Christ Church C.E.
Primary School

Denshaw, Saddleworth

Our Curriculum September 2019


We have recently reviewed our curriculum to ensure it creates exciting opportunities for all our children in an ever-changing world.

At the core of all our learning are our Christian values which are embedded into our daily life to develop our children spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.


Christian values



We started by identifying the essential skills our children require when they start school in Reception.


reception ready poster complete



Noting further key skills as our children pass through each key stage to make certain they become successful citizens of the future.

We challenged ourselves to picture the core skills and opportunities that might be needed when a young person starts looking for employment. Our skills set matched closely with the ‘Oldham Pledge’ so it was decided to introduce this into our curriculum.


 life skills

The 14 pledges


  • To attend regular enrichment activities within your place of learning.
  • To attend regular enrichment activities beyond your place of learning.
  • To take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.
  • To actively look for and pursue reading opportunities.
  • To actively engage in the world of work and to be moneywise.
  • To actively engage in fundraising events.
  • To actively engage in an outward bound activity or residential.
  • To take part in a presentation or performance to an audience.
  • To attend sporting and creative events.
  • To be involved in a volunteering or leadership role in or beyond your place of learning.
  • To be involved in a cultural or international experience.
  • To contribute to environmental sustainability.
  • To be involved in a democratic process.
  • To use digital technology to enhance learning.


We also want our children to be aware of the footprint they are creating.

Communication is the greatest skill of all- not just speaking and listening but also in print as a reader and a writer, through technology, mathematics, science, humanities and the creative arts.

We are ardent believers that for our children to succeed it is essential to offer high quality education in every subject in a range of contexts through active learning with communication at the heart. This will then guarantee that our children are as well prepared for the next stage of their education as possible.


  • To ensure all our children have the best set of skills to enhance their life chances and become economically and socially successful citizens of the future.
  • To provide all our children with equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum matched well to their ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and special needs.
  • To increase our children’s knowledge, skills and understanding as they grow and develop and strengthen their connections with the world around them.
  • The curriculum will be carefully planned and structured to ensure that learning is continuous and that all our children make good progress in the development of their learning.
  • To engage all our children’s interest by offering excellent opportunities to extend creative learning, challenge their imagination, value originality and to encourage and motivate them to want to learn.
  • To be exciting and to offer our children lots of first-hand experience to reinforce their learning and to underpin their growing knowledge, skills and creativity




  • The National Curriculum will be the basis of the curriculum for all learners.
  • Short-term planning will be brief. It will set out clear learning objectives, a strategy for differentiating the work and will show how resources are to be deployed efficiently and effectively to personalise learning for each pupil.
  • Members of staff will be given responsibility for leading, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the curriculum. Teachers will be given good opportunities to use their subject expertise to enhance the curriculum.
  • The Manchester Diocese syllabus will be used as the basis for the planning and teaching of RE.
  • Cross-curricular links will be made between subjects where appropriate and the cross curricular themes including PSHE will be planned for within the curriculum.
  • Opportunities will be taken to enliven the curriculum through: educational visits out of school; involvement of parents, visitors, artists, crafts people, actors, and musicians; the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment.
  • Opportunities will be sought within the curriculum to encourage community cohesion.
  • An extensive range of high quality resources including ICT will be used to underpin the curriculum.
  • Homework will be set where appropriate to link the curriculum with learning at home.



Children’s work and achievement within the curriculum will be celebrated and displayed to enable it to make a significant impact on the visual appearance of the school and to contribute positively to our ethos. The exciting curriculum that we provide will help children to understand who they are and where they live. It will help them learn about their community, the nation and the world in which they live. It will deepen their cultural awareness and increase their understanding of history, time and place. They will develop a respect for and an understanding of different cultures and beliefs. They will learn about issues facing the world and the importance of caring for their environment.




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