KS 1&2 Discrete Subjects
Religious Education is a core subject. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principal aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:
- to lead the pupils to a deepening knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith.
- to provide opportunities for the pupils to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbour.
- to encourage pupils to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.
There are many opportunities for all pupils to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. This includes daily acts of worship, weekly assemblies, regular classroom/parish based liturgies and celebration of mass. The parish team works in full partnership with the school in supporting and enhancing the education and formation of our pupils.
Religious Education is taught for at least 10% of the weekly timetable. Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the delivery of the Curriculum Directory supported by the Margaret Carswell units which are used as a guide for the teaching and learning of Religious Education throughout the school.
Our RE curriculum enables the pupils to explore key questions of life from the Christian tradition and how to put what they have learnt into context. We work closely with our local Parish to prepare liturgies and we value the partnership between home, school and parish and the wider community.
To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them, the whole school spends time learning about different beliefs and cultures preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.
At St Agnes, all pupils can be a master of Mathematics. We celebrate mistakes and use these as opportunities to become resilient, fluent mathematicians, who are able to reason and explain. We believe that all pupils can achieve and master maths to the highest levels.
Our concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach to teaching and learning ensures that teachers combine all 3 elements within their practice, which supports pupils’ understanding. Across each year group, fluency, reasoning and problem solving are threaded throughout each lesson. Pupils are encouraged to build upon previous learning, use mathematical vocabulary and their reasoning skills when answering questions, and challenged to extend their thinking through questioning. Mistakes are valuable and are used as opportunities to learn and build knowledge. We value depth rather than speed, and want to encourage a life – long love of mathematics.
Maths is taught daily using the WhiteRose framework to ensure coverage and progression. Throughout the week pupils have the opportunity to learn, use and apply what they have been learning in an open –ended/cross-curricular way involving real life maths.
Arithmetic is an important part of our maths curriculum with weekly tests across the school. As well as this, pupils complete weekly Times table challenges’ for both KS1 and KS2.
Years 2-6 use Timestable Rockstars to help embed their knowledge of their tables in a fun way. We believe that in order for pupils to be confident mathematicians, they need a firm foundation and concrete understanding of number and mental maths strategies and so across the school we use the CPA approach, where pupils are encouraged to explain and prove their workings.
We have a music teacher who teaches music to every class and facilitates weekly hymn practice across the school. Pupils have lots of opportunities to learn a range of instruments including recorder in yr 2, violin in yr 3, ukulele in yr 4 and keyboard in yr6. Within class lessons, pupils have the opportunity to compare, perform and evaluate their work. We also have a school choir that practice weekly and have regular opportunities to perform.
PE is taught by both the class teacher and specialist sports coaches (AFS – All For Sports) providing the pupils with a minimum of 2 hrs of PE each week. Pupils learn to swim in Year 4. In addition to this, there are often extra opportunities for other sports including invasion sports, ball games and dancing. There are range of sporting opportunities on offer including, but not limited to; football and gymnastics for KS1. During spring and summer term, we will have inclusive sporting competitions between our four houses leading up to Sports Day towards the end of the academic year.
Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education is taught weekly in timetabled lessons as well as with a cross-curricular approach. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in discussion, role play, reflection and circle time as a vehicle to explore relevant themes. Our teaching of PSHE is enhanced by SCARF resources. Our teaching of Relationship, Sex Education is supported with Ten:Ten resources. Please see the RSE section on the website for further information. We are committed to equipping pupils with skills and knowledge but also the wider learning behaviours and personal attributes they need for success in life-long learning.
Our 5 learning behaviours:
leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication encourage pupils to use their skills to make the most out of all experiences. These skills are developed, demonstrated and celebrated in a variety of ways across the school.
French is introduced in KS2 and taught by Mrs Willoughby (our very experienced Modern Foreign Languages teacher). Continuing with French throughout KS2 will enable the pupils to communicate confidently and effectively in a modern foreign language. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the culture of France and other French-speaking countries.