Our aim is to provide all of our pupils with a progressive curriculum that is focused, highly engaging and purposefully active that will really make a difference to their outlook and views.

“A family of independent life-long learners that reach for the stars.”


Curriculum Intent and Rationale


Holden Clough is a two-form entry school, situated in Ashton-Under-Lyne. There are currently 359 pupils on roll in single year group classes. The school serves a very mixed catchment area which means the needs of the children are extremely varied. The school has a wide range of ethnicities, with 28.4% EAL pupils. Holden Clough is set in large grounds with a modern-looking building and a newly-updated outdoor area, including an all-weather pitch, a woodland area and allotments.



At Holden Clough, providing our children with opportunities for success in their learning, leading to their growth and development as educated citizens who are valued members of society, is our top priority. This includes designing and implementing a curriculum that is best suited to their needs. We want to provide them with a progressive curriculum that is focused, highly engaging and purposefully active that will really make a difference to their outlook and views. We aim to offer a wide range of investigative, knowledge-enhancing learning experiences, developing cultural capital through planned activities, such as residential and day trips.

We want the pupils to develop independence and resilience, tapping into their strengths, such as curiosity, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.

Rationale for Implementation

Our Vision Statement is:-

At Holden Clough we have ‘star’ quality

S - We enjoy change and challenge, demonstrating STICKABILITY in everything we do.

T - We love learning and laugh a lot TOGETHER.

A - We strive for excellence and ACHIEVEMENT in everything that we do.

R - We value and RESPECT each other as friends and celebrate our differences.


We want our curriculum to be underpinned by our values:-

Respect, Patience, Compassion, Love, Forgiveness, Empathy, Responsibility and Courage


We use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum as the vehicle for this.

This curriculum is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:-

  • Culture
  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Conservation



As a school that represents a wide variety of ethnic groups, we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace cultural diversity, learning about and experiencing a range of different cultural and faith heritages.

We want them to value diversity as a whole, understanding the roots and importance of cultural heritage and to behave in a respectful and accepting way towards others, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background. We actively promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.



We believe that communication is vital to learning as the key to success. We want our pupils to develop as excellent communicators across all forms of expression, showing confidence, for example, in being able to stand up and present to others. We want our pupils to develop language skills that mean they are articulate and able to socially interact well, using their vocabulary in context. We use the ‘Dr CAGON’ approach to learning which encourages teamwork in literacy lessons, with an UKS2 focus on reading comprehension and reading together in unison. In the Early Years, communication is encouraged through story-telling and maths activities, include opportunities for oral discussion.



We believe that life skills should be taught throughout the curriculum and an understanding of responsible, respectful behaviour is an important aspect of learning. We believe that having a developed understanding of sources of conflict and the importance of appreciating others’ opinions will make a difference to their own choices as they learn more about conflict resolution. We want our pupils to be self-managing and resilient. We also want them to be able to put into action conflict resolution and modify their own behaviour to help them disagree in a constructive manner.



We want our pupils to be much more informed about conservation issues and for these to be taught through a relevant curriculum where these issues are embedded. We feel they will do this best through the ‘Learning Means the World’ curriculum, which employs a structured approach to developing environmental awareness and appreciation, not just at local, but also national and global levels. We want our pupils to be good stewards and develop their knowledge, so they are much more informed about sustainability. We want them to care passionately about our world and their local area and to engage actively and get involved in using the outdoor space we are so fortunate to have.

Additional Units to Ensure National Curriculum Full Coverage


PSHE 07.09.20 - 14.09.20 3D PSHE “Let’s Begin Again!”  3D PSHE “Let’s Begin Again!” 
Theme 1 07.09.20 - 23.10.20 ‘Happy to Be Me!’ All About Me  ‘Happy to Be Me!’ All About Me
Theme 2 02.11.20 - 11.12.20 ‘Come Fly With Me!’ ‘Journeys’  ‘Under the Sea’ Stories of Friendship 
DPC Unit 14.12.20 – 15.01.21 ‘Come and Join the Celebration’  ‘Come and Join the Celebration’ 
DPC Unit 18.01.21 – 12.02.21 ‘Children’s Choice’  ‘Children’s Choice’ 
Theme 3 22.02.21 – 23.04.21 ‘Let’s Play’ Toys and Games  ‘Help is at Hand’ Who Helps Us / Who We Help 
DPC Unit 26.04.21 – 14.05.21 ‘Animal Crackers’  ‘If You Go Down to the Woods Today...’ 
Theme 4 17.05.21 – 16.07.21 ‘What On Earth...?’ Showing Respect for Our World  ‘No Place Like Home’ All Kinds of Houses and Homes 


PSHE “Let’s Begin Again!” 07.09.20 - 11.09.20 YEAR 1 YEAR 2
Theme 1 07.09.20 - 23.10.20 ‘Happily Ever After’ Fairy Tales  ‘Inter-Nation Media Station’ Media / Broadcasting 
NC Essentials Unit 02.11.20 – 20.11.20 ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’  ‘Paddington’s Passport’ 
Theme 2 23.11.20 - 22.01.21 ‘Come Fly With Me!’ Arctic Circle  ‘Zero to Hero’ Inspirational Figures, Past and Present 
Competency Unit 25.01.21 – 12.02.21 ‘Powhatan People’ The Story of Pocahontas  ‘The Wordsmith’ The Story of Ignatius Sancho 
Theme 3 22.02.21 – 23.04.21 ‘Unity in the Community’ Where I Belong  ‘Land Ahoy!’ Pirates 
Competency Unit 26.04.21 – 14.05.21 ‘Dancing Spy’ The Story of Josephine Baker  ‘Jurassic Hunter’ The Story of Mary Anning 
Theme 4 17.05.21 – 16.07.21 ‘Light Up the World’ The Sun - Light and Heat  ‘Going Wild!’ All About Animals 


PSHE “Let’s Begin Again!” 07.09.20 - 11.09.20 YEAR 3 YEAR 4
Theme 1 07.09.20 - 23.10.20 ‘That’s All, Folks!’ Film and Animation  ‘Lightning Speed’ The World Wide Web 
Competency Unit 02.11.20 – 20.11.20 ‘Lindow Man’ The Story of Prehistoric Man  ‘Viking Warrior’ The Story of Ragnor Lothbrok 
Theme 2 23.11.20 - 22.01.21 ‘Cry Freedom’ The Story of Slavery ‘Come Fly With Me!’ Africa
NC Essentials Unit 25.01.21 – 12.02.21 ‘May The Force Be With You’ ‘Rocky the Findosaur’
Theme 3 22.02.21 – 23.04.21 ‘Athens v Sparta’ Conflict in Ancient Greece ‘Law and Order’ Rules and Rights
NC Essentials Unit 26.04.21 – 14.05.21 ‘Out and About’ ‘A Right Royal Battle’
Theme 4 17.05.21 – 16.07.21 ‘Under the Canopy’ Rainforests ‘Picture Our Planet’ Photo Stories


PSHE “Let’s Begin Again!” 07.09.20 - 11.09.20 YEAR 5 YEAR 6
Theme 1 07.09.20 - 23.10.20 ‘Mission Control’ Earth and Beyond ‘A World of Bright Ideas’ Inventions and Developments
NC Essentials Unit 02.11.20 – 20.11.20 ‘In Your Element’ ‘That’s Life 1’
Theme 2 23.11.20 - 22.01.21 ‘Come Fly With Me!’ America ‘I Have a Dream...’ Discrimination and Prejudice
NC Essentials Unit 25.01.21 – 12.02.21 ‘Time Team’ ‘...And The Band Played On!’
Theme 3 22.02.21 –23.04.21 ‘You’re Not Invited’ Invaders and Settlers ‘Wars of the World’ Wars, Past and Present
Competency Unit 26.04.21 – 14.05.21 ‘Pharaoh Queen’ The Story of Hatshepsut Revision
Theme 4 17.05.21 – 16.07.21 ‘Global Warning’ Waste and Pollution ‘Full of Beans’ Energy


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