Holy Cross Curriculum Statement 2015 – 2016
At the heart of our curriculum is the aim that all the pupils should feel cared for, valued, healthy and safe. The curriculum at Holy Cross reflects our aim to engage, excite and motivate our pupils in order to maximise their learning potential.
We work hard to build the children’s confidence, self-esteem and aspirations. At Holy Cross, this is delivered through the design of the curriculum as well the integration of co-operative learning structures and assessment for learning into lessons. These approaches are centred round the development of pupils’ personal learning and thinking skills in order that they make the best possible progress, gain skills for lifelong learning and develop a good understanding of themselves as learners.
Through the administration of ‘pre-learning’ tasks, pupils are beginning to be involved in the design and planning of the curriculum, ensuring that it meets their needs, gaps in learning, knowledge, skills, understanding and interests.
Learning outcomes are taken directly from the new 2014 National Curriculum and, from January 2015, the school’s curriculum will be driven by overarching, year group specific, Learning Challenges. Currently, teachers plan sequences of learning to develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding through meaningful and appropriate cross curricular links.
To ‘hook’ children in to their learning, teachers frequently plan enrichment and first hand learning experiences. We endeavour to provide a range of enrichment experiences which happen both in and out of school. Examples include: a Music Super Learning Day; the KS2 trip to Quarry Bank Mill as part of the children’s learning about Victorians and a Science themed learning week.
Parents and carers are encouraged to be part of their child’s learning and the school encourages parents to share learning experiences with the children both in and out of school, by: inviting parents and carers into school; running workshops for parents; providing times for parents and carers to discuss their child’s progress and targets with the class teacher; setting weekly homework tasks and providing a home/school reading record book.
Our aim is that the curriculum will be relevant but fun for all those involved in it.
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