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Catholic Primary School

Our S48 report is now available to read. We are pleased to inform you that we have been judged as an outstanding Catholic school. Please see the Ofsted page in the Key Information section.
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History and Geography




  • To empower learners to become curious, to develop their own opinions by evaluating evidence, and to build a deeper understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past.



  • Weekly history lessons that make up approximately half the academic year. 
  • Enquiry based planning and teaching approach
  • Cross-curricular links are frequently made with different subjects such as Art and DT, science and English.
  • Workshops in school, trips to historic site places and visits to museums.



  • Pupils will have a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of school, local British and world history.
  • Pupils can make connections between different periods of history and note contrasts and trends over time. They can use their enquiry skills to make informed judgements about events that have happened and events that are happening in the present.





  • To ignite a curiosity of their surroundings, broaden the children's knowledge of the wider world and understand the interaction between physical and human processes. 



  • Weekly geography lessons for approximately half the academic year.
  • Cross-curricular links are frequently made with different subjects such as Art and DT, science and English.
  • Field work in the local area and wider areas of Bristol.



  • Pupils will develop a broad knowledge of different places across the world.
  • Pupils will have gained practical geographical skills, which they will use in other curriculum areas and later on in their education.


At Holy Cross, the children take an enquiry based approach to learning in History and Geography. This gives them the opportunity to explore around a topic of interest and research information linked to different areas. Children are encouraged to recognise there are multiple sources of History and Geography and share their own opinions of the wider world and what this means for us today.


We aim to bring topic based learning into all aspects of the curriculum. This means the children will be encouraged to use their learning from History and Geography across all areas of the curriculum. This could involve some art work based on the Romans, or a myth about the Ancient Greeks. This helps to unite the children's view of the topic and bring it into all aspects of their learning.