At Christow School, when we refer to the curriculum we mean all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. This includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the "hidden curriculum", or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.
The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.
The aims of our school curriculum are:
· to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
· to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
· to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT);
· to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
· to teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
· to help children understand and value the diversity of Britain's cultural heritage;
· to enable children to be positive citizens in society;
· to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
· to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong;
· to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
· to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.