Please click on the links on this page to read the curriculum details for the subjects we teach at St Andrew’s Church School.
Early Years Curriculum
This non-statutory guidance material supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS:
Curriculum Progression Maps
At St Andrew’s we encourage our children to have an enquiring mind and develop their thinking skills through an interesting enquiry based science curriculum. Science continues to change our lives and we aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills to impact positively on the world we live in and its future.
St Andrew’s follows ‘Discovery RE’ as its programmes of study for Religious Education.
Discovery RE is an enquiry approach to Religious Education.
Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also included, and there is flexibility as to which religions the school chooses to teach.
The coverage and progression in each year group is explained in the following PDF:
Discovery RE – Overview of Curriculum
‘We know that history matters, we know that it is thrilling, absorbing, fascinating, delightful and infuriating, that it is life’ Stephen Fry
At St Andrew’s we encourage our children to be inspired and curious about history, developing an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It is through the development of historical thinking that children understand the concept of change and appreciate a nations sense of identity. We want children to have an understanding of the City they live in and its historic significance. Bath is famous for its hot springs, Roman period baths, Medieval heritage and stately Georgian architecture.
‘The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.’– Barack Obama
At St Andrew’s we encourage our children to grow as Geographers who have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
Art and Design
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” ― Pablo Picasso
At St Andrew’s we encourage our children to grow as artists, valuing and appreciating the visual arts as languages of expression and communication.
‘What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together’. – Mitch Kapor
At St Andrew’s we encourage our children to grow as designers, valuing design solutions as a way of improving people’s lives and understanding more about the impact of products on the world.
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind and flight to the imagination” – Plato “Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen
At St Andrew’s we encourage our children to grow as musicians, appreciating that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
‘What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds’ – Steve Jobs
At St Andrew’s we aim to equip our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. To be digitally competent at a level suitable for the workplace and as active participants in the digital world.
Our approach to visual arts
The visual arts are central to our creative curriculum at St Andrew’s. Each year we have numerous art workshops, video projects, visiting artists, gallery trips and competitions for the children to enjoy. An important part of our learning journey is the Take One Picture project.
What is Take One Picture?
A highlight of our school year is the Take One Picture project, run by the National Gallery. Each year one of the gallery’s paintings is selected as a focus for learning. By studying the painting and the story it tells, our children have a wealth of learning opportunities to explore. Not just for art classes, but across every area of the curriculum – with some exciting results!
For example one painting we studied was “Bathers at Asnieres” by Georges Seurat (see above image). The painting inspired Yr2 to study world rivers for geography, Yr 4 looked at water forces like turbulence, flow and bouyancy, while Yr 1 wrote a book about Otters and made clay models of river animals.
Our latest focus painting is “Mr and Mrs Andrews” by Gainsborough. This inspired pupils to create miniature art works which were displayed as part of the Dolls House Project.
Have a look at some of our fantastic Take One Picture projects below.