Foundation Subjects

Science

At Christ Church Primary School we aim to support children in developing the skills and knowledge they need to understand the world around them.

Throughout their primary school education children need to begin to be able to ask questions and formulate ideas about everyday things they observe. They need to learn investigation skills so they can test their ideas in a systematic manner. It is important that children learn to make careful and thoughtful observations and that they are able to communicate their thoughts and findings clearly.

Children are encouraged to work individually, in pairs and small groups to investigate natural phenomenon to make sense of the world we live and to enhance their natural curiosity.

Children learn about our bodies, studying the human skeleton, teeth and our senses and other forms of life such as plants and animals. They work with different materials learning to classify and compare. Physical processes such as electricity and light and sound are investigated and children practise sharing their growing knowledge in different ways.

PSHE and Healthy Schools

PSHE and Healthy Schools underpins all that goes on at Christ Church School. We never rest and we strive to always listen to pupils, governors and staff to create a healthy and happy school.

Christ Church is proud to have achieved the Bronze London Healthy Schools Award. This recognises our work to promote healthy lifestyle choices from EYFS through to Year 6.

Learning about healthy eating is embedded in the September 2014 curriculum through our Science and Design & Technology schemes of work. Children are rewarded for their healthy choices at lunchtime and we encourage all children in KS2 to bring fruit to eat at break time.

HOWEVER, Healthy Schools is more than just healthy eating! The school is proud have an all-weather surface for use at playtimes and PE lessons, plus before and after school clubs. This facility allows the children to get active all year round, regardless of the weather! The promotion of the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils is threaded throughout the school curriculum. The PSHE curriculum is based around SEAL (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning). We supplement this with other resources to help ensure that all children receive a rounded curriculum and develop into positive citizens as they grow and leave the school.

Music

There are many opportunities for children to get involved in music playing, both in their lessons and an early morning orchestra. We have close links with the Kingston Music Service and children have the opportunity to learn a woodwind or brass instrument during their time in Key Stage 2. There is a thriving choir which meets at lunch time and they shall be performing at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon later this term! We have Christmas concerts and singing planned to celebrate Christmas and we are a regular sight on Surbiton Station singing carols to the early morning commuters. For the curriculum teaching we have embraced the new curriculum and have a range of activities for the children to enjoy including the history of influential composers and learning to read music, we also use an excellent programme called Directions in Primary music, which enables children to learn music in an exciting and accessible way.

Modern Foreign Languages

At Christ Church, all children can enjoy learning French from Year 1 through to Year 6. As well as the language itself, children also learn about the culture and the importance of all languages. Developing children’s intercultural understanding is one of the main objectives of modern foreign languages at primary school. Early experience of other languages can give children a better chance of gaining future qualifications as well as helping them to communicate and relate to people from other cultures.

French lessons at Christ Church involve lots of active learning and children initially focus on developing their speaking and listening skills. Later in Year 3, children begin to learn to recognise the written language and then develop their writing skills. Wherever possible, links are made with other areas of the curriculum. The children are informally assessed at the end of Year 6 and their levels are passed onto secondary schools so their achievement can be recognised and built upon.

History

There are many and varied history topics covered in Christ Church.

Year 1: Toys, Homes, Seaside
Year 2: Florence Nightingale, Great Fire of London, Christopher Columbus
Year 3: Ancient Egyptians, Tudors
Year 4: Romans, World War 2
Year 5: Greeks, Aztecs
Year 6: Victorians, Change since WWII

Please note that although history is not taught as a separate subject in Reception pupils are encouraged to learn about their own lives and those of others in the past. Also the Year 1 planning is evolving to take into consideration the new transition method of teaching that they are developing this year.

The pupils are immersed in a topic and they study the lives of people in the past in a cross curricular way i.e. through art, music, geography etc. To enhance the learning experience Christ Church organises a variety of workshops, museum /specialist visits and history days e.g Egyptian and Victorian days.

Hooke Court - Year 4

For the past 2 years we have taken Year 4 to Hooke Court to spend 3 days learning about the lives of the Romans. This is an action packed trip and the children have the opportunity to become Roman legionnaires, cooks and mosaic artists, to name but a few.

Geography

Geography teaches an understanding of people, places and, increasingly importantly, environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our geography lessons. We use whole-class teaching methods and we combine these with enquiry-based research activities. We encourage children to ask as well as answer geographical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs, and we enable them to use IT in geography lessons where this serves to enhance their learning. Children take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the children in ‘real’ geographical activities, e.g. research of a local environmental problem or use of the Internet to investigate a current issue.

Environmental Issues

The school is committed to playing a part as responsible members of society. The children are educated through many of the different subject areas, such as PSHE and Science about the need to develop a more sustainable lifestyle. Year 4 provides a green team of 8 children who take action around school to promote green issues and provide a weekly pick up of cardboard and paper for recycling. The recycling is collected regularly by RBK.

Green Travel

The school is committed to encouraging parents and children to use sustainable forms of travel whenever possible. Walking to school is promoted through the WOW scheme which rewards children for walking regularly to and from school. Bikeabiltity courses are run in Year 5 and other initiatives such as pedometer competitions are held regularly throughout the school year. The school has four ECO stars who with the help the local authority help raise awareness of road safety and living in an environmentally friendly way.

Global Citizenship

The children are part of a complex and fast moving world. Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them, and the people who live in them. Geography helps children to make sense of their immediate surroundings and the wider world. Our aim is to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means. As global citizens in the 21st century their understanding and empathy with their fellow world citizens will play a vital part in shaping their lives.

We have a link school partner in Africa, in Malawi. Christ Church School is linked with Chikuyakuti School, 30 miles from the capital Lilongwe. African Vision (formerly The Landirani Trust) is a local charity, based in Surbiton, it looks after and feeds 3,000 orphans in Malawi.

Its aims are to:

  • Promote educational facilities for all children in the community
  • Enhance the ability of the community to become self-sufficient
  • Ensure care of orphans and vulnerable people affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Provide fresh water and sanitation

Our link has been set up by African Vision. The schools write to each other regularly and exchange news and teaching ideas. Twice a year representatives from African Vision take letters and gifts to each of the schools. We are all learning together and the children really value and enjoy our link with a school in another part of the world. We use our link school as a focus for fundraising. In 2013 we raised money for for our link school to buy much needed resources for their classrooms. Last year we funded the refurbishment of the toilet facilities and resources for PE lessons by raising £562 from mufti day, a cake sale and the collection at the Year 4 Easter Show. The picture below shows the type of water harvesters we previously purchased for Chikuyakuti School.

ICT

Children at Christ Church Primary School use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular e safety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

At home, many children are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them into their homes.

Some Tips

  • Explore e safety sites – there are lots of useful e safety sites for children to explore in Fronter. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children.
  • E-safety posters (KS1 and KS2) – we have these e safety posters up in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to your computer at home and talk about it with your children?
  • Facebook/BECO/Myspace – many of these social networking sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
  • Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and if possible set up your computer in a shared area at home so that they can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.

Some links to more information