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Curriculum Ethos and Rationale

At Hollyfast we are a family. Each and every child belongs to our family. Our teaching and learning is personalised at every opportunity; children are treated as individuals to ensure that they all meet their full potential. We believe that ceilings do not exist on any child’s learning and use assessment to continually drive children’s learning forward through high expectations for all. This is reflected in our school motto: Work hard to be the best you can.


We strongly believe in a rounded, balanced and engaging curriculum. We take pride in our focus on fluency in the basic skills of reading, writing and maths, and aim to provide children with a curriculum that enhances their knowledge and understanding of the world. This builds upon the opportunities they have at home and builds aspirations for the future.


The mental health and well-being of our children is central to the way we teach at Hollyfast. Relationships are the bedrock and our curriculum is language–rich, built on an ethos of group work and active learning, where children are actively involved in their own learning and develop positive learning behaviours on their journey with us. We provide children at Hollyfast with engaging, practical activities that encourage them to work together and take advantage of our extensive outdoor environment.


Our Curriculum Vision

At Hollyfast Primary, we strive to ‘work hard to be the best we can’ at all times. Through our curriculum we aim to excite children, engage them and develop their passion for learning. Our curriculum supports children to develop positive learning behaviours, which if developed from an early age can have a significant impact on their future education and journey.


We are driven by equipping our children with firm foundations in basic skills and fluency in reading, writing and maths. Children at Hollyfast have an array of opportunities to apply these skills and further their learning through our core-skill rehearsal approach to learning. This approach is complimented by our school driver of language and vocabulary which is the golden thread that runs through all learning.


This focus on core skills is embedded in the wider curriculum. At Hollyfast, we provide children with an exciting wider curriculum to add depth and breadth to their learning experiences. Our topic based learning is systematically mapped out to ensure the wider curriculum leads learning and enrichment experiences. Every curriculum subject is important at Hollyfast, with their place in the wider curriculum valued and celebrated throughout the year, forming the basis of our annual enrichment calendar. The commitment to the wider curriculum is also reflected in the leadership roles of our staff.