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
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.
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 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