SHINE at St Christopher's
“To be the best we can be for ourselves and others”
This is illustrated by the parable the Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25-37) who showed compassion, respect and courage
We aim for all individuals to SHINE as children of God, within our ever changing world to be the best we can be for ourselves and for others.
Succeed with perseverance ~ Happy with respect and honesty ~ Independent and courageous ~
Nurtured with compassion ~ Excited with teamwork
Annual Topic Planner Cycle A
At St Christopher’s, we aim for our children to SHINE as communicators. Our vision is that every child in our school will:
- Develop a lifelong love of reading;
- Become independent and reflective readers who can read fluently and for meaning;
- See themselves as a writer and celebrate their success;
- Be able to reflect on, edit and publish their own work;
- Understand the purpose, audience and forms of writing;
- Develop a wide vocabulary;
- Be able to select appropriate word choice, sentence structure and text form for effect;
- Develop resilience as independent writers;
- Develop confidence speaking and communicating in a wide variety of situations and to a range of different audiences;
- Understand the relevance of literacy skills to themselves and their lives;
- Enjoy their English lessons!
At St. Christopher’s, the intent of our mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum which is accessible to all; will maximise the development of every child’s ability and allow them to SHINE as mathematicians. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We want children to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At St Christopher's we believe that the teaching of Religious Education is vital for enabling individuals to SHINE. RE contributes to our children’s development; further empowering them to become tolerant, understanding citizens, who live out the British Values and who are spiritually, morally, socially and culturally literate. We believe that our children should also be able to display religious and theologically literacy. Our RE curriculum contributes to all of these essential elements of knowledge, concepts and qualities.
Our intent is that our curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. We use the 'Understanding Christianity' resource alongside the 'Discovery RE' scheme. It is coherently planned and sequenced including a balanced mixture of Christianity (50%) and world religions (Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism with some Buddhism). Our RE curriculum is successfully adapted, designed and developed for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities by the teacher as necessary. It is a curriculum that is broad, balanced and inclusive for all pupils.
As a school, we intend that Religious Education will adopt an enquiry- based approach as recommended by Ofsted. We being each unit with a 'Big question' which promotes deep thinking and challenge.
Our Science curriculum at St Christopher’s encourages children to ask important questions about the world. We aim to enable children to develop a curiosity and excitement for how and why things work or happen. Teaching offers children a wide range of opportunities to explore ideas through hands on experiments and practical investigations. We are lucky to have excellent outdoor facilities which we use regularly within our Science teaching of the natural world. This helps build children’s respect and enthusiasm for the natural world and all things within it. We provide children with the skills to think creatively and deeply in order to solve problems and understand the world that they are growing up in. Children will leave St Christopher’s equipped with the skills and scientific knowledge of how Science impacts lives in the present and future.
At St Christopher’s, we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to SHINE in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development.
We offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through an inspirational, unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. All children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the medium of sport, increase their self-esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.
The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and equity of play.
We provide opportunities for children to learn how to stay safe by starting swimming lessons in Reception and continuing until children have become confident in the water, knowing how to keep safe and also meet the National Curriculum requirements of swimming 25m by the end of Year 6.
Our PE Curriculum, along with PSHE and science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. At St Christopher’s, we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.
At St Christopher’s Primary School, we aspire to inspire pupil’s fascination, curiosity and respect for Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our high quality teaching enables children to ask meaningful questions, think critically, investigate a range of sources of evidence and make their own judgements or reflections. We want children to be able to compare and contrast through looking at change, events or contexts and understand how time has influenced their own identity, as well as that of past societies. Furthermore, our teaching gives children opportunities to take their history skills outside of the classroom through educational visits and fieldwork studies. Throughout their time at St Christopher’s, we will enable children to build their skills to become excellent historians who can communicate ideas confidently and embrace challenging enquiries.
At St Christopher’s School, Geography teaching allows children to SHINE, creating a sense of belonging, identity and purpose within their lives. We strive to help children make sense of the quickly changing world around them, as well as helping them to understand the crucial part they play in the local and wider community. Through high quality , enquiry based teaching and learning, children develop an interest, fascination and desire to investigate a variety of human and physical characteristics of different places, both local and afar. We want our children to be well rounded citizens, helping them to understand and appreciate the differences between places, environments and cultures. Children will be given many opportunities to undertake fieldwork in order to gather, understand, analyse and present data about their local environment, thus deepening their understanding and appreciation for where they live as well as evoking a passion for geography.
'If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.’ John Dewey, philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer.
Computing is an integral part of our everyday life, and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. At St Christopher’s, we teach children the computing skills that will empower them to SHINE as active participants in an increasingly digital world. We want our learners to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We will equip them to be:
- Digital citizens who are safe and responsible;
- Digital creators who are logical and innovative;
- Digital communicators with a high level of digital literacy;
- Digital investigators who can develop ideas independently and collaboratively.
Design and Technology
At St Christopher’s School, we believe that Design Technology should, engage, inspire and challenge pupils. By planning, making and evaluating, all children will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to experiment with and create their own design pieces. Children should build their understanding of design, as well as its contribution to the culture and creativity of our nation, through the careful evaluation of past and present design projects. We believe that children should be given many opportunities to design a variety of projects in a range of contexts, which link to their learning in Topic and other subjects. Children will draw on their learning from Maths, Art, Science and Computing, whilst developing a critical understanding of the design and making process.
Modern Foreign Languages
The intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the Spanish language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and aim to build the children’s’ ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures.