We aim to make learning exciting and in a meaningful context for children. Subjects are linked cohesively, giving meaning and purpose to pupils’ learning through a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discretely. Numeracy and Literacy are the key elements of our curriculum. These subjects are both taught discretely with links to the class’ current Learning Challenge where this is appropriate.
Should you require any further information regarding our curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher.
At Annesley, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves. Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading. We cultivate the behaviours that they will need to be discerning readers as they read frequently and widely using self-regulation strategies and discuss what they read. This curriculum is delivered through synthetic phonics, a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers.
It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency and stamina which in turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Therefore, the link between children’s motivation to read and reading for pleasure is reciprocal. Furthermore, we know that reading pleasure is beneficial not only for not only reading outcomes, but for wider learning enjoyment and mental wellbeing. Thus, we work hard to foster a love of independent reading and build communities of engaged readers. We understand the significance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills so we endeavour to build a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to have the confidence to support their children with reading at home.
Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We are committed to promoting a love for reading.
Writing, given the right environment and stimulus, is an aspect of literacy that can give enormous pleasure. We aim to enable our pupils to consider themselves as ‘writers’, to encourage confidence and the motivation to want to write and to have sufficient control over the mechanics of writing to allow for skillful development of the writing process. We aim to ensure a balanced mix of approaches to writing so that our pupils achieve the skills required, a positive attitude, confidence as well as creativity and a love of writing. We aim to set high expectations of pupils and to give writing a high profile in all its forms.
At Annesley Primary and Nursery School, we believe that children should be equipped to solve problems; develop ways of looking at patterns; discover efficient strategies and make links between the different areas of maths. We believe maths is a universal language; it helps us to describe, make sense, investigate, understand and respect our ever-changing world. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of concepts through fluency, number sense and reasoning. Where possible, we try to make our maths ‘real maths’, making our learning and experiences relevant to everyday life. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenges through rich and varied problems. We encourage children to use approaches, which work for them, by equipping them with a range of efficient strategies and ensuring an understanding of them. At our school, the majority of children will be taught age related content and will be supported in understanding this through pre-teaching and close the gap teaching when necessary. We aim to make maths an exciting and varied experience to enable children to flourish and achieve.
Our medium and long term plans and sequencing of lessons follow the White Rose mastery approach (FS2 through Year 6) where the goal is to deepen understanding so that each lessons builds upon the last. Mathematical concepts and skills are broken up across the key stages. A concept is taught and will be revisited the following year, but in greater depth in order to build upon prior knowledge. We start with number (place value, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division - KS2) which is consolidated first before moving on to measurement, statistics and geometry. This is important as the children will them be able to use their number skills and then apply it to the other mathematical disciplines. A progression map has been provided to all teachers so that they understand where children are coming from and where they are headed. We tailor our sequential plans to individual cohorts. As the pupils enter UKS2 we build in more opportunities to access material that is above their age level, in preparation for the 11+ and continuation on to secondary.
At Annesley primary we have a clear vision for science. Our vision for science is to make all of our pupils into little scientists combined with ‘Achieving Together’. We aim to ensure a balanced mix of approaches to science so that all of our pupils can achieve the skills required, a positive attitude, confidence as well as interest and a lifelong curiosity for the world around them.
Citizenship and RSE
For our Citizenship sessions, we follow a scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant Citizenship and RSE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration, focus and self-regulation.
In Religious Education, we intend to provide children with a well-rounded view of the different world religions. We aim to guide them in their understanding of the key elements within each religion, how these are celebrated and to promote tolerance and understanding towards all religious beliefs. In doing so, we promote self-reflection and aim for all children to understand how their own beliefs and ideas are both similar and different to others around them. We encourage questioning both of their own ideas and of the world around them.
Every student should leave Annesley Primary & Nursery School with a deeper understanding of their own opinions/beliefs and tolerance and respect for the opinions/beliefs of others.
Art and Design
Design and Technology
At Annesley Primary and Nursery School, we recognise that learning music is a statutory entitlement for all pupils. Our intention is first and foremost to help children feel that they are musical, and to develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.
We recognise that learning a modern foreign language is a statutory entitlement for all pupils and we are committed to the principle that learning another language helps foster a curiosity and deeper understanding of other cultures and the world in general. We believe that learning to understand, speak, read and write another language during Key Stage 2 will provide the basis for learning other languages, which in turn will provide important opportunities for future study and work in other countries. In our school we teach French.