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 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 curriculum is delivered through cross curricular topics which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.  Most of the National Curriculum 2014 is covered through the topics (English, Science, History, Geography, Art, D&T). In addition to this other subjects are taught discretely:

 Religious Education is taught for at least 10% of the weekly timetable. Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the delivery of the Curriculum Directory supported by the Margaret Carswell units which are used as a guide for the teaching and learning of Religious Education throughout the school. Our RE curriculum enables the children to explore key questions of life from the Christian tradition and how to put what they have learnt into context. We work closely with our local Parish to prepare liturgies and we value the partnership between home, school and parish and the wider community.

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 preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.  

 

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. Using the Accelerated reader program in KS2 is an effective way of giving older children a little more independence in their choice of reading material whilst still enabling us to track and promote reading very effectively. Whole class guided reading sessions concentrate on 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 WhiteRose framework to ensure coverage and progression. Throughout the week children have the opportunity to learn, use and apply what they have been learning in an open –ended/cross-curricular way involving real life maths. Arithmetic is an important part of our maths curriculum with weekly tests across the school. As well as this, children complete weekly Times table challenges' for both KS1 and KS2. Years 2-6 use the math programme: Timetable Rockstars to help embed their knowledge of their tables in a fun way. 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 and so across the school we use the CPA approach, where children are encouraged to explain and prove their workings.

Computing is taught explicitly once a week. The children are taught to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. The children will learn to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. In addition to this the children will be taught how to evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. Our aim at St. Agnes’ is   to encourage our pupils to grow into responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology to ensure this we teach E-Safety to all of children from EYFS to KS2.  ​

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 Year 4. In addition to this, there are often extra opportunities for other sports including invasion sports, ball games and dancing. There are range of sporting opportunities on offer including, but not limited to; football and Zumba for KS1 as well as boxing, football and fencing in KS2. During spring and summer term, we will have inclusive sporting competitions between our four houses leading up to Sports Day towards the end of the academic year . 

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. We are committed to equipping children with skills and knowledge but also the wider learning behaviours and personal attributes they need for success in life-long learning. Our 5 learning behaviours: leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication encourage children to use their skills to make the most out of all experiences. These skills are developed, demonstrated and celebrated in a variety of ways across the school. 

French is introduced in KS2 and taught by Mrs Willoughby (our very experienced Modern Foreign Languages teacher). Continuing with French throughout KS2 will enable the children to communicate confidently and effectively in a modern foreign language. They will also have the opportunity to  learn about the culture of France and other French-speaking countries.

 
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 

Yr 2

Yr 3 & 4

Yr 5 

Yr 6 

 

 

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