We have a vision of how we expect subjects to be taught, and what we expect children to gain from each curriculum area and the activities within them. These visions are outlined below...
We want our children to develop a love of English and the opportunities that our language provides. Children will be immersed in text and language rich environments and develop a love of story, poetry and information. They will see themselves as writers and experiment with, and explore language within their own work whilst developing a secure understanding of the technical components of spelling, handwriting, punctuation and grammar.
Through a love of language, children will engage in drama, performance, poetry recitals and role-play. They will develop and use an increasing range of adventurous vocabulary to articulate their view points and read a range of texts which enhance their reading strategies and comprehension skills.
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them to encourage economic wellbeing. Mathematical experiences help develop skills such as communication, generalizing, evaluating and enquiry. At Holme Community School, we recognise this importance and therefore provide our children with a wide range of mathematical experiences. Mathematics is taught through a daily lesson using both shared and independent practical activities, which equips children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to use and apply in exploring and investigating mathematics in real life situations. It will be expected that children are able to critically think logically and explain their reasoning through speaking and listening, mental mathematics and informal / formal written methods. We aim to provide a mathematics curriculum, which will produce individuals who; become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically following a line of enquiry, an solve problems by applying their mathematics, know and understand the importance of mathematical language to develop mathematical vocabulary within justification, argument and proof and are creative, inquisitive, enquiring and confident and have an appreciation of mathematics.
In Science at Holme School, we will inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children will be encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment; whereby they acquire and apply core skills, which equip them for an ever-changing world.
Art & Design
We aim to teach art in a fun and creative way. We foster the qualities of creativity, imagination and sensitivity through design and making. It provides the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and develop the understanding of and respond to the world around them. Art teaching is embed in other subjects as well as taught discreetly. There is discussion of art by other artists to ensure promotion of diversity.
Computing is an integral every day life at Holme Community School. We aim to provide our children with the skills creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on technology. Children will learn to use the Internet in a safe and respectful way and use technology to become independent learners. As technology develops, so does our teaching. As children use a range of hardware and software to become fully immersed in technology.
Design & Technology
Is an inspiring rigorous and inspiring subject using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of context. We offer a cross curricular approach to D&T teaching. Throughout the D&T will develop life skills such as cooking, woodwork and textiles. Technology supports this design process.
Here at Holme Community School we consider Geography to be a rich and diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about a range of places, people, resources and environments. It inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age, which we hope will remain with each child for the rest of their lives. Throughout the Geography curriculum, children will learn the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Developing the children’s geography skills and knowledge, allows them to interact more effectively with both their local and wider communities. They are provided with opportunities to research, compare and contrast their surroundings with other places both locally as well as globally. All of our children have access to a varied Geography curriculum that allows continuous development of key skills and geographical knowledge and enquiry. We understand that it has never been more important for children to have a comprehensive global understanding and the people and culture that inhabit it. Through this understanding, children will develop respect for the physical world and the vast scope of cultures that make up our diverse planet.
At Holme Community School, we view History as a way of encouraging children to become detectives who explore the past in a variety of exciting ways. History allows children to investigate a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive and inspire the children to want to find out more about times gone by. History allows the children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical figures and expand their research skills. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want them to understand how people lived in the past and compare this to life in modern times. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artifacts and historical documents, wherever possible we arrange visits to relevant sites of historical interest within the local area. We also aim to provide first hand experiences with role-play, workshops and visiting experts playing an important part in our topics. Our children express what they have learned in a variety of interesting and creative ways including; writing, art, drama and computing.
At Holme School our vision is to develop positive attitudes and respect towards alternative languages and cultures. Though different activities such as songs and games we aim to instill in children a love of language learning and a curiosity about other cultures around the world. We would like our children to be global citizens.
The children at Holme Community School appreciate the language of music by learning about and listening to the music of great composers and music linked to world events and festivals. We believe that music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can help pupils well being as well as their confidence. Music unites the school, where the pupils in lower key stage two experience playing a flute each week, experimenting with the sounds they make and the joy of learning in a group. Children can learn a range of musical instruments including piano, violin and guitar through small group lessons with highly qualified specialist teachers. Singing is outstanding with out specialist leader learning together as a whole school and a choir, which can give children a sense of collectiveness.
Physical Education and School Sport
At Holme Primary School we believe that physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We want to provide opportunities for our children to become physically literate and confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness as they move towards making their own choices as young adults. In addition we aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sport and other activities in order to develop skills and knowledge and help to embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect. We want the children at Holme Community School to be proud of their achievements.
We endeavor to ensure that all children develop the skills necessary to keep themselves fit, healthy, happy and safe as children and as adults. Through a curriculum based on the challenges associated with growing up, children will explore their own beliefs and values and consider how they respond to different situations. Underpinning this is the development of empathy, to be able to understand the challenges others face, and develop an awareness of current affairs. Children at Holme Community School will also develop an understanding of what it means to be a good citizen, government, the law, and how they can engage in decision making now, and in the future.
At Holme School we want children to have a knowledge and understanding of different faiths and culture so that children develop tolerance through understanding, whilst developing a curiosity about different cultures and traditions. This will be achieved through story, music, dance, art and observance of religious festivals.