Our Christ Church Curriculum has been designed and developed to enable our children to become:
At the very heart of our school is the vision to help and nurture every member of the Christ Church family to be the very best they can be. We have a caring and dedicated staff team who aim to provide the very best opportunities for our children, our school family and our community. Our curriculum is designed to be aspirational for all and not only includes the National Curriculum (2014) but also the range of extra opportunities and activities the school organises in order to enrich the knowledge and learning experiences for our children.
The National Curriculum (2014) covers the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science together with the foundation subjects of Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).
Religious Education is also a core element of our school curriculum.
Our Curriculum Design and Intent
At Christ Church, we have designed and created our own rich, broad and inspiring three-dimensional curriculum that is guided by our vision, aims and values. At its very heart, our curriculum is planned and developed to help open a doorway to the world for all of our children. We aim to nurture and support our children so that they become knowledgeable, curious and respectful citizens, ready to make a difference and ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Indeed, we place great importance on developing eloquent, independent, reflective learners who grow to be happy, compassionate and spiritually healthy adults. Furthermore, as a school family, we aim to help children respect and celebrate diversity, embrace individuality and understand our rich cultural inheritance in order to prepare them for their future and life in modern Britain.
The Christ Church curriculum has been built and influenced using the very latest educational research so that it promotes long term learning and knowledge for life. Each subject discipline has its own curriculum vision and is planned and delivered to ensure subject integrity and progression, in the aim that children know more, remember more and are able to do more with their knowledge as they progress through the school.
Our Curriculum Delivery and Implementation
As a school, we deliver our curriculum so that all children are provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge in context and immerse themselves in rich subject content or real world problems. Through a stimulating learning environment, broad and balanced experiences and challenging project questions, we strive to promote positive attitudes to learning and to enable all children to learn and develop their knowledge and understanding to the fullest in order to develop their understanding of the world they live in on a local, national and global scale.
Across all subject areas, our children are given rich opportunities to talk, think deeply, ask questions, debate moral and social issues and showcase high quality work in front of an authentic audience. As a school, our curriculum has been developed to ensure that the opportunities within each subject discipline are maximised as well as helping our children to acquire knowledge and expertise in the basics of reading, writing, speaking and mathematics. A rich variety of methods are used to deliver our curriculum and the children’s learning journeys, including: mastery lessons, enquiry led projects with key questions at their heart, physical activity and sporting competitions, creative and cultural experiences as well as opportunities to speak publicly and perform.
Depth of learning is important - we do not narrow our curriculum - we ensure children receive a broad and balanced curriculum and ensure learning is relevant, exciting, aspirational and challenging. All National Curriculum subjects, within the Curriculum are viewed as being equally important; but underpinned by the understanding that basic literacy and numeracy competency is vital in all learning.
We measure the impact of our curriculum in a variety of ways:
Children leave Christ Church with a secure understanding of the academic content taught; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local community and beyond, and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be.
The ultimate aim of our curriculum is that each and every child at Christ Church flourishes by becoming: