At Holy Family all staff work extremely hard to provide a stimulating, exciting curriculum that engages children and helps them to develop skills for life. There is a strong emphasis on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy but we ensure all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum giving them the opportunity to explore and discover talents.
Some work is covered through a cross-curricular approach when a ‘topic’ or ‘theme’ is selected and children learn to apply skills across a number of different subjects. Other times, a subjectmay be taught discretely to ensure adequate coverage of knowledge and skills.
“The curriculum is rich and varied. There is a strong focus on the development of basic language and numeracy skills so that achievement in these subjects is outstanding. The International Primary Curriculum provides pupils with a broad base of knowledge and understanding. This allows them to understand the links between such subjects as history and geography, and to develop a keen awareness of contemporary global and national issues. There is an impressive variety of sporting, musical and cultural activities. Pupils have benefitted from the Shakespearean theme which underpins much of the school’s teaching this term. This links the work of each class to a particular play.” Ofsted 2011
At Holy Family School we use a number of reading schemes to support the teaching and development of reading. The main schemes are: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Rigby Star and Accelerated Reader.
We also follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ structure to develop children’s phonic awareness (the sounds that letters make). To support this we use Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics.
To view the curriculum maps, please click on the link for the appropriate year.