The Christ Church School Curriculum
We hope the information below will give you an overview of how the curriculum is delivered here. You can also find some specific information about topics and current work by checking on the class pages which develop and change over the year.
The Christ Church curriculum is made up of mixture of distinct subject and topic based learning designed to develop the skills of all pupils at a level appropriate to each of them. There are three stages in the Primary years: Foundation Stage (Reception) Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2); Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).
Each class, or group of classes has a curriculum plan which outlines the learning for the year. The work is pitched to meet the needs of all pupils. The school curriculum draws on the National Curriculum, which is often taught through a creative and cross-curricular way, the Foundation Stage Profile for pupils to age 5 and the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Wider learning opportunities include Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Modern Foreign Language (French) in KS2.
Foundation Stage - Reception pupils
The Reception curriculum is planned and assessed using the Foundation Stage Profile. It consists of three prime areas and the four specific areas:
The Three Prime Areas:
1. Communication and Language
2. Physical Development
3. Personal, Social and Emotional development
The Four Specific Areas
3. Understanding of the World
4. Expressive Arts and Design
The Foundation curriculum then leads on to the National Curriculum.
National Curriculum (NC)
The core subjects are Maths, English, Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The foundation subjects are Religious Education (RE), Music, Art, Physical Education, History, Design Technology and Geography. For each subject and Key Stage, programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils' performance.
On-going assessment is also vital to inform our planning. Children are more formally assessed in line with national procedures at the age of 7 (Key Stage 1) and 11 (Key Stage 2). Pupils in Year 1 also take part in a Phonics Screening at the end of the year.l
Some information about specific subjects:
Our Subjects: Art and Design.
At Christ Church we believe Art and Design is not just a subject to learn but an activity you practise. We believe it stimulates creativity and imagination and gives the children a chance to express themselves freely. The children use colour, line, form, pattern, texture and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. The children have the opportunity to explore, develop and investigate their ideas as well as evaluate their work and the work of others. Our Art and Design lessons may be taught as a separate isolated subject but also as part of topic or a theme.
Our Subjects: Design Technology
At Christ Church we believe that design technology should develop lively and enquiring minds through the ability to question, argue rationally, investigate and process information. We try to link our work to other topics and use skills from other subjects too.
Our Subjects: Modern Foreign Languages
At Christ Church we have started Modern Foreign Languages as part of our weekly lessons.
We are currently teaching French as our modern foreign language. Look out for our French Day! This is a new and exciting addition to our current curriculum at Christ Church and the children are thoroughly enjoying having the opportunity to learn a new language – this will develop further over the coming months.
Our Subjects: Geography
Through the teaching of Geography at Christ Church we aim to:
· Stimulate children's interest and awareness of the earth and its peoples starting with an appreciation of their immediate environment.
· Foster children's sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
· Help children develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat.
· Enhance children's sense of responsibility for the care or the Earth and its people.
Children use geographical skills and resources for example, maps, aerial photographs, atlases and ICT. Geography is also linked to other areas of the curriculum such as Maths, Science, Literacy and ICT.
Our Subjects: History
At Christ Church we aim to make learning fun! In History we use a 'hands on' approach and encourage children to explore history through a variety of ways. For example:
· Using and handling historical artefacts.
· Visits to places of historical interest,
· Using themed days where children have the opportunity to dress up and experience living in the past.
History is also linked to many other areas of the curriculum such as dance, literacy, art and science.
Our Subjects: Information and Communication Technology
At Christ Church we believe ICT should be embedded into all subjects. We use ICT in various ways to make learning fun and exciting.
We have computers in every classroom as well as a set of laptops that connect wirelessly to the school network.. All children have their own log in name and password and supervised access to the internet. We also have a digital cameras and video recorders for cross-curricular use.
Each classroom has a SMART interactive whiteboard, this is used to support whole class teaching. We have interactive big books and maths games which make learning engaging for all pupils.
Our Subjects: Literacy
At Christ Church we aim to make Literacy fun! We teach Literacy skills in daily lessons, and use our skills in other subjects right across the curriculum. We use Big books, Interactive texts and/or other texts for our daily lessons.
Home readers are changed and recorded in Home Reading diaries. Children also read regularly in small groups with teachers. We have different sets of books for these activities. There is also a Library where books can be chosen to help with work. Each week children choose a Library book to take home.
Joined handwriting is taught, practised and encouraged as soon as the children are ready for this. At the end of each teaching unit, a Big Write is planned. Children have the opportunity to plan and write an extended piece of work to show what progress they have made. Everyone enjoys showing the new skills they have learnt.
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to listen to others and give their opinions in all areas of school life. Children enjoy participating in drama activities both in Literacy lesson and across the curriculum.
Our Subjects: Maths
Mathematics is a subject that is used continually throughout life, it equips children so that they can understand the world around them, and its importance is universally recognised. These tools include logical reasoning and problem solving skills which are important in all aspects of everyday life.
Accordingly, in line with the approach of the National Numeracy Framework which builds on the learning that has taken place, children are taught to apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems and think logically. A variety of mental strategies are taught to develop confidence with number.
Our Subjects: Music.
At Christ Church we have creative and exciting music curriculum. We encourage all our children to show enthusiasm, skill and develop an overall love of music.
At Christ Church we have many opportunities to show our music both in class and to the whole school. Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change a way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. We also have a school choir!
Our Subjects: Physical Education
Pupils at Christ Church have access to at least 2 hours of quality Physical Education a week. The main curriculum areas being:
Learning and undertaking activities in physical education contribute and prepare pupils to become:
· Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
· Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
· Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Christ Church are a member of the Craven Schools Sport Partnership which gives us access to a wide range of coaches during lessons and the provision of some after school clubs. Pupils in Key Stage 2 have access to swimming lessons and those in year 5 and 6 also attend a residential outdoor education course. We have also achieved Active sport mark for our provision of physical education in school.
Our Subjects: PSHE
At Christ Church we aim to equip children with the skills they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well being. These are the ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes and every child really does matter here!
We provide a coordinated programme of discrete and cross curricular opportunities for children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills and develop their knowledge of health education and citizenship.
Our Subjects: Religious Education
Christ Church CE (VC) Primary School is a Church of England school and RE is taught via the National Curriculum as well as the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. We teach our children about a variety of world religions, including, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, and we believe that in this multi-cultural society it is very important to do so.
However, as a Church School we actively promote the beliefs and values of the Christian faith through our RE Lessons and our daily acts of Collective Worship.
Religious Education has strong links with our PSHE curriculum as both are concerned with not only with the academic education of our children, but also their emotional, social and moral development. We aim to encourage and stimulate the children and nurture not only self-esteem but also respect for and understanding of each other and their faiths and customs.
Through our RE curriculum we also aim to enhance our pupils' spiritual growth, providing opportunities for them to gain self knowledge, to experience awe and wonder of the natural world and human achievements and to take time to reflect on what they have seen, heard and experienced.
Our Subjects: Science
At Christ Church we aim to make Science fun! We follow a practically based curriculum which develops Scientific skills. We believe that children learn more from first hand experiences so provide lots of practical activities to develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment in the subject.
The curriculum has four strands:
· Scientific enquiry which is developed in all areas of the curriculum to develop predicting, planning, observing, recording, interpreting and evaluating.
· Life processes and living things including for example health, growing things and living things in our local environment.
· Materials, their properties and how they are used or found around us.
· Physical processes which includes light and dark, forces and electricity.
Children have lots of practical experiences both within school and in the local environment.
Promoting British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At Christ Church C.E. (VC) Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Christ Church School believes in the rights and responsibilities of all children. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and all the children contribute to the drawing up of this.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. These include:
- School Council
- Health and Safety Committee
- Fair Trade Committee
- Leading Collective Worship
- Questionnaires and Pupil Conferences
In 2014, the school was awarded a commendation as part of the House of Commons Speakers Awards.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the day to day life of the school, as well as reinforcing positive behaviour. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message, alongside a Year 6 visit to the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street. Where possible, this also involves meeting their own MP.
All pupils know and value the School Rules: We Care, We Share, We Tell the Truth, considering their implications in school, on the playground and in their wider lives.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety work, the ICT Acceptable Use Agreement and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and is part of our Core Values for Church Schools and our ‘Learning for Life’ Skills. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community aim to treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Christ Church is proud of and celebrates the cultural diversity within it. Class based learning, Collective Worship and Assemblies are regularly planned with the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHCE and school curriculum as a whole promotes quality teaching and learning that reinforces tolerance and inclusion. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths, alongside the valuing of its Church School status and the close and well established links with the local church and diocese.
Pupils also support the ‘Learning for Life Skills’ :
We recognise these skills as key building blocks to be READY to learn.
At Christ Church we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to these values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Sports Premium Funding
From September 2013 schools received additional funding per pupil between the ages of 5-11 years old to improve the quality of sport and PE within school.
In 2015/16 we received £8760 and we have received the £8780 for the current year.
We are using this money in school in a variety of ways and you can read all about it and see some pictures and match reports by clicking here.
Please click here for further information on School Sports Funding (Department for Education website).