The Foundation Stage
This covers Nursery and Reception classes and provides the foundation on which children will build during their school life. It is a very important time in a child’s life whereby they gain a wide range of opportunities and experiences during these 2 years.
During their Nursery year, children attend for five sessions each week and when they enter the Reception class the children will attend school all day.
The Early Years Foundation stage is organised into seven areas of learning which have been sectioned into ‘Prime or Specific’ areas.
‘Prime areas’ cover Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development and Communication and Language. ‘Specific areas’ cover Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
To help build a solid foundation in Reading and writing Holbrook Primary use Read Write Inc, a phonics program used to develop their early reading and writing skills.
During the foundation stage your child will be developing the skills of, creating and thinking critically, playing and exploring and active learning.
At the end of Reception, children will be assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage out comes and parents will received a report on their child’s progress and attainment.
We believe that each child is unique and should have the opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments and that all our children should have the care and support to reach their potential and become independent learners.
Key Stages 1 and 2
Children at Holbrook Primary are taught the National Curriculum for England.
The programmes of study include:
• Art & design
• Design and technology
• Languages (Key stage 2)
• Physical Education
• Religious Education (Coventry agreed syllabus.)
For details about your child’s curriculum please visit the relevant year group page and download the relevant curriculum grids.
Further information can be found here.
Special Educational Needs
The school has an agreed policy for Special Educational Needs which is available for parents to read. Children who are identified as having a special educational need are placed on the school’s register. Teachers then plan an Individual Educational Programme to support each child’s needs. This is regularly reviewed by teachers and parents.
The school works in close partnership with outside agencies, e.g. Speech and Language Service, Sensory Support service, Learning and Behaviour Support Service, and will seek, help from them when necessary.
Click on the link to find out about Holbrook Special Educational Need Provision
We have 2 whole school assemblies each week and 3 other assemblies (class or year group). Assemblies are an important part of the school day when children come together as members of the school community. The focus of assemblies is drawn from a variety of faiths and we have special assemblies to celebrate the many festivals reflected in our multicultural society. Parents are welcome at these and our class assemblies. We hope all children will attend our assemblies, as they do not represent any particular faith. However if parents wish children to be withdrawn, they should discuss this with the Head teacher.
The RE curriculum is based on the Coventry agreed syllabus. Children have the opportunity to study the following religions:
Buddhism | Islam
Christianity | Judaism
Hinduism | Sikhism
Our programme of work is designed to develop children’s understanding of spiritual and moral issues and to develop an appreciation and learn from the beliefs and rituals of other faiths. We hope all children will take part in our religious education lessons but if parents wish children to be withdrawn, they should discuss this with the Head teacher.
Sex and Relationship Education
We have an agreed policy for teaching sex education. This is taught as part of the curriculum, as an important element in preparing children for their lives now and in the future. The curriculum includes emotional, spiritual, moral, social and physical aspects of sex and health education. Children’s questions are answered honestly and sensitively with regard to their age and stage of development. We hope all children will take part in sex education lessons if parents have concerns or wish to withdraw children they should discuss this with the Head teacher.
Music and singing are taught throughout the school as part of the New National Curriculum. Children have the opportunity to use a variety of instruments and specialist teachers teach instruments including the violin, guitar, Dhol drums and samba drums. We try to arrange a programme of visiting performing musicians during the year. Most children also take part in a ‘Morning of Music ’ at some point during their time at Holbrook. If you have any questions please speak to the Music Coordinator.