Our curriculum is based upon our Core Principles, which are to enable every child to:
Our Curriculum is the structure for this learning.
Children are taught that learning is not simply an outcome but rather a journey of discovery, including the development of skills and understanding where making mistakes and learning from them is an essential and fundamental part of the process.
At Christ Church, we believe that learning should be interesting, thought provoking and lead ultimately to a love of learning. From Early Years right through to Year Six, children are given some choices in their learning, so that it inspires them to try out new ideas and ask questions - we want children to want to find out more!
Teachers use the Cornerstones resources to support the planning of topics 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:
Develop - to build up their knowledge and understanding of the topic. This may include:
Innovate- children are now ready to apply what they have learnt in a range of learning challenges. They maybe through:
Express - children are now ready to showcase their learning. The outcome is made authentic and given high status by the involvement of the community - real audiences to see the results of their learning.This may involve the children in:
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 'home learning' 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!