Our School Curriculum
At Christ Church Ainsworth Primary School, we use the Oxford Reading Tree and a range of other reading schemes including Monster Phonics books to engage children and create a reading culture within the school and home. Individual reading and Class texts to engage children in learning are used in English and Topic areas which provides a context for learning through areas of the curriculum. Reading for purpose and reading for enjoyment are both practised within school with the use of online reading programmes to develop children at their own level whilst focusing on the importance of real books and developing a love of reading for pleasure. The school employs a ‘Hooked on Books’ approach towards guided reading which incorporates reading for meaning, vocabulary and comprehension and links to the approach used to teach writing.
We want our pupils to:
Our curriculum allows children to retain knowledge and vocabulary. It is not merely a set of facts for children to learn and then forget. It is carefully designed and planned in such a way that knowledge will be stored in children’s long-term memories, so that they can build on it and use it later in life.
We have introduced a broader, topic based curriculum that allows children to become confident and fluent with knowledge and vocabulary. Children are taught in such a way that they acquire knowledge that they can take with them for the rest of their lives, knowledge that they can use when forming arguments and judgements, or when reading and solving problems. Challenging opportunities to apply knowledge are embedded throughout our curriculum. Progressively planned learning enables children to constantly apply prior knowledge and build upon it.
We ensure that all children gain a wealth of experiences beyond learning facts in the classroom. We want our curriculum to inspire children to want to learn more, to provoke children’s intellectual curiosity and to create experiences of awe and wonder.
We believe that knowledge leads to understanding, and that understanding leads to wisdom. Acquiring powerful knowledge enables all children to become grounded people with strong character traits, providing a stepping-stone to a successful future. Vocabulary is at the heart of our curriculum. We are consciously aware of gaps in pupils’ vocabulary and strive, through our curriculum, to allow all children to become confident and fluent with an extensive range of powerful vocabulary.
We expect our teachers to:
A carefully designed, progressive curriculum provides opportunities for accelerated progress. Science, History and Geography are the driver subjects for Learning Challenges and provide the structure to learning, specifying key knowledge and vocabulary that we want all children to be fluent with. Acting as a planning and teaching tool, the Learning Challenges make it clear to teachers, pupils and parents what is expected to be learnt by the end of the unit and within lessons. All Learning Challenges are taught through a text (linking English with the topic) thus generating purposeful writing opportunities embedded in the key knowledge and vocabulary of the topic. Enrichment opportunities are purposeful and provide the opportunity for children to apply their knowledge. All topics start with something special and exciting to hook children into the wonder of learning. Enrichment opportunities such as class trips or external visitors are planned carefully to aid teaching and learning. Carefully planned entry tasks assess learning and provide the opportunity for children to show what they know. Enhancer subjects such as Art DT, cookery and Music add depth to the children’s understanding of the topic and have been carefully planned to demonstrate skill progression as children move through each Key Stage. Children also have additional discrete teaching in Computing, Music, French and PE developing progression in subject specific knowledge in these areas
Mathematics is taught as a discrete subject with its progression of knowledge and skills clearly mapped out across the school. Additional number fluency and key skills are practised on a daily basis.
Children are formally assessed in Reading, Writing and Mathematics at the end of each term.
Reading is at the heart of the Christ Church curriculum with teachers teaching through guided reading through a ‘Hooked On Books’ approach, whole class shared reading and reading comprehension.
Our writing and grammar are taught using ‘The Write Stuff’ teaching approach. Which uses set characteristics of writing to provide guided writing experiences of sentence types for children which they can then transfer to independent writing.
Learning is blocked across the school to show clear progression. Children will have individual books for Maths, Writing and for each half term’s topic in Science, History or Geography. Children also have a handwriting, phonics (KS1) sketch book, RE and PHSCE is completed in one book, additional evidence of learning experiences are evidenced in class floor books.
Children can confidently recall key knowledge from current and previous areas of learning.
Children can confidently apply knowledge to their learning.
Children are confident using and applying high-level vocabulary.
Children are independent learners.
Children are articulate and confident to talk about a wide range of topics.
Children demonstrate many high-level skills, such as analysis, reflection and empathy through written and spoken tasks.
Children enjoy learning and are excited and inspired to learn new things.
Knowledge is retained in children’s long-term memories.
Children are well-rounded individuals who understand the importance of British values.
Children have excellent attitudes to learning.
Children show self-awareness when forming their own ideas and beliefs.
Children show respect for all and value difference and diversity.
Children are open-minded to learn and gain new ideas.
Children demonstrate appreciation and wonder of the world they live in.
We are proud of our
Christ Church Ainsworth Family.
We hope you will be too!