Curriculum & Assessment -


The curriculum is everything you say and everything you do”

Professor Mick Waters

Our Curriculum

‘Learn to love… love to learn’

We are very proud of our curriculum.

Please watch this video celebrating everything we do!


Our curriculum has been well-designed with the aim that children develop a deep love of learning. It is far more than simply the subjects we teach; our intention is that our children leave our schools with strong characters and the passion and knowledge to make a positive contribution to our world. We believe that learners are at their most successful when their imagination is stimulated, their curiosity is heightened and their learning makes links to their own lives and the wider world.

Our curriculum is a balance of discrete subject teaching where appropriate and is taught through big questions which foster enquiry led learning experiences. It is infused with experiential learning and authentic contexts that engage children in their local area before moving further afield ensuring that all learners have a clear sense of self and a sense of place. Children are at the heart of the curriculum. We ensure that our well-sequenced, progressive, ambitious curriculum starts with our youngest learners through what questions, develops to how in lower key stage 2 and progresses to answering why questions by the end of their primary years.

Cognitive development, emotional literacy and vocabulary development underpins our approach. Our big questions are created from the National Curriculum to ensure that children develop their curiosity and are able to formulate and present an answer through a ‘presentation of understanding’ which requires the children to share their learning with others. In this way they not only learn knowledge but practice character traits such as collaboration, communication and courage.

The core intention of our curriculum is for our children to develop a deep body of substantive and disciplinary knowledge ensuring that every child knows more, can remember more and can do more. Alongside the substantive bank of knowledge and skills, children are encouraged to develop ‘states of being’ where they can think like a subject specialist. This enables our children and teachers to make connections across subjects.

Our curriculum is underpinned by cognitive development anchoring all aspects of learning to reinforce personal identity and the present day, essential in creating self-aware individuals. As they develop, we will strive to help them connect to the immediate environment/ community/ country until they are able conceptualise abstract themes. Children are immersed in quality texts which supports the development of a rich vocabulary and a real understanding of stories. Through clear, planned progression, the curriculum has woven knowledge, skills, vocabulary and concepts throughout all the enquiries studied. The curriculum has strong links with the local area and the UK and makes links to significant people, places and events within the locality and beyond.

The curriculum prepares children to live in their world and to be able to contribute as knowledgeable, responsible and compassionate citizens. Humanitarian values are integral throughout the curriculum and contribute to the legacy that we give to the world through the generations of children that journey through our school.


In primary schools within The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT), we teach the National Curriculum through 18 x 12 week learning enquiries in Reception to year six; three per year for each year group. English and mathematics are taught discretely although are also linked to the wider curriculum learning where appropriate. Each learning enquiry incorporates mini enquiry questions/ milestones. This is an example of what that big picture planning may look like although each of our academies adapts this to fit their own locality and needs of their specific children.

In the table below, you can find the learning enquiries for your child at St. Anne’s.

Learning Enquiry One Learning Enquiry Two Learning Enquiry Three
EYFS Learning Enquiries What makes me special and belong? What makes living things change and grow? What do other countries look like?
YEAR 1 Learning Enquiries What does nature mean to me? What is my town like? What are things made from?
YEAR 2 Learning Enquiries What helps living things grow and thrive? What difference can a person make? What will we see when we explore the world?
YEAR 3 Learning Enquiries How has electricity impacted our lives? How did people start to settle? How did the Nile help Egyptians survive and thrive?
YEAR 4 Learning Enquiries How did the Roman invasion change life in Britain? How is the natural world unpredictable? How do animals survive ?
YEAR 5 Learning Enquiries Why should we help to look after the planet? Why is the world unfair? Why do people invade and settle?
YEAR 6 Learning Enquiries Why must we remember? Why is power important? Why do we need to adapt and change?


Each learning enquiry builds upon prior learning and concepts are mapped across to ensure that children have the opportunity to build upon existing knowledge, revisiting and understanding more as they go. Our history curriculum is organised chronologically in terms of British history from KS2 onwards. World history builds upon concepts learnt from one learning enquiry to the next. Examples of key concepts studied include exploration, settlement, power, chronology etc. You can view the concepts and key questions linked to each enquiry by clicking here.

SACA Curriculum Big Ideas and Big Questions with Concepts


The impact of our curriculum will be measured by ascertaining how much children know and can do from one learning enquiry to the next. We will evaluate what knowledge and understanding our children have gained against age related expectations.


‘Learning is defined as an alteration in long term memory. If nothing has been altered in long-term memory-nothing has been learned’

Sweller et al

 Assessment will be part of everyday classroom practice combining a responsive teaching approach with time given to children to make improvements and correct misconceptions. As well as ongoing assessment, at the end of each learning enquiry a dedicated cycle of Review, Revise and Reflect will include opportunities for summative assessments (including nationalised tests, self and peer quizzes) and the revision of skills and knowledge and an opportunity to reflect on learning. This could be through celebration of learning events including presentations, published pieces, art galleries and class museums etc


If you would like more information please contact Emma Hardy-Smith,