Our Curriculum Overview
The school curriculum is planned to include the requirements and guidance from the DfE and incorporates guidelines from the Local Authority. Additionally, we have our own school policies for individual subjects and cross-curricular areas.
The Curriculum consists of:
- Core Subjects - RE, English, Maths, Science and ICT
- Foundation Subjects - History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, Design and Technology
Curriculum provision is well matched to the child's age and ability. It is relevant to the child's present experience and future life and it is adequately balanced including a creative approach to planning via topic based themes. There is appropriate pace and rigour so the child is actively engaged in the task set.
Our Curriculum is broad and balanced and includes initiatives linked to 'Tinkology' and engineering habits of minds.
Through our RE programme, 'Come and See', the children will grow in knowledge of God and develop their faith life by experiencing different forms of worship.
From time to time, the children will be involved in presenting special assemblies. Families are encouraged to join the children on these occasions.
The school celebrates Holy Days and signicant events in the Liturgical Year.
The programme of preparation for the Sacraments is parish based and the school supports this work in every way possible. Parents/Carers are encouraged to become actively involved in the programme by attending meetings, through their own example of prayer and Mass attendance and by ensuring that their own child attends the special evening preparation sessions with the parish catechists.
Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of religious education and collective worship. Alternative provision will be made for these children.
Extra Curricular Activities
Various after school clubs are available for children during lunchtimes and after school (3.30p m - 4.15pm). Please see our School Clubs tab.
Parents are informed at the beginning of each term about club arrangements and the activities available. Cub and Brownie groups meet in the parish.
Children’s University is a programme that allows children to earn ‘credits’ for their extra-curricular activities, that being any learning that takes place outside curriculum hours. When the children attend an after school club (see our School Clubs tab) they will earn a credit for every hour they attend. This will build up over the year – the more clubs attended, the more credits earned! All credits earned last year will roll over and be added to this year.
This year we are introducing the ‘Passports to Learning’. These enable the children to earn credits when they attend a club outside of school. The club must be accredited with the Children’s University for the children to be able to log their hours (your provider will be able to let you know if they are). Passports are available from school at a cost of £2.50 (payable via Parent Pay).
In July there will be a Graduation Ceremony held at Salford University where any child (Year 3 and above) who have earned at least 30 credits will receive an award at a Graduation Ceremony – complete with cap and gown!
For more information please visit children’s university website at http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/
At Christ The King we aim to teach the children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding. We promote independent reading by supporting and encouraging the child to apply a range of strategies to self-monitor and correct.
The focus for young readers is on decoding whilst more mature readers spend time interrogating the text, inferring and deducing. In order to read, young children must learn to draw on a phonic knowledge to decode regularly spelt words, switching to whole word recognition when they encounter irregularly spelt words.
Reading Schemes for KS1
Through the Foundation Stage and KS1 phonics are learned through play, games and direct teaching using activities from Letters and Sounds.
A designated phonic session of 20 minutes a day is planned for. By the end of Y1, the expectation is that most children will be secure at Phase 5 and will commence use of the Support for Spelling materials which runs from Y2 to Y6.
All children have the opportunity to participate in shared, guided and independent reading sessions.
At Christ The King all of our reading books have been banded and they encompass a variety of reading approaches.
Our schemes include: PM books, Alpha Kids, Project X and a selected range of books from Oxford Reading Tree, eg Songbirds, Treetops.
Homework is linked to topic.
EYFS and KS1 classes have weekly activities to complete. KS2 receive weekly homework for numeracy and literacy. Reading practice is expected daily.
Teacher Assessment of children's work and progress is carried out on a daily basis.
The school is building its assessment systems around a resource called Learning Ladders.
This allows the teacher to ensure that the pupils understand what is taught. It also assists planning of the next stage of learning.
EYFS children are 'baselined' in the Autumn Term and we use the Early Excellence tool to record ongoing assessments which parents have access to.
Year 1 children are tested on Phonics in the Summer Term.
Additionally, in Y2 and Y6 standard assessment tasks/tests are carried out in line with the DfE regulations.
We hold pupil progress meetings each term, when parents are invited into school to discuss their child's progress. Results of National Curriculum Assessments will be reported to parents as appropriate.
Written annual reports are sent home in June.
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
We encourage all our children to lead healthy and caring lifestyles.
We have a structured PSHCE programme which includes units related to:
- Healthy Eating
- Personal Safety
- Drugs Education
- Cultural Diversity
We also encourage a wide range of visitors to the school to speak to the children and whenever possible, the children undertake educational visits to stimulate interest in their school work.
The education of children in sexual matters is primarily the right and duty of parents.
The school has a complementary role to play. Sex education is not a separate subject on the curriculum but is included in our programme for PSHCE. The children in Y1 - Y6 use the Sex Education programme In The Beginning. Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education programme.
Special Educational Needs
It is important to us all at Christ the King that all young people have access to the whole school community, can participate in it and make progress.
Every child is different in the way that they learn and access the richness and variety of school life. We take account of this when we plan their work and generally how we set the school up to function as a whole. A few pupils require special or different arrangements, sometimes just for a short time, sometimes for the whole of their school life. Pupils who require this extra help have special educational needs.
These needs fall into four main areas: physical, social, intellectual or emotional.
It may be that you are already aware that your child may have special needs identified through the GP, Hospital or general health checks. If this is the case, then please advise school as soon as possible so that we can start planning for your child's education.
Once your child starts school we will enhance the curriculum or learning environment to enable your child to reach their full potential. If this is the case then the school's Special Needs Coordinator will discuss this with you.