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Curriculum Intent and Policy

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the Christian values that are central to our mission. The curriculum is the means by which we educate children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to live fulfilling lives and to realise their own unique set of God given gifts and talents. We aim to offer a curriculum that is exciting and engaging; that meets the needs of the pupils now whilst preparing them for their lives as the future citizens of tomorrow.

Our curriculum is based on the objectives set out in the National Curriculum for England.

Our curriculum for Religious Education is based on the 'Come and See' scheme of work, fulfilling the statutory requirements of the Bishops Conference and of the Curriculum Directory for Religious Education.


Please click here to view a copy of our schools over-arching curriculum policy.

Our Curriculum Intent

Through our curriculum, we aim:

  • To enable children to foster and develop a life-long relationship with God
  • To teach children about the beliefs, teachings and rites of their Catholic faith
  • To help children to experience a rich range of spiritually nourishing practices including liturgy, prayer, charity and contemplation.
  • To teach children to be able to discern right from wrong; that actions have consequences and the value and importance of forgiveness
  • To enable all children to learn and develop their skills and talents to the best of their ability
  • To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school and acquire a firm foundation for life-long learning
  • To teach children the basic skills required for them to fully participate in society i.e. that they are literate, numerate and have adequate computing skill.
  • To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking
  • To develop children that are increasingly confident in taking an independent approach to their learning
  • To teach children about their ever changing world including how their environment and society have changed over time
  • To help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage
  • To enable children to be positive future citizens
  • To fulfil all requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage
  • To help children to understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all ‘The family of Holy Rood School will try to live, learn, grow and celebrate together, as friends through the love of Christ.’
  • To enable children to have respect for themselves and others and to have high esteem that comes from an understanding that they are loved and that they are of worth and value
  • To enable children to be able to live and work co-operatively with others

Curriculum Enrichment and experiences at Holy Rood

We promise, that by the time you leave Holy Rood Catholic Primary School you will have had the opportunity to:

  • Be involved in daily acts of worship
  • Experience and lead liturgies and Masses
  • Visit a church
  • Learn about your own faith as well as others
  • Support our brothers and sisters in need in Nairobi through fundraising
  • Celebrate sacraments
  • Have a mass outside
  • Visit our local park
  • Go on school trips 
  • Visit a museum
  • Have a real-life theatre experience (in school)
  • Sleep at least one night away from school with your class
  • Experience an in-school workshop lead by specialists 
  • Learn to swim
  • Be taught sporting skills by a specialist 
  • Take part in a sports tournament in school as well as outside of school
  • Be part of Sports Day
  • Compete in an inter-house Sporting competition
  • Represent your school at an event or sports fixture 
  • Join a school club
  • Showcase your Art work in school
  • Have music lessons taught by a specialist, external teacher
  • Sing every week
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Be part of our annual Carol Service held at Holy Rood Church
  • Have a part in an assembly and production
  • Performed on a stage
  • Enjoy God’s creation through lessons outside in the woodland area
  • Participate in memorable real life experiences
  • Be innovative and lead learning
  • Learn a new language
  • Have your voice listened to and influence decision making
  • Celebrate your culture and family traditions with others
  • Celebrate your successes
  • Share your work with others
  • Receive a certificate of achievement
  • Have juice and biscuits with a member of Senior Leadership Team
  • Be an ambassador for your school
  • Work alongside an expert
  • Participate in curriculum enhancement weeks
  • Develop your curiosity
  • Make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community
  • Visit the elderly in the wider community to make their day special
  • Be Secondary School ready
  • Be yourself
  • Make friends
  • Share your God-given talents with teachers, classmates and the wider school