Curriculum Design at St Ann’s J&I
Why We Do It?
Ensuring children leave with the knowledge they need for secondary school, as outlined in the National Curriculum, along with cultural capital, a strong moral compass and skills fit for the 21st century world has always been our aim.
What Do We Do?
Over the last decade we have worked with experts to ensure the curriculum we offer builds from where our children are to where we want them to be. Children are at the heart of what we do.
How Do We Do It?
We constantly assess the needs of our children, local community and the skills and knowledge our children need to be successful in the real world. We evaluate what we do at school and make sure that we offer the best possible curriculum for our children.
Curriculum Evolution- A Decade of Curriculum Development
Pre 2010- St Ann’s serves a vibrant, multicultural community so respect has always been the school’s buzzword. The relationships between staff, parents and children have always been built on mutual respect.
2010- We began working with Jill Catclow, a National Consultant on supporting children with English as an Additional Language. Over time, we developed planning for language to ensure all children can access the curriculum regardless of the languages they speak or the vocabulary they know. This practise has become an integrated part of how we deliver our curriculum.
Examples of planning for language.
2012:- We adopted the Chris Quigley Essentials curriculum to supplement the National Curriculum. This gave us an ambitious framework to secure progress in every subject for all children. We designed topics for each year group which allowed us to teach the full curriculum. These topics made links between subject areas so the language children learnt through the topic could be used across many subject areas and support their writing. Every lesson became a language lesson.
2013- We welcomed families from all over the world into our school, as our community became even more diverse. We began working with Unicef to teach parents, staff and children about children’s rights and our responsibility in securing these rights. Teaching children about their rights became part of our approach to curriculum planning.
A Right’s Respecting Core Group, comprising of parents, children and staff, worked to establish a school charter built on the 5 rights we valued the most. This outlined what parents, children and staff must do to realise these rights at school.
This kept respect firmly at the centre of how we treat ourselves, each other and the wider world. Our school vision is still built on these 5 rights.
2016:- We worked with EOS, experts in curriculum design, to strengthen our approach to curriculum planning so that it embedded our school charter and ensured children leave with the skills and cultural capital they need to be successful in a 21st century world. . This created R.E.S.P.E.C.T; the current school vision. We introduced Learning Skills and began to use R.E.A.L. (Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic, Learning) projects to ensure children gained the knowledge, skills and the personal development they needed in school to be successful in the world.
Our current school vision and charter.
2016 - Present:- Teachers are now empowered to create learning which responds closely to children’s interests and has a purpose in the real world. This includes developing children’s learning skills. Teachers still plan for language within a project and hold fast to the principle that the language children learn in a project should be reusable across more than one subject area including supporting their writing.
Since 2016, the curriculum has been shaped by our ongoing reflection of the impact R.E.A.L projects have on children. Teachers, in each phase, work towards frameworks, developed in school, to deliver R.E.A.L projects. All staff are highly training at effectively supporting and challenging each other to provide a balanced and ambitious curriculum. In more recent years, the School’s reading spine has also been integrated into aspect of R.E.A.L projects.
REAL projects enable our children to achieve well and delivers R.E.S.P.E.C.T to the school, Rotherham and beyond.
School's new Curriculum Policy October 2020 after academisation -
How does our Curriculum ensure that our vision of RESPECT is delivered?
School's new PSHE Policy and communication with parents.