Saint Christina’s is first and foremost a Catholic community where all staff are committed to the high profile given to Religious Education in the School curriculum. In our most recent Diocesan inspection the School received an outstanding report. Prayer and Worship hold a central role in the life of the School where children of all faiths feel valued and respected.
Religious Education is creatively linked to other curriculum areas. The study of Religious Education at Saint Christina’s School encourages children to be united in prayer for and with others, to act fairly, to participate in acts of charity and to be educated in purposeful mission and social justice. In their study of Religious Education, children are offered opportunities to use their compassion and empathy in the service of others and this provides our pupils with a rich ‘life education’ during their time at Saint Christina’s School and beyond.
At Saint Christina’s School, success in Literacy underpins success in all other curricular areas. Children develop their skills, knowledge and confidence through participation in a broad range of stimulating activities in:
- Spelling and Handwriting
- Speaking and Listening
- Drama and Poetry
Learning is enhanced through the use of ICT and media resources in the classroom. Children are also given many opportunities for public speaking through participation in School productions, weekly assemblies and Masses throughout the year. In addition, extra-curricular opportunities are provided for children in speech and drama, with the option of taking LAMDA examinations.
We are most fortunate to have a well-resourced library to support learning and to foster a love of reading in a welcoming and child-friendly environment.
Mathematics is all around us, providing a useful model for our world. It provides a language in which to express complicated ideas in a simple way and creates a structure for solving problems. There is also a beauty in the logic of Mathematics. Through investigations and other challenging problems we aim to give pupils a sense of the pleasure of seeing patterns and exploring new ideas.
We use the National Curriculum as a framework: numbers, arithmetic, shape and space, patterns, measure, money and data handling are just some of the areas we encounter, along with the very popular Inter-School Mathematics challenges.
The problem solving that the children undertake is not limited to Mathematics, as problems (using arithmetic, for example) occur in many subjects. Thus, knowledge of co-ordinates may help children with map work in Geography, or knowledge of graphs may help children record survey work in PSHCE, Religious Education and many other subjects. We set out to show children that Mathematics is an enjoyable and interesting experience – in short, that Mathematics is fun!
The study of Science at Saint Christina’s School follows a broad and balanced programme. It is our aim to ensure that all pupils acquire an understanding of scientific concepts and skills which children can use to think and solve questions through investigative enquiry. Teaching and learning in Science is enhanced by visiting scientists, Science Clubs, the celebration of National Science Week and trips to the Royal Institution, Science Museum, London Zoo as well as other relevant places of interest. The pupils learn to understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change. Furthermore, they begin to appreciate the way Science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.
At Saint Christina’s School we aim to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world around them. Children develop their geographical skills, knowledge and understanding through the study of places and themes linked to the local area and the wider world. Fieldwork forms an important part of the Geography curriculum. Teachers provide many opportunities for pupils to undertake fieldwork such as mapping the local area, a river study and considering traffic issues in the high street. A residential visit to undertake fieldwork and study the contrasting locality of the Peak District takes place in either Year 5 or Year 6.
Children learn about events in the past and how they have influenced our society and the way we live today. Our History curriculum enables children to develop enquiry skills and acquire important historical knowledge. Children have access to a wide range of resources including artefacts, workshops, photographs, historical documents, maps, ipads and our extensive library. Pupils’ learning is further enhanced by educational visits to such places as The British Museum, The Florence Nightingale Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, The Ragged School Museum and Hampton Court Palace. During a residential visit to the Peak District enables pupils study the history of Eyam.
At Saint Christina’s School we are very fortunate to have a fully-equipped, air-conditioned ICT suite with the latest computer technology and programs. In addition, every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and access to a class set of iPads to enhance delivery of the curriculum. Computing at Saint Christina’s School is a subject that is valued as being central to children’s current and future skills development. From Nursery onwards every child has a weekly lesson in the ICT Suite and receives instruction from a specialist teacher. For children’s enrichment and extension of the subject we have access to online media curriculum resources such as Espresso, Purple Mash and My Maths.
Personal, Social and Health Education
The study of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at Saint Christina’s School follows the belief that every child should have opportunities for improving their social and personal skills, increasing their awareness of democratic responsibilities and personal health. As they develop and strengthen their awareness of their individual identity, feelings and character, children gain life skills that enable them to take an active and valued role in their School community and beyond.
Spanish teaching incorporates the Programme of Study for Modern Foreign Languages set out in the new National Curriculum from September 2014 and is taught by a specialist Spanish teacher. The aim is for children to feel confident in expressing the language through games and songs and, as they get older, they become more aware of how the language works through an increasing amount of writing, grammar and phonetics. From Year 3 onwards an emphasis is made on the cultural importance of the language. Native Spanish speakers are given extension work. By the conclusion of the programme, Year 6 children will acquire the transferable skills necessary to study a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE at secondary School. Particular focus is made on the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills of the language.
At Saint Christina’s School, Music plays an integral part in the children’s daily School life. Diverse and enjoyable lessons ensure pupils musical knowledge is extended as they progress through the School. A range of performance platforms allow for excellent cross curricular links to exist between Music and Drama. The music curriculum includes:
- Class music lessons that focus on the teaching of the musical elements, giving plenty opportunities for playing, singing, composing and appraising
- Individual tuition in a wide range of instruments
- Dedicated Hymn Practices in preparation for the weekly Mass
- Performances in class assemblies and concerts
- Christmas, Easter and Summer Productions
- Senior and Junior Choir, Orchestra and Ensembles
- Out of School performances in support of local charities
- Extra-curricular visits to the Royal Opera House, Barbican, Southbank Centre and Royal Albert Hall
In keeping with the ethos of the School, all Ensembles are non-selective allowing each child’s musical ability to be equally encouraged. –
Art, Design and Technology
The work of the Art Department is exciting, innovative and stimulating, but the emphasis is on learning through experience and enjoyment. Irrespective of ability, the children are encouraged to believe in their own contributions as valid, creative exercises. Children’s work is displayed around the School and they have the opportunity to take part in Art competitions.
Art provision is led by class teachers in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. A specialist teacher in Key Stage 2 liaises with other departments to ensure strong cross-curricular links.
Children experience a range of materials, tools and techniques in Design & Technology. These lessons nurture the children’s creativity and innovation as they are given the opportunity to develop their designing and making skills. They are encouraged, through discussion with their peers, to find solutions to design problems for themselves. An important aspect of Design and Technology lessons is that the children learn to develop a respect for the environment and for their own health and safety and that of others.
The aims of our Physical Education programme are to:
- Develop healthy routines to support academic excellence
- Encourage participation in the sports curriculum and in extra-curricular activities
- Nurture individual sporting talent
- Build team skills to encourage enjoyment, teamwork and fun
Saint Christina’s School is proud to offer a variety of sports including horse riding, netball, hockey, swimming, football, athletics, gymnastics and rounders as our main sporting disciplines. Each term, children may select from a wide array of sporting clubs and activities. Our annual Gym Display; Swimming Gala; Cross-Country Competition at Primrose Hill and Sports Day at Regent’s Park are highlights of our annual sporting calendar. Saint Christina’s School regularly participates in weekly sports match fixtures with other IAPS Schools with teams also competing in inter-School tournament days.
Members of the Sports staff at Saint Christina’s School are supported by an on-site team of sporting professionals who coach and mentor our pupils in focussed sports sessions, such as netball and football. We care about our sporting performance and strive to learn new skills, improve our game play and most importantly, have fun.