St Agnes Curriculum

Our aim is to provide a happy, secure atmosphere within which the children can develop intellectually, socially, creatively, spiritually and physically.  The Education Act requires schools to provide a basic curriculum, which includes Religious Education and the National Curriculum for pupils of compulsory school age.

The Curriculum is made up of the core subjects - (Literacy, Numeracy, ICT & Science) and six other subjects - (Design & Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and P.E.) This topic based Curriculum and R.E. together form the Basic Curriculum. In addition we also provide one lesson per week in a modern foreign language for children in upper KS2 and a weekly session for children in Year 3 & 4 and for children in Year 1 & 2. The children are taught the basic skills in each subject.

St. Agnes is organised into one Foundation Stage (Reception/Class 1), which caters for 15 pupils, and one KS1 (Class 2) which has 30 pupils in Years 1 and 2. KS2 is split into Y3/Y4 (Class 3) and Y5/Y6 (Class 4). A mixture of individual, class and group teaching is used to suit the needs of the children enabling them to develop as confident and independent learners.

All children on entry are given a baseline assessment during their first half term in school. They are currently assessed on their achievements in the National Curriculum core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy and Science in the school years in which they are 7 and 11. National up to date assessment results for the school can be found on the school website.

The Foundation Stage is taught through a different curriculum called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is split into 7 areas of learning. Prime areas – (Communication and Language, Physical and Personal and Social Education) and Specific areas – (Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding of the World and Expressive Art and Design).

The children learn through independent learning and teacher focused activities. The children experience a variety of play based activities to enhance their learning.  The children are assessed at the end of the Foundation Stage in line with the New EYFS Framework 2012. This assessment comes from teacher observations, photographic evidence and work that the children have produced throughout the year.

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
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • 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".

File icon: pdf St Agnes Primary School - EYFS Curriculum 2017-18 [pdf 252KB] Click to download

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.

 

File icon: pdf St Agnes Curriculum Overview Years 1 to 6 - 2017-18 [pdf 686KB] Click to download

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.

Phonics Scheme

Please click on the picture link to access information about our phonics scheme - Letters and Sounds.

Foreign Language

Please click on the picture link to access information about languages at St Agnes School.