St Agnes Curriculum
St Agnes C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School is proud to offer to its pupils an education, which is intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically and spiritually based on Christian values. We encourage each child to develop a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world, ensuring that the curriculum provides a Christian setting in which children can grow in understanding and the acquisition of skills, attitudes and values.
We value parents or carers as the child’s first educator and want to work in partnership enabling children and parents to carry on learning together. We value homework and see it not as a chore but as time to share your child’s talents, interests and have fun together.
In developing this partnership, it is important to ensure that communication is established and continues with the sending, giving, or exchanging information and ideas and through talking to each other. All staff have a strong desire to ensure that all children achieve, in all circumstances. The learning environment is also important and our aim is to provide a curriculum that embraces learning both inside and outside. Good learners need to draw on some essential skills for learning and life when tackling a challenge. We as a school community believe these essential skills are what we build each day through our curriculum. We have key values that we call ‘St Agnes Expectations’ which we feel form an integral part of how we function. We are also aware that each interaction between staff, pupils and families will have an impact and we strive to ensure through these ‘expectations’ that all interactions are positive.
The St Agnes Expectations are:
Being in the right place
Doing our best
Handling your emotions
Using appropriate language
These are an integral part of our teaching and should be evident to all members of and visitors to our community. The curriculum areas; English, Maths, ICT, Science, PE, RE, PSHCE, Art, Geography, History, Design Technology, with which educationalists we are very familiar, are taught in a cross curricular manner. All the subject skills within the curriculum are referenced to the new National Curriculum and the programmes of study and attainment targets. Statutory elements are covered throughout the curriculum. The Programmes of Study set out the minimum requirement of what needs to be taught in Key Stages 1 and 2.
For further information about the new National Curriculum please look at the relevant website pages by Key Stage or call into school and speak to your child's class teacher.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In Class 1 (Reception) the curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Through all of these areas the key Characteristic of Effective Learning are Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically. All learning is interactive, playful and fun and children are supported, guided and taught by highly skilled staff.
Parents are actively engaged at all points through school but in these early days we work in a "complete partnership".
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum
In literacy and numeracy we follow the national framework units as a guide for our planning although we do plan our lessons on a skills based and individualised learning basis.
In other curriculum areas such as Science, ICT or History we follow a skills based curriculum which follows the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and allows for progression throughout KS1 and KS2. These are planned on a two year cycle to accommodate the mixed aged classes.
In RE we follow the Manchester Diocesan Syllabus.
See our half termly Curriculum Information Sheets for further details of our Curriculum on the Class Pages section of our website.
Early Years Curriculum
Please click on the picture link to access information about the National Curriculum for Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) - Reception Class.
Key Stage 1
Please click on the picture link to access information about the National Curriculum for Key Stage One - Years 1 and 2.
Lower Key Stage 2
Please click on the picture link to access information about the National Curriculum for Lower Key Stage Two - Years 3 and 4.
Upper Key Stage Two
Please click on the picture link to access information about the National Curriculum for Upper Key Stage Two - Years 5 and 6.
Please click on the picture link to access information about our phonics scheme - Letters and Sounds.
Please click on the picture link to access information about languages at St Agnes School.