Our Curriculum

Holly ParkThere is a  National Curriculum that was introduced to all schools in 2014. The main aim of the new curriculum is to raise standards.

The new curriculum is intended to be more challenging,  focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills.

The new National Curriculum is only a small part of a school’s overall curriculum.

We also Promoting British Values at Holly Park

Please click on the link below to see the Holly Park Curriculum Map for the academic year.

Completed Whole School Complete Curriculum Map 2019-20

Here are the Learning Schedules for each year group.   This covers in outline all topics each year group will cover.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Holly Park we have outstanding provision in the Early Years and Foundation stage. Our Nursery and Reception classes are bright and lively environments where children make excellent progress in their learning through a balance of self initiated play and adult led activities. Children have free-flow access to both indoor and outdoor provision.

The KS1 and 2 Curriculum

In Years 1 and 2 we continue the implementation of an ‘integrated day’, which aids transition from the Early Years and feeds into the cross curricular approach we take when implementing the National Curriculum.

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgAt Holly Park we are constantly developing our provision to meet the needs of our pupils. Children here experience a fun and innovative curriculum where areas of learning are taught via different ‘topics’. Teachers creatively link subjects together to build exciting units of work and plan activities to challenge and motivate their pupils.

music-notes-on-staff-clipart-dT6XGz8T9A full broad and balanced curriculum is on offer here, with music being a particular strength of the school. We ensure that statutory curriculum requirements are adhered to, but each teacher has the freedom to take their own approach as to how best to deliver their lessons, ensuring optimum learning and progress for their cohort of pupils. This means the school is constantly buzzing with fresh ideas and enthusiasm as the excellent team of teaching staff work effectively together, while pupils proactively engage with their learning.

Pupils are encouraged to develop the Holly Park Learning Skills as they progress through the school. The 6 Learning Skills are: Commitment, Creativity, Self Management, Reflection, Enquiry and Team work. Please refer to the separate section for more detail on these Learning Skills.

What subjects are taught at Holly Park?

Children at Holly Park will experience the following subjects:

English

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgThis subject is divided into the following 4 sections: ‘Speaking and Listening’, ‘Reading’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Phonics & SPaG’ (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).  Studying English gives children the ability to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. English forms the basis of many topics as so many other subjects can be explored through drama, reading (both fiction and non-fiction) and writing for different purposes. The children at Holly Park have fortnightly lessons, taught by an additional teacher, that focus specifically on phonics and spelling and serve to consolidate and enhance the learning that has been taking place in the classroom already.

Mathematics

This subject is divided into the following 5 sections: ‘Thinking Mathematically’, ‘Number’, ‘Handling Data’, ‘Calculation’ and ‘Shape, Space & Measures’. Learning Mathematics equips pupils with significant skills and thought processes that will enhance their everyday life.

math_symbolsAt Holly Park we stress to the children how important it is to have a good grasp of their times tables. We operate a system of timed, levelled challenges with certificates for each level passed. The children at Holly Park have fortnightly lessons, taught by an additional teacher, that focus specifically on mental maths and serves to consolidate the learning that has been taking place in the classroom already.

Science

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgThis subject is divided into the following 4 sections: ‘Investigation and Enquiry’, ‘Life Processes’, ‘Materials’ and ‘Physical Processes. Science is a great subject to incite curiosity and to encourage children to develop enquiring minds. Pupils gain knowledge to answer questions about the world around them, but also are inspired to extend their knowledge through further enquiry.

ICT

This is a rapidly changing subject as technology develops at such a fast pace. Our ICT team work hard to keep our curriculum relevant and up to date. We have 4 laptop trolleys in the school so children are able to use computers to enhance their learning across the curriculum. Children are also taught explicit skills in ICT for example using digital media or controlling devices.

Geography

Green-Globe-psd448121Through this subject pupils examine the natural and human worlds. They develop their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and encounter different societies and cultures. The work of our school Eco Council has direct links to Geography.

History

In History children learn about past societies and consider how the past influences the present. They build a chronological framework based around significant events and people. Pupils gain an understanding of people and their experiences, which can influence their personal choices, attitudes and values.

PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to stay healthy  and safe now and prepare for their futures.

PHSE includes:

  • Relationships Education  (Statutory)​
  • Health Education  (Statutory)​
  • Sex Education (Only 2-3 lessons in Year 6)
  • Economic Wellbeing
  • Being a Responsible Citizen
  • Careers

Design & Technology

cropped-logo-Copy.jpgThrough Design & Technology pupils are encouraged to solve problems creatively. They combine practical skills with an understanding of specific requirements for a product. It is a subject where children learn how and why things work and have a chance to use that knowledge to create something new.

Art

As they progress through the school, children develop their artistic skills in drawing, painting, 3D, textiles, printing, collage and ICT. Art is a subject that lends itself well to a class’s topic and so frequently you see other subjects ‘come to life’ through art.

Religious Education

At Holly Park we teach the agreed Barnet syllabus for Religious Education where different religions are explored through key themes such as ‘Symbols’ or ‘Celebrations’. Every year group at Holly Park will make a visit to a place of worship to enhance pupils’ understanding of other religions and religious practices.

MFL

holaThe Modern Foreign Language taught at Holly Park is Spanish. These lessons are delivered by a specialist teacher and the children enjoy learning basic Spanish vocabulary and being able to converse about various topics. It is taught in a fun, interactive way using music and songs, games and challenges to engage pupils.

Physical Education

Holly Park has an all weather outdoor pitch that classes use for their outdoor PE sessions.

Indoor PE (gymnastics and dance) takes place in the main hall. Children also take part in ‘Take 10’ each day – up to 10 minutes of physical exercise to music within the classroom. At Holly Park we are keen to encourage a healthy lifestyle and children are made aware of the vital importance of being active. PE also provides a great opportunity for pupils to build up their teamwork skills.

Music is an important part of our curriculum. Learn more about it here.