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Cadishead Primary School

Learning together for a confident future

Cadishead Primary School, Allotment Road, Cadishead, Manchester M44 5JD

0161 921 1430


Curriculum Information


At Cadishead Primary , from Y1, our pupils follow the National Curriculum. This clearly sets out the objectives to be taught throughout Key Stage One (Yrs 1 & 2)  and Key Stage Two (Yrs 3, 4, 5 & 6). Prior to that, the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in our Nursery and Reception classes.

Each phase of school has a Learning Promise in which the skills that will be developed and experiences the  each child will be offered are detailed. Please click on the links to each year group and the links to the Learning promises to read in more detail what your children will learn about and when.

If you have any further queries over the school’s curriculum, please email the school or speak to the school’s Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

The curriculum is divided between three phases - Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. The Foundation Stage curriculum is wholly thematic and cross-curricular based on the Early Learning Goals.

At Key Stage 1 and 2, the curriculum is predominantly thematic with some subject specific work.
All pupils from the age of 3 have experience of and study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science at a level appropriate to their age and ability. The school holds daily Numeracy and Literacy sessions for children from Reception onwards.

Pupils also cover an appropriate curriculum in the foundation subjects of History, Geography, PE, Music, Art, Design Technology, Information Technology and RE. All the children will have to study a Modern Foreign Language.


Play is an integral part of the Foundation Stage curriculum, decreasing in importance as the children progress through the infants. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is enhanced by LEA and school priorities.

Reading starts in the Foundation Stage through games and book sharing. We do not follow one particular reading scheme, using books from a range of sources which are put into age appropriate bands, represented by colours. Home readers then come from the book bands and regular guided reads in school promote essential learning. We follow the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’, although we incorporate aspects of other synthetic phonics programmes into our teaching.

Regularly throughout the year, children’s reading and maths are tested, and continuous teacher assessment ensures pupils’ work is matched to their abilities. A thorough process of target setting for each child is ongoing in order to set up the next steps of learning.

Classes are of mixed ability and pupil groupings are flexible dependant upon the task. Children will sometimes work independently, in mixed ability or ability groups or as a whole class. A variety of teaching approaches and strategies are used.
It is extremely important that home supports learning by completing homework, reading books and encouraging the children to have a positive attitude towards school.

The documents below outline our learning promises: the opportunities, knowledge, skills and understanding the children at our school will be given.


Key Stage One   

Lower Key Stage Two

Upper Key Stage Two


In addition to this, please find the following supporting documents below:

  • A guide for parents: The new national curriculum
  • The national curriculum in England: Key Stage 1 and 2 framework
  • Statutory Framework for the early years foundation stage
  • Cadishead Primary School Curriculum Overview