At St Ann’s Well Academy we believe that pupils make the most progress in their learning through a thematic based curriculum. We feel that this method allows for the children to become immersed in a topic and in so doing enhances their skills development, allowing children to reach their full potential. Our themes run over a half-term or term. Please see the documents attached below.
Whole School Intent
Our curriculum aims to:
· Provide a coherent, engaging, broad and balanced education which values every subject area
· Systematically develop skills and build knowledge and understanding to prepare pupils for their next stage of learning and construction of their long term memory
· Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support both academically, and in respect of their wider interests and talents (aspirations)
· Nurture children’s learning behaviours and develop a curiosity towards the exploration of knowledge and application of skills
St Ann’s Well Academy’s behaviours for learning are: independence, resilience, curiosity, motivation, creativity and reflection.
· Develop crucial life-skills, and positive moral traits through the values of kindness, respect, teamwork, honesty, positivity and responsibility, so that understand their role within the community and wider world. To understand what it means to be a British Citizen or, someone from another country who lives in Britain. To be aware of the rule of law, tolerance and being mutually respectful whilst understanding what it means to live in a democracy and to have individual liberty. To experience cultural capital and to use this to make links across their learning.
THEMATIC CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
We are currently re-writing an exciting curriculum for F1 and F2. Our new curriculum maps will be online soon!
Click on the links below to see Years 1 to 6 Curriculum Overviews
MATHS PROVISION AND PROGRESSION
At St Ann’s Well Academy we are passionate about mathematics and regard it as an essential tool for everyday life. The school is implementing this year a scheme called Power Maths that encourages mastery, which is recommended by the Department of Education. A daily maths lesson allows each child to benefit from concrete, pictorial and abstract experiences in order to cement their knowledge and build confidence in all areas of mathematics.
The scheme challenges appropriately in each year group by using a variation approach to learning. This allows children to apply their existing knowledge during the initial discovery of a concept followed by applying new learning in problem solving and reasoning. Teachers will tailor each lesson to suit all learners.
Teaching is centred around developing a positive attitude, resilience and competence in mathematical concepts and skills. Underpinning this, children build further confidence in understanding number, place value and calculating in addition to the Power Maths scheme through weekly arithmetic sessions.
We encourage the children to have an initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others. We give children the opportunities to explore and find answers of their own, giving them the passion to becoming deep logical mathematicians. We expect our children to justify their conclusions through oral and written methods.
We believe that reinforcement and embedding skills is key to raising standards. For this reason, all our maths lesson start with a ‘Flashback Four’. This is 10-15 minutes spent recapping skills from the previous day, previous week, previous unit and previous term. In addition, children in years 2 to 6 are encouraged to build and retain fluency in securing their times tables through ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ at home and in school in readiness for more complex problem solving. Please contact your child’s class teacher for help accessing Times Tables Rockstars.
The children are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum; please use the following link to find out more about National Expectations for each year group.
Click Here to see Year Group Overviews
We believe that science education helps children develop their understanding of the world through scientific exploration.
We believe that a high-quality computing education, equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world. Through our computing curriculum, children will be able to use a variety of technologies, express themselves and develop their own ideas.
The aims of Religious Education are:
To stimulate and maintain pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in RE.
To develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
To develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of some of the main religions represented in the UK.
To develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold different views and beliefs, and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
We have based this on The Agreed Syllabus for RE in Nottinghamshire 2015-2020.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
At St Ann’s Well, we love learning Spanish. Mrs I Bagdsar is our specialist Spanish teacher.
Please click here to find out more about our Spanish curriculum.
At St Ann’s Well, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2, we receive expert music tuition to ensure we deliver excellent music lessons fully aligned with the national curriculum. As our children progress through the school, they learn how to play the recorder, cello and violin as whole class ensemble groups. We have a weekly music assembly for both KS1 and KS2 children where our children learn about performance and dynamics as a choir.
At St Ann’s Well, we believe that it is essential for every child to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We employ specialist sports coaches, which enhance our PE provision as well as follow The REAL PE scheme of work, which ensures that our children have the very best provision given the context of the school in ST Ann’s, where access to a sports field, leisure services and big open spaces is limited. We therefore aim to develop a physical education and school sport programme that offers opportunities for children to participate in range of activities and competition, thus increasing participation and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
Please see the links below to see what your child will be studying in every subject this year.
If you would like to find out more information about our curriculum then please contact the members of staff below.
Mr C Severyn – Maths and music subject leader
Ms H Clarke – English subject leader
Ms H Dracott – Science subject leader
Ms K Baker – Art Subject Leader
Mr C Ibbett – PE and Computing subject leader
Ms A Sheikh – DT subject leader
Ms L Friend – Geography subject leader
Mrs E Ashdown – PSHE subject leader
Mrs E Thorne – History Subject Leader
Mrs S Dermody – RE Subject Leader