Holmgate Primary School And Nursery



‘Let Your Light Shine’

We have designed the Holmgate Curriculum based on the Guerrilla Curriculum (please click on link for more information).

The Holmgate Curriculum is built upon the idea of concept questions such as – Do we appreciate what we have? This then allows us to make links with curriculum areas such as Geography (learning about our local area), RE (what does religion teach us about respect?), PSHE (global issues such as pollution) and Science (the importance of the rainforests).

We have organised our curriculum into themes and topics to ensure that they fit together in a more cross-curricular way. The curriculum runs on a two-year cycle and across ‘paired’ year groups to ensure that collaborative teaching and learning takes place. For example, pupils in Years 5 and 6 learn about the same topics together, with teachers taking into account the respective ages and abilities of the pupils.

We regularly monitor the curriculum to ensure that the teaching and learning meets our high expectations. Staff look at the work in children’s books, speak to children about their learning and wherever possible, members of the Governing Body join to help and challenge us to do even better!

Intent – what do we want to achieve?

We want our children to:

  • Become our citizens of the future and have respect for others and the planet
  • Take responsibility for their own actions
  • Be ready for the next stage of their education at secondary school
  • Have experiences of both the local area and wider world
  • Have high ambitions and aspirations for their own future
  • Increase their own resilience in an increasingly-difficult world

We will endeavour to give all our children the same opportunities and remove any barriers to success.

Implementation – how are we doing it?

We focus on maths and English every day through:

  • Separate English and maths lessons
  • Streamed phonics sessions (using Read, Write Inc.)
  • Support for individual children who need that bit extra
  • Regular practice on the basics such as multiplication tables, spellings and handwriting
  • Reading a class book as often as possible
  • Timetabled slots for children in our library
  • Individual books for children to take home
  • Using practical resources in maths to help with learning
  • Use of digital technology where appropriate

We teach our wider curriculum through:

  • Making links across subjects to help learning
  • Taking part in educational visits
  • Inviting visitors into school
  • Residential experiences e.g. summer camp
  • Linking school to the ‘real world’ e.g. the School Council
  • Joining in with local events
  • Raising money for charity
  • Taking part in local competitions
  • Taking advantage of our amazing outdoor environment

We make sure children can learn by:

  • Offering 1:1 support, including pastoral interventions
  • Offering support through our Family Support Worker
  • Offering group work such as Positive Play
  • Making sure that behaviour is consistent across school
  • Offering wellbeing sessions in school
  • Creating a calm and positive environment

Impact – What difference are we making?

  • We are proud of our behaviour in school
  • Children’s attitudes to learning are very positive
  • Our progress in the core subjects (reading, writing and maths) is improving but we want to get even better!
  • We are proud of our provision in Phonics and our leader is a Local Authority Champion

Progression of Skills

 It is vital that the teaching and learning of the key skills and knowledge is built upon every year. The documents below show how this is done for each year group.