Curriculum Approach and Content
We have a thematic approach to the curriculum at St. Andrew’s with each class / year group having a main theme or topic to base the term’s work around. Within each year topics will be History, Geography or Science based as outlined in our curriculum map. This is to encourage children to apply their skills across a range of subjects and to make links wherever possible.
We start our topics with a ‘Wow’ opener (e.g visit from a dinosaur) and include a ‘spotlight moment’ (trip or visitor) to fully engage and enthuse the children. We plan a wide and varied range of activities across all subjects to suit different learning styles which include first hand learning experiences to consolidate learning. Teachers are able to use their areas of interest and expertise to build a broad, interesting and engaging curriculum. We believe that learning should be based around the crafts of learning (how will children become the best learners they can be) and we ensure that we provide the best environment to nurture our children to become ‘bubbling learners’.
During the year we also plan whole school themed days/units of work with the aim of focusing, stimulating and challenging children within all areas of the curriculum.
Maths, English, Science, Religious Education and Personal Social Health Emotional (PSHE) are taught discreetly with cross curricular links identified wherever possible. Work is carefully differentiated to ensure that there is challenge for all children at all levels. Throughout all areas of the curriculum we teach, model and discuss the values which underpin the Christian ethos of the school.
The medium term plans detailed below outline the content of each year group for the terms across each year:-
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