At Holybrook Primary School, our curriculum is based on the Year 2014 Edition of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in Reception 2012.
We are passionate in our aims to help our children to become real learners. We recognise that in a fast changing world our learners will need to be able to work independently and with others. Through the ethos of the school and the curriculum children are encouraged to develop learning skills and behaviours which will help them to be confident, capable and creative life-long learners.
The school uses a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a theme of learning. Within the theme, children are able to practise, apply and develop their literacy and numeracy skills in other curriculum areas, the skills taught will be differentiated for their year group and the ability of the pupils. For phonics teaching in FS/KS1 we use a mixture of schemes from Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read, Write Ink, Oxford Reading Tree.
Our ‘Long Term Plans’ show each year group’s overview of themes and curriculum learning (see individual Year group pages).
We want the curriculum to enable our children to become:
· confident, resilient and take an active role in their learning and progress, skills for life and the motivation to succeed
· caring individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
· responsible people who make a positive contribution to society.
We want our children to remember their learning through discovery, fun and adventure!
The Holybrook Curriculum has four ‘drivers’ which are constantly considered when deciding how and what we teach. These are:
Our Place in the World
Equality and Diversity
Underpinning all of these drivers is Social, Emotional, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SEMSC) through which we further develop our pupils’ understanding and celebration of diversity. This leads to racial tolerance, harmony and understanding.
The Holybrook curriculum has a strong focus on the development of Key Skills through which there must be progression to ensure that every child develops skills at an appropriate level and is challenged.