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Foundation Subjects

Design and Technology

Design and Technology encourages children to develop, plan and communicate ideas. They will be expected to work with different tools, equipment, materials and components in order to make quality products. These 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 IT in Key Stage 2

History

Learning history provides an important context for the development of children’s key skills; information processing, reasoning, enquiry, creative thinking, evaluation and communication. There are opportunities to respond to artefacts, pictures, written sources, graphical representations and to present the results of enquiries including written narratives. The children learn about Ancient Civilisations to the present day and the history of Britain and the wider world, developing their chronological understanding.

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 follows the National Curriculum and aims for the children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. They are taught the skills to develop drawing, painting, sculpture and other techniques. They are encouraged to evaluate and analyse their own creative works as well as those of great artists, craft makers and designers.

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

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) and Citizenship at St. Anthony’s, helps to give the children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to lead confident, healthy and independent lives and to become informed, active, loyal and responsible British citizens. This is done within the spiritual and moral framework of the Catholic Church.

The SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme forms the basis of the curriculum throughout the whole school. It is supplemented by other resources in order to fulfil the requirements of the curriculum. 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 R.E. We have written specific lesson plans for Drug Education.

Throughout the school the children are taught strategies to keep themselves safe. 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.

“In the Beginning” is a scheme of work set within a Christian framework and has been developed to provide Education in Personal Relationships as well as sex education. The scheme’s main aim is to provide our children with an understanding of life itself, appropriate to his/her level of understanding. It begins in Year 1 and continues through to Year 6. It has been designed in such a way as to enable home and school to work together in partnership. The scheme supports National Curriculum requirements in Science and PSHEE.

Languages

In Key Stage 2 the children are taught French, following a structured scheme. The children are given daily opportunities to practise, use and consolidate new vocabulary. Learning a new language raises awareness of our multicultural world, providing cross curricular links and reinforcing skills and understanding developed in other subjects.