At Christ Church CE Primary Academy our curriculum is a broad and balanced learning challenge curriculum which uses individual classes’ learning challenges as a means to acquiring knowledge and 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 via subject specific learning challenges 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/Woodwind 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. We also ensure that our children learn about Fundamental British Values and are provided with opportunities to discuss and review local, national and international events as part of our PSHE provision.
If you would like more information about the curriculum we offer to our pupils you can speak to our Principal, Mrs Paula Scattergood or our Vice Principal, Mrs Emma Wilkes.
Working with Families
Throughout the year we provide a number of opportunities for our children and their families to learn together and to find out what is being taught and how it is taught. These help to provide our families with an insight into the curriculum as well as learn and share experiences with their children. The sessions for the academic year 2019/2020 are:
|Autumn Term – English Family Learning: Vocabulary Ninja|
|Autumn 2 – Parent Consultations|
|Spring Term – Mathematics: Arithmetic|
|Spring 2 – Parent Consultations|
|Summer Term – English: Reading|
|Summer 2 – Drop-in to view their child’s work and discuss progress made during the year|
Each class will also deliver a presentation after each main learning challenge to parents to share what they have learnt.
As a school we support a range of awareness days and celebrations throughout the academic year. These form part of our broad and balanced curriculum providing our children with a range of enrichment activities throughout the year.
|European Day of Languages||Languages||26th September|
|National Poetry Day||English||1st October|
|World Mental Health Day||PSHE||10th October|
|Inter Faith Week||RE||8th – 15th November|
|Anti-Bullying Week||PSHE||11th November|
|Road Safety Week||PSHE||16th November|
|Chinese New Year||SMSC||25th January|
|Safer Internet Day||Computing/PSHE||11th February|
|World Book Day||English||5th March|
|British Science Week||Science||5th – 14th March|
|World Oceans Day||Geography||8th June|
|Healthy Eating Week||Science/PSHE||14th June|