The Early Years team focus highly on play-based learning which is informed by topics and children’s interests and complemented with a balance of adult directed tasks. This approach to teaching ensures high level engagement for all children throughout their early years’ education and creates positive learning experiences in readiness for Key Stage 1. Throughout all stages of learning, teachers use this holistic approach to mould and shape the curriculum in order for it to fit the needs of the children in their class.
At Christ Church we work hard to plan a broad and balanced curriculum which is expertly delivered to ensure a child’s entire school experience enables them to develop a deep body of knowledge and vocabulary which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life in whatever they choose. We also strive to ensure that our curriculum develops experiential learning through high quality enrichment opportunities such as workshops, visits and visitors - developing children's aspirations for the future.
We pride ourselves on pupils’ achievements regardless of background through our nurture, inclusion and ‘together we can’ culture. When our children leave us, as well as being KS3 ready, they have a wealth of transferrable skills. Moreover we feel proud that once a Christ Church child moves onward upon their journey from here, they have been supported through their transition; enjoyed their learning and whole-school life, been exposed to rich, purposeful language and knowledge and have high aspirations and self-belief, all through our broad and balanced curriculum. Above all they leave as resilient, kind, and supportive Christian citizens themselves.
Our teachers plan to use a variety of different genres covering a range of themes for our children to study in depth. Please view the attached document above to see a representative list although this is not exhaustive, as teachers will supplement books to capture the interests of the individuals and groups.
Pupils will also read a vast selection of books and extracts of texts in Guided Reading, one to one reading sessions, phonics and across all subjects.