Curriculum

St Andrew’s Curriculum Statement

School Curriculum

Each year we have an overarching topic for the whole school. The topic this year is: Mythical Beasts. Each class is now named after a mythical beast and part of their learning this year will be about the stories behind their creature. St Andrew's follows a curriculum intent based upon the national curriculum and teachers use the progression of skills in all subjects to build upon children's previous learning. Medium Term plans and skills progression documents can be found below.

The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that provides rich, stimulating learning experiences enhanced through first hand experiences, visits and visitors. Wherever possible we make great use of the local area to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. We provide a curriculum that develops children academically, physically, and socially. As well as teaching key skills in English and Maths, the pupils are encouraged to tackle problems and work independently in all subjects.

All national curriculum subjects are taught, including French in Key Stage 2. In addition, all children have regular Forest school sessions. 

Curriculum Overviews

Nursery and Reception

We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage  which sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. You can find information for parents on the Foundation Years website. We use Development Matters to help plan, assess and observe children in order to support their development. At the end of the Reception year we carry out a statutory assessment of all children using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.  The results of this assessment are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.

We teach phonics using the Early Reading Programme.

We do plan around topics in Reception and PreSchool, and we also follow the children’s interests and develop learning themes from them. We also join in with the whole school focus areas each term using age-appropriate activities.

The Nursery and Reception staff are always happy to talk to you about your child’s learning, so if you have any questions please ask. Homework is introduced in Reception which is usually an activity for parents and carers to carry out with their child. Children are also expected to practise phonics and reading every week at home.

The Nursery and Reception staff keep detailed profiles of each child through Tapestry which are available for parents and carers to look at online.

 

Year 1

At the start of Year 1 we introduce the National Curriculum gradually. This is to give the children a smooth transition into Year 1 with the structure of their day similar to that in Reception. Children are set ambitious targets and are taught in differentiated phonics and maths groups so that they can continue the excellent progress they made in Reception. 

In Year 1 we continue to expect children to read regularly with an adult at home every week. We also expect children to practise their phonic sounds and maths skills.

At the end of Year 1 children are tested on their phonic knowledge using the statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Test. The results of this are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.

We teach phonics using the Early Reading Program.

 

Year 2

In Year 2 children follow the National Curriculum. In Year 2 we continue to expect children to read regularly with an adult at home every week. We teach phonics using the Early Reading Programme.

At the end of Year 2 children are assessed using statutory tests and tasks in reading, writing and maths, along with the teacher’s assessment of their work in class. The results of these assessments are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year as part of their end of year report.

 

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6 children follow the National Curriculum.

At the end of Year 6 children are assessed using statutory tests and tasks in reading, writing and maths. The results of these tests are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year with the child’s end of year report.

East Devon Open Quicksticks Hockey Tournament

30 Mar 2020

East Devon Open Quicksticks Hockey Tournament On Thursday 5th March, we attended the East Devon Quicksticks Hockey Tournament at The Kings School, Ottery St Mary. In the first round of matches, our te...

Rugby

30 Mar 2020

Tackling Health Workshops Throughout this half term, our Years 3 and 4 children have been working with Mike and Tom from Exeter Chiefs.They have taken part in a series of classroom-based sessions as w...

The School Run Virtual Challenge

30 Mar 2020

The School Run Virtual Challenge - Spring 2020 For the first time, we entered a virtual challenge organised by The School Run. They challenge schools to complete a series of activities and then collat...

Sport Relief

30 Mar 2020

SPORT RELIEF Well done to all children for coming in to school dressed ready for action on Friday 13th March. We certainly had an active day! To begin the day, we challenged the children to complete a...

Handball Tournament

30 Mar 2020

Handball Tournament On Monday 16th March, we attended the Y5/6 MAT handball tournament at Axminster Primary.We played four group round matches, winning two matches against Mrs Ethelston’s a...

World Book Day 2020

09 Mar 2020

World Book Day 2020

The children (and staff) had a fabulous day and came dressed in a fantastic array of costumes.  We started the day with a whole school worship to s...

Stockland Cross Country

14 Feb 2020

STOCKLAND CROSS COUNTRY Another wet and muddy race was enjoyed by our team of runners on Wednesday 13thFebruary.The children all came across the finish line covered in mud up to at least their knees &...

Josh Davey - Cricket Workshops

14 Feb 2020

JOSH DAVEY VISIT Josh Davey, a Somerset cricket player, spent the whole day with us on Wednesday 6th February, demonstrating and teaching batting and bowling techniques to our children. The children h...

Multi Sports Tournament

11 Feb 2020

Multi-Sports Event In January, a selected team of children went to Axminster to take part in a multi-sports event. The afternoon consisted of lots of activities testing children’s sporting skill...

Year 3/4 Catchball Tournament

11 Feb 2020

Y3/4 MAT Catchball Tournament Although it took us a while to get into the tournament, once we got going there was no stopping our team!! With some determination from our players, we tightened up on ou...

Christmas Nativity - It's a Baby

16 Dec 2019

Our Reception and KS1 children performed in our Christmas Nativity 'It's a Baby'.  They did a fantastic job and made all of the staff here at St. Andrew's C of E Primary Academy extremely proud.&...

Christmas Nativity - It's a Baby

16 Dec 2019

Our Reception and KS1 children performed in our Christmas Nativity 'It's a Baby'.  They did a fantastic job and made all of staff here at St. Andrew's Primary Academy extremely proud.  ...

Tag Rugby Tournament year 5/6

21 Nov 2019

Tag Rugby On Monday 18th November, Axminster hosted the Acorn Multi Academy Trust Tag Rugby Tournament for Years 5 and 6. Our first match was against Axminster. We made a convincing start to the day,...

Aldi Stickers

19 Nov 2019

ALDI SPORTS STICKERS Following weeks of frantic collecting, WE DID IT!!! We have managed to complete and submit two full posters of stickers to Aldi! After a huge effort from many parents, staff, frie...

Majorettes

19 Nov 2019

Majorettes Wednesday saw us welcome Brodi, Grace and Allison from Evolution Majorettes in Chard to our school. Firstly, they demonstrated two routines for us; one with poms and one with batons. The wo...

East Devon Go Ride Cyclo-Cross cycling competition

08 Nov 2019

EAST DEVON GO RIDE CYCLO-CROSS COMPETITION Eight children attended the East Devon Go Ride Cyclo-Cross cycling competition on Thursday 17th October at Bicton College.  The event, run by British Cy...

East Devon Go Ride Cyclo-Cross cycling competition

08 Nov 2019

EAST DEVON GO RIDE CYCLO-CROSS COMPETITION Eight children attended the East Devon Go Ride Cyclo-Cross cycling competition on Thursday 17th October at Bicton College.  The event, run by British Cy...

Hooke Court Residential - Lunch, den making and group photo

07 Nov 2019

Miss Grabham said they have had a busy day so far den building.  They have just had some lunch and are heading back out for this afternoon's activities. 

Hooke Court Day 1

06 Nov 2019

Update from Miss Grabham We’re having a fab time. The rain held off for our afternoon activity and we have only lost one wellie boot in the moat so far! We’re off for tea now then going o...

Stockland Cross Country - October

18 Oct 2019

STOCKLAND CROSS COUNTRY A huge well done to all children who took part in the second Stockland Cross Country event of the year. The conditions were wet, muddy and slippery which made the races even mo...

Cyclo Cross Challenge

14 Oct 2019

CYCLO CROSS CHALLENGE This term, British Cycling Coach, Justin Knox, turned our school field into a race track! The years 5 and 6 children had the chance to use specialist bikes, which were supplied b...

Mysterious Mythical Meal Competition

10 Oct 2019

We asked all of our children to create a poster for our Special Mysterious Mythical Meal Competition.  We received some fantastic entries but our winner of this competition was Marco.  Well...

Stockland Cross Country

01 Oct 2019

STOCKLAND CROSS COUNTRY Our Cross Country season kicked off on Wednesday 25th September with a mud-filled race! We were able to takea full team of children, who all ran amazingly! Special mention...

Recycling Workshop

18 Sep 2019

Resource Futures The children had fantastic practical workshops learning about how they can help our planet by following the 3Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling.  Teacher, Alex Mack, lead...

Recycling Workshop

18 Sep 2019

Resource Futures The children had fantastic practical workshops learning about how they can help our planet by following the 3Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling.  Teacher, Alex Mack, lead...