The aims of our school curriculum are:
- To create a broad curriculum which gives pupils experience in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and aesthetic and creative education in a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which they will learn to work with concentration and enthusiasm.
- That pupils acquire speaking, listening, literacy and numeracy skills.
- To foster the importance of each girl as an individual, equipping her with the skills to be a lifelong learner; a well-rounded, happy and confident child.
- To promote the excitement and enjoyment in learning and investigating.
- To encourage girls to be independent learners; to be aware and take control of their own learning.
- To promote democracy, the rule of Law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs in our school and the wider community. We aim to promote these values through the teaching of the Catholic Faith and all other aspects of our curriculum.
- To encourage girls to develop their talents, interests and self-belief through individual learning.
- To prepare the girls for secondary school entrance exams.
At St. Anthony’s School for Girls, we adhere to the overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum; to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Daily, focused and systematic English teaching will endeavour to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information;
- acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
- and are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
The curriculum for English will be taught through The Power of Reading; a project which places quality children’s literature at the centre of teaching. Key objectives and skills are taken from The National Curriculum Framework 2014 and topics are based around rich and engaging texts from The Power of Reading project.
Maths is taught through the Singapore maths approach using the Inspire Maths Scheme of work developed by Oxford University Press, and works towards achieving the yearly objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Inspire Maths provides a highly scaffolded learning framework with problem solving at its heart. It is built on a focused, coherent and cumulative spiral curriculum that continuously builds and consolidates knowledge to reach deep understanding. The programme encourages extensive practice to develop fluency and mastery, so that every child, across all abilities can succeed at mathematics.
Emphasis is placed on the development of intellectual competence such as the ability to visualise. Pupils develop conceptual understanding by representing concepts through objects and pictures and making connections between different representations. The Inspire Maths curriculum provides a systematic development of skills and concepts; also known as the spiral approach.
The CPA (concrete-pictorial – abstract) approach is a key element to this mathematical methodology. CPA helps children achieve secure number sense; understand what numbers really represent and how to use them mathematically. This is done through a series of carefully structured representations – first using physical objects (concrete), then diagrams or pictures (pictorial), and ultimately using representations such as numerals (abstract).
Pupils will confidently use the various problem solving tools developed through the Singapore maths approach as they develop in their mathematical understanding. They will be competent in applying these problem solving tools to any age-appropriate mathematical problem.
Our Science curriculum is hands-on, practical and fun. Our pupils acquire, practise and develop scientific skills through hands-on activities and investigations. We encourage pupils to ask about, question and discuss scientific issues in order to further their understanding of the world around them. We provide opportunities for the children to plan and carry out scientific investigations for themselves. Through learning about life processes and living things; materials and their properties and physical processes, pupils will be able to describe their environment in a scientific way.
They will learn about scientific inventions and discoveries through history and will be encouraged to predict scientific trends in the future. Through the development of scientific knowledge and investigation, our pupils will gain the necessary skills to evaluate evidence and present conclusions clearly and accurately.
Through the History curriculum at St. Anthony’s Girls, pupils will gain a sense of the present world through learning about the past and how it has influenced the present. Pupils will be provided opportunities to learn about the development of Britain, Europe and the wider world. They will develop knowledge and understanding of significant historical events and an understanding of the diversity of human experience and of people in other societies, religions, cultures and countries as well as their own.
Through investigative and research based activities, pupils will be able to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. The curriculum is designed to develop the historical skills, chronological framework and vocabulary necessary to carry out historical enquiry. Pupils will begin to formulate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to inform opinions. Through exciting topics and practical, research based activities, our aim is to develop interest and enjoyment of historical experiences and build confidence and understanding.
The Geography curriculum teaches pupils to make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their locality and the interaction between people and the environment. We aim to extend their interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the world. We will develop comprehension of the human and physical processes which shape places and to enable children to appreciate similarities and differences in the world; respecting the beliefs, attitudes and values of others.
Through current world issues, pupils will recognise and understand matters concerning the environment and sustainable development.
Progression throughout the school years will develop the geographical skills and vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry. Pupils will be encouraged to formulate appropriate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to form opinions.
Art and Design
Through our Art curriculum, St. Anthony’s Girls will learn to value and enjoy art, both in practice of skills and appreciation of the work of others. We aim to cultivate children’s aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed judgments about art. Our founding pupils will become actively involved in shaping our school environment to reflect their likes and interests within art. Pupils will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of styles and techniques to enable them to express their own ideas, feelings, and experiences in a visual form. Our aim is to enhance children’s ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and respond critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects of many cultures and kinds. J W Turner at one time stayed in our very own Ivy House, and through studying his work, we hope to impart on the children a sense of awe in his achievements.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is taught through a series of topics which follow the process of: design, make and evaluate. Our curriculum develops pupils’ capability to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding. Pupils will develop their technical knowledge through investigative approaches to construction such as building structures and exploring mechanisms. We hope to nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making and encourage pupils to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers; responding critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects of many kinds and from many cultures.
At St. Anthony’s School for Girls, we recognise the importance of information technology in our modern world. Through our carefully structured learning programme, pupils will;
- develop an understanding of and skills in digital communication;
- have an increased awareness of online identities, information sharing, networks and social networking;
- develop ICT capability in finding, retrieving and validating information;
- use ICT for effective information / data storage;
- increase their understanding and ability in producing and editing media and web design;
- develop understanding of creative industries (media, gaming) and game and app creation;
- enable pupils to understand computer simulations, modelling, control / programming and to develop skills in these areas;
- develop understanding and skills in coding and creating algorithms
- gain ICT/computing skills relevant for current technologies and to apply these to their learning in other areas.
Through teaching a modern foreign language, we aim to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun. French at St. Anthony’s School for Girls will develop their speaking and listening skills and develop their confidence and ability to speak in front of different audiences with increasing fluency and spontaneity. Our curriculum will make young children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another. It will heighten our pupils’ awareness of cultural differences in other countries.