A Thematic Approach...
At St. Agnes, we adopt an exciting, thematic approach to teaching. There is evidence that teaching subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider topic based curriculum allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning, and consolidate skills. Children are also likely to be more engaged in their learning if it has a context and theme that runs through it. We believe that children learn better when they can make connections between what they are learning.
NB: We are in the process of updating our curriculum for 2021-2022
Consolidating good practice...
St. Agnes have therefore developed a thematic curriculum. The themes deliver the Programmes of Study for the National Curriculum 2014 and other aspects of the school curriculum.
Each year group has a curriculum map that outlines the topics for each half term, and the cross-curricular links between the subject areas. Please see below the maps for each year group.
St. Agnes School teaches phonics in Nursery through to Year 2 using the Tower Hamlets Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme
We teach Mathematics using the White Rose Scheme of Work, based on the National Curriculum objectives.
Science is fully embedded in our Thematic Scheme of Work. We use Switched on Science to support detailed planning. Both knowledge and skills are covered through asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways; observing closely, using simple equipment; performing simple tests; identifying and classifying; using observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions; gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.