At The Holt Primary School, our curriculum is designed to recognise and build upon children’s prior learning; provide first-hand learning experiences; allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, and build resilience to cope with challenges and new experiences. It is based upon the National Curriculum, and is designed to give coherence and progression. We want the children to become independent learners and develop personally, as well as academically, and to be successful within the school and their community.
The content allows our pupils to develop their skills and understanding, which are applied in a variety of contexts, alongside the acquisition of knowledge that is both coherent and cumulative; thus, ensuring a change in long-term memory. Our curriculum promotes the core values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and tolerance. It also develops a secure understanding of how to stay safe and healthy in their own environment and the wider world, coupled with the skills to express themselves appropriately in a range of contexts.
Every child is recognised as an individual: we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values, with a vision to prepare pupils for life beyond primary school. We provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning, through our curriculum design. We believe that the primary experience should be a happy and safe stage in a child’s learning journey, where risks can be taken; mistakes can be made, and curiosity is nurtured. All these are underpinned with our values, the 6 Rs: Responsibility, Reasoning, Reflection, Resourcefulness, Resilience and Respect. These values promote positive attitudes towards learning and personal development, which in turn secures accountability for learning and future success; preparing children well for the next stage of learning.
Children leave The Holt with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections, and become lifelong learners with aspirations and drive. Pupils are role-models to others and can make a positive contribution to society.