Core Subjects

Our fundamental aim in English is for children to take pleasure in reading, writing, speaking and listening, in order to gain the confidence to communicate their ideas and make the most of opportunities open to them today and in the future.

To achieve this pupils are taught how to read for understanding and enjoyment. They develop resilience to learn how to write accurately and effectively for a purpose. They  have opportunities to listen with respect to others and speak with confidence. These are threaded through the curriculum and through schools ‘Drivers’ as each child makes their journey through the school.

In teaching English, we use high quality texts, within a cross-curricular approach, to engage children’s interest and to teach the craft of the writer. All children have access to class texts, with group discussion an essential part of reading comprehension. Children are encouraged and given opportunities to read and write for pleasure. Emphasis is placed on the precise and creative use of vocabulary and the accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar in order to communicate effectively. Opportunities are created, through teaching and by the children themselves, to communicate for a purpose beyond the classroom in a variety of different genres and for real life purposes.

We endeavour to teach our children a rich and progressive curriculum. We believe that mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. At Holywell, we want to help children to understand and appreciate the pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives in and out of school. We encourage the children to develop these key and fundamental skills through their growing knowledge and understanding of the world. We want children to learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development of mathematics in our ever growing society.

In developing children's skills through enhancing their factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge, we allow them to deepen their mathematical understanding and be able to apply what they know to help them to solve problems. The progression and development of mental calculations and efficiency in strategies will provide children with the skills which will allow them to communicate and present their findings effectively using appropriate mathematical language. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and it is with this in mind that we endeavour to ensure that children develop self-confidence in their ability to approach a range of mathematical problems.  By providing opportunities to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts and across a range of subject areas, children will be able to work systematically to organise information, find patterns and ultimately solutions through independent and collaborative learning.

Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life.  It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the main religions and religious traditions.  RE enables our pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.  We teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs which helps them to challenge prejudice.  RE teaching at Holywell prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society.  It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

We aim to provide an outstanding RE curriculum, which allows our children to embrace the diverse global community in which they live.  Through a broad range of cross-curricular opportunities, our children experience world religions and learn to live respectfully together.

Our physical education teaching inspires children to develop and deepen competence in a broad range of physical activities. It ensures that our children develop fundamental movement skills to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination. They work individually and with others as well as on co-operative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Our children will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own and their peers’ performances.

We see physical development as a key factor in improving every child’s emotional wellbeing by developing independence, respect, teamwork, resilience, persistence and creativity through sporting opportunities.

We encourage children to succeed and excel in competitive sport, both against themselves and against others, and to take part in other outdoor and adventurous activity challenges.

Physical Education at Holywell provides opportunities for pupils to grow, thrive and lead healthy, active lives.

We are proud to be working towards the Gold Standard for PE, offering a broad range of after school activities around sport and are always looking to expand opportunities for our children; ensuring they have competition experience both at school, against other schools and clusters and where relevant - at individual level.