The curriculum at St Anne’s RC Primary School is brought to life through the creative learning philosophy of: Engage-Develop-Innovate-Express.
Each Year Group selects from a range of imaginative learning projects which provide a comprehensive coverage of the new National Curriculum Programmes of Study and sets out steps in learning to help children meet or exceed end of Key Stage expectations.
The imaginative learning projects can last between 4-6 weeks. Each project begins with the ‘Engage’ phase where children start off with a memorable experience. For example, the Year 1 ‘Superheroes’ topic begins with inviting the children to pull on their capes and masks and set off on a ‘Superhero Hunt’. They use their super senses to search for superheroes hiding in the school grounds.
Imaginative Learning Projects
|Year Group||Imaginative Learning Projects covered|
|Foundation Stage||What is a shadow? (linked to Diwali )Why is water wet?
Did dragons exist?
Are eggs alive? (linked to Easter and new life)
Why do spiders eat flies?
Am I the fastest? (linked to Sports Day)
|Year 1||Splendid Skies
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
The Enchanted Woodland
|Year 2||The Scented Garden
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Beat Band Boogie
Muck, Mess and Mixtures
Gods and Mortals
Heroes and Villains
|Year 4||Road Trip USA
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Misty Mountain Sierra
|Year 5||Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
A Child’s War
There are occasions when we have to teach some aspects of the curriculum discretely. Religious Education, Maths, Physical Education and elements of Literacy and ICT are taught outside of the imaginative learning projects in order to further develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding in these areas.
As a Roman Catholic Primary School we follow the ‘Come and See’ programme for Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2. It is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and RE Curriculum Directory. Each term a year group will study 3 topics and the children are guided through each topic by following the processes of: Explore, Reveal and Respond. Other Faiths are also an important part of our learning and each class will cover a different faith once each term.
Homework is an important part of our curriculum. Each week a child will have reading, spelling and number tasks to complete at home. Depending on the imaginative learning project that is being covered, there may also be a piece of research homework to complete.
At the heart of our curriculum is the aim that all pupils should feel cared for, healthy and safe. The curriculum reflects our aim to excite and motivate our children in order to maximise their learning potential.