Christ The King RC Primary School

Curriculum Overview

The following information provides a 'flavour' of the Curriculum Offer at Christ the King. Please also read our Curriculum Statement here, as well as visiting individual Subject pages and Year Group pages.


Here at Christ the King, we value each child as an individual; made in the image and likeness of God.

We believe that, God has created me to do some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.  I have my mission; I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.  I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain. a bond of connections between persons.  He has not created me for naught.  I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.'

(Saint John Henry Newman)

Whilst the National Curriculum sets out statutory requirements and guidelines, we expand upon this to offer children a balanced and broad education that contains a wealth of learning experiences and high academic aspirations.

Pupils have positive attitudes towards school and towards their learning... Pupils typically focus well on their work and are engaged in their learning.- Ofsted


Although our curriculum is ambitious, we ensure all children - particularly the disadvantaged and those with SEND - are equipped with the tools and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.


'Leaders have set higher aspirations for all pupils’ learning, particularly those with special
educational needs and or disabilities (SEND), by designing a more ambitious curriculum.'- Ofsted


To achieve this aim, we personalise our teaching to reflect the backgrounds and experiences of our children, whilst also introducing them to global contexts and the importance of diversity and unity.

Our curriculum is enriching and challenging, designed to prepare children to become life-long learners, journeying forwards in faith and following in the footsteps of Jesus.


At Christ the King, we offer a wide curriculum and the children enjoy a variety of learning experiences. Throughout the school, the children are encouraged to have a love of reading and incorporate reading into all areas of learning.

To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please contact our Curriculum Leader or individual Subject Leaders (see below).


Early Years Foundation Stage

The Nursery and Reception children are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. They are taught in a separate Early Years Foundation Unit with its own Outdoor Provision, which supports learning through play. Children are assessed on entry into Nursery and at the beginning of Reception, and then again at the end of Reception.

Key Stage One

In Years 1 and 2, our children study the National Curriculum. In Year 1, children are tested on their knowledge of phonics. In Year 2, children’s progress in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, as well as Mathematics, will be assessed by the class teacher. Assessments are supported by the Standards & Testing Agency.

Key Stage Two

From Year 3 and Year 6, children will continue to study the National Curriculum including the addition of French as our chosen Foreign Language. Our children are assessed regularly, with formal tests set by the Standards & Testing Agency taking place in May for children in Year 6. These test outcomes are published by the Department for Education and the school’s results are compared to other schools nationally.

Wider Curriculum Offer

At Christ the King, we are dedicated to providing an education for the whole person, expanding beyond the remit of the National Curriculum. With our variety of clubs, trips, and activities, we strive for our pupils to flourish in all aspects of life.

Children can access free coaching through our wide variety of sports clubs, as well as free guitar lessons. Children can also join the School Choir, the School Council, the School’s Urban Crew, School Cadets, and the G.I.F.T team.

Similarly, children are encouraged to participate in fund-raising activities for charities such as Caritas, CAFOD, and another of the School Council’s choosing.

The school also hosts visits from the Police, Fire Brigade, the NSPCC, and Global Policing, so that children can learn about staying safe and social responsibility. We also welcome other professionals who are willing to share their talents with the children, such as actors, artists and musicians.

Our other activities are many and varied. They include educational visits, residential trips, and days out to the High School.

For more information about the curriculum, please take a look at our subject pages to see what our children are studying, or refer to our Knowledge Organisers.


Our Programmes of Study

Please click here to find out more details about the programme of study each year group follows. 



At Christ the King, we promote a love of reading from a very early age. The children from Nursery upwards are taught Phonics through the Read Write Inc programme.


Please click here to find out more about how this is taught.


Curriculum and Subject Leaders

Curriculum Leader - Mrs Malone (Deputy Headteacher)

Our teachers work alongside the Curriculum Leader on the continual development of our curriculum provision. The following staff have a specific responsibility for the leadership of individual subjects:


Faith Life/ RE- Mrs Coyle (Assistant Head/ Key Stage Two Lead) and Mrs Higgens (Assistant Head/ Key Stage One Lead)

English- Mrs Deakin (Assistant Head/ EYFS Lead and Phonics Lead), Mrs Atkinson and Mr Hampson (Writing Lead)

Maths- Miss Cullen, Mrs Ibbotson and Mr Khan

Science- Mrs Collins and Mr Kendrick

Computing- Mrs Fitzpatrick

History- Mrs Holroyd (Assistant Headteacher/ SENDCo)

Geography- Mrs Gallimore

Art and Design- Miss Hoolighan

Design Technology- Miss Pask

French- Mr Hampson

Music- Mrs Nish

PE- Mrs Henrys

PSHE- Mrs Fahy and Mrs Fleming


Culcheth Lane, Manchester, Lancashire M40 1LU

0161 681 2779
For telephone enquiries please ask for Mrs Potter.
At point of contact, enquires and queries will be dealt with by Mrs. Potter.
For a paper copy of any information on this website, please contact the school office.
SEN enquiries will be passed on to the school SENDCo Mrs Holroyd.