Curriculum Draft 2

At Christ Church School the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

The intention is that our curriculum should reinforce long term memory and aid retrieval. This frees up space in the working memory and allows children to process new information and skills effectively.

Our curriculum is designed to be creative and innovative because we want to engage our learners, making the learning memorable through providing relevant, and where possible, first hand learning experiences. This will enhance the children’s experience and knowledge of the richness of our local community and the wider world.

Promoting Effective Learning
  •        Creating and managing a positive and stimulating learning environment
  •        Support children in noticing the learning enough to tell it as a story.
  •        Actively engage children in Assessment for Learning (AfL)
  •        Tools and strategies used to engage children effectively
  •        Link the learning through themes to make it more coherent for children
  •        Ensure that the curriculum is well planned and sequenced so that there are sufficient opportunities planned to revisit previously learned knowledge, concepts and procedures.

Spirituality – Pupils are encouraged to explore and develop their spirituality and build upon this during their time in our school.

Community – Pupils are encouraged to be an active part of the community, both with our schools and federation community, but also outreaching into our local community and to international communities.

Outdoor Learning – We believe that outdoor learning, by its very nature, is multisensory. By offering learning opportunities outdoors, it enables our children to explore, learn and investigate within the natural world.

Purposeful – Learning is proven to be more effective and meaningful when it has a purpose. At the Purley Partnership Federation, we aim to provide activities which have a meaningful outcome.

Enriching – As a federation, we strive to offer our pupils enriching activities to ensure their learning is promoted and cemented through enriching and engaging opportunities.

This is all underpinned by our developing Christ Church Charter.

At Christ Church School, we aim to develop everybody’s individual excellence, enabling every child and adult to meet their full potential and to flourish within our school



A side profile of a woman in a russet-coloured turtleneck and white bag. She looks up with her eyes closed.

“Contributing makes me feel like I’m being useful to the planet”.

– Anna Wong, Volunteer

Oceanic Inspiration


Winding veils round their heads, the women walked on deck. They were now moving steadily down the river, passing the dark shapes of ships at anchor, and London was a swarm of lights with a pale yellow canopy drooping above it. There were the lights of the great theatres, the lights of the long streets, lights that indicated huge squares of domestic comfort, lights that hung high in air.

No darkness would ever settle upon those lamps, as no darkness had settled upon them for hundreds of years. It seemed dreadful that the town should blaze for ever in the same spot; dreadful at least to people going away to adventure upon the sea, and beholding it as a circumscribed mound, eternally burnt, eternally scarred. From the deck of the ship the great city appeared a crouched and cowardly figure, a sedentary miser.

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