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Curriculum Intent

 

The Christ Church Curriculum Intent

 

Our vision:

Striving to the best version of ourselves every day.

Inspired by God’s love, we humbly strive to be the best version of ourselves every day, in every way. We cherish the dignity of each precious person: thankfulness, friendship, forgiveness and hope are at the heart of our inclusive community.

Curriculum Mission:

At Christ Church CEP Academy, our curriculum is designed to be interesting and challenging allowing our children to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge.  We ensure above all that our curriculum is inclusive allowing every member of our school community to flourish regardless of their barriers to learning.  The Christ Church Experience provides meaningful learning experiences that enable our children to be actively engaged with the world around them and increase their cultural capital.

Our curriculum encourages our pupils to be curious, thoughtful, active and resilient learners.  It promotes a lifelong love of learning; children are encouraged to make connections, ask questions and think critically.  We ensure the children develop these skills and qualities through a range of initiatives including philosophy for children.

The Christ Church Experience ensures that every meaningful learning experience the children encounter is a stepping stone for the next stage in their education.  We encourage our children to develop a curiosity and engagement in the topics they are learning about – children are encouraged as well to express themselves and their views.

Above all, as our mission statement states, we strive for every member of our school community to be the best version of themselves everyday – this is at the heart of our curriculum and its overall aim.

 

Intent:

Through our Christian faith, we recognise our responsibility to all children and staff, to enrich lives and show respect within our school family and the wider community. We believe in building confident learners who show resilience and determination in their learning today and ready for their tomorrow. Our curriculum aims to allow children the opportunity to ‘be the best version themselves every day’.

The main purpose of ‘The Christ Church Curriculum’ is to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils. It aims to give all children the rich knowledge and understanding together with essential skills to prepare them for future learning. The curriculum is aimed to meet the particular needs of the children at Christ Church and familiarise them with the local setting and all it has to offer.

At Christ Church CEP Academy, we follow our own sequenced curriculum in EYFS which is scaffolded by the statutory guidance of the Early Years Curriculum.  We then follow the programmes of study in the National Curriculum for all subjects in Year 1-6. 

We believe that both knowledge and skills are vital to building understanding and therefore we ensure that our curriculum is knowledge engaged with a focus on building skills throughout every subject.  Some subjects, such as Art, DT, PE and music place a greater emphasis on the development of skills but are enriched by the knowledge of people and events and work of significance.  In other subjects, such as science, children learn skills alongside knowledge and both are explicitly developed.  New knowledge is taught first and then is enhanced by the development of skills.  Children are always given the opportunity to revisit and review their knowledge and skills before learning new concepts.

 

Our curriculum intent is based on our Christ Church Experience.  This is then used to create medium term plans which then lead to individual lesson plans which are delivered by teaching staff to our children.  We regularly amend plans to suit the needs of our children and to ensure that our curriculum always remains challenging and relevant.

For children who cannot access our curriculum, we strive to ensure they have an equally challenging curriculum which meets their specific needs.

 

Implementation:

The curriculum is developed by all members of our teaching staff including the Senior Leadership Team, Class Teachers and Subject Leaders.  Together, as a group of professionals, we constantly review our curriculum and amend as necessary.  Regular CPD is given to teaching staff to ensure they are always up to date with the curriculum and subject knowledge.  Misconceptions are addressed and learners’ knowledge is always checked regularly.

Our curriculum has been sequenced so it allows children to constantly build on their knowledge.  Topics are built in which are age-appropriate and link appropriately to the main reading texts being focussed on in class. Subject Leaders monitor their subjects to ensure the curriculum is being covered and skills are being taught and progressed.

School trips are carefully planned to enhance pupils’ cultural capital and link to their learning for that year to enhance their knowledge; they are often planned in the local area to increase their knowledge of where live.

 

Impact:

We regularly review the impact of our curriculum through book looks led by Subject Leaders.  They also seek staff voice views to gain an understanding of how their subject is being taught and where future CPD sessions may be directed. Every two terms each subject will have had a staff meeting devoted to their subject for them to follow-up on CPD required to develop their subject further.

In writing and maths Senior Management Team members meet and look together at books every term to ensure clear progression between year groups is occurring as well as consistency in expectations across the school. To enhance our moderation process, staff meetings are held every term with teaching staff to look at writing books and outcomes.

Long-term memory techniques are being implemented into lessons such as history with timelines to ensure pupils retain skills and knowledge learnt previously. This is in addition to starters that recap the learning from previous lessons in all other subjects.

We aim for our children to leave primary school feeling prepared for the next phase of their education; our curriculum is designed to meet this.