Christ The King RC Primary School

Curriculum Overview

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.

“The curriculum is a strength of the school.”

- Ofsted.

At Christ the King, we take a knowledge-engaged approach. This means knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill. Driven by their own curiosity and self-motivation, our children learn skills alongside knowledge; both are explicitly developed and intertwined. All our children are taught to understand their achievements and know how to make progress, which allows them to prosper and fulfil their potential.

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.

To do this, 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.

Overall, 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 school office.


Early Years

The Nursery and Reception children will learn the 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 1

In Years 1 and 2, children start to study the National Curriculum. In Year 1, children are tested for 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 2

From Year 3 and Year 6, children will continue to study the National Curriculum with the addition of French lessons. Children will be 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 compared to other schools nationally.

Wider Curriculum

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.


Programme of Study

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



In Christ the King, we try to 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.

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.