At St Anselm’s we strive to ensure that every child receives a broad and balanced curriculum. We want our children to achieve the highest possible standards in reading, writing and maths, but believe it is equally important that they enjoy learning in a range of other subject areas. In addition, provision is made for Religious Education for all pupils at this school in accordance with its fundamental Catholic ethos, legal foundation and mission statement.
We follow the National Curriculum but enhance it with imaginative planning around topics to make the learning experience more meaningful. We enrich our curriculum through visits out of school, planning themed events around topics and arranging visitors to come in to school. We also have a theme week every Spring term when the whole school undertakes collaborative, creative and cross curricular learning around a common theme.
We teach children to have a growth mindset which encourages them to persevere, to challenge themselves, to learn from their mistakes and to believe that they can succeed.
‘A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.’ (Carol Dweck)
Our Curriculum aims to develop skills that are essential for effective learning in school and throughout life. We look to create opportunities that enable pupils to develop these vital skills:
- Enquiry: The skill of enquiry enables pupils to ask relevant questions; pose and define problems; plan what to do and how to research; predict outcomes and anticipate responses; test conclusions and improve ideas
- Problem Solving: Developing skills and strategies that will assist in the solving of problems including the skill of identifying and understanding the problem; planning ways to solve a problem; monitoring progress in tackling a problem and reviewing a solution to a problem.
- Creative thinking: The ability to generate and extend ideas; to create hypotheses; to apply imagination and to look for alternative, innovative outcomes.
- Information Processing: The ability to locate and collect relevant information; to sort; classify sequence; compare; contrast and analyse part/whole relationships.
- Reasoning: The ability to give reasons for opinions and actions; to draw inferences and make deductions; to use precise language to explain thoughts and to make judgements and decisions informed by reasons or evidence.
- Evaluation: The ability to evaluate information to judge the value of what is read, heard or done; to develop criteria for judging the value of their own and others’ work or ideas; and having the confidence in their judgements.
We have specialist teachers for PE, French and music and we take part in singing and instrumental projects led by The Wandsworth Music Service.