The Characteristic we will be looking for over the next fortnight is CONCENTRATION.

Curriculum Intention

At Holy Cross we believe that we are all created uniquely by God and that he has a purpose for us all.  To that end we want our pupils to be the best they can be.  We believe that providing a broad curriculum allows them to do that and enables them to develop a love of learning that will remain with them throughout their life. Our Mission statement summarises our rationale, We inspire each other to do our best, to reach our full potential, to become independent thinkers with enquiring minds, able to rise to the challenges of life.’   Through our curriculum we aim to provide children with the tools to achieve this. 

We have designed our curriculum so that subjects, where possible, are planned and taught in a cohesive way.  This promotes the development of subject specific vocabulary and knowledge that can be applied beyond narrow subject boundaries.  Our topic plans can be accessed through the links below.  Where possible we will also use our local area to give a context to learning and to increase pupil’s knowledge of their surroundings.  This includes visiting other towns, cities, museums and exhibitions enabling our pupils to experience the diversity of their local area.

Our Curriculum is delivered through:

  • Teaching the programmes of Study from 2014 National Curriculum
  • Educational Visits including residential trips
  • Forest School - we are extremely fortunate to have our own forest and a trained Forest School leader
  • After school clubs which are run by our staff and are free.
  • Opportunities for children to take the lead: chaplaincy team, house captains, head boy and head girls, prefects
  • Throughout the year, children are encouraged to raise money for local and global causes
  • Visitors come into school to enhance the learning taking place by sharing their experience and knowledge

Through our planned activities, children have opportunities to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged. Our curriculum is enriched by our strong ethos based on respect for ourselves, others, the environment, equality and a sense of wonder at the world we live in.

Please access the links below to see how our curriculum is implemented.

Click here for Science Overview

Click here for History Overview

Click here for Geography Overview

Click here for Art and Design Overview

Click here for Design and Technology Overview

Click here for French Overview

Click here for KS1 Music Overview

Click here for KS2 Music Overview

Click here for Reception ICT Overview

Click here for Year 1 and 2 ICT Overview

Click here for Year 3 and 4 ICT Overview

Click here for Year 5 and 6 ICT Overview


Year 1 Spring term

Year 2 Spring Term

Year 3 and 4 Spring Term

Year 5 Spring Term

Year 6 Spring Term

The teaching of PSHE at Holy Cross

Firstly, what is PSHE? PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. 

Government guidelines state that schools need a broad and balanced curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society,
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  •  promotes British values

To achieve this, we use 'Jigsaw' a specially written programme that works along side our Religious Education Programme (Come and See). However, the Catholic Ethos of our school is at the heart of all we do and is lived by our pupils each day. Through all of these elements, we are teaching pupils to:

  • stay safe and healthy
  • build self-esteem, resilience and empathy
  • tackle barriers to learning 
  • aim high - be aspirational

Published 7th March 2019