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English

English is taught both as a separate and a cross-curricular subject. Pupils in both key stages have time-tabled English lessons.

Reading 

A structured reading scheme is used in Key stage 1. Pupils are also given, and encouraged to share, a wide variety of supplementary reading material. The school has a home-school reading record for pupils from Reception to Year 2 which is monitored regularly and summarised each half-term. In Key stage 2 pupils follow individual programmes and keep reviews which are monitored and assessed by their class teacher. Every pupil in Key stage 2 is assessed annually for reading comprehension and fluency and parents are informed of their progress via pupils’ annual reports.

Speaking & Listening

Developing pupil’s confidence in speaking & listening through planned independent, group, class and whole school activities is fundamental to pupils making good progress in academic, personal and social skills. Teachers assess pupil’s levels of fluency and external support or further group work is provided for pupils who need to develop their concentration, comprehension or speech and language skills. 

Handwriting & Presentation

Pupils are a cursive script from Year 1 and high standards of presentation are positively encouraged from all pupils. Pupils in Key stage 2 are encouraged to write in ink and those pupils who experience difficulties with letter formation are set specific practical exercises.

Spelling

Pupils are taught phonic blends in the Early Years Foundation Stage using the Jolly Phonics approach.  Pupils in Years 1 and 2 are taught a programme of sound and letter blends and spelling patterns and are encouraged to use the 'look, cover, write, check and remember' method. Pupils in Key Stage 2 follow a scheme of work based on the National Strategy targets for developing spelling, grammar and punctuation.  All children have dedicated spelling lessons using a structured approach to the teaching of spelling.  Children are encouraged to learn their spellings at home each week.

Writing 

At the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1, teaching is planned to encourage pupils to express their thoughts. Support is organised in a range of ways to help pupils to record their views and observations. As pupils progress, they are encouraged to make use of simple word banks and dictionaries to promote and develop free-writing skills. Punctuation and rules for spelling and grammar are introduced as soon as pupils are ready. At Key stage 2, pupils are taught to write for a variety of purposes and develop their skills in organising work through planning, revising, and extending their vocabulary and comprehension skills.  Each pupil is assessed annually in line with Primary English level criteria.

 

Mathematics

At St Anselm’s we follow the Primary Framework for Maths. Pupils develop their understanding of number, shape, measure and data handling. Emphasis is placed on mental maths skills and recall of number facts and patterns. Pupils are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to problem solving and investigation. We want to enable pupils to see that Mathematics can be a way of viewing and making sense of the world and to be able to think logically, use Mathematical language with confidence and to enjoy investigating, solving and developing their own methods for calculation.

Year One Long Term Plans

Year Two Long Term Plans

Year Three Long Term Plans

Year Four Long Term Plans

Year Five Long Term Plans

Year Six Long Term Plans

 

Science

At St Anselm’s School, we believe that our pupils have a natural curiosity about their world and an enthusiasm to want to make sense of it.  We aim to fill our science lessons with challenging questions from both teachers and pupils, and plenty of hands-on practical activities to engage and inspire the children.   We teach science in a block, for a full week, each half term.  In this way, we are able to enhance and deepen the children’s learning as well as using a cross curricular approach.  Children work in groups in science lessons and this helps to build up skills in speaking and listening, leadership and co-operation.  Group work also involves working collaboratively on practical investigations, and recording and explaining findings..  Teachers use formative assessment to monitor pupils learning in individual topics and in the working scientifically objectives across the year. 

We use the Kent Science Scheme which follows the National Curriculum requirements and has a strong emphasis on investigation.  

Through this scheme we aim to: 

  • develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
  • build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world
  • use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
  • introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science and to encourage them to ask questions
  • develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements
  • develop pupils’ use of computing in their science studies as well as encouraging them to improve their research skills
  • develop a knowledge and appreciation of the contribution made by famous scientists to our knowledge of the world including scientists from different cultures
  • extend the learning environment for our pupils via our school garden, greenhouse and the locality
  • promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils.

 

Computing

Computing is delivered discretely as well as being integrated into subjects across the curriculum. Computing skills are taught in the school’s technology suite in specific lessons and pupils are encouraged to use Computing in other subjects as appropriate.  Pupils have access to iPads as well as desk-top computers in our dedicated IT suite. E-safety is a fundamental part of our Computing curriculum and we work with both parents and children to ensure that they have a good understanding of how to keep safe online.

We work with the Wandsworth City Learning Centre to support us with the teaching of Computing and a dedicated teacher teaches some lessons to the children, as well as providing training for staff.

Computing Policy

 

History

History is a subject that naturally captures the interest and imagination of children at St Anselm’s School. We believe that History should be taught both discreetly, so as to give it importance in its own right, and in a cross curricular manner, linking it to creative writing, art, drama and more. Children are encouraged to question everything and be historians, exploring sources and questioning their reliability, backing up their thoughts with evidence where appropriate. We study History at both a local and global level, giving children a sense of identity and an understanding of where they stand within the world. Children begin their education in History by developing an awareness of the past, including ways in which we find out about it. As they travel up through the school, they are taught skills in developing chronology, studying ancient civilizations, such as the Maya and the Egyptians, and changes to Britain from the Stone Age onwards, as well as events in living memory, such as World War II. We investigate key figures and their impact on society, as well as inventions and how they have changed the world that we live in. As well as chronology, children are taught skills such as research, communication, questioning and noticing patterns.

 

Geography

Geography at St Anselm’s involves learning about the ways in which our world helps us, and our responsibility to care for and protect it. Children investigate changes and dangers to our planet and ways that we can help, both on an individual and global level. Over the course of their time at school, children will develop their core knowledge, learning and locating various global regions, countries, continents and seas, as well as their characteristics. They will develop their geographical understanding, including learning key vocabulary (including directional language), identifying patterns, drawing comparisons and making contrasts, recognising changes over time and evaluating both human and physical processes and the changes that they cause. They will develop their enquiry skills by asking and answering questions, creating and using maps, making observational notes and sketches, and recording and presenting data in a variety of ways. These skills are developed by use of ICT and engagement in outings and field work.

 

Computing

Computing is delivered discretely as well as being integrated into subjects across the curriculum. Computing skills are taught in the school’s technology suite in specific lessons and pupils are encouraged to use Computing in other subjects as appropriate.  Pupils have access to iPads as well as desk-top computers in our dedicated IT suite. E-safety is a fundamental part of our Computing curriculum and we work with both parents and children to ensure that they have a good understanding of how to keep safe online.

We work with the Wandsworth City Learning Centre to support us with the teaching of Computing and a dedicated teacher teaches some lessons to the children, as well as providing training for staff.

Computing Policy

 

Music

We have a dedicated music teacher and all classes enjoy a course in singing, reading music, playing tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments and composing. Through the use of a wide variety of listening materials, the children are introduced to music of different styles and from different cultures.

Children in Years 2 and 3 learn to play the recorder, giving them a basic introduction to reading music and playing an instrument.  In years 4 and 5 specialist teachers from the Wandsworth Music Service teach the children how to play the saxophone.  We have regular saxophone concerts in order to give the children a chance to perform, and our Year 4 children have also had the opportunity to take part in a concert at The Royal Festival Hall.

We also take part in singing projects led by The Wandsworth Music Service.  Singing is taught by a specialist teacher and the projects culminate with a concert.

We have a school choir that is open for all children in Key Stage 2.

 

Art and Design / Technology 

Art & Design

The teaching of art is mainly topic-based with a defined focus.. Differentiation and progression are two vital elements considered in planning, both in class and throughout the key stages. This ensures that we meet the individual needs of all pupils. Art appreciation and its application is seen as adding to the overall development of pupils throughout their lives. Visits to art galleries are part of the curriculum for all pupils.

Design & Technology

Design and technology is structured to develop pupil’s capability in design. The subject is taught independently but is closely linked to other areas of the curriculum particularly Maths, Art and Science. Pupils are encouraged to use a wide range of materials, components and tools including construction kits and the application of information technology where appropriate. Most activities are based in the classroom. Pupils undertake assignments in a variety of formats; as individuals, in groups and as a class. These are planned to match ability, taking into account both special needs and exceptional ability. Assignments are designed to give pupils opportunities to develop, practice and apply new skills. From the beginning pupils are encouraged to develop their knowledge of health and safety and follow rules to reduce risks to themselves or others. They are encouraged to discuss their work and that of others, considering strengths and weaknesses and to suggest improvements to their design ideas and construction.

 

Art and Design Curriculum Plan

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

Our work in PSHE is closely linked to the curriculum for Religious Education. Pupils learn how to develop relationships with others and how to deal effectively with changing emotions and difficult decisions. They learn the importance of respecting themselves and others.

At St Anselm’s, we believe that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is a lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about relationships and beliefs. SRE is taught through different aspects of the curriculum. The human reproduction content is introduced at Years 5 and 6.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

All pupils in Years 1 to 6 are taught French weekly by specialist teachers.

 

Physical Education

At St Anselm’s Catholic Primary school we believe that Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence. We provide a minimum of 2 hours of high quality physical activity every week during the school day as well as further extra-curricular activities. We currently have two specialist PE teachers, one who is a netball coach who is teaching netball across the school.

The government funding for P.E has allowed us to enhance specialist provision to help deliver high quality Physical Education. The pupils aquire and develop skills in a wide range of sports including football, netball, cricket, tennis, tag rugby, hockey, rounders, volleyball, gymnastics and table tennis. The children are also taught to develop their skills in dance which culminates in a whole school dance during theme week. In addition, Years 4, 5 and 6 have swimming lessons for one term per year at a local secondary school.

 In lessons the unit focus is often on a single sporting discipline while others take a multi-skilled approach and each unit is completed with an intra-school competition with all children involved in their house colours. Here the children learn how to compete and develop good sportsmanship whilst enjoying taking part.  

We take part in matches with other schools and also partake in competitive sports events organised by the local authority.

The school  promotes a healthy lifestyle to all pupils and encourages children to eat healthily.

 Our whole school sports day is also held at the Tooting Sports track in the summer term.  

The school offers a range of after school sport clubs and also has excellent links with others schools in the local area and often compete in matches on our home ground and away.  We also have links with outside sporting clubs in the local area such as Balham Blazers, Battersea Ironsides Rugby Club, Spencer Cricket Club and the Tooting Bec Tennis School.