At Arnot St. Mary, everything we do centres around our Vision Statement:
It is our vision that every child who becomes part of our family at Arnot St. Mary is loved for who they are, valued as equals and given the best opportunities to grow in mind, body and spirit – equipped for life in all its fullness. We seek to nurture the uniqueness of each individual, celebrating their success and instilling a belief that, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Phil. 4:13
We live out this vision statement through an ethos and curriculum approach that embodies our core values of resilience, equality, aspiration and love. As a Church of England primary school, we believe our children are created in God’s image and reflect His character. Developing children’s understanding of their own personal faith, and how to ‘live-out’ our Christian values, is at the heart of our approach.
Intent of our curriculum – what are we trying to achieve?
At Arnot St. Mary, the core aim of our curriculum is to enable every child to become the best version of themselves in mind, body and spirit. We don’t want this to be a cliched tag-line without any substance; we want it to be the beating heart of our curriculum. We seek to instil a love of learning and provide our pupils with the powerful knowledge, skills and experiences – the cultural capital they need to be well-prepared for the next stage in their education and equipped for life in all its fullness.
We are passionate about providing every child with the experiences and opportunities they need to become: confident readers, creative writers, fluent mathematicians, investigative scientists, enquiring historians, adventurous geographers, proficient linguists, innovative designers, skilful musicians and artists, insightful theologians, digital experts, physically active, responsible citizens, and above all, have the aspiration and self-belief that they can achieve anything as they ‘love, learn and grow’ throughout their lives.
The curriculum at Arnot St. Mary is specific to the needs of our pupils at this time, and is rooted in the principles of cognitive science and current educational research about how children learn best. Our curriculum takes an enquiry approach that is knowledge-led and intended to inspire, challenge and motivate all learners. It is designed to promote curiosity and encourage pupils to become creative, critical thinkers who are able to approach problems with an open mind.
Within each subject, learning is cumulatively sequenced so that it forms a continuum across the school, and new knowledge builds on what children have already learnt. Through this approach, pupils are able to make sense of new knowledge and build larger schema of understanding because, “Understanding is disguised remembering; every new idea must be built on ideas that the student already knows. To get a student to understand, a teacher must ensure that the right ideas from the student’s long-term memory are pulled up and put into working memory.” (Willingham, 2021)
The principle of ‘powerful knowledge’ underpins our approach as a school, which starts from the idea of equal citizens with an equal entitlement to knowledge that they can take with them for the rest of their lives: “An entitlement which should not be limited on grounds of assumed ability or motivation, ethnicity, class or gender. The curriculum should be seen as a guarantor of equality based on the best knowledge we have, or at least a staged approach towards acquiring it.” (Heathcote, 2002)
We have carefully designed a curriculum which allows children to become confident and fluent with powerful knowledge and vocabulary over time through planned opportunities to revisit, apply and embed their learning as they move through the school. Developing fluency in reading, communication and language is at the heart of our curriculum and we strive to ensure children are suitably equipped with the rich vocabulary they need to access, understand and retain new knowledge.
We want our children to have lasting, memorable experiences which give them a real context for learning beyond the classroom through opportunities which, for many of our pupils, would usually be out of reach. We want our curriculum, “…to enable all students to acquire knowledge that takes them beyond their experience… knowledge which many will not have access to at home, among their friends, or in the communities in which they live. As such, access to this knowledge is the right of all pupils as future citizens.” (Young, 2014)
To that end, we have identified ‘101 things’ an Arnot St. Mary pupil will experience during their time with us, each one carefully chosen to enrich the life of every child and give them first-hand experiences and a strong understanding and appreciation of our vibrant city and the wider world in which they live; exploring its diversity, complexity, simplicity and beauty through experiences which inspire awe and wonder. Fostering a sense of ‘community’ in our children and encouraging their personal and social responsibility through a strong social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding is fundamental to everything we do. Through these experiences, we hope to promote the development of strong interpersonal skills, self-awareness and emotional well-being.
This morning Ethos Group presented their assembly all about Ascension Day. This afternoon, we created prayer spirals to reflect on this special day in the Christian calendar. https://t.co/r0BrdWrLmA
@ArnotStMary Retweeted @asmYear6 - May 26
We have a had a great half term in Year 6 🌟🌟
We would just like to say how proud we are of each and every one of you. You have shown great resilience and perseverance through such a busy few weeks. Have a lovely break everyone. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th 😃 https://t.co/T8jaGnLfde
We shared our story ‘Superpoop’ in the last week of Reading Club. This story was very funny and we enjoyed discussing what kind of superhero we would be. We then made our own superhero mask!🦸♀️🦸 https://t.co/51557ABTHB
Fantastic science news! We have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark at gilt level 💫 Thank you to Mrs Sharps for her hard work in putting together our application and for all she does to promote Science in our school 👏👏 #PSQMhttps://t.co/ccfO4XCQPs