What and How do we Teach?
We have implemented a ‘Creative Curriculum’ which has been designed by the teachers at St. Anne’s to meet the needs of our pupils, exploit our fantastic outdoor environment, ensure the children use a wide range of resources and transferable skills, and enthuse our children with a lively curriculum filled with endless opportunities.
All Primary Schools must teach the following National Curriculum subjects:
- English (Literacy)
- Mathematics (Numeracy)
- Computing (ICT)
- Art and Design
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Languages
The New Curriculum
In September 2014 a new primary, national curriculum is being introduced. The main aim is to raise standards across the curriculum and expectations in Mathematics and English have been raised. However, we always have and will continue to have high expectations of all children and our teaching reflects this.
The new curriculum will focus on essential core subject knowledge. As a school, we will deliver this through key questions and skills to ensure that children experience a breadth of knowledge to develop a secure understanding of subject content.
What are the main changes?
Literacy & Numeracy – Will now be called ‘English’ and ‘Mathematics.’ Expectations in both have risen, with the new curriculum going further faster. For example: Current Year 6 objectives will be taught in Year 4/5.
Science – Relatively unchanged but some movement between year groups.
ICT – Will now be called ‘Computing’ with a focus on control and programming.
Geography – Reduced emphasis on investigative Geography but increased focus on geographical knowledge. For example, being able to name and locate the worlds 7 continents and 5 oceans as well as naming and locating the 4 countries of the UK, along with capital cities and surrounding seas.
History – Mainly unchanged at KS1 but significant changes in KS2 breadth of study, with topics such as the Stone Age being added.
Music – Slimmed down programme of study. KS1 emphasis on experimentation with voice, tuned and untuned instruments. KS2 emphasis on notation and the understanding of the history of music.
Art and Design – Greatly reduced detail in content. A focus on mastering techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture.
Design and Technology – Relatively unchanged but an increased focus on cookery across each year group.
PE – Relatively unchanged but more focus on mastering basic skills and playing in team games.
RE – Although RE does not form part of the National Curriculum it remains statutory so Emersons Green will continue to teach about a variety of faiths and religions.
PSHE – Although not statutory the school will continue to follow the SEAL programme of study and include circle time within the curriculum.
If you would like any further information regarding the fantastic opportunities available to your child, please contact the school.