What we are Learning

Holland Park Primary School aims to develop each and every pupil to their full potential. To do this, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum.

We use a wide range of strategies to appeal to pupils’ different learning styles and needs. Active learning, speaking and listening, drama, paired and group work, as well as direct teaching, are used across the year groups. Whenever possible learning is cross curricular and linked in themes or ‘Topics’. Learning is further enhanced by school trips, visiting authors and theatre companies. We regularly invite specialists in to school to enhance the children’s’ learning further.

The basic requirements for our school curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 are laid down by the National Curriculum and consists of;

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing

 Foundation Subjects

  • Geography
  • History
  • Design Technology.
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) begin a good citizen
  • Citizenship
  • Spanish (formally taught from year 3 up)

In addition we follow the Essex agreed syllabus for RE


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum differs slightly to that of KS1 and KS2.  There are seven areas of learning  and three characteristics of effective learning, which are set out below.  We strive to create a secure and stimulating environment where learning and development is implemented through purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We maintain a free flow between our indoor and outdoor space, which is zoned to reflect the aspects of the areas of learning.

The three Prime Areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Physical Development

The four Specific areas of learning:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

The Characteristics of effective learning:
Playing and exploring
Active learning
Creating and thinking critically