At Christ Church Primary we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is shaped by our vision for every child to have life to the full, to flourish in all aspects of their personhood and reach their full potential. Our curriculum is exciting and relevant; it recognises that each pupil is a unique individual and ensures the rounded development of the whole child through both academic and spiritual development. All children access a range of educational experiences and the whole curriculum regardless of their starting points or circumstance, ensuring that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
At Christ Church Primary School we strongly believe that a high quality education in Literacy is essential for children to thrive and achieve their best. Our curriculum is designed so that all children develop fluency and confidence in speaking, reading and writing enabling them to communicate their ideas and emotions, acquire knowledge and build on what they already know. English is at the heart of our curriculum, it is interwoven throughout all we do.
We have high expectations for everyone. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and there is good progression of knowledge, understanding and skills for all children. Most subjects are taught through a cross curricular 'Learning Journey' approach where deep, meaningful connections across the curriculum are made, enabling all children to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Some subjects, including P.E., mathematics, phonics and science and french in key stage 2, are taught separately.
Every four weeks our children begin a new 'learning journey'. Every 'learning journey' begins with a wonderful book. These books are carefully chosen to engage and motivate, to inspire and challenge; to widen horizons and bring experiences to our children that they would not otherwise have. They showcase our rich and varied literary heritage and cover a wide range of authors, genres, periods in which they are written and set and social contexts.Through each book we seek to feed children's imagination and open up a treasure -house of wonder and joy for their curious young minds. As children are introduced to the 'music' of each rich text, they learn to love words and language and develop cognitively, socially and linguistically.
Once the daily maths and timetabled English lessons are finished, 'learning journey' time begins and flows through much of the day. Carefully and thoughtfully planned learning sequences ensure continuity and progression so that all subjects are very well taught. This is important; we hope that some of our children will go on to become historians, geographers, artists, designers, engineers......The themes and subjects are covered in blocks of time; everything is completed to the highest standard and is well presented in a 'learning journey' log - a new one for each journey.
We plan a variety of visits 'out' and invite visitors 'in' to support and enrich learning experiences for all year groups.
We believe that developing good learning habits with the ability to be curious, to concentrate, to be resilient, to co-operate and to continuously self-improve are essential for children to achieve well now and into the future. These learning attributes enable children to become life long learners with a sense of responsibility, able to make a valuable contribution to the world in which they live. Our curriculum strives to develop these learning capacities encouraging and expecting high levels of independence.
School values, along with British values, underpin our curriculum and are taught through our curriculum.