Our Curriculum

Our curriculum puts children’s natural enthusiasm and energy at the centre of the learning process. It’s real, relevant and exciting and it ensures children become inspired, challenged and successful. 

ENGLISH
The teaching and learning of English at Holland Junior School is organised into three areas which transfer to learning throughout the curriculum; reading, writing and spoken language. We use Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc scheme (Language and Literacy) for many English lessons and the Spelling scheme from the same author. English Grammar and Punctuation are taught separately using a variety of resources.

Reading
The ethos behind our reading curriculum is to develop enthusiastic and proficient readers, who can

Use a range of strategies, including accurate decoding of text, to read for meaning

Understand, describe, select or retrieve information, events or ideas from texts and use quotation and reference to text.

Deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts.

Identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at text level.

Explain and comment on writers’ use of language, including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence level.

Identify and comment on writers’ purposes and viewpoints, and the overall effect of the text on the reader

Relate their texts to social, cultural and historical traditions.

Writing
Through the teaching and learning of writing at Holland Junior School, we aim to create authors who can:

Vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect.

Write with technical accuracy of syntax and punctuation in phrases, clauses and sentences.

Organise and present whole texts effectively, sequencing and structuring information, ideas and events

Construct paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraphs.

Write imaginative, interesting and thoughtful texts

Produce texts which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose.

Select appropriate and effective vocabulary.

Use correct spelling across their writing.

Write in a legible style, with accurate and consistent letter formation and joins.

Spoken Language
Spoken language is a crucial life skill. We aim for our learners to be able to:

Speak clearly, fluently and confidently to different people.

To listen, understand and respond to others

To join in as members of a group

To participate in a range of drama activities.

MATHS
At Holland Junior School we teach our pupils Maths with the “Maths Makes Sense” programme of work. This is a structured and coherent Maths curriculum for the whole school, using a learning system of concrete objects and special vocabulary to help every child succeed and allowing us to deliver a high-quality maths education to every child.

Through our Maths curriculum, it is our aim to develop:

A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.

Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.

 An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately

An ability to communicate mathematical thinking, ideas and processes.

An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

SCIENCE
Our aims in teaching Science are that all children will:

Retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them.

Draw conclusions themselves through self- discovery and experiential learning opportunities.

Make connections between the Science all around us and other areas of the curriculum.

Come to understand the nature of “scientific method” and take care when observing testing and evaluating evidence.

Become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data using appropriate scientific vocabulary.

Begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
Children are involved in designing, constructing and evaluating projects using a range of materials such as wood, card, fabric and food ingredients. Through all D.T. learning, children are encouraged to make connections with the real life applications of their skills and communicate their thinking clearly.

GEOGRAPHY
Through Geography lessons our pupils learn to observe the world around them and make enquiries based on their observations. They collect and record evidence which they interpret and connect to previous learning or real world examples. Children develop the ability to describe and explain their geographical understanding.

HISTORY
Historians need a natural sense of curiosity and a desire to enquire and this is exactly what we encourage our children to have.  They also learn to order key events and people in history, interpret evidence and explain and communicate their findings.

ART and DESIGN
Artists need to explore and investigate so that is exactly what we encourage. We support our children to practise their skills, take a risk with their art and communicate their opinions and feelings about, and through, art.

COMPUTING
We aim to prepare children for a fast changing world of technological advances. They learn to explore and use a range of software and devices before applying their learning in projects they plan and debug for themselves. Underpinning all computing learning is a focus on being safe both physically and emotionally in the digital world.

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
We introduce pupils to other languages and cultures, specifically French, in a way that is enjoyable and fun.  The emphasis is on spoken language so children listen carefully and have a go at speaking words and phrases building to short conversations. As they become more confident speakers, they will learn to read and write another language accurately.

MUSIC
We foster understanding, sensitivity and enjoyment of music as individuals and as part of the whole school community through active involvement in performing and composing, listening and appraising. Our school choir meets on a weekly basis and perform in our school productions and to the local community. Tuition in brass, woodwind, string instruments, percussion and singing, for which there is a fee, is provided by members of the County Peripatetic Staff. Our pupils can also learn to perform in a rock band through lessons (for which there is a fee) with “Rocksteady.”

PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH and ECONOMIC EDUCATION (PSHE)
PSHE learning runs like a thread throughout the curriculum and wider school life. Children learn through a range of discrete, cross curricular and extra-curricular experiences about themselves and those with whom they share their community and the wider world. They learn to respect themselves and others as important individuals in society with responsibilities in relation to their health and economic wellbeing. They are asked to respond to a variety of views and situations and be prepared to “risk-take” responsibly in order to broaden their horizons and improve their outcomes. We use the “Jigsaw” programme to teach PHSE and SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) throughout the school. SRE helps children to understand the key differences between the genders and the human life cycle within the context of growing responsibility as they mature and build positive social relationships. Parents are notified by letter and invited to view the content of this section of work prior to its commencement. Parents may withdraw their child from the SRE aspects of this programme according to Government guidelines.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
RE is taught from the Surrey Agreed Syllabus and lessons offer a chance to learn about the beliefs and practices in six different world religions and belief systems. Children have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and empathise with those of others. They also investigate religious beliefs, practices and artefacts, interpret their meaning and make links between faiths. Children are encouraged to debate ideas and express their views sensitively within a supportive atmosphere. Visits to places of worship, handling artefacts and visiting speakers enhance children’s understanding of our multicultural society and aid community cohesion. Parents may withdraw their child from any aspects of this curriculum according to Government guidelines.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Children receive 2 hours of P.E. per week. Children develop the skills and strategies to swim, play football, basketball, cricket, netball, hockey, rounders and athletics. Children learn how to prepare their bodies for exercise and evaluate their performance. Our school hall gymnasium is spacious and equipped for activities such as gymnastics, dance and movement. There are many sports clubs and teams for our pupils to enjoy. Our outdoor activities and allow children access to forest skills, orienteering, map work, fieldwork and residential visits. We participate with local schools in competitions, leagues and tournaments for many sports such as cross country running, athletics, football and swimming.