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Finding out about our curriculum

Our curriculum is based upon our Core Principles, which are to enable every child to:

  • learn with confidence, a positive mind-set and strong self-belief
  • enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle
  • be a curious and creative problem solver
  • be in awe of God's wonderful world and celebrate the diversity of creation
  • value and serve every member of our community as a compassionate, generous citizen
  • build knowledge about world issues and to strive for fairness, justice  and respect, knowing that small actions can change the world


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. 


Stage 1.

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


Stage 2.

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


Stage 3.

Innovate- children are now ready to apply what they have learnt in a range of learning challenges. They maybe through:

  • applying their new skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts 
  • solving real or imagined problems 
  • revisiting anything not yet fully grasped 
  • children may have different areas of focus at this point


Stage 4.

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:

  • sharing their achievements with parents, classmates and the community through display or event, eg a fashion show, creation of a museum, a published book launch, an art gallery, opening of a new allotment area, a poetry recital …..
  • being performers, experts and informers to a audience of professionals and experts
  • sharing their new found knowledge and experiences with another class or school.
  • evaluating their finished product/s and processes and evaluate what they have learnt
  • link what they have learnt to what they wanted to find out about when they started
  • a celebration of their learning and achievements based on the children's own ideas


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!