Children Learning Together
‘A creative and vibrant curriculum which includes religious education (RE) contributes to the children’s achievements and spiritual development.’ SIAMS church inspection Oct 2016)
‘Teachers are adept at teaching mixed-age classes. They make sure that work is suitably challenging for different groups of pupils given their various starting points.’
‘Pupils enjoy their learning and those spoken to were especially keen on art and physical education.’
Ofsted report July 2017
The curriculum at Christ Church is planned to excite and engage our learners. Confucius, a famous Chinese philosopher and thinker once said, ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.’ We plan our curriculum based on that principle. At Christ Church we believe that children learn best when knowledge is put into a context. Our teachers plan a broad and balanced curriculum which provides lots of opportunities for cross curricular learning and time to apply skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts. We also ensure that all children have the opportunity to take part in a range of experiences across their school career. From performing to an audience to visiting museums, life in school is busy and fun.
Our curriculum is full of opportunities for our pupils to be involved in hands on experiences as a natural part of their learning. For example, activities such as: recreating a Roman feast; testing how far a sneeze travels (using a water spray, not the real thing!); hot seating (taking the part of a character in a book or story); creating ‘historical’ artefacts (Roman villas, shields, pottery) as stimulus for further writing; testing materials for warmth and waterproof properties for teddies’ clothes or for cycle helmet strength; cooking as a means of promoting healthy eating and practising mathematics skills in a practical way.
Our whole school curriculum is made up of the national curriculum, laid down by the Department of Education (DfE), and our local school curriculum which we design and plan for based on what we believe our pupils need to develop and grow. Our school curriculum includes personal, social, citizenship and health education which is planned for through our curriculum drivers.
You can find out how we teach each subject in different year groups and classes by looking at the curriculum grids which are displayed further down the page. Teachers use the DfE National Curriculum requirements and then plan learning activities that will enable children to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience required. You can access the DfE National Curriculum document here.
The core national curriculum subjects are English, mathematics and science; the foundation subjects are art and design; computing; design and technology; languages (French); geography; history; music and PE. All schools are also required to teach RE (Religious Education). We also teach PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) from Y1 to Y6 which is becoming part of the National Curriculum soon.
The curriculum at Christ Church is taught through a combination of discrete subjects and topic themes. Mathematics and English are taught as discrete subjects, usually in the morning sessions but reading books and writing opportunities are linked to that term’s topic theme wherever possible.
Computing, PE, Music , Languages (French), Religious Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) are also taught as discrete subjects but again links are made to the topic theme where practicable.
Science, Geography, History, Art & Design and Design Technology are all taught within topic themes. Topics are planned on a two year rolling programme for Reception to Year 3 and a three year rolling programme for Year 4 to Year 6, to fit in with the organisation of our class year groups.
To see our rolling programme of exciting and creative topic themes click long-term-topic-themes.
Our school curriculum is driven by five key drivers: Exploring Opportunities (Visits and Visitors); Outdoor Education; Christian Values; Happiness and Well-being; Our Place in the World.
You can find out more about what we mean by ‘Our Key Drivers’ by clicking on curriculum-drivers.
These drivers are planned for in each topic theme so that our curriculum is rich and relevant to our children. Through our rich curriculum, we are determined to: encourage pupils to think about the opportunities that lie ahead of them; teach them how to enjoy the great outdoors and be happy; show pupils what a wonderful world we live in; help them understand their place in the world as tolerant and caring citizens; and share with them the joy of education and lifelong learning as a path to fulfilling their dreams.
We work on a rolling programme of topics. The current one is always displayed on your child’s class page but you can find a record of other termly grids with the content of the curriculum for each subject below:
Red Class YR & Y1 Ourselves topic Grid
Red Class YR & Y1 The Secret Garden Grid
Red Class YR & Y1 Under the Sea Grid
Green Class Y2 & Y3 Opposites Attract Curriculum Grid
Green Class Gardens Y2 & Y3 Grid
Green Class Y2 & Y3 Victorians Curriculum Grid
Yellow Class Y4, Y5 & Y6 Out of this World
If you would like to know more about the curriculum and exact details of our National Curriculum coverage for each subject, then please ask your child’s class teacher and they will be happy to share more information with you. Staff are always happy to explain how the National Curriculum is being covered for each subject and year group.
Visits and visitors have been carefully planned in to our rolling programme of topics to enrich our pupils’ learning experiences and provide an extra level of expertise to further engage them in their learning. Introducing pupils to a wide range of experts also opens up their minds to the possibilities for further study and employment in the adult world.
To see our latest plan of visits and visitors please click on visits-and-visitors. Please note that this list is evolving and changing as new opportunities come to light and as we respond to local and national events, so is an indication of the range of activities rather than an accurate list.
Topic work activities are planned to exploit opportunities to further practise key skills in English and mathematics.
We welcome parental contributions to our curriculum programme. If you have skills that relate to the topics we are teaching, don’t hide your light under a bushel, come and help us make our curriculum fun and relevant for the children.
We also welcome parents as regular volunteers to enhance our curriculum provision. We appreciate regular help with reading, Forest School, cooking and art activities. All our volunteers are required to be DBS checked for the safety of our pupils. If you have time to spare we would love to welcome you as a helper.