St Agnes

St Agnes Primary School St Agnes Primary School

The family of St Agnes loves, learns and grows together as followers of Jesus.

Curriculum

At St Agnes’ we recognise that we are building the foundations for life-long learning with Christ at the centre. We want to capture and nurture a love of learning that our children will carry with them as they grow. We therefore strongly believe that learning should be fun, hands on, active and challenging. Our curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that all our children are encouraged to reach their full potential. In order to achieve this the Governors, Headteacher and Staff recognise the need to constantly review our practice to ensure our goals are being achieved.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION:

Religious Education is a core subject. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principal aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:

  • to lead the children to a deepening knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith.
  • to provide opportunities for the children to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbour.
  • to encourage children to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.

There are many opportunities for all children to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. This includes daily acts of worship, weekly assemblies, regular classroom/parish based liturgies and celebration of mass. The parish team works in full partnership with the school in supporting and enhancing the education and formation of our children.

 

Key Stage 1 (KS1 Yrs 1 & 2) and Key stage 2 (Yrs 3-6):

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. Most of the National Curriculum 2014 is covered through the ILPs (English, Science, History, Geography, Art, D&T).

In addition to these ILPs other subjects are taught discretely:

RE is taught for 10% of the weekly timetable. The curriculum is based on the delivery of the Curriculum Directory supported by the Margaret Carswell units which is used as a guide for teaching and learning Religious Education in our school. This is supported by the Teach Scripture process. We also teach other major faiths across the school in Multi-Faith weeks that reflect the diverse world in which the children live.

Other Faiths
To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them, the whole school spends time learning about different beliefs and cultures.  

English is taught daily through the topic of the ILP with different focuses of spoken language, reading and writing. Each ILP ensures different genres are covered throughout the year. A weekly ‘Big Writing’ lesson provides the opportunity to write at length on a regular basis both linked to the topic or as a revision with topical links. Phonics is taught on a daily basis in KS1 using Letters and Sounds. The reading scheme in KS1 is aligned with national book banding using a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction. Guided reading concentrates developing both word recognition and comprehension skills. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) teaching is interwoven into English lessons taught in a meaningful context with opportunities to apply learning across the curriculum.

Maths is taught daily using the Abacus framework to ensure coverage and progression. We have a weekly ‘Big Maths’ lesson which provides an opportunity to use and apply what they have been learning in an open –ended cross-curricular way. Mental maths is an important part of our maths curriculum with weekly tests across the school. We believe that in order for children to be confident mathematicians, they need a firm foundation and concrete understanding of number and mental maths strategies.

Computing is taught weekly covering Programming, Computational thinking, Creativity, Computer networks, Communication and Collaboration and Productivity. In addition to this E-safety and digital literacy are taught across the school. Opportunities are provided for the use of ICT in other curriculum areas with at least 2 timetabled lessons in the designated ICT suite.

Music – We have a music teacher who teaches music to every class and facilitates weekly hymn practice across the school. Children have lots of opportunities to learn a range of instruments including recorder in yr 2, violin in yr 3 and ukulele in yr 4. Within class lessons, pupils have the opportunity to compare, perform and evaluate their work. We also have a school choir and orchestra that practice weekly.

PE is taught by both the class teacher and specialist sports coaches (AFS - All For Sports) providing the children with a minimum of 2 hrs of PE each week. Children learn to swim in yr 4. In addition to this, there are often extra opportunities for other sports including rugby, volleyball, athletics and cricket. There are range of sporting opportunities on offer including but not limited to Jolly Olly Soccer for KS1 as well as Multi-sports; KS2 also have opportunities for multi-sports at a more advanced level, as well as football. Across the school we also offer opportunities or children to take part in more unusual physical activities such as Zumba and Judo.

PSHE is taught weekly using the Barnet emotional wellbeing framework. This is based on the PSHE Association’s PSHE Education Programme of Study with emotional health and wellbeing woven within it. Children have the opportunity to participate in discussion, reflecting and circle time as a vehicle to explore relevant themes including relationships (social and emotional), Health and well-being, Economic wellbeing & being a responsible citizen. We use Journey in Love to support our teaching of Sex and relationship Education (SRE) with a Catholic perspective.

Spanish is introduced in KS2 and taught by a native Spanish speaking teacher and supported by the class teacher. Continuing with Spanish across KS2 enables children to achieve a good level of fluency and confidence in a foreign language.

 
Detailed curriculum information:

Each half term a curriculum information booklet is produced for parents to provide them with a detailed overview of their child’s learning for that half term. Click below for the current half term's curriculum information maps:

Yr 1 & 2 

Yr 3 & 4

Yr 5 

Yr 6 

Curriculum Booklets 2016-17:


KS1 

Summer 1

Spring 2

Spring 1

Autumn 2

Autumn 1

 

Year 3 & 4

Summer 1

Spring 2

Spring 1

Autumn 2

Autumn 1

 

Year 5 

Summer 1

Spring 2

Spring 1

Autumn 2

Autumn 1

 

Year 6

Summer 1

Spring 2

Spring 1

Autumn 2

Autumn 1

 

End of year curriculum expectations:

Yr 1

Yr 2

Yr 3

Yr 4

Yr 5

Yr 6

Information for parents

2016 national curriculum test results at the end of key stage 1

Results from the 2016 national curriculum assessments at the end of key stage 2

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