Curriculum

The Curriculum at Christ Church

At Christ Church CE Primary school our curriculum is bound together by our vision and values. We create learners for life by ensuring that the curriculum is relevant and purposeful and prepares children for the next stages of their lives and beyond. Teaching and learning is through a highly stimulating and engaging topic-based creative curriculum. Meaningful links are made between subjects, so that children develop a broad and coherent understanding of a topic. We actively encourage highest quality, cross curricular learning as a vehicle for pupils to achieve well.

Our curriculum is designed to:

  • Cover all aspects of the National Curriculum in an interesting and stimulating way and with a breadth of study that links learning.
  • Ensure learning is relevant and purposeful and related to the needs of the children.
  • Develop pupils who can think critically and care about their learning so they always do their best.
  • Develop resilient learners who can solve problems and have a growth mind-set.
  • Develop creative individuals who collaborate and co-operate developing a thirst for knowledge.
  • Develop pupils who care about their role as part of a family, community and the wider world; encouraging them to feel part of, and to contribute positively to fundamental British values.
  • Ensure all pupils have high aspirations and are inspired to achieve their full potential.

Literacy is at the heart of all we do and it is taught through high quality texts with children encouraged to immerse themselves in books, leading to excellent writing outcomes. We plan from the “Power of Reading” which ensures our pupils read, and are read, a wide range of well-regarded books throughout their time at the school. Topics are taught from the “Inspire Curriculum” which encourages children to be “inspired” and enthused about their learning and this is enriched with an extensive range of visits and experiences to support greater depth in learning.

An immersion day is an important feature of the start of each topic to enthuse and inspire pupils. Other enrichment activities include visits to theatres, museums, galleries, nature areas; local historical and geographical walks; visiting performers; focus days for arts, literacy, PE health and SMSC work. In Year 4 there is a 3 day residential trip to a local activity centre where they develop personal resilience and team building skills through a range of outdoor activities. In Year 6 there is a weeklong visit to an organic farm where they develop geographic skills and includes a trip to the coast to learn about rock formation. The children take part in productions, choir, orchestra and regular class-share assemblies.

Special weeks, such as ‘Enterprise Week’, teach children skills they can apply to tasks beyond school.

As a Christian school Religious Education is a core subject and our pupils follow the curriculum provided by the London Diocesan Board for Schools. They learn about a wide range of religions which makes a significant contribution to their academic and personal development promoting social cohesion, respect and empathy. We aim for our children to acquire an understanding of the beliefs, practices and strengths of all faiths, and a deepening awareness of the significance of religion in their own and the lives of others

Maths is taught daily and the school has adopted a Mastery approach to maths, following the Power of Maths Scheme. This recognises the qualities children need to be outstanding mathematicians, encouraging and developing resilience, perseverance, investigation, and questioning skills.

Science may sometimes be meaningfully linked to a topic but where this is not possible it is taught discretely. In each year there is a topic with a clear science based focus and this allows us to bring this important subject to the heart of teaching.

We seek to develop the highest levels of oracy and critical thinking in our children. A school wide “Big Question” is used to stimulate discussion in classes. Pupil voice is an integral feature of learning and we seek to develop personal independence and leadership through providing a variety of opportunities such as School Council, whole school conferences, House leadership roles and Playground friends. Older children are encouraged to take on responsibilities such as lunchtime duties, school magazine, and they organise and run lunchtime clubs for the younger children.

Music is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum and a specialist teacher ensures that all children have opportunities to develop musical talents. There is a school choir, orchestra and bells group and the Year 3 children learn the recorder. There is a Bucket drumming group for the older children. Peripatetic teachers offer the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments, including drums, violin, cello, trumpet, clarinet and piano. Opportunities for the choir and musical groups to perform are seized upon as performance and application of skills are considered to be the main reason to learn. They also provide children with enjoyable experiences that nurture confidence, social awareness and self-esteem.

The school is very aware of the importance for children of the acquisition of another language. The classes are taught weekly French lessons using the “Language Angels” programme which has been developed by language specialists. It provides engaging and fun activities to develop their linguistic skills from the early years to key stage 2 where the children start to demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar and conversational skills.

The children have many opportunities to use technology throughout their school day across the whole curriculum. We use a range of technology to enhance the learning experience and it is used to deliver ideas in a creative way. The children develop skills from word processing to producing presentations. They create blogs and web pages, apps and games and explore coding. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for producing the power points for assemblies and use their ICT skills for the benefit of all.

In addition to the well planned and comprehensive curriculum delivered by our teaching staff, we also have a forest school which is led by our Outdoor learning leader. Our environment lends itself to outdoor learning and our teachers and children make full use of the outside environment. Lessons are planned for outdoor learning and an emphasis is placed. Each classroom has an outdoor learning space and in addition there are vegetable gardens that the children are encouraged to cultivate.

Our children are encouraged to be active learners and an importance is placed upon high quality Physical Education. The classes participate in the Daily1 km run and find enjoyment in sports and teamwork. Children are taught team games such as football, and rugby. In the summer they focus on fitness and athletics and cricket. The skill focus changes across the year groups to ensure progression. The children in Year 4, 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to learn to swim. The children take part in team sports and are entered for leagues and competitions across the borough.

Our curriculum embraces the community in which it is situated and local links with the Church, local schools and charities are robust. Our school vision and its values are well recognised by all and there is strong emphasis on ensuring that the spiritual, moral and cultural development of our pupils is a thread running through everything we do. Our children are encouraged to develop the attitudes necessary to succeed and leave our school well-equipped for the future, with the confidence, skills and determination to make good choices and be the best that they can be.

KEY STAGE 1 and 2

National Curriculum

The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools.

Compulsory Subjects:

Religious Education (RE)

English

Maths

Science

Design & Technology

History

Geography

Art & Design

Music

Physical Education (PE)

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Other Subjects:

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

Modern Foreign Languages – French

If you would like to find out more information about our Curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact us at: office@christchurch.barnetmail.net.