The Holy Cross Curriculum & COVID Catch-up Plan
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.
Our school curriculum reflects the requirements to provide a broad and balanced curriculum as per the Academies Act 2010, and the National Curriculum programmes of study which we have chosen to follow.
It also reflects requirements for inclusion and equality as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 and Equality Act 2010, and refers to curriculum-related expectations of governing boards set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.
During the 2020-2021 school year we have a clear plan as to how we will support children recover from the effects of lockdown when learning time was lost. The following plan details steps that the school will take to redress the learning balance. It has been anonymised but the activities being undertaken are still clear.
At Holy Cross we use the White Rose scheme of work. It covers all aspects of maths and its structure allows us to share online tutorials when students are not able to attend school
The document below outlines what topics are taught in each year group and when. This is useful for parents to see how they can support their children at home with follow up practice.
Have a look at the two documents below that set out how we teach calculations. This may differ from how you were taught and it is useful to see how your child carries out common calculations.
At Holy Cross the teaching of English has a number of different strands. Where possible we try to teach skills through the use of texts so as to give the skills being taught some context. However, certain skills may need to be taught discreetly, such as spelling and grammar. The overview plan below gives you information on what is being taught in each year group and when.
We also encourage to read as much as possible whilst ensuring that they are reading texts which are neither too easy nor too hard for them. We use the “Accelerated Reader,” programme for this. Children are tested regularly to assess their reading level, then they are allocated a reading range from which they can choose their book. Once each book is read the children independently carry out a quiz based on the content of the book and they are awarded points towards their reading target.
Phonics teaching at Holy Cross is done through the KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centre) phonics program. It is used in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centre) is a programme focusing on quality first teaching of phonics, early reading and early writing. This effective approach is now in its seventh year working with Leicester primary schools. To see the schedule of teaching see below.
History and Geography are taught through chosen topics at Holy Cross. We ensure that there is a balance between history and geography throughout the year and sometimes within these there will be a link to science. However, the science curriculum is a big one and running alongside History and Geography are discreet science topics. the download below sets out the history and geography topics for this year.
Relationships and Health Education
Relationships 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.
Recent Government guidelines stipulate what each school must teach as part of this programme. You can access these guidelines below.
At Holy Cross we have always taught children about healthy relationships and healthy bodies. We have previously done this through the Jigsaw programme but now we have added in additional material and now use it along with the Journey in Love programme as well as the science curriculum. The full programme and its contents can be accessed below.
This programme has been supported by both the Diocese of Nottingham and our Governors. The following leaflet gives you more details from our Diocese.
The school’s policy as to how this will be taught can be accessed here.
At Holy Cross we use the Twinkl computing scheme. This again enables parents and children to continue to access computing lessons whilst they may be at home. Each lesson comes with a presentation PowerPoint and a series of lessons that parents can guide their children through.
Our children are also use computing in all areas of the curriculum and in their home life they are active in using social media and gaming. Therefore, it is important that we ensure that the teaching of online safety is given a high priority. This can be seen at regular intervals throughout the Twinkl scheme.
Use the link below to see what is taught in each year group throughout the school.
At Holy Cross we follow a full PE programme throughout school. The children experience a wide variety of units throughout the year and throughout each Keystage. PE is taught by both PE specialists and class teachers. As well as the Curriculum the children also have opportunities to take part in forest school and inter school competitions (apart from during COVID restrictions). The children are also encouraged to be active during breaktimes and lunchtimes and are provided with a variety of equipment to enable this. The school also facilitates a “Walk to school,” facility for children. Parents can drop their children off in a carpark near school where they are then escorted to school by school staff. There is no charge for this facility.
Please see below for the PE curriculum for all year groups.