The Curriculum

At Holland Park School we are proud to acknowledge that

Every Child has the Right to be Different and Equal

The Headteacher is seen as the Head Learner

Every learner will receive the encouragement to work and the opportunity to achieve their potential in their development, in a safe, caring, healthy and happy environment.

Statement of Intent:

The Governing Body of Holland Park School aims to provide for both children and staff an environment in which all individuals are valued and which demonstrates the importance of wholeness and quality of life.

Holland Park achieved National Healthy Schools Status in March 2008 and is a caring school which offers a well-balanced curriculum whereby children can develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will help to equip them for the next stage of education, adult life and employment.

The aims of the school are to help each child to: 

  • acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities and the will to use them;
  • develop lively and enquiring minds and qualities of body, spirit, feeling and imagination;
  • acquire understanding of the social and religious order of the world in which they live and a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs;
  • develop the ability to function as contributing members of co-operative groups and the capacity to develop self-respect;
  • appreciate human achievements in art, music, science and literature.

All children are offered a broad and balanced curriculum. In planning all programmes of work we will be directed by the requirements of the National Curriculum and will relate these to the wide range of ability, the physical, social and emotional development of the children and the need to develop thinking skills. With the development of the primary strategy, we are committed to achievement through Excellence in Teaching and Enjoyment of Learning.

Competence in literacy, numeracy and scientific method is at the core of the National Curriculum. The wide variety of other subjects includes History, Geography, Technology, R.E., Art, Music, Modern Foreign Languages and P.E. and Games. Information Technology is an integral part of the curriculum.

In Mathematics, concepts are developed using the Renewed Primary Strategy for Numeracy. The work is structured to include whole class work followed by group activities so progress is at the level of the child’s understanding. A range of published schemes is available and used at the discretion of the teacher to develop confidence, interest and a sound understanding of relevant skills.

The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are treated with equal importance in English. Teaching follows the Renewed Primary Strategy for Literacy and although at least one hour per day is designated to the teaching of English, this can be with a cross curricular focus. Reading is taught using a mix of whole word, phonics, context and picture cues.

Parents are encouraged to share the pleasures of reading with their children. The children are presented with a guided choice of books which they are able to take home. Writing develops from the discussion of the children’s own experience and leads, in time, to writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

As subject divisions can provide artificial boundaries for children particularly in their early years at school, History, Geography, Science, Technology and Art may be included in a wider topic. This is planned around the National Curriculum requirements in ways which will capture the interest of the children and aid effective learning. At Key Stage 2 the subject divisions are made clearer but can be crosscurricular. Modern Foreign Languages i.e. French, is taught across the key stages, but with greater emphasis in Key Stage 2.

The Arts feature significantly in the curriculum. Where appropriate visits to museums, the theatre and art galleries are arranged. From time to time theatre groups are invited to the school to work with the children. Children have opportunities to listen to and enjoy music, to take part in group singing and to play a variety of instruments, including tuned percussion and recorders. Woodwind and brass lessons are also available. Children take part in internally produced plays and musical events.

In 2009 we were awarded the prestigious Artsmark Silver accreditation, which recognises our commitment and dedication to the Arts throughout the school.

We have been working with Creative Partnerships for three years and have remodelled our curriculum to encourage children’s creative enquiring minds. The content is reviewed every year.

In Religious Education teaching is based on the Essex Agreed Syllabus. Collective Worship takes place daily. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E. and Collective Worship; those wishing to do so should consult the Headteacher and alternative arrangements will be made.

Sex and Relationship Education is studied in all Year Groups, with a change of focus as the children progress through the school. The younger children learn about friendship and social interaction and this is continued through to Years 5 and 6 where the content includes personal health and hygiene and an awareness of their developing bodies. Following recommendations from Health professionals, films are shown to pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 which complement the National Curriculum Science Programme of Study for the Human Body – Life Processes. An opportunity is given to parents to view the films in order to assist them in any subsequent discussions, which may arise, with their children.

Homework for the younger age groups involves the children in reading with parents each day. They may have maths or literacy tasks or be involved in information gathering. The main focus of homework will be numeracy and literacy. Science and other subjects are added to the programme as children move up the school. Homework needs to become a regular pattern with a familiar routine to help children, parents and teachers.

Sport

At Holland Park sport is encouraged because: 

  • it touches the lives of a great number of individuals;
  • children can learn and adopt healthy sporting habits;
  • children can begin to appreciate the benefit of regular exercise;
  • it channels energy, high spirits, competitiveness and aggression in a social and beneficial manner;
  • it can benefit everyone regardless of circumstances or ability;
  • lessons for life are provided.

The Physical Education programme includes swimming, dance, gymnastics, organised football, rugby, rounders, netball, tennis, basketball, hockey and athletics. Children take part in inter-school games and matches organised by the Clacton and District School Sports Association. We have our own Infant and Junior Sports Days. Competition in this area is not frowned upon.

We play to win and we endeavour to teach children to be modest in victory and cheerful and more determined when they lose.