At All Saints, we provide the children with an engaging and active curriculum embracing outdoor learning opportunities. Our bespoke curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the children in school, providing them with a broad and balanced programme full of exciting opportunities to learn in all subjects in a variety of different ways. Religious Education, Music and International learning are at the heart of our curriculum. Specialist teachers are deployed to teach subjects such as PE and Spanish. Our curriculum is fun … it is real … it is effective. Children love learning at All Saints.
We believe learning should be a fun and rewarding experience through which children successfully learn a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for further education and later life. Our curriculum provides children with an appropriate level of challenge as well as support and inspiration so that they can make very good progress in all aspects of their learning. The All Saints curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils and unlocks and nurtures unique potential within our children.
Below you will find an overview of the curriculum at All Saints, the National Curriculum (which we follow) as well as separate overviews for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and English overall.
Pupils who are in Year 1 upwards follow the 2014 National Curriculum requirements in all curriculum areas which include English, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, Art and Design, Physical Education, History, Geography, Music and Citizenship. In addition to these subjects we teach R. E. which, as a Church School, we place a special emphasis on. All of our children are also taught a Modern Foreign Language as we value the importance of this subject.
Pupils within the Early Years Foundation Stage follow recommendations set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
This involves the pupils learning through three prime areas:
1. Communication and Language
2. Physical Development
3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
and four specific areas:
3. Understanding of the World
4. Expressive Art & Design
The children within this age range explore through play and investigation. In addition to all of the aforementioned subjects, the children are taught to respect and care for each other and their environment, and they are encouraged to take pride in themselves, their work and their School. More information about the EYFS curriculum can be found on the specific Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum page (under PARENTS INFORMATION).
We use the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme to teach phonics.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
KS1 Reading Scheme
Our Key Stage One reading scheme is 'The Oxford Reading Tree'.
Religious Education is at the heart of our school. Everyday includes a corporate Act of Worship and this coming together is a most important element in the life of the school. The major Christian festivals are recognised. Being a Church of England voluntary aided school, there are very close links with All Saints Church and the Rector makes regular visits to school.
The school follows the Religious Education Syllabus devised by Blackburn Diocese and incorporates a wide range of topics centred on Christian teaching. Lessons include many aspects of the Christian faith including increasing the knowledge of the Bible; relating religious teaching to current society and understanding the significance of main events in the church’s calendar. Some topics are revisited each year so that children may increase their understanding in line with their increasing maturity.
The Role of other Faiths and Cultures
Our school promotes the fundamental British value of respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
As part of our aim to help children fully embrace society and the wider world community, other faiths are valued and treated with respect.
Our RE syllabus, created by Blackburn Diocese, incorporates the teaching of other main world religions. As such, whilst the majority of the curriculum is centred around Christianity, some time will be spent on other major world religions.
Blackburn Diocesan board of education website: http://www.bdeducation.org.uk
All children at All Saints are encouraged to embrace the diversity of life offered within our world. We work towards this goal through education against ignorance. Wherever possible, we look to visitors to help support our aim so that learning is accurate, meaningful and enjoyable.
The RE & Collective Worship Subject Leader is Mrs Anna Scott.
Music at All Saints
At All Saints we love to sing and be musical. Music affects many parts of our brains and through music we can communicate strong emotions in a different way. We can express what we feel and share musical experiences together as large groups. Music is a language and the more we learn, the more we want to say.
At All Saints, all children have weekly singing lessons by a music specialist and we can also learn a musical instrument if we want to - violin, guitar or drums. We take part in musical activities during the school year including Infant and Junior Nativities at Christmas, the Spring Concert (a community event held in March attended by a wide variety of musicians and choirs), linked church and school activities, All Saints Got Talent weekly celebration of what we can do and many more. We can sing both the melody line and in harmony to each other and both boys and girls love to sing at our school. Music has become a part of who we are.
All Saints is a very active school and dedicates a significant proportion of time to physical activity and Physical Education. In 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 All Saints was delighted to be awarded ‘The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark’ for recognition of our commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education. We even more delighted to be one of the few schools nationally to receive this award at the very highest level – GOLD.
Curriculum Drivers at All Saints
Religious Education and Worship are at the heart of our Christian school. This is one of our school drivers at All Saints. We live the values of Love, Respect, Loyalty, Determination, Responsibility, Honesty and Friendship on a daily basis and the children and staff are welcoming, kind-hearted and friendly as a result.
Another of our school drivers at All Saints is the provision of performance opportunities throughout the year, including Christmas Nativities and Productions, the Arts Festival, the Spring Concert and end of year productions to name a few. These are performances are of high quality, developing and valuing the skills involved in performance such as voice projection, owning the stage, and the ability to bring the performance to life through acting. These are skills that the children can use in their future lives, no matter in which life route they choose to go down. Out particular talent is Musical Theatre putting on shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Mary Poppins.
PE is another driver for our school and we have held the Gold Mark for PE for several years running. All children in school enjoy high quality PE teaching from specialist teachers and have opportunities to take part in a club every half term. All Saints also take part in many interschool sports events. We also have football teams and play in school leagues.
At All Saints we pride ourselves on our link with schools in Sweden. Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to visit Sweden to learn about a culture that is different from our own. This is also a school driver. We have links through our Modern Foreign Languages teacher with many European countries and the children have taken part in Christmas card swaps and other activities that promote cultural inclusivity.