Curriculum Intention

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.

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