Curriculum


St Andrew’s is a Rights Respecting School (RRS)

Our vision is to bring children to a place where they can realise their full potential.  Our Christian values are the foundation of all we do and each one is a facet of the central value, love, which ‘always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’

(1 Corinthians 13:7)

Learning starts with the views and ideas of the child (Article 12), allowing them to be free to express their thoughts and opinions (Article 13)


 

St. Andrew’s Primary School Curriculum and Assessment

 

Our Curriculum

The following information details the principles of the curriculum we follow in school. The statutory primary curriculum sets out what children should achieve by year group. For more information about the specific curriculum your child’s Year group are following, please see the curriculum maps at the end of the page.

 

St Andrew’s Curriculum Intent

The aim of our curriculum is to engage children in memorable learning experiences which encourage and support them on their journey to realise their full potential. We want to establish a sense of belonging to the school and community with an ability to respect the rights of, and be inclusive of, others.

 

How we Assess progress

Teachers at St. Andrew’s assess children all the time. They constantly consider how well children have understood their learning and what their next steps will be. Teachers use assessment grids to assess reading, writing and maths.

 

They assess SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) with online tests. As part of good classroom practice they talk to the children about their next steps so that they know how to improve. Teachers submit a teacher assessment for each child four times a year and children’s progress is discussed at pupil progress meetings with school leaders (4 times annually).

 

Children’s attainment and progress will be shared with parents and carers at parents’ evening in the autumn and spring term. A report card is produced in the spring followed by a written report in the summer term.

 

Assessment Bands

 

Emerging

Expected

Exceeding

This means children are working on outcomes towards age related expectations.

This means children are working on outcomes at age related expectations.

This means children are working on outcomes above age related expectations.

 

St Andrew’s Curriculum Implementation

 

English

  • Reading and comprehending a range of texts across the whole curriculum
  • Writing with fluency – producing work which interests the reader
  • Presenting to others within and beyond the classroom
  • Exploring stories and ideas through discussion and drama

 Mathematics

  • Learning number facts fluently
  • Calculating, reasoning and problem solving
  • Understanding the relationship between different areas of calculation
  • Making links within maths

 Science

  • Modelling and encouraging use of appropriate and accurate scientific vocabulary in relation to area of study
  • Allowing plentiful child-led investigations where the pupils investigate answers to both their own and given questions
  • Inspiring and exciting by teaching, visits and/or visitors demonstrating scientific experiments
  • Learning about key areas of chemistry, biology and physics
  • Making predictions using prior knowledge and analyse results of investigations
  • Exposing to relevant real-life examples of scientific theories where possible to deepen understanding

Computing

  • Offering targeted advice and support through assemblies
  • Digital Leaders support the use of technology and safety when doing so
  • Specific internet safety lessons (using NOS and Interland) taught throughout the year

Art

  • Learning about the work of famous artists and their styles
  • Using cross-curriculum links to stimulate creative exploration
  • Experiencing different art/crafts through visiting artists and visits to ‘arts’ centres (galleries/theatres/museums)
  • Exploring art methods through different media, materials and techniques

 

 Design and Technology

  • Designing purposeful and appealing products and prototypes
  • Understanding which tools and equipment to use to perform practical tasks
  • Evaluating and investigating a range of different products and their own ideas
  • Exploring different structures and mechanisms
  • Applying an understanding of computing to program, monitor and control products
  • Understanding the principles of a healthy diet to prepare dishes using a range of cooking techniques

Geography

  • Learning about the connections between their own lives and the lives of others
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility for the environment and for the sustainable use of resources
  • Exploring and challenging stereotypes of people and places
  • Experiencing different regions through visitors and the use of IT and high quality resources

 History

  • Learning about a range of historical periods, events and people
  • Experiencing different historical periods, events and people through visitors and visits
  • Exploring history through a range of high-quality sources

Languages

  • Listening in the foreign language
  • Reading in the foreign language
  • Writing in the foreign language
  • Speaking in the foreign language

 PE

  • Exploring a range of sports
  • Learning why exercise is important for the mind and body
  • Experiencing different sports through visitors and visits
  • Developing a range of skills and techniques

 Music

  • Providing children with a breadth and range of musical experiences
  • Plentiful opportunities for children to Increase confidence, sensitivity and creativity in their music making

RE

  • Learning about a range of faiths
  • Applying learning from a range of faiths to own lives
  • Experiencing different religions through visitors and visits
  • Exploring faith through a range of high quality sources

PSHCE

  • Tailoring units of work to needs specific to individuals and classes
  • Promoting skills in reflection through healthy and open discussion of sensitive subject matter

Growth Mindset

  • Raising awareness of the skills required of the learner; learning to learn
  • Understanding of the most recent brain science and the implementations of this on learning
  • Exploring learning skills and attitudes and how these skills can be developed and applied
  • Implementing imagination and reasoning when exploring values, assumptions and vital concepts like justice, truth, knowledge and beauty

International Links

  • Learning about the rights of every child set out in the UNCRC and how these should be respected and implemented
  • Experiencing different cultures through our link schools in The Gambia and South Africa, visitors and the curriculum
  • Exploring Fairtrade and its impact on the rights of children and their families globally
  • Taking part in campaigns to promote their rights and the rights of others

 Outdoor Learning

  • Fostering a sense of responsibility for the environment and for the sustainable use of resources
  • Exploring and challenging the process of learning
  • Experiencing different regions through visitors and the use of IT and high quality resources

Collective Worship

  • Collective Worship happens in a variety of group sizes allowing children to experience different styles and to express their own spirituality in different ways
  • Prayer takes a central role using words that are inclusive but not coercive
  • We indicate clearly to all present when worship begins and ends using a variety of strategies, for example: music, silence
  • Leaders from faiths in the local area are invited to contribute

 

Impact of St Andrew’s Curriculum

Children succeed in their learning, no matter their starting point and develop a life-long love of learning. They are resilient, feeling confident and safe to take risks while making meaningful, positive relationships, with both adults and children.

 

For more information about our school curriculum, follow the link on the image above, read the PDFs below, or look at the individual class pages for termly information.

St Andrew's Curriculum

St Andrew's Curriculum
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Curriculum

KS2 - Information for Parents
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Year Group Curriculum Maps

EYFS
Updated: 11/10/2019 682 KB
Year 1
Updated: 11/10/2019 134 KB
Year 2
Updated: 11/10/2019 134 KB
Year 3
Updated: 11/10/2019 164 KB
Year 4
Updated: 11/10/2019 194 KB
Year 5
Updated: 11/10/2019 150 KB
Year 6
Updated: 08/01/2020 172 KB