Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact


At Christopher Pickering we offer a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum which gives us a distinct identity by putting the child at the centre of our caring, sharing, achieving school. Positive relationships, based on mutual trust and respect are at the heart of everything we do and we strive to make our curriculum a stimulating experience for all of our pupils, laying the foundations for success in life. Our curriculum is designed with these goals in mind:

  1. To create a positive school environment through high expectations of all children, where children flourish and engage with learning;
  2. To give all pupils appropriate experiences and knowledge to develop as confident, responsible citizens who are equipped to succeed in life;
  3. To provide a rich ‘cultural capital’ which enables children to understand their city and wider community;
  4. To provide a coherently sequenced, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable where all children develop detailed knowledge and skills in all subject areas.

We have developed three curriculum drivers that shape our curriculum, bring about the aims and values of our school, and to respond to the particular needs of our community. Our drivers are designed to ensure that our children are personally successful, independent thinkers ready for their journey of lifelong learning. Life is not a straight line, therefore we want our pupils to be prepared to overcome their challenges and embrace new opportunities.

We aim for our children to:

  • Be confident, independent and resilient; displaying a thirst for learning
  • Be kind; showing empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity
  • Achieve academically across the entire curriculum, meeting at least the national expectation by the end of their primary education
  • Be culturally knowledgeable about our heritage, our country and our world
  • Have aspirations for the future and know that these can be reached through hard work and determination
  • Be well prepared for the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.

Ultimately, we want all of our children, to be the best they can be, making a positive contribution to the world they live in.