This page contains details of our school’s curriculum. Parents can find out more information by asking at the school.
The curriculum at St Christopher’s has been carefully planned to help our children to acquire all the skills and knowledge they need to move on to the next stage of their education, in line with our ethos of nurture and living a life of fulfilment. Our children come from a wide variety of backgrounds and our aim is for no child to feel disadvantaged because of their lack of experience or knowledge. The topics covered involve enrichment activities, vocabulary building and regular trips out to places in our local area, to enable the children to develop their understanding of the world they live in.
Curriculum intent statements (click on the subject):
St Christopher’s Curriculum Planning
|Year group||Humanities Topics (history and geography)||Science|
|Foundation||Aut – Ourselves
Spr – Child Initiated
Sum – Child Initiated
|Understanding the World linked to CI topics|
|Year 1||Aut 1 – Toys
Aut 2 – Local study and beyond
Spr 1 – Space/Neil Armstrong
Spr 2 – Oceans
Sum – Animal Habitats
Floating and sinking
|Year 2||Aut – Castles/Normans (+ maps)
Spr – Dinosaurs/Stone Age
Sum – Fire of London (+ local maps)
Living things and habitats
Plants and animals incl humans
|Year 3||Aut – Victorians and Darwin
Spr – Local history study + local area in geography
Sum – Ancient Greeks + comparative study Oxford/Africa
Animals incl humans
|Year 4||Aut – The Romans
Spr – Chocolate Rainforest/Mayans
Sum – Rise of the Robots
|Animals incl. Humans
States of matter
|Year 5||Aut – Crime and punishment
Spr – Shang Dynasty/China
Sum – Vikings and Anglo Saxons
Earth and Space
|Year 6||Aut – World War 2
Spr – Extreme Earth
Sum = Dazzling decades
Evolution/Animals incl humans
PSHE: This follows the cycle of lessons in the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work. The units are: Celebrating difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. In year 3-6 the Healthy Me unit will involve a unit of work focused on Mental Health.
Music: We follow the ‘Music Express’ scheme of work. Children also have the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument (currently ukulele) in Year 4, and to take part in instrumental lessons from a County Music Instructor. All children from Y1-Y6 take part in a half hour singing assembly each week.
RE: The school uses the ‘Discovery’ scheme of RE lessons, which fits very closely with the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE scheme. This is an enquiry-led scheme of work, and encourages the children to develop their critical thinking skills, as well as teaching facts about the major world religions.
Computing/technology: Our own bespoke curriculum, planned by Mrs Stinga, in line with national guidelines, with an emphasis on Coding, internet safety and computing skills.
Art: Art is often linked into topic work, as well as there being discrete lessons to teach skills such as colour-mixing/shading etc.
PE: All staff have received recent training in the ‘Real PE’ scheme of work. Each year some classes have their PE taught by a specialist PE teacher. We also make use of various local providers of rugby coaches, cricket coaches and multi-sports coaches. Children currently learn to swim in Year 4 with weekly swimming lessons at Blackbird Leys pool. PE is further enhanced by a wide range of after-school clubs (football, cricket, netball, rounders etc) and there is also football coaching on 3 lunchtimes each week. The full lists of after-school and lunchtime extra-curricular activities can be found below:
Curriculum objectives for Autumn Term:
Information about the National Primary curriculum can be found here.
The main reading scheme that we use at St Christopher’s is the Oxford Reading Tree. This is supplemented with books from a variety of other reading schemes which have been banded into coloured bands. Children choose ‘home-readers’ from within their coloured band until the class teacher feels that their reading has progressed sufficiently well to move up to the next level of coloured band.
Guided Reading: At St Christopher’s Church of England Primary School the goal of guided reading is to enable learners to become independent, able readers, who understand and appreciate texts on their own. Guided reading takes place in a small group with a teacher and focuses on developing pupil’s ability to become independent readers, thinkers and learners. The teacher acts as the expert who guides the children through the text, providing signposts to the most important and most helpful features of the textual landscape. Pupils are grouped by reading level into groups of up to six children.
Shared Reading: Regular shared reading opportunities are planned for from Foundation Stage upwards. The goal of shared reading is to help pupils extend their understanding of themselves as effective text followers and interpreters. During shared reading, teachers and pupils participate in collaborative discussions. Every class should have a class novel, preferably linked to topic work or a significant author, and opportunities for engaging in whole class shared reading are provided for as often as possible. The school also has links with the local library and classes are timetabled to visit once a term. During these sessions, teachers generally choose a story to share with the class or teach the pupils how to use the library for research purposes. Every child has the opportunity to borrow a book which will remain in a central area in the classroom.
Assessment: Target tracker objectives are used as an assessment vehicle within guided reading and 1:1 reading sessions. Children are provided with bookmark style target cards in KS1 and KS2 and learning objectives, where appropriate, will be linked to these during guided reading sessions. Effective feedback is provided to the children in the group and children are clear about the next steps needed to improve their reading.
Modern Foreign language (MFL)
The Primary National curriculum states that an ancient or modern foreign language should be taught at Key Stage 2. At St Christopher’s we have chosen to teach Spanish.
Phonics/ Spellings: Phonics and spelling lessons are planned for using the DfES publication Letters and Sounds and the ‘No-Nonsense Spelling’ scheme. In Foundation Stage, phonics lessons take place daily with related follow up activities accessible to the pupils. Phonics is set for across Years 1 to 3 according to ability and sessions are timetabled for 15 minutes daily. In KS2, spellings work is carried out for 15 minutes each day although some children may still receive phonics teaching as required. Targeted children, receive personalised intervention support such as Direct Phonics teaching or precision teaching programmes such as Toe by Toe. Other interventions, such as ‘Reading Quest’ and ‘Project X-Code’ are also used in Years 2 and 3 to support children who may need some extra support to ‘catch-up’ with phonics and reading.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education)
PSHE is taught using ‘Jigsaw’ which brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
In the Spring Term, after the half term break, we also teach a Mental Health unit of work in Years 3-6. The materials that we use come from ‘The Mental Health Handbook for Primary Schools’ by Belinda Heaven.
At St Christopher’s, we use the Target Tracker system to track the progress our children make across the year. Further information about assessment and Target Tracker can be found here: St Christopher’s Assessment