Our Creative Curriculum
At St Ann’s Heath, our overarching aim is to provide an inspiring, rich and broad curriculum with purposeful links between subject areas. Each unit of learning develops our children’s subject knowledge by building on prior learning while also promoting links between subject areas so that learners are able to apply skills in a range of different contexts. In addition, the range of inspiring activities offered strive to suit children with differing learning styles and provide an immersive curriculum which gives each individual the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Furthermore, at St Ann’s Heath, we believe learning that sticks is meaningful. Children are naturally curious and are interested to learn about the world, their place in it and how it works, and they learn best when their learning experiences help them to answer questions they have or make sense of the world around them. Children are motivated to learn when they are engaged with or interested in the topic being studied, when the learning is meaningful and relevant to them personally, as this makes the child feel that their learning has purpose. Therefore, we believe that the most effective way of providing learning experiences that are both meaningful and motivating to children is through an immersive curriculum which makes purposeful links between subject areas.
- Provide an inspiring, rich and broad curriculum with purposeful links between subject areas.
- Provide learning that is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build upon prior learning and work towards clearly defined end points.
- Provide an immersive curriculum through enrichment and learning experiences such as wow days.
- Equip our children with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
- Motivate and challenge all of our children, including those who are disadvantaged or SEND, to achieve academic success.
- Inspire curiosity in our children and a thirst for knowledge.
- Enrich our children with an ambitious vocabulary that they can use to express themselves confidently.
- Inspire our children to develop a lifelong love of learning.
- Development of reading and writing linked to the wider curriculum.
- Use of high-quality texts as the basis for teaching the English National Curriculum objectives which promote and incorporate reading skills, grammar skills, and the development of writing skills all the while making purposeful links to the subject content.
- Across each year group, five different units of learning are covered within the academic year. These include units of learning where science, history or geography are the main driving force behind the subject content with further subjects such as art, design and technology and music providing further links where meaningful.
- Across the school, lessons are taught in mixed ability classes with work differentiated to support and challenge children of all abilities.