The St Agnes Curriculum
‘Knowledge builds on knowledge: the more you know, the more you are able to learn’ (Hirsch, 1988) At St Agnes CE Primary School we provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum that promotes our core value of ‘love to learn’.
Our excellent relationship with the community and understanding the context, our curriculum aims to equip our pupils in acquiring the cultural capital needed to flourish in education and beyond. We aim to achieve this through a knowledge based and skills led approach, rich in language and vocabulary, supported through enriching experiences which allows all of our children to ‘learn do well’.
Pupils will leave St Agnes well prepared for the next stage of their education – enabling them to grow into active, responsible members of society ‘living well together’, in modern Britain.
What does it look like?
Our Curriculum has been designed by the staff across our school using a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum. We ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations and have mapped out our curriculum coverage for you to see in the links below. Click and have a look at all of the wonderful things that we are getting up to in 2019/20. Our new curriculum will be delivered through various 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. Alongside our Christian Values, Peace Mala School Ethos and our Rights and Respecting work, we weave topics in a way which covers the National Curriculum in a thematically exciting and thought provoking way. One that is unique to our Longsight community, to make sure the children’s learning relevant to them and their life experiences. Through our carefully planned out curriculum, we want to provide the children with new experiences and opportunities to explore their learning in a positive way.
Teaching and Learning
At St Agnes, we believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide 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.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Our curriculum is used to increase children’s knowledge i.e. key concepts in mathematics, skills i.e. the ability to use the acquired knowledge, understanding as they grow and develop and become more aware of the world around them and fostering positive attitudes to the work they do at school.
St Agnes’ curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that learning is continuous, and that the children make good progress with the development of their learning. We try to ensure that the knowledge and skills gained are used across the whole curriculum and not simply in isolation and that meaningful links are made between subjects in our half termly or termly themes.
Is everything covered?
Yes, but certain subjects and areas will still be taught discretely, as needed, including English, Maths, aspects of Science, PSHE, PE, RE and Computing.
How does the St Agnes’ Curriculum work alongside the National Curriculum?
St Agnes’ Curriculum follows all the requirements of the National Curriculum, but we are proud to offer a much broader curriculum than that, making the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children through our Peace Mala and Rights and Respecting Work. Our children receive an education that is exciting, fun and worthwhile, unique to their needs and prepares them for life beyond school and laying the foundations for lifelong learning.
What should my child be learning in their Year Group?
Please click on the links below to see what your child should be learning from Year One to Six in our National Curriculum overviews:
If you would like to see what your child is learning currently, please go to their individual class page. There you will find a breakdown of what learning is taking place, across the curriculum, each half term/term.
Our Curriculum Statements:
These are currently being updated.