Holywell Primary and Nursery School

The curriculum here at Holywell is exciting, and creative, whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.

You can access the National Curriculum 2014 at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum#programmes-of-study-by-subject

At the heart of our curriculum is the belief that children learn best through engaging and memorable learning experiences. With this in mind, we place a real emphasis on Pupil Voice, enabling the children of Holywell to play a part in determining the direction of their topic learning. Some elements of the curriculum are fixed, as set out in the National Curriculum, whereas others are topics taken from the children’s own ideas. Some areas are taught as discreet subjects, but we try to adopt a cross curricular approach, where possible, to aid transfer of skills and knowledge. At all times, children are consulted in what and how they would like to learn. Teachers track learning to ensure that all elements of the curriculum are being met

Each half term, teachers create a topic map for parents to inform them of learning to come. These are published on the year group pages accordingly.

We aim to embed the core skills of English and Maths across the curriculum.

In maths we have taken on the Maths No Problem Scheme as a way of teaching mastery of maths to all children.

At Holywell we have recently invested in the Scholastic PM book scheme. We are using this to complement the following schemes:

Oxford Reading Tree

Floppy Phonics


Ginn 360

New Way

and many more.

For children deemed as below National Expectation they are placed on the Rapid Reading Scheme.


Our phonics planning is a collaboration of the DFES for Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play. In Key Stage 2, those children who still require access to phonics provision follow the Read, Write Inc. scheme.


A highly successful part of the Holywell curriculum is our regular WOW events. These may involve visitors into school, educational visits outside of school, theme days, celebrations, performances or workshops with parents and friends.

As we are located on such a fabulous site, Forest School provides children with exciting opportunities to learn in the great outdoors. As you will see from our website, Outdoor Learning is a key part of life here at Holywell across the year groups. Learning outside promotes teamwork, physical development, a willingness to learn, determination, trust in one another and belief in oneself!

In addition, we offer a wide and ever-changing range of exciting extra-curricular activities, before and after school.

Year 6 are given the opportunity to attend a residential at Blackwell Court in the Summer term. This is fantastic event which has been the highlight of year 6 for many years, now.


Fundamental British Values at Holywell

Promoting British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Holywell these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.

Being part of Britain

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Holywell. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest festival during the Autumn term.


Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a School Council and Eco-Committee which meet regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils. Two council members for each year group are voted in by their class. The election of the School Council / Eco-Committee members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc.

Pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils. Children play a part in determining their topic learning and are consulted in what and how they would like to learn.

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs.

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE Education and Citizenship lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Holywell is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE Education and Citizenship teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to these values. We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.  At Holywell, such instances are extremely rare. They are treated seriously in line with School Policy.


Promoting British Values at Holywell


1HR enjoy Smores at Forest School

  This week 1HR collect firewood and baked marshmallows on the fire.  We really enjoyed our smores!
Posted On 22 Sep 2017
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Meerkat Mail

We have been reading the book Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett.  We sequenced the story and then acted it out. Sunny told us all about his adventures around the world.  He taught us the names of the seven continents.  He had fun exploring Holywell!   We helped him write a...
Posted On 22 Sep 2017
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1HR’s First trip to Forest School this year!

Today we visited Forest School. We made bird feeders, we climbed trees, we used stakes and mallets, we dug holes and we went in the stream and got very muddy! At the end we had hot chocolate and biscuits and sang a song.  We had a lot of fun and cannot wait until next week...
Posted On 15 Sep 2017
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Year 1 enter the Space Dome!

Today Year 1 had a visit from Immersive Experiences.  We stepped inside the inflatable planetarium to learn all about the night sky.  We found out about stars and their constellations.  We also found out about all of the planets that surround the sun.  It was amazing! It was very...
Posted On 11 Jul 2017
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Welcome Back!

Watch this space for details of this term’s exciting new topic!
Posted On 23 Apr 2017
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Year 1 Authors

Year 1 have written and illustrated their own version of the classic book ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. Today we shared our stories with the children in Nursery who thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the repeating parts.   We’re looking forward to Nursery sharing...
Posted On 07 Apr 2017
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Clent Hills Vets Art Competition

Children across the Key Stages were asked to enter a competition to celebrate the opening of Clent Hills Vets Practice in Rubery.  The children were challenged to draw pictures of animals that would go to the vets. Originally there was to be a winner and runner-up from each Key...
Posted On 17 Mar 2017
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Water, Water, Everywhere!

This week in maths we are learning about capacity.  We are learning to estimate and compare the capacity of lots of different containers.  This morning we were set a challenge to find a suitable cup for Mrs Smyth who was VERY thirsty!  We then had a race to see which container...
Posted On 13 Mar 2017
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