Our vision for every child to have ‘life and have it to the full’, fulfilling their potential and growing in all aspects of their personhood, shapes our curriculum enrichment provision here at Christ Church Primary School. We offer a wealth of exciting and often brand new experiences which broaden horizons and open doors of opportunity, hope and aspiration for all children, regardless of their circumstance. Our enrichment activities are carefully planned to ensure that knowledge, understanding and skills are built on and developed across a broad range of subjects and that children have an opportunity to follow their own interests and talents and, indeed discover new ones! Through curriculum enrichment, we aim to further equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Music plays an important part in the life of our school. Recognition for our high quality, varied and inclusive music education for all pupils has been made through our achievement of the Music Mark Award. As a Music Mark School Member we provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to engage with a wide variety of music activities throughout their time here.
Governors and school leaders are deeply committed to the pursuit of music and recognise the joy and immense reward that music brings. With this in mind, all music lessons are either fully funded or part funded by the school.
All children in year two learn to play the violin and participate in a fully funded weekly whole class lesson with a Dudley Performing Arts specialist teacher. For those pupils who wish to pursue this further, they are able to continue violin lessons in Key Stage Two.
Once children reach Key Stage Two, they have the opportunity to play either a violin, flute, clarinet or a brass instrument, participating in weekly lessons taught by a Dudley Performing Arts peripatetic teacher. For those that wish to gain music qualifications, we offer preparation and entrance into graded music exams. We have a highly successful band which all children playing instruments can join. Our band practise every week at lunchtime and perform regularly in school, in church and at local events where they experience the joy of performing alongside others.
Singing together, staff and children, is important in the life of our school. Our school choir is extremely popular and all children from years one to six are welcome to join. The choir leads the school in song during collective worship and has an important role in our worship times at Christ Church, including services such as Mothering Sunday and Remembrance Sunday. Our energetic choir brightens up the lives of others, regularly performing at venues such as the local shopping centre, care home and with other schools across the Dudley borough. They meet weekly after school throughout the year.
Our Upper Key Stage Two Chamber Choir are a group of highly dedicated and talented performers. They practise weekly and perform throughout the year, including at school events and in Christ Church.
One of the highlights of our year is our annual Summer Arts Festival in which music prominently features. The festival is held in school and is a time to celebrate pupils’ fabulous musical talent and achievement with parents and carers. It is an afternoon very much enjoyed by performers and audience members alike!
We have a talented dance troupe, ‘Dream Achievers’, who meet weekly after school. Our Dream Achievers enjoy performing for the school community and further afield.
In addition to the ‘year round’ performing arts enrichment, we have after school activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities include musical theatre, drama and dance.
At Christ Church Primary School we strongly believe in the power of educational visits in bringing learning to life and enhancing interest, enthusiasm and achievement for all children. Our visits aim for children to acquire an awareness of the world around them, an understanding of how life works and a language with which to explain it all. This cultural capital provides a solid foundation on which pupils can build further knowledge, skills and understanding. Educational visits link closely to the corresponding Learning Journey sequence and include visits to theatre, museums, art galleries and the countryside.
Every child from year two onwards has the opportunity to experience a residential visit. The adventure of spending time away from home with friends provides boundless opportunities for children to develop skills such as collaboration, independence and resilience. We are delighted that these long established visits are exceptionally well attended each year and children return buzzing with many happy stories to tell.
- Year 2: A two night stay at Edgmond Hall, Shropshire
- Year 4: A two night stay at the Pioneer Centre, Shropshire
- Years 5 and 6: A two night stay at a PGL centre, either in Wales or in Herefordshire
Before and After School Activities
Our extra-curricular activities nurture academic habits, skills, emotional intelligence and creativity. They are well planned, well-resourced and staffed by our own excellent team. We have an extensive range of activities that run both before and after school as well as lunchtime, including arts, information technologies and sports.
Please see our ‘Parents’ page for further information regarding before and after school activities.
We run successful and highly popular activities during some of the school holidays, often at Easter and in the summer. Children participate in a range of craft and sporting activities each day. These activities are led by our own highly skilled and talented staff who know our children well. Further information is published on our school newsletter.