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Curriculum

The school has been updating the whole school curriculum in line with the new National Curriculum that came into force in September 2014. You can now view the core curriculum for each year group, which is taken from the National Curriculum. We have also provided overviews of the science and topic (History/Geography) areas of learning for the Key Stages.

We are basing our science and topic elements of the curriculum on learning challenge questions, allowing us to explore subjects with the children, freeing us up to follow the interests of children within our classes and to allow for co-operative learning to research and present information in a variety of ways.

Within the science and topic elements, other subjects are inter-woven, including music, English, art and design, computing and design technology. 

The full details of what is to be covered in each half term, is found in the class newsletters. Home learning challenges are also linked to the exciting science, english and topic work which is taking place within classes.

Our aim is to fulfill the optimum learning potential of the individual child through the requirements of the National Curriculum; thus leading to their intellectual, aesthetic, social, emotional and physical development. We are intending to continue to develop, evaluate and improve our curriculum learning opportunities, to ensure that we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which reflects life in modern Britain and our local community effectively.

We achieve this by employing various strategies for learning which include:

 

  • A variety of effective teaching methods
  • Working with individuals / groups / whole class 
  • Opportunities for discovery and problem solving 
  • Use of school based resources 
  • Numerous structured activities 
  • Physical activities - drama, movement, P. E. swimming and games 
  • Using the local environment / Community 
  • Other visits in connection with specific curricular areas 
  • On going assessment of learning progress
  • A question-led approach to learning
  • Memorable and exciting events which have an impact on the children and their learning
  • Challenging and varied activities, including the use of iPads

 

Our Approach to the Teaching of Phonics and Reading 

 

Phonics Programme

Letters and Sounds is used and followed throughout Early Years and Key Stage One. We have been loyal to this programme since its introduction, leading to a consistent approach and excellent results at end of Reception and in the phonics screening check.

 

Resources

Teachers draw on a range of resources to meet all learning styles and ensure teaching is exciting, motivating, effective, and meets all learning styles. The resources include:

  • The Bug Club
  • Phonics Play
  • Grapheme boards
  • Whiteboards and pens
  • Magnetic letters
  • Phonics games (Smart Kids Resource Boxes)
  • Flashcards (Ruth Miskin, Just Phonics scheme)

 

Planning and Assessment and Tracking

At Christ Church we follow the four part daily lesson plan format. Planning is differentiated to meet the needs of all the children. Formative assessment is ongoing and planning adapted accordingly. Intervention programmes are implemented swiftly for targeted children where necessary.

 

All staff strive to ensure the children make outstanding progress.

 

Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term. The data is recorded on a tracking sheet and passed onto the receiving teacher at the end of each academic year. This allows us to track each child from Nursery to the end of KS1 and beyond where necessary.

 

Weekly lesson plans follow the four part format and include differentiation and assessment criteria. Teachers ensure each plan is personal to their current year group, taking into account the needs of the children, speed of progress, learning styles and differentiation. We constantly review and adapt the plans. The LCP (LCP Phonics Planning Second Edition) plans are used to support planning BUT as a guide only. Children are taught in groups. Assessment is used to inform which group each child is placed in. Teaching is fast paced and all children actively participate. Continuing assessment ensures progress is monitored and children move groups to suit their ability as and when necessary.

 

Reading

Guided reading is delivered twice weekly in KS1 and Early Years. We use the following high quality reading schemes:

 

Oxford Reading Tree

Pearson Literacy Land

Collins Big Cat

 

For home reading we use:

 

Pearson Bug Club

Pearson Online Bug Club

 

Every child receives one online book and one hard copy book each week.

 

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