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).