At Anson we run a ‘thematic’ curriculum, where a range of traditional subjects are taught under an umbrella theme or topic. Over time, teachers ensure that the objectives and skills laid out in the National Curriculum are covered.
The school curriculum enables many of the school aims to be met through the learning experiences provided for our pupils. It is broad and balanced and incorporates the National Curriculum as well as school based initiatives. Our Early Years curriculum is based in the National Early Years Foundation Stage which emphasises the importance of play in developing key learning skills.
The curriculum is the means by which we ensure that learning is fun, challenging and for life.
Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to:
- Learn new skills, knowledge and concepts and to apply them when appropriate.
- Observe and understand the world around us
- Question and investigate ideas and opinions
- Be creative
- Acquire positive attitudes to their learning and be self evaluating
- Become active rather than passive learners
- Develop their thinking skills
- Be at the centre of the learning process
- To be confident in themselves and their ability to learn and make progress regardless of their ability
- Enjoy learning
We have high expectations of what our pupils can achieve and are committed to an ongoing programme to improve standards of attainment in all areas of the curriculum. Please contact the school office if you would like to know any further details regarding the school's curriculum.
Each class organises a daily Literacy lesson, supplemented by handwriting, spelling and guided reading activities during further sessions. Punctuation and grammar activities are specifically planned to support literacy basic skills.
In Reception, children learn Communication, Language and Literacy through guided teaching and a range of appropriate activities. Children are taught daily phonics following the phases incorporated in ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is supplemented by phonic bug and phonics play. All children in class 1 receive this teaching. In Class 2, 'Letters and Sounds' teaching is focused upon year 1 pupils and those children in year 2 still needing phonic support.
To support phonetic readers, we have developed the use of several published schemes, which have been arranged in coloured 'book bands'. Children are encouraged to read at home every night to develop their skills and parents record comments for the teacher in the homework diary. Every child also has access to an online reading scheme ‘Phonic bug’, where they have online books to read at home. These are matched to the book band each child is working on. When the children have reached the Ruby level, they are deemed confident and fluent readers and can become a ‘free reader’, choosing any book they wish from the school library.
In KS1 and KS2 children are tested every week on their spelling. The teacher provides word lists for the children to take home and learn; based upon a spelling pattern or ‘rule’ which has been introduced in school. Spelling sessions are supplemented with activities which support the application of spelling patterns.
From the Foundation Stage, we teach the ‘Truly Cursive’ style of handwriting and promote fluent, neat and joined handwriting. Most children are expected to begin joined writing in Year 2.
Yearly objectives inform the planning and teaching of mathematics throughout the school. These objectives enable progression in learning towards the Early Learning Goals and the 2014 National Curriculum level descriptors appropriate to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Mathematics in the Foundation Stage is viewed as a practical, activity-based subject, since for most children practical work is the most effective means by which understanding of mathematics can develop. The overview for this area of learning is taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
As the children progress through Key Stage 1, work will progress from handling objects to a stage in which symbols are used, which can be manipulated in abstract ways and applied to problem solving.
At Key Stage 2 most children will be encouraged to work increasingly independently, applying the knowledge they have learnt to solve everyday problems and to investigate mathematical rules, patterns and relationships. Mathematics games and practical learning opportunities will supplement more formal mathematics activities throughout Key Stage 2.
ICT provision is crucial in equipping our youngsters for the future. We have a set of 20 mobile laptops and 15 ipads - all wirelessly connected to the internet and school’s network. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and wireless connectivity. Pupils are encouraged to develop and apply their ICT skills in all areas of the curriculum.
If we can inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the world we live in, then we feel we have achieved our main aim of science teaching. Active learning situations have been planned to encourage children to ask questions, make predictions and carry out simple investigations. The experiences have been planned to appeal to all children, taking their interests and stages of development into consideration. They will have access to a wide variety of scientific equipment to help in the development of their observational and measuring skills.
Design and Technology
Children enjoy making things and this enthusiasm has been harnessed by actively involving them in Design and Technology activities. Our aim is to improve their understanding of the technological world in which they live by providing opportunities for the children to think, reason, plan, make and evaluate. Our school is well equipped and children are taught how to use safely a variety of material, tools and processes to design and make products. Display of children’s work is used as an integral part of supporting and developing Design and Technology activity in our school.
Art and Design
Art plays an important part in the life of our school. Creativity and self expression are encouraged by the use of a variety of materials and techniques designed to capture the imagination and develop skills in both two and three dimensional activities. The teaching of art is often integrated with other curriculum areas in order to enhance the total learning experience.
We believe that all our pupils should have access to a history curriculum which enables them to develop an interest and curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. History is taught in a range of ways, depending on the age of the children and the content of the history topic. We have history themed weeks and celebrate historical anniversaries. The children also have the opportunity to visit places of historical interest, museums and exhibitions, and to invite people in to talk about the past.
Geography is usually integrated with topic work. The teaching allows recognition of children’s own knowledge and experiences of the world and builds upon these through locality studies. These include local studies, contrasting localities in the United Kingdom and globally. Within these studies both physical and human geography is analysed. Maps are constantly used, whilst children develop an understanding of scale and orientation. Children are encouraged to look for relationships between people and places, as well as the growing environmental concerns within the world. Activities are based around an enquiring approach that requires children to develop skills in describing, explaining, predicting and responding.
Our teaching of PE gives the opportunity for all children to develop skills in games, gymnastics, dance, outdoor and adventurous activities, swimming and water safety activities. The school promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. We encourage children of all abilities to participate and extend themselves and fulfil their potential. We run a range of sports clubs throughout the year.
We aim, through a balanced and varied programme of musical activity, to develop and enjoyment of, and an enthusiasm for music. Music plays an important part in the life of our school and all children have the opportunity for an active involvement in the listening to, composing and performing of music. Children are also invited to receive string and woodwind tuition from external staff. Charges are made for this opportunity.
Worship is an integral part of the life of the school. Daily acts of worship are held in school. We value this as an important part of school life. Parents are regularly invited to attend school assemblies as well as services at St Stephen’s Church. Should parents wish to withdraw their children from RE lessons or assemblies, they should discuss this matter with the Headteacher.
As a Church of England Aided School, we aim to ensure a full and positive presentation of Christianity. We aim to ensure that our pupils understand the fundamental beliefs that define Christianity and develop a sound moral and social sense of responsibility. Our teaching is based on the Lichfield Diocesan guidelines for Church schools, and is supported by our links with St Stephen’s Church. We employ active learning methods to make religious ideas accessible to children. We also seek to develop an understanding of different cultures and faiths.
PSHE and P4C
PSHE and ‘P4C’ (philosophy for children) are programs encourage the children to recognise their own worth, work well with others, and develop their responsibility for their own learning. Many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up are covered, as are the rights, responsibilities and duties of individuals and communities. British Values and Sex and Relationships Education are taught as part of this programme. Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationships Education lessons in consultation with the Headteacher.