ‘hooked’ by the main content they are exploring, the Learning Challenge Curriculum believes that the introduction to each new theme be given careful consideration. The idea is to create a very powerful stimulus that immediately grabs hold of the learners’ interest. A visit to special place of interest; visitors coming into the classroom or a theme day have all been used very successfully to kick start a new learning challenge. The idea is that learners are immediately ‘hooked’ by the topic being studied. This would then provide the stimulus for intense interest thereafter.
Time for learners to reflect or review their learning is central to the whole process. This is in keeping with the ‘Learning to Learn’ principles where reflection is seen as a very important part of individuals ’learning programme. Within the Learning Challenge Curriculum it is suggested that the final subsidiary learning challenge is handed over for learners to reflect on their learning. The idea is that learners present their learning back to the rest of the class making the most of their oracy and ICT skills to do so. Initially learners may require a great deal of direction so the reflection time may need to be presented in the form of a question which helps them to review their work.
Trips and Visits
Our location gives us access to a wealth of historic and educational institutions in Manchester and Cheshire but we also ensure that local facilities and sites are selected for visits and supported by the school. We plan a residential trips for our Year 6 pupils.
Workshops and specialists
Each year group will take part in a variety of workshops throughout the academic year. These will link to their topic work or to a whole school theme. We invite specialists from a range of institutions e.g. the Science Museum, Manchester University, community groups, St. Anne’s Church.
We aim to undertake an audit of parental skills regularly to enable us to form connections with new organisations or to facilitate a workshop/talk led by a parent.
Engaging learners and sharing learning
When planning any learning in school, teachers will consider and identify how they plan to engage children in their learning. This may take a wide variety of forms from an educational visit, to the use of technology. They also identify how learning is to be demonstrated or shared; again this can take many forms, from putting on a museum morning for parents or organising a fundraising event.
At St. Anne’s we ensure that children are involved in the shaping of the curriculum. Subject leaders meet regularly with pupils to seek feedback on the subject or area they are leading. Feedback from the children is used to reshape and modify action plans in order to ensure that each subject is both meeting the needs of its learners and maintaining relevance and interest. This means that pupils feel empowered to share their opinions in order to ensure the curriculum is engaging and relevant. Our Pupil Parliament meet every half term to raise points that have been generated by each class in order to improve the provision for children at St. Anne’s CE Primary.
Linking learning to the local community
We have designed the curriculum so that each year group experiences one theme that links to an aspect of the local community because we feel it is important for our pupils to find out more about their community including its history, geography and some of the people that live and work within it. We also provide opportunities for our children to support and be engaged with the local community.
Linking learning to aspirations
We encourage pupils to reflect on their own aspirations and make explicit links to careers in our topic work. There are planned opportunities to explore careers in our PSHE scheme and during ‘Topic’ time.
Physical and mental health and well-being
The promotion of understanding and managing pupils’ emotional health and well-being is threaded through the week. We aim to respond to how pupils want to support their own social and emotional development through school.
St. Anne’s promotes healthy life styles through the following:
- Children take part in daily exercise
- Range of extra-curricula sports clubs
- Prayer and Mindfulness activities during the school day
- Healthy snacks
- There is a very well-designed PE curriculum that leads to children developing excellent skills and competition in a range of local and regional events
- ‘Change for life’ ensures that children who need to be more active are being targeted through additional coaching at lunchtime
Every child has an opportunity to learn a musical instrument in Y2 and Year 4.
The school offers a range of enrichment opportunities in music, including the experience of playing in a concert, and throughout the week a range of peripatetic teachers withdraw children for music lessons. Children participate in two high quality performances each year (e.g. KS2 production, Easter Service).
We recognise that many children learn best when they have access to the outdoors. At St. Anne’s, we expect teachers to plan numerous activities outdoors – making use of our school grounds, church field and the local area.
At St. Anne’s we aspire to offer a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance of curriculum and provide new experiences. Pupils are encouraged to share their ideas, via Pupil Parliament, on what clubs they would like to see on offer. Current and previous activities have included a range of sports options (Judo, Archery, Football, Netball, Dodgeball, Multi-skills, cross country); Computing (including a Coding Club); a number of STEM related clubs (e.g. Mad Science); Performing Arts (theatre skills, choir, etc.); Italian; Art and DT based activities and RSPB Wild Challenge
The National Curriculum (2014) - A guide for parents