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Foundation Subjects

Design and Technology

Design and Technology encourages children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make a quality product. They will be expected to work with different tools, equipment, materials and components. The finished products will then be evaluated in order to identify improvements that could be made to their work in the future. Design and Technology has links with many other curriculum areas including Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Art.

History

Through the teaching of History in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we provide opportunities for the development of key skills: sequencing, cause and effect, reasoning, enquiry, constructing the past and chronological awareness. There are opportunities to respond to artefacts, pictures and written sources and to present the results of enquiries including written narratives. The children will learn about Ancient Civilisations to the present day as well as the history of Britain and the wider world, alongside studying significant individuals from the past.

Geography

In Geography at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we aim to develop the children’s knowledge of places and environments. This begins with the immediate school locality and widens to include both regional and national studies. The children will also study localities in other countries looking at the similarities and differences between physical and human features. Geographical skills are taught including an understanding of maps and plans and a range of investigative and problem solving skills. Geography is also a focus for understanding issues about the environment and sustainable development.

Art and Design

The Art and Design scheme stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides sensory experiences and enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through the scheme, children secure their understanding of the formal elements of art: colour, texture, shape, line, tone, space and pattern. Skills are taught sequentially and children have opportunities to revisit and build upon previous learning. The scheme equips children to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Children are encouraged to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a range of artists and designers. Children learn to think critically about the art they are exposed to and evaluate their own work. The scheme allows many cross curricular links prompting children to think more deeply on topics. Through Art, children expand their knowledge of different cultures and periods of time, instilling a sense of the impact Art has across society.

Music

Throughout the school, the class teachers teach music for one lesson per week. During Key Stage 1, children develop the skills to listen carefully and respond to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and learn to sing a variety of songs. The children begin to add accompaniments and create short compositions.  All children in Year 2 learn to play the ocarina. 

At Key Stage 2, the skills of performing, composing and appraising music are further developed. The children sing songs and play instruments with increasing confidence and skill. They may work individually, as part of a group or as a whole class. Music from different times, genres and cultures is listened to and discussed. Composers are researched and discussed in assembly and class work. Compositions are also developed in response to a variety of stimuli.  From Year 3 to Year 6, all children have the opportunity to learn the recorder.  In addition parents have the opportunity to pay for group guitar tuition.

PSHEE

At St Anthony’s we develop a mindful approach to PSHEE and Citizenship that encompasses Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education as well as emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. We aim to give the children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. St Anthony’s guide children to become informed, active and responsible British citizens and approach all learning within the spiritual and moral framework of the Catholic Church.

Our Scheme of Work is largely based around the Jigsaw programme and is supplemented with other resources from the SEAL programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) and Ten Ten lesson plans for RSE. These include National themed weeks such as fire safety, anti-bullying, money and road safety. Cross curricular links are identified and planned for, especially in RE. Throughout the school children are taught strategies to keep themselves safe and each year group builds upon the strategies from the previous year. This is known as Protective Behaviours.

Sex and Relationships Education

“God created man and woman in his own image, with equal dignity, different yet complimentary. Our sexuality is a gift from God and must be expressed according to his will of love” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). Sex and Relationships Education is taught throughout the school and, as with all subjects, lessons are taught within the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

“Life to the Full” is a scheme of work for Relationships Education. It is taught with a spiral approach to learning, in which children will revisit the same topics at an age-appropriate stage through their school life. The entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen and loved by God.

Languages

Learning a new language raises awareness of our multicultural world, providing cross curricular links and reinforcing skills and understanding developed in other subjects. At St. Anthony’s, the children in Key Stage Two learn French following a structured, progressive scheme. Children are given regular opportunities to practise, use and consolidate new vocabulary with their peers.