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Curriculum

Welcome to the Curriculum page. Please see below the curriculum that we use at St Anne's. 

Please see class pages for the most current topics and for more information.

If you have any queries or would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

 

Intent

From discussion with staff in the summer term 2018, it was felt that the curriculum at St Anne’s needed 'shaking up' to motivate and inspire the children and provide them with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills. It was also agreed that it had too much of a focus on English and Maths, therefore we had a look at adopting an alternative curriculum to provide children with a motivating, rich and diverse curriculum in line with the National Curriculum. Having looked at various different schemes it was decided that we would purchase Cornerstones curriculum.  

Cornerstones: As teachers we feel that cornerstones encourages inquisitiveness and interest in the wider world that fuels children’s thirst for learning. It is challenging, engaging and links to the local area. As we are a high percentage of Pupil premium, as a staff we think it is crucial that children get as many first hand experiences as possible and Cornerstones helps plan in thes trips/activities. It also allows for teacher flexibility which staff have liked as it allows them to be creative in their own way but allows teachers the comfort of knowing that the objectives from the NC are being taught and covered.

 

Implementation

We implemented the new curriculum in September and as any new curriculum we had a few teething problems. From learning walks it was evident that there was not enough work being covered even though the timetable allowed for it. As a result we introduced some Topic days in which teachers had the whole day teaching through their topic. Additionally, it was noted at the beginning, that teachers were still using an  English WALT objective even though they were teaching a foundation subject. As a result, it was agreed that if a teacher is teaching knowledge or skills from a foundation subject it must be a foundation subject WALT, however teachers can teach English or maths through the topic and in their topic books but that must have a clear English or Maths WALT. We are implementing KWL (what you already know, what you want to know  and what you have learnt ) at the beginning of the topic and then at the end will show progression and pupil ownership and also put what subject you are doing in the corner.  

 

Impact

We have come very far on our journey from September which is shown in the quantity and quality of work in the books. 

  • More topic related trips and experiences have been carried out ( so far: Year 2 have been to Maritime Museum and went on a trip across the Mersey ( Land A’Ahoy) Year 6 went to Manchester Museum to look at a fossil exhibition ( Darwin’s Delights) Year 4 had an Anglo Saxon come into school and deliver a workshop for the class ( Traders and Raiders) as well as a Dinosaur ‘trashing’ a classroom in year 1! Year 3 have had an Ancient Greek expert coming into school More to come in the next term, 
  • More topic assemblies to celebrate children work: Year 2, year 4 and year 3 and year 5 s far.
  • From learning walks, it is evident more children work is on display and celebrated
  • From monitoring books, the quantity of work has increased from last year
  • More art work and DT is being carried out throughout the school ( evident on learning Walks and from SERFs)
  • From looking at books more emphasis on Humanities skills and understanding.
  • From interviewing children, they are more engaged and enthusiastic
  • From book scrutiny presentation is of a high standard.
  • From book scrutiny more child responses to marking and feedback.
  • Data shows in line with NA for English and Maths which shows high expectations and progress and attainment

 

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Cornerstones Curriculum Topic Plan for the Year

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Rec

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

What happens when we fall asleep?

Do cows drink milk?

Why do zebras have stripes?

Why do ladybirds have spots?

Who lives in a rock pool?

Y1

Dinosaur Planet

 

 

Moon Zoom!

Superheroes

Rio do Rida

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

The Endangered Woodland

Y2

Land Ahoy

 

 

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Street Detectives

The Scented Garden

Wriggle and Crawl.

Beach Combers

Y3

Scrumdiddly-umptious

 

Gods and Mortals

Mighty Metals

Tribal Tales

Tremors

Flow

Y4

Traders and Raiders

 

Misty Mountain

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Potions

I am Warrior

Blue Abyss

Y5

Time Traveller

 

 

Star Gazers

Off with her Head

Scream Machine

Pharaoh

Beast Creator

Y6

Darwin’s Delights

 

Frozen Kingdom

A Child’s War

Blood Heart

Hola Mexico

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EYFS/KS1

This year we are using a new scheme for phonics called Read, Write, Inc. If you have any queries at all, please speak to a member of the EYFS/Key stage 1 team. The children are already looking forward to their learning!

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RE

We follow the Salford Diocese Scheme of work: The Way, the truth and the Life.

Please click here to see which world religions we cover.

Music

At St Anne's we have Oldham Music Service in who deliver the music curriculum to all the year groups. In addition, we have whole class guitar lessons for years 4 and 5 on a Wednesday (this was as a result of the children's questionnaire in which they asked for Guitar lessons- so that is what they got!). As well as this, Mrs Housley leads our fantastic choir every Friday. On a Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Hartnell-Booth teaches small group woodwind groups. At St Anne's we pride ourselves on our musical talents and every year we preform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and we have also preformed with the Halle Orchestra!

PE

At St Anne's Oldham Sport development  (Mr James Wainwright) aswell as Manchester City and Commando Joe's teach the majority of our PE lessons ensuring skills are developed and progression is made. Additionally,  to ensure sustainability, teacher training and shadowing is also put into place. Please see Sport and Club pages for any further information

French

In KS2 we have a French teacher who delivers French lessons once a week to the children in KS2. They thoroughly love learning a new language! Tres Bien!

Swimming

Every Friday Year 4 go to Oldham Swimming Baths for their weekly lessons. The children love going swimming and developing their confidence and skills in the water.

Following the new DFE guidance, please see below the % of children (in the current year 6 class) who can:

- swim competently, confidently and proficiently.

-can perform safe self rescue in different water based situations.

-can use a range of strokes effectively over a distance.

 

83% of the current Year 6 cohort  can swim competently.confidently and proficiently 
 
100% of the current Year 6 cohort  can perform safe self rescue in different water based situations.
 
72%  of the current Year 6 cohort can use a range of strokes effectively over a distance.

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