Purpose of Study
Our religious education curriculum promotes the study of religious faiths and practices through a diversity of belief, whilst nurturing a greater depth of critical thinking. It pairs our core Christian values to the fruits of the spirit and fundamental British Values to promote a sense of community, tolerance and respect for one another.
Children will develop an understanding of Christianity as a living world faith and will also develop their knowledge and understanding of other major world religions. Through the structure of ‘Understanding Christianity’ children will explore religious texts, consider how Christians would live this out and reflect to develop their spirituality in a safe space.
We want out children to be tolerant of different cultures and have mutual respect as a result of the RE teaching of major world religions and world views. The RE curriculum is enriched by work on British Values in all areas of the curriculum such as encouraging team work in sports, Stonewall activities in PSHE, faith visits and specific days, for example ‘Share as Pencil Day’.
From an early age, we want our children to develop a deep sense of awe and wonder about the world that God created, aiming to promote and develop inquisitive minds and curiosity about natural phenomena.
During their time at Christ Church CE Academy, our children will become mini scientists; through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, our children will be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Through experiences and opportunities in the classroom, educational visits and in their work in Forest School our children will be supported in building the foundations of a body of knowledge and concepts so that they are encouraged to think critically, predict how things will behave, analyse and explain rationally.
History and Geography
We want to inspire our children to look at the world and its people with curiosity, encouraging them to reflect upon its diversity. We want them to consider their place within the world in respect of their own identity and the challenges of their time.
We want them to ‘get out and about’ as much as possible to build their geographical skills and knowledge about the Earth’s features and develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As our children progress through school, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
People’s lives can be complex and we want our children to understand that; how things can change, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups. We want our children to be intrigued about Britain’s past and that of the wider world so that they are eager to know and find out more. Through teaching in history, we will create learning opportunities so that they ask probing questions, thinking critically about the evidence before them and prepare arguments based on their perspectives and judgements.
At Christ Church, we want our children to become critical and creative thinkers, safe and responsible learners and digitally literate. We want them to develop essential life skills that they will need in adulthood for the future workplace and as active participants in an ever-changing digital world.
Computing is an essential skill for life and enables our children to participate more readily in a rapidly changing world. Using the internet and email for example, gives them rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. From an early age, our children will learn about control systems and robots, increasing their awareness of many of the operating systems we use to manage our everyday lives. We want our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world, teaching them the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. We want them to be able to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content as well as having the ability to express themselves, problem solve and develop their ideas.
We know that physical activity is necessary to a child's well-being with regard to their emotional and physical development. Here at Christ Church CE Academy, our aim is to ensure our PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities promote effective physical and mental health, personal development through healthy social interaction, and improved academic performance for the well-being of our pupils and their families.
We want our children to become resilient and give them the tools and techniques to manage their physical, emotional and mental health. We want out children to succeed and excel in their own right and at their own level in sport and other physically demanding activities. We will provide our children with opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their physical and mental health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities will help them to build character, grow in confidence and embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect.
Music, Art and Design Technology
We want to tease out our children’s (sometimes hidden) gifts and talents, engaging them in a world of creativity that will inspire, build confidence and allow them to be inventors in their own right. By offering opportunities for our children to immerse themselves in a creative world, we hope that they will use the skills they acquire and their love of music and the arts to support their well-being.
Music is a language for all, which can engage and encourage pupils to develop their talent as musicians. As our pupils progress through school, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to become composers and to listen to music genres that they may otherwise never encounter.
As inventors, we want our children to feel challenged in developing their works of art; giving them time to research, explore and experiment with their designs. They will think critically about what their individual designs mean to them and bring to others in developing a greater understanding of art and design.
Our children will adopt a hands-on practical approach to designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We want our children to be resourceful and take risks in becoming enterprising and capable citizens developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
Our PSHE, curriculum, which is accessible to all, develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, strategies, values and emotional intelligence through teaching of the three core elements of Health and Wellbeing; Relationship and Living in the Wider World. Within these core elements, our children learn about: identity; relationships; a healthy balanced lifestyle; risk and safety; diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010); rights and responsibilities; change and resilience; power, career and enterprise. Consequently, our children are armed with the knowledge, skills, strategies and attitudes they need to access the wider curriculum and are prepared with the attributes they need to thrive in the world they live in now and in the future.
Drawing on the expertise of agencies such as the NSPCC, British Red Cross and Barnardo’s we provide opportunities for our children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
We want to help our children to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. This enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help our children to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.