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Our Curriculum


At Christ Church, we believe that learning should be exciting, relevant to the age and stage of the children and lead to a love of learning. From Early Year to Year Six, children are involved in the planning of their learning, so that it inspires them to want to find out more! All teachers plan topic work use the Cornerstones resources to plan in outline through a four-stage approach: 'Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.' Every teacher creates a learning environment in the classroom that allows children to learn in a range of ways that build on their strengths and motivates and interests them, whilst developing good social skills, curiosity and independence. 


Engage - to get them inspired and interested in their new topic. This may include:

  • a ‘WOW’ experience - often messy, noisy or simply unusual to inspire curiosity
  • a memorable first-hand experience, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
  • beginning to research about the topic, and deciding exactly what they would like to learn about


Develop - to build up their knowledge and understanding of the topic. This may include:

  • developing new skills: making, building, composing, writing and exploring new areas of interest 
  • developing subject knowledge
  • reading fiction relevant to the topic
  • writing fictional and non-fictional tests based upon the topic
  • researching non-fiction texts to answer their own questions and those set by others
  • completing homework activities that offer opportunities to pursue an area of particular interest


Innovate- children are now ready to apply what they have learnt. They maybe through:

  • applying their new skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts 
  • solving real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
  • revisiting anything not yet fully grasped 


Express - children are ready to showcase their learning in a number of ways. They may involve:

  • being the performers, experts and informers to a particular audience
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
  • evaluate their finished products and processes and evaluate what they have learnt
  • link what they have learnt to what they wanted to find out about when they started
  • celebrate their achievements!


As part of each topic each half term, class teachers also suggest possible activities areas of interest for homework for each class. All children have a 'learning at home' book that they  can use to record their learning at home. Sometimes specific activities are set by the class teacher that will support learning in class. As children move through Key Stage Two, they are encouraged to use their homework book to practise key skills in literacy and numeracy and to explore areas of particular interest in greater depth. This is a great opportunity for children and their families to work together to explore a special area of interest. Children bring in their home learning books each week and teachers are always pleased to see the many different ways that children use their home learning books - creativity is encouraged!