Through Social Studies, children in Holy Cross benefit from developing an understanding of the world in which they live. Learning outcomes are developed in three main areas:
- People, past events and societies
- People, place and environment
- People and society, economy and business.
The Social Studies area of the curriculum allows flexibility and choice for both teachers and pupils. It provides the opportunity for children and teachers to work together to plan challenging, engaging and enjoyable learning activities with scope for personalization and choice. Children have opportunities to work with different groups of pupils from their own class or with other classes in the school.
Researching and sourcing information is a large aspect of the Social Studies curriculum and children will do this in a variety of ways: by accessing the world-wide-web, reading information books, watching documentaries etc. This draws on many of the skills developed in other areas of the curriculum – in this case Literacy and ICT. Social Studies, by its nature, promotes the integration of skills from other areas of the curriculum, known as interdisciplinary learning.
At the end of a unit of work, the children are very proud of their efforts and achievements and this may involve a presentation or open afternoon to showcase their learning journey to others.
In conjunction with this, each class will take part in an educational outing at least once each year. All visits and excursions are carefully planned. Parents are usually invited to participate and assist in the organisation of such excursions.