Curriculum

Our Curriculum

At Christ Church CE (C) Primary School our curriculum is a broad and balanced learning challenge curriculum which uses individual classes’ learning challenges as a means to incorporating necessary skills and progression. Wherever possible the national curriculum (knowledge and key skills) is taught via a series of learning challenges based around one main learning challenge each term or half term. These learning challenges encourage cross curricular learning and are devised by the pupils and class teacher at the beginning of each academic year.  However, when necessary learning is taught in isolation if it does not fit within the context of the learning challenges.

The acquisition, and then application, of specific skills is extremely important. Our curriculum provides numerous opportunities for this. Termly educational visits undertaken by all year groups and regular opportunities for outdoor learning also help to enhance the learning opportunities we provide. The weekly homework, again linked to the learning challenges, provides yet further opportunities for consolidation of learning or pre-learning challenge research.

An overall whole school curriculum outline shows all learning challenges for each academic year. A long term plan is created by all year groups which shows the areas of the national curriculum or Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to be covered during that year. The medium and short term plans then provide more detailed information regarding how the specific knowledge and skills will be taught.   Weekly plans show how learning is differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils ensuring that both challenge and support are present.

The only specialist teaching taking place in school is music. Two specialist music teachers deliver the music curriculum to the whole school as well as providing opportunities for the children to perform to an audience as part of a Rock Band, Brass Group or choir.

To facilitate the teaching of our curriculum the school environment is tidy and well organised with displays which not only celebrate pupils’ achievement but provide necessary support and prompts via learning walls. This allows our children to develop into independent learners.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum provides a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities with more formal teaching methods. As the children develop and progress through the foundation stage activities become more adult led in preparation for year 1 and beyond. Our nursery and reception classrooms are purposeful, language rich environments.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very important to us and we provide a wealth of enrichment activities and opportunities for our pupils to access.

If you would like more information about the curriculum we offer to our pupils you can speak to our Head teacher, Mrs Paula Scattergood or our Deputy Head Teacher, Mr Andrew Hields.

 

Family Learning Sessions

Throughout the year we provide a number of activities for our children and their families to enjoy together. These help to provide our families with an insight into how the curriculum is taught as well as learn and share experiences with their children. The sessions for the academic year 2017/2018 are:

Autumn 1 – Internet Safety – Stay Safe
Autumn 2- Mathematics
Spring 1 – English – Writing/Reading (link to National Story telling Week)
Spring 2 – Science
Summer 1 – Growth Mindsets
Summer 2 – Art

 

Enrichment Activities

The following whole school days or weeks also form part of our broad and balanced curriculum providing our children with a range of enrichment activities throughout the year.

Autumn Term 2017

  • European Day of Languages: 26th September
  • Black History Month: week beginning 2nd October
  • World Mental Health day: 10th October
  • National Anti-Bullying Week: w/b 13th November
  • Road Safety Week: 20th November

Spring Term 2018

  • Christianity Around the World: 22nd January
  • National Story Telling Week: 29th, 30th, 31st January (Family Learning)
  • Internet Safety Day: 6th February
  • Fairtrade Fortnight: 26th Feb – 12th March
  • World Book Day: 1st March
  • Science Week: 9th – 18th March

Summer Term 2018

  • World Environment Day – 5th June
  • Anne Frank’s Birthday: 12th June
  • Healthy Eating Week: w/b 11th June
  • A Summer of Sport (World Cup, Tour de France, Wimbledon)

Whole School Curriculum Outline 2017-2018

Whole School RE Outline 2017-2018

Read Write Inc – Our School Approach to the Teaching of Phonics

SATs 2018