Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to promote the development of the whole child and equip children with core skills so that they become fluent and enthusiastic readers and mathematicians from an early age.  We want our children to appreciate and understand cultural diversity in their own community and beyond so that they can learn to live harmoniously in a diverse world.  Our curriculum enables children to make healthy choices about their lifestyle, enjoy learning and contribute to their community.

Children use their core skills to help them access other areas of the curriculum and gain knowledge and understanding.  Maths is taught through a three part teaching sequence of skill, application and challenge.  This ensures children can learn a skill and apply it in a range of problem solving and reasoning tasks.  In Key Stage 2 core skills in maths and grammar are revisited in short daily ‘quick fire’ sessions to keep skills sharp.  Project and topic work are taught across the school and core skills are woven into all other subject areas.

Pupils are taught how to be good learners and demonstrate 'Learning Powers' in lessons.  They are able to make good progress and achieve outcomes in statutory tests that are above national standards.  Children enjoy learning at Anns Grove and benefit from a broad range of enrichment activities.  Our rich, broad-based curriculum - which includes Early Learning Goals at the Early Years Foundation Stage (click here to view) and the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 (click here to view) - is inclusive and meets the needs of all our children whatever their level of attainment.


Knowledge Organiser

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EYFS (awaiting upload)

Key Stage 1

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2


English

We follow the national curriculum for English in order to ensure that all children: read easily, fluently and with good understanding , develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information , acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar , write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences, and use discussion in order to learn. We teach them to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas so that they become competent in speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Phonics is taught at Anns Grove through a specific programme. We are a Ruth Miskin trained school.

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme, for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly.

More information on curriculum can be found here.

Programme Progression

In Nursery all children:

  • Learn the first 30 sounds in short daily sessions.

In Reception/Foundation Stage all children:

  • Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge.
  • Take home Phonics storybooks to share.
  • Read with fluency and expression.
  • Learn to spell using known sounds.
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first.
  • Work well with a partner.

By the end of Year 1 and 2 all children are accurate and speedy readers.


Maths

At Anns Grove our aim is for all children to become confident and competent mathematicians.  Our ‘Skill, Application, Challenge’ teaching model is designed to develop our children as fluent mathematicians who can reason and problem solve effectively by applying their skills to real life contexts.


Science

We have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark Silver 2017-20.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Science at Anns Grove is fun and we enjoy taking part in practical experiments and activities to enhance our understanding of science. We use books, photographs videos and other sources of information too. In Key Stage 1 most of the learning about science is done through first-hand practical experiences. In Key Stage 2 the focus is enabling pupils to broaden their scientific knowledge of the world around them and to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. In Years 5 and 6 pupils will encounter more abstract ideas.


Computing

Our computing curriculum equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  We want all our pupils to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

In school we follow the Sheffield Primary Computing Scheme of Work 2017 - Overview (please click the link below to view):

Sheffield Primary Computing Scheme of Work 2017 - Overview


Online safety

Learning about online safety is a vital life skill. At Anns Grove we empower our children to safeguard themselves and their personal information. We also support our parents by providing online safety information sessions and literature to keep them well informed and able to identify potential risks to their children.


P.E.

The physical well-being of our children is very important and we aim to ensure that all pupils: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities, lead healthy, active lives. Our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. At Anns Grove, we employ a full time sports teacher to teach PE lessons and provide a wide range of extra sports activities at lunchtimes and after school. We enter many competitions and events throughout the school year including, athletics, football, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, tri-golf and swimming galas. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


History

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils: know and understand the history of the UK from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world, know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; features of past non-European societies; gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history.


Geography

Children will develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality at Anns Grove. They are taught subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and to use geographical skills. Pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They will find out about the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.


D&T

Anns Grove offers a variety of creative and practical activities and children are taught the skills needed in designing and making in a range of projects.


Music

Our children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They play tuned and untuned instruments , listen to a range of music and experiment with sounds. They listen to a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.


RE

Teaching of religious education is a statutory requirement.  This follows the Sheffield Agreed Syllabus and children study Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism throughout the school and where relevant, through topic work.  We seek to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils by encouraging respect, understanding and tolerance of each other, to all faiths and those who adhere to them.


Art and design

At Anns Grove our curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design and know about local and great artists, craft makers and designers.


PSHE

With a mindfulness philosophy and practice woven throughout, the PSHE curriculum is designed as a whole-school approach, we aim to equip children for life, helping the children really know and value who they are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.  The mindful approach to PSHE, is an integrated scheme of learning, for Personal, Social, Health Education, with particular emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health, SMSC and spiritual development.


Global Learning

Global learning is about developing values for living together in Britain and the wider world.  At Anns Grove we learn about international development through linking people's lives throughout the world.  This means our currciulum is linked to the 17 goals for global sustainable development, which you can find more information about by clicking here.


Modern Foreign Languages (French)

Our modern foreign language curriculum  focuses on French and fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.  Teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.  It provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking.

 


Collective Worship

Our assemblies are non-denominational and hope to promote the principles of positive concern and respect.

Assemblies are also a time of coming together and celebrating the ‘successes’ in our school. Celebration assemblies are held every Friday and are enjoyed by both staff and pupils.

Parents who wish to have their child excluded from religious education and/or assemblies should consult with the Headteacher.


Healthy Lifestyles

We actively promote a healthy lifestyle for all children through a variety of activities, and include a range of additional opportunties and activities as part of our currciulum and extra curricular programme..

As part of the Government’s ‘Fruit and Vegetable Scheme,’ all children in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are given fresh fruit or vegetables each day as a way of promoting healthy eating.

We ask that children in Key Stage 2 provide their own fruit and vegetables as a snack at playtimes.

We also encourage families to have healthy lunchboxes if bringing their lunch from home. Please do not send chocolate, sweets, crisps or fizzy drinks as part of packed lunches.