Curriculum Principles


At Cheetham Church of England Community Academy we have faith in the uniqueness of every child and adult, and together we strive to use our gifts and talents to serve others and achieve the best for everyone.

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms


Our curriculum is designed to suit every child and ensures that our children are equipped with the skills to embrace all possibilities available to them in our diverse world. We will endeavour to develop children who have enquiring minds and increased aspirations for the future.  

We aim to whet the appetite for learning and prepare them for their future by ensuring they will be able to:

  • Make considered choices in order to develop individual talents and passions
  • Be confident communicators – who are reflective, adapt to change and demonstrate resilience
  • Be an active member of a cohesive community – understand how learning relates to their community in order to make positive contributions


We believe that every member of our school community has a responsibility to teach children how to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle and manage their own emotions, for this reason the rights of the child are central to all aspects of teaching and learning (Article 24,28,29).


Our curriculum will be based on the following drivers


We want our children to learn to love themselves and each other. We aim to develop children’s maturity and skills so that they can deal with conflicts positively and learn to let go of negative emotions. Children should learn to be true to themselves and never give up in the face of adversity.


Children can not aspire to things that they have never encountered. We will work to broaden our children’s horizons through exposure to a wide range of life possibilities available to them. We will help expand their knowledge of the world of work and encourage enterprise by nurturing their interests as well as encouraging fearlessness of what is new or unknown. We want our pupils to aspire to greatness!


Our children will be encouraged to embrace difference, develop cultural awareness and celebrate the commonalities we share. We aim to help children to connect to different communities, in order to relate their learning to a range of contexts. Through nurturing individual talents and passions, we will encourage children to reach their full potential


It is vital that we nurture the natural curiosity of our children, enabling them to become independent in thought and action. We encourage children to be imaginative, motivated enquires who can persevere in order to formulate questions, explore, evaluate and reflect on learning.

Through planning and delivering exciting, real-life themes to our children, we will ensure that all pupils of Cheetham CE Community Academy leave us having experienced a wide range of opportunities that help them shine as individuals and serve one another well.

Breadth and balance statement

Our curriculum provides a broad range of experiences for our pupils:
Our pupils backgrounds, our culture and climate for learning provide the following drivers that underpin all areas of our curriculum:

Wellbeing which helps our pupils to learn to love themselves and others and deal with emotions in a positive way.

Possibilities which helps pupils to build aspirations and know available possibilities for their future lives

Diversity which helps to instil in our pupils that we embrace difference and celebrate commonalities with our local communities and beyond.
Wonder which can encourage creativity and exploration of ideas and concepts.

We offer a thoughtful range of experiences that support our culture: pupils enjoy a ‘full spectrum’ of academic, physical, spiritual, moral, cultural activities that enrich their lives and give them the confidence and skills for a fulfilled and happy life.

Our curriculum provides appropriate balance:

We believe that all children should feel a sense of accomplishment in a wide range of areas. Our curriculum therefore gives an excellent mix of academic and personal development; it gives equal importance to core and foundation subjects; physical wellbeing and mental well being are all valued, understood and prioritised by our curriculum design.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, along with a well planned and structured programme of personal development, underpins all our work and is monitored alongside academic subjects.

We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a full spectrum of thoughtful and enriching experiences. As a result our pupils thrive.

Our curriculum is carefully organised for depth:

We define progress as: The widening and deepening of essential skills, understanding and behaviours. To do this ensure pupils don’t merely cover the curriculum but repeat it over and over – each time return to areas they gain a deeper and more insightful understanding of the matters, skills and processes within subjects.
We refer to the cognitive domains of Basic, Advancing and Deep learning to describe the nature of progression. This involves changing the nature of thinking rather than just acquiring new knowledge. Below is a table that shows the nature of learning in each cognitive domain.