At St Ann's Well Academy we believe that pupils make the most progress in their learning through a thematic based curriculum. We feel that this method allows for the children to become immersed in a topic and in so doing enhances their skills development, allowing children to reach their full potential. Our themes run over a half-term or term. Please see documents attached below.
Thematic Curriculum Overview
Click Here to see Foundation 1s Curriculum Overview
Click Here to see Foundation 2s ‘Rainbow’s’ Curriculum Overview
Click Here to see the Whole School Thematic Curriculum Overview
- The National Curriculum in England Framework
- Statement on Teaching Phonics and Reading
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Overview for this Academic Year
Maths provision and progression
We are developing a ‘Mastery Maths Curriculum’ where children develop a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of maths. Our teaching is supporting by the White Rose approach, which aims to help pupils, over time, acquire mastery of the subject. There are a number of elements that we focus on in our maths sessions:
- Varied fluency (rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts)
- A growing confidence to reason mathematically
- The ability to apply maths to solve a range of problems, test hypotheses and investigate.
Differentiation occurs in the support, challenge and intervention provided to different pupils. The questioning and scaffolding that individual pupils receive will differ, with higher attainers challenged through additional problems and investigations, which deepen their knowledge of the same content. Pupils’ difficulties and misconceptions are identified through immediate formative assessment and addressed with rapid intervention- through individual or small group support during the lesson or during ‘post teach’ sessions.
Links to each year group’s teaching overviews are below and if you would like any more details about your child’s learning in maths, and how best to support them, please come and speak to your child’s teacher.
In November 2016, our choir took part in a very exciting experience. With other schools, we recorded a charity single called, “If every Child could”. Our music provider, The Music Hub, helped us achieve this and we are very proud of the end result. The Cd is available to buy and also download. The funds raised will be used to help extend musical opportunities to children in Nottingham City schools.
SMSC and Values-based Education
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fundamental to our work if we are to prepare our young people to move into the world of work and function fully as contributing citizens to their community in which they live.
We define SMSC as the following:
Exploring beliefs and experiences, respecting values, discover yourself and the surrounding world and your place within it, using imagination and creativity and being able to reflect as an individual.
Recognising right and wrong, understanding choices and consequences, investigating moral and ethical issues and being able to offer a reasoned viewpoint.
Using social skills appropriately in different contexts and understanding how different groups and communities function, being tolerant of others.
Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, participating in cultural opportunities and understand and appreciate cultural influences.
In our changing world and local communities it is also important to promote fundamental British values as part of SMSC and this includes celebrating our strong vision and ethos, encouraging and supporting students to develop effective relationships, providing a broad and balanced curriculum whilst offering activities beyond the classroom.
All of our students are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
We also promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. By actively promoting these values we challenge anyone in our school community whose opinions or behaviours undermine these core beliefs.
As a result of this work, we expect from our students:
- An understanding of how they as citizens, in our school and in their local community, can bring about influence through a democratic process
- An understanding regarding the rule of law and how it aims to protect individuals and the need for it to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all
- An understanding of the freedom of choice, particularly related to choice regarding faith and beliefs, and how these choices are protected in law
- An acceptance of others who hold differing beliefs, faiths and opinions and that tolerance is required and how discriminatory or prejudicial behaviour is against the values and ethos of this school but also is against the law
- An understanding of the importance of identifying discriminatory behaviours and actions and also understanding that action needs to be taken to combat such behaviours
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) Curriculum Overview
In September, we launched values-based education which will help the school’s development of active citizenship. Values-based education is an approach to teaching and learning that underpins the way the school develops relationships and promotes positive human values.
What is a value?
A value is a principle which guides our thinking and behaviour. We can never be value free so the process of self-evaluation is crucial if we are to appreciate the effect that our values have on the life of the school.
What is values-based education?
- It helps the school community think about and reflect upon positive universal values and the practical implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community and the world.
- It inspires individuals to choose their own positive personal, social, moral and spiritual values and be aware of ways for developing and deepening them as world citizens.
- It promotes an inclusive school ethos and methods of working that raises achievement and helps pupils to raise their self-esteem and take greater responsibility for their own behaviour and learning.
- Overall, it will enable pupils to examine the kind of life that is worth living and to consider what kind of life they want for themselves.
How will values-based education be implemented?
- Values will be introduced in assembly so children can become familiar with the language and idea. The value will be a core theme running through the assembly programme each month.
- The value of the month will be explored and referred to during class discussion time.
- The value of the month will be shared with parents.
Please find below posters classes have designed to illustrate their understanding of a value.
If you would like to find out more information about our curriculum then please contact the members of staff below.
Mr B Curtis - Maths and computing subject leader.
Ms H Clarke - English subject leader.
Ms H Dracott - Science subject leader.
Mrs S Dermody - Foundation subjects leader.