Our Curriculum Vision & Overview 2019-20
Our Curriculum Vision
At Christ Church, our Christian vision is driven by our aim to:
nurture the Christian faith and ethos of the Church of England to enable all community members to develop spiritually, socially, intellectually and emotionally, linking with the Church of England’s core desire for educating the whole person enabling - life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)
We provide our whole community with a loving, stimulating and supportive environment where they feel safe, secure and valued as individuals and as part of a wider community. We achieve this by Loving Learning, Living to love and Following Jesus.
We want our children to:
- Have a desire to learn a range of new skills and experience new things so that they can reach their full potential both academically and as a ‘whole person’.
- Come to understand and apply Christian values through learning, worship, prayer and reflection
- Become independent, responsible and confident individuals who show respect both to others and themselves as well as their environment
- Understand their own place in God’s World and to appreciate the religious, moral and cultural traditions and different needs of others
For these reasons, our intention is to deliver a stimulating and exciting curriculum, which is both inclusive and challenging in order to get the very best from each child, thus 'living life in all it's fullness'. Our vision is to provide the children within our community, a loving, stimulating and supportive environment where they can feel safe, secure and valued as individuals.
At Christ Church, we have a strong emphasis on 'community' and ‘Learning together’ and believe that our Christian values play an integral role in helping to shape our vision. We want our children to take advantage of our local resources, such as Oxleas Woods to benefit their learning. We also want our children to be aware of their local community, the diversity that exists within it and discover how they can play an increasing role within this larger ‘family’.
We have deliberately shaped our curriculum to be ambitious for our children, so that it provides them with a range of new concepts that we feel are relevant to our community of learners. We want our learners to respectively live 'life in all its fullness', but to understand that this is best achieved if you work together and celebrate the achievements of others. While we have strong outcomes within our core subjects, we are equally ambitious in our vision to ensure that our offer encompasses a range of curriculum opportunities.
In order to learn successfully, we believe our children need:
- to develop positive self-images through knowing they are valued for themselves
- to have equality of opportunity to gain full access to the curriculum
- opportunities to form positive relationships within a stable and secure environment
- opportunities to express themselves creatively and apply their skills and knowledge
- access to a range of stimulating activities and appropriate tools.
How we implement our Curriculum
The National Curriculum lies at the heart of what is taught at Christ Church. It sets out a clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all children aged five to eleven and determines the content of what will be taught. It is preceded by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is taught to children aged three to five
Both are designed to:
- be broad and balanced
- promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of children
- prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- Help learners to understand their roles within their school, local and the global community
- Ensure that all learners have an opportunity to celebrate their own achievements and those of others, this enabling ‘life in all its fullness’
The curriculum at Christ Church is not static and is subject to ongoing development in order to enhance the delivery to our children and remove potential barriers to learning. The current National Curriculum is divided into Core and Foundation subjects and is taught to children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
The Core Curriculum subjects are:
- Religious Education
The foundation subjects are:
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Art, Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education.
Each subject has a programme of study which specifies the knowledge, skills and concepts that the children will be expected to acquire as they progress through both primary and secondary school. There will be times when these subjects are best taught discretely and systematically, and other times when they will be taught in a cross-curricular way enabling the children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a broader sense.
In order to ensure that our curriculum offer is of high quality and has strong impacts on all learners, we work to ensure that the elements below shape the leadership of each curriculum area:
All leaders at the school work hard to ensure that their specific curriculum leadership, helps to secure a strong offer for pupils across the school. Subject leaders are accountable for ensuring that their curriculum areas offer a strong and engaging experience for our children. They are also responsible for ensuring curriculum progression through the School (breadth and depth). This ensures that specific skills get more challenging as pupils move through the school. We want our curriculum to be delivered in such a way that it is inclusive to all children at the school, regardless of starting point.
We want our practitioners to be strong in their delivery across the curriculum and invest in their professional development. Where appropriate, we work with subject specialists who help to deliver our curriculum offer through team teaching or bespoke delivery.
We work hard at the school to develop relevant assessment opportunities for our pupils. This enables us to check that learning is pitched appropriately and informs future planning. We want assessment to be meaningful at Christ Church and look to ensure that the children play a key role in this process.
Click here for an overview of the creative curriculum that is taught across the school