Foundation Subjects

  Art and design nurtures creativity and imagination. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Through experience of a variety of materials, tools and techniques children have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them. Children respond to the world and express what they see, feel and think by using colour, form, texture and pattern. Children learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. They also explore and reflect on the ideas and works of a variety of artists, craftspeople and designers. We organise artists to come into school to work alongside the children to  inspire their creativity and aspirations into the arts in the wider context.
Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures.  We will provide our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on technology.

Each child will be able to use the Internet in a safe and respectful way.  They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help.  No child will feel threatened or unsafe whilst using the Internet at school or at home. Children will also utilise the Internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. The school will provide a rich bank of curriculum-based resources for children and parents to access at home.

Standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which is expected of our children nationally. The school will utilise up-to-date technology to achieve these outstanding results across all year groups. Children will be able to write and debug code successfully and with confidence. All staff will be confident users and teachers of all relevant software and hardware available.

All members of the school community will contribute to the school’s online presence. Our school website and social media pages will showcase the excellent work being carried out by our children

 Geography at Holywell inspires children to be curious and fascinated about the world and its people. It, therefore, forms an important part of our curriculum with skills being taught individually as well as being incorporated across other areas of the curriculum

Children develop a strong sense of place and an appreciation for their own locality and localities around the world.  They show an understanding of their community and of diverse communities around the world, demonstrating knowledge of both human and physical geography and the impact they can have on a location.

Children have opportunities to develop an enjoyment and lifelong passion for nature and our environment. We teach the skills to value and encourage exploration and investigation of our immediate environment and seek to use it to enhance our learning across the curriculum.

We endeavour to develop a sense of curiosity about and responsibility for the world through enquiry and higher order thinking. We want children to challenge issues they see e.g. pollution, poverty and other environmental threats, using their knowledge, understanding, compassion and drive to make the world a better home for all its inhabitants.

We believe that through geography our children become truly global citizens.

History - We want all of our children to have an understanding of our past and how History will shape their future. Our History curriculum is full of topics which foster awe and wonder and drive children to ask the question ‘why’.  These topics support children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change; as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.  Wherever possible links are made between subjects in projects with overarching themes (e.g. Egyptian pyramids and Stone Age) to contextualise and motivate learners.  Children will work with historical artefacts and speak to historians as well as visit museums to explore and ask further questions. Over their time at Holywell, children will have opportunities to present their history learning in a range of ways including drama presentations and curating their own museums for the wider community. Strong links are made with the local museums and a range of partnership work is already in place to support local history understanding.
 Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 2 improves literacy skills, develops self-esteem and widens cultural awareness. Introducing a language at an early age has many benefits.
•Provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils.
•The faster the language is acquired, the learning becomes deeper and longer lasting.
•Children are less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development.
•It facilitates the learning of other languages later in life.
•It provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

French is taught at our school. This is a useful foundation for the children when they move to secondary school and their future careers.

Design and Technology encourages innovation and learning through doing. Children are given opportunities to work on practical tasks to develop skills, knowledge and understanding. Through exploring materials, developing ideas and making products, children are encouraged to be creative problem solvers. They are given opportunities to use a range of tools safely and work independently or as part of a team. Children reflect on and evaluate their own design and technology as well as that of others to ultimately become informed users of products.  Children create design technology projects with real purpose and we have strong links with partnerships such as John Lewis. Children showcase their design work at various end of term sharing events.

PSHE education at Holywell sees pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.

PSHE helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our effective PSHE programme tackles barriers to learning, raises aspirations, and improves the life chances of all pupils.


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.