Foundation Stage – Year R

The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three. During the academic year that they reach 5 years old, children commence their education at St Anne’s and many will have had experience of the Foundation Stage curriculum in one or more pre-school settings (i.e. Playschool / Nursery / Pre-schools). The Foundation Stage continues into the Reception year (Year R) until the end of Year R when children start the National Curriculum in Year 1 of Key Stage 1.

The Reception year is an important time for young children to learn to become more independent and confident in their surroundings and with adults and children alike. From this secure position learning is more positive and fruitful. This is an important step in their lifelong learning experience.

The Reception year is an important time for young children to learn to become more independent and confident in their surroundings and with adults and children alike. From this secure position learning is more positive and fruitful. This is an important step in their lifelong learning experience.

Key Stage 1  

Years 1 and 2 continue the development on from the Reception year. The work in this key stage is based on small group work and developing independent work. Children within Key Stage 1 enjoy a wide range of experiences which allow them to solve problems, ask questions and develop a sense of understanding of the world around them. Working in a supportive environment that encourages exploration, they are able to explore and explain in more detail.

An Introductory Guide to Year 1 - click here

Key Stage 2

In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 a great deal of emphasis is placed on developing children’s knowledge and understanding as well as acquiring new skills, working both together and independently.

Emphasis is placed upon developing their social and emotional aspects of learning, such as empathy, social skills, motivation and so on.

Pupils are encouraged to become confident to self assess their work and work towards targets for improvement. They are made aware of the next steps for learning and engage with staff on a one to one level, reflecting on their own performance and achievements.

As they move through Key Stage 2, pupils are offered learning opportunities that allow for a greater degree of sustained working and challenge. As they approach Year 6, pupils are prepared for the transition to the next phase of their education at secondary school.

House System

The house system is an important element in the life of the school, promoting a sense of belonging and team spirit. Each child is placed in one of four houses – Devana, Fosse, Watling and Ermine. All siblings are in the same house. House Captains, who are nominated in Year 6, organise termly house competitions. House points are awarded as part of our reward system and the House Point Cup is awarded each week.

School Council

Two children are elected each year, from each class, to form a School Council which meets regularly with a member of staff to discuss relevant school issues. Great importance is placed on the responsibility of these positions. Additional pupils in Year 6 are elected as officers for the committee.