Whole School Curriculum Intent
At St Anne’s, our intent is to prepare our students for the world of work through ensuring that we encourage our students to be independent human beings; however, as Martin Luther King stated ‘intelligence plus character, that is true goal of education’. For this reason, we endeavour to contribute to our students character development by encouraging the holistic care of the child and ensuring that our students have plenty of opportunities to develop an understanding of what it means to be a ‘good citizen’. As a school rooted in Catholic values, we believe that every child is a child of God and therefore we must enable them to reach their full potential: spiritually, morally and intellectually. To enable this, we have decided to construct our curriculum around pertinent themes which relate to the Catholic faith and values, through our SACRED curriculum. Furthermore, we believe that our students should leave St Anne’s having gained knowledge they will remember for the long term, regardless of their abilities. We endeavour to do this through constructing a knowledge-rich curriculum through which we ensure our students are learning for the long term by providing them with strategies to strengthen their memories as they progress through the curriculum.
The SAC:RED Curriculum
For each term and each year group (years 7-9) the curriculum is constructed around a ‘SACRED strand’. Each of these strands promotes an elements of the Catholic Faith and Values. This allows students to view their curriculum through the lens of each of these strands where ever it is applicable.
The Knowledge-Rich Curriculum
Every subject that our pupils are taught requires them to think about ideas and concepts; to discuss and write about these ideas and concepts; to read and comprehend texts and to solve problems. None of these activities are possible without knowledge. We can’t think and talk about something that we have limited knowledge on; we can’t read a text and comprehend it, or infer meaning from it if we don’t have the vocabulary and key ideas to understand what is being said and we can’t solve problems without the declarative and procedural knowledge of the subject area of the problem in question. For this reason, we aim to deliver a curriculum which is knowledge rich and aims to ensure this knowledge is being retained for the long term.