The Curriculum at St Christopher’s
At St Christopher’s we strive to have a curriculum that fulfils the academic requirements and needs of our children but one that also excites and encourages further learning.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our Personal Capabilities which develop learning skills in our children encouraging them to be social, communicate well, and be creative, motivated and self-aware.
A high focus is put on the teaching of reading, speaking and listening, writing and mathematics. These are taught creatively and in steps that both support children’s learning and promote challenge. Homework is given regularly in these subjects. We meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum (please see the link below) teaching:
- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
Link to the National Primary Curriculum:
Links to the Curriculum for English and Maths can be found on each year group page.
To develop their phonics skills children are taught to listen to the sounds in words, recognise individual letters and begin to blend these letters together in Reception. We use the Letters and Sounds programme, complimented with other activities. Our reading books match the work that is being done in class so that parents can support at home. We use a variety of reading schemes – such as Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Collins and Phonics Bug. Throughout the school, the children read creative and exciting stories which are used to stimulate their own writing and teach them grammar and creativity. Children are also encouraged to regularly change their library book and read a variety of texts at home.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 the focus is on mental Maths skills and calculation. The children are expected to learn a progression of facts and parents are able to support us with this by playing fun games that we send home as part of our homework policy.
In Key Stage 2 the focus begins to turn to the written form of Maths. In order to support this the children work through a homework book which enhances the learning taking place in school.
We follow the Religious Curriculum “The Way, The Truth, The Life” which teaches children about the Catholic faith – the beliefs, celebrations, rituals and the way of life for Catholics; children also learn from the Catholic faith about their own beliefs and values, and how to question what happens in their own lives and the lives of others, in light of what they have learned. Each half term we produce a newsletter to let parents know what we will be learning in religious Education. This can be found on the Religious Education section under Our Curriculum.