Key Stage 1
The ethos of the school places appropriate emphasis on high expectations for education and care. We aim for each child to fully achieve his/her full potential in a supportive and positive environment. The policy of the school is to provide an education that is broad and balanced and encourages the development of the whole child.
Children are formally assessed against age-related expectations which provides us with a monitoring and assessment system that clearly informs us of the specific skills and knowledge that the children need to develop in order to achieve that years age-related expectations. Outcomes of assessments are reported to parents at the end of the summer term in their written reports.
Children who are in both Year 1 and Year 2, will continue to study and be assessed in English, Maths and Science. They will have End of Key stage assessments in the summer term based on the programmes of study. An assessment information meeting for parents of year 2 children will be held near to their assessments.
Teaching & Learning
For Years 1 and 2 teaching is based on the National Curriculum. English (Reading & Writing), Maths, Science, Computing and RE are identified by the Government as core subjects with History, Geography, PE, Art, Music and DT identified as foundation subjects (requiring lesser emphasis but still taught as part of a broad and balance curriculum). Teaching of foundation subjects may be encompassed in a 'topic'. This will be informed to parents on a half-termly basis to encourage home study. Our half termly curriculum newsletters can be found at the bottom of this page. We also have a school lending library. The children have a weekly session when they are encouraged to return and change their library books. Christ Church also places emphasis on the well-being of pupils with Personal, Social, Health and Emotional education (PSHE) being taught throughout the school (often as part of 'circle time').
Reading in Key Stage 1
The school uses Oxford Reading Tree as its primary scheme for the teaching of reading. A wide range of additional resources are also used to provide stimulating and appropriate reading material. We strive to use a wide and varied range of book genres to excite, engage and inspire our children to have a life long love of reading. Direct teaching of reading skills with small groups is done on a daily basis as well as whole class reading of a 'big book'. Supplementary books are sent home for parents to support their child's reading. These are changed twice a week. We very much welcome comments from parents about their child's reading in a reading diary. All the children also have a weekly opportunity to visit our school library and take home a library book of their choice. Children also have weekly reading practice sent home.
Phonics in Key Stage 1
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and sounds they make. At Christ Church Infant School & Nursery phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc programme. Phonics is taught in ability groups across each year group. The pupils receive 15-20 minutes focused phonics teaching each day.
Our classes in Years 1 and 2 benefit from TA support on a timetabled basis.
We make full use of our outdoor environment at school for both formal and informal learning opportunities. This includes an adventure trail, den, benches and class gardens.
Children participate in at least 2 hours of physical activity per week. This will include individual and team games, dance and gymnastics and lunchtime activities. Through our teaching of PE we aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and positive attitudes to sport. We aim to develop coordination and control skills and give the children the opportunity for self-expression. All children take part in an Annual Sports Day. We celebrate a variety of sporting achievements (in and out of school) in one of our weekly assemblies.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development
At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery we believe that the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils should be at the heart of what we do. We believe that spiritual and moral development is about personal development in its fullest sense and that it is intertwined with the social and cultural background and experiences of our children.
The curriculum is broad and balanced to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional and physical development of all pupils whilst preparing them for adult life and society. Under the 1988 Education Act parents have access to certain documents and policies relating to the curriculum. If you require more information you are welcome to contact the school office.
Through both worship and RE teaching we aim to provide an education based on Christian beliefs and attitudes whilst also developing knowledge, understanding and respect for other religions. Stories from Christianity and other religions feature in our assemblies as well as moral issues such as pollution, disability, prejudice and cruelty.
A daily act of collective Christian worship provides an opportunity for peace and reflection led by the Headtcher, teachers and pupils and visitors where possible. We hope to develop in our children a sense of God, awe and wonder, responsibility, spirituality, thankfulness, community, empathy and achievement.
Parents have the right to ask for their child to be withdrawn from the act of worship.
Pupils lead Easter and Leavers' services in church.
Sex & Relationships Education
Sex and relationships education is dealt with professionally and sensitively through our PSHE Curriculum (Personal, Social and Health Education).
Parent consultations to discuss your child's progress are usually held in the autumn and spring terms. A further opportunity for consultation is available at the end of the summer term (if required) to follow up the annual written report. Children will receive a written report towards the end of the summer term detailing their achievemnts and progress in all of the curriculum areas. Open days are usually held in the summer term to enable parents to observe their child in their normal working environment.
You may have a concern that you wish to discuss with your child's teacher at the earliest opportunity. Urgent issues at the beginning of the school day should be referred to the Headteacher. Class teachers are usually available at the end of the school day. You may of course prefer to make an appointment, this can be done through the School Administrator.
Half termly newsletters giving you information about what the children will be learning about in each curriculum area is distributed and can be found on our website.