Our topic based approach to learning at Cross Gates means that wherever possible we group our subjects around a theme which usually begins with a question. The topics we choose depend on the content of the National Curriculum and the interests and needs of our children. These are intertwined with our core values and beliefs as a school.
The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. We develop our children further through;
Not all subjects naturally fit within a topic and will be taught discreetly. Religious Education is an example of where this may happen. We aim to build children's confidence in investigating and finding solutions to problems both in their learning and outside the classroom. A great emphasis is placed on encouraging children to use the 6Rs when learning new skills or knowledge (resilience, relationships, resourcefulness, risk taking, reflective, responsibility).
At Cross Gates we have taken the most successful, innovative and pioneering educational practices and shaped them into a curriculum that promotes high quality, realistic experiences for our children. We have adopted a cross curricular approach to our foundation subjects, making ours a very ‘Creative Curriculum.’ Lessons are enriched with interactive and innovative activities through which key skills are taught. We carefully tailor these in order to meet the needs of all our children and the diversity of our community. Our lessons often start with a 'hook' to engage the children and we actively promote real life learning opportunities and links bringing learning alive!
Core & Foundation
Rigby Star (KS1)
Project X (KS2)
Supplemented with Oxford Reading Tree and Heinemann
A range of genres and book study approaches
Elements of Talk 4 Writing
Cycle of plan, write, edit and publish using Pobble
White Rose Maths scheme of work
Supplemented with Nrich Maths and NCETM Mastery
|RE||Leeds' Scheme of Work for RE|
|Computing||Rising Star KS1 & KS2|
|Science||Cross Gates curriculum based on National Curriculum|
You, Me and PSHE
|Foundation Subjects/Topic||Bespoke Creative Curriculum through History and Geography skills and knowledge|
Val Sabin Gymnastics and Games
Leap Frog Scheme
Dance linked to curriculum
|Music||Charranga Scheme of Work|
|Modern Foreign Languages||La Jolie Ronde (French) KS2|
|Art & Design||Cross Gates curriculum linked to National Curriculum and Topic|