Children starting school in Reception follow the Foundation Stage curriculum, which gives directed learning opportunities through a highly organised mix of teacher led activities and structured play.
Some of the work in Key Stage 1 is planned in themes/topics linked to different subject areas. Literacy, Numeracy and Computing may be taught in this way but will also be taught separately. All planning ensures coverage of the National Curriculum. The work set for the children is appropriate to their level of ability and age. In Key Stage 2 the work is more subject based and is similarly planned to ensure that sufficient time is given for the National Curriculum subjects of Numeracy, Literacy, R.E., Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, P.E., Design and Technology and Music to be taught as required. Our R.E. work follows the Salford Diocesan scheme, Come and See supplemented by Caritas in Action, and the school places a strong emphasis on opportunities for prayer and appropriate worship.
From the outset children are taught and work in a variety of groupings. Sometimes these might be social groupings, in pairs but often by ability. Sometimes teaching is in smaller groups and some work is individual.
Children are taught to read from the moment they start at school. We have structured reading running through the school and use a wide variety of resources. The phonics scheme in use in school is Letters & Sounds. We use a graded home reading scheme.
We aim for fluency and enjoyment of reading. Parents are encouraged to help their children grow in confidence by regularly reading with them. To complement the reading the school has a selection of books in the school library.
The school has a positive approach towards handwriting, enabling the children to progress from early mark making through to printing and on to joined writing. Redrafting and presentation skills are taught and good quality and well-presented work is rewarded by teacher comment and public praise in assemblies. Pupils also learn spelling and punctuation rules and, from early on, have weekly spellings to learn at home.
- All classes have a daily Mathematics lesson in the morning. Children are expected to learn their times tables.
- Science follows the National Curriculum and ensures that children develop scientific methods and skills through a variety of practical learning opportunities.
- Technology skills and processes are taught throughout the school, often in conjunction with other subjects. Children are always taught to be mindful of Health and Safety issues in their lessons.
- Computing skills are taught and developed from Reception onwards with all children being timetabled for using ipads and laptops.
- History and Geography are taught as part of a topic in the creative curriculum.
- Artwork introduces the children to the use of a variety of media and techniques. Pupils also study the work of established artists. The school is working towards the Artsmark.
- All children receive singing and Music lessons. Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Each year, one class has the opportunity to learn an instrument together. This year children in Year 4 are learning the guitar and other children learn recorders, violins and keyboards.
- All children undertake a wide variety of P.E. and Games activities and all pupils currently in Years 3, 4 and 5 are taken swimming. Practical activities and educational visits in support of schoolwork are common at Christ the King and parental expertise and help in school is encouraged. Sports Premium is used to allow the children to try a variety of sports such as golf, skate boarding, cricket and multi-sports.
- As part of Personal, Social and Health Programme, the whole school receives Sex Education from the school curriculum - using the Journey in Love programme.
- Homework is given in various forms. This work maybe in the form of mathematics, reading, investigating, writing or Phonics bug, Abacus, Skoolbo on ipads and laptops. Children are expected to complete their homework and parental support and encouragement is sought.At the start of each year parents receive details of the topics and curriculum that their children will cover throughout the year.
The academic and social progress of pupils is constantly monitored by the class teacher. Parents may discuss progress at any time by appointment and will receive a detailed written report during the Summer Term. We also hold formal Parents’ Evenings twice a year during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Pupils’ performance is assessed through Statutory National Curriculum Tests (SATs) in Year 6 and Teacher Assessment in Year 2, Non-Statutory Tests, PIPS (Lancashire Education Authority based assessments in conjunction with Durham University), teacher assessments and other standardised tests. The overall standards of the school, in terms of results are good and, while league tables of raw academic results do not give the whole picture of a schools’ performance, we can say that over the years our results have usually been above Lancashire and National averages.
Please see our individual class pages for Curriculum Maps
Homework Guidance for parents 2015-2016