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:
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.
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:
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, building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, and can tackle barriers to learning and raise aspirations for all pupils.
Published 7th February 2019