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Holly Trees Primary School

Vaughan Williams Way, Brentwood, CM14 5RY, 01277 212296

Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement

Our carefully considered, balanced curriculum helps to develop the skills and attitudes necessary for life as a responsible citizen in the 2lst Century. Our curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and needs. Pupils are encouraged to think creatively and critically and to respect others and the environments in which they live. We place an emphasis on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development across our curriculum and support children in developing principles for distinguishing between right and wrong.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.  Teaching in the EYFS challenges children to become independent, motivated learners who are full of curiosity about the world around them. Within our happy and secure environment, our children experience consistent teaching, engaging hands-on learning and a child-centred curriculum that ensures the consistent development of skills across all areas of learning. Children are encouraged to explore, take risks, and form positive relationships with their peers in a setting that celebrates the uniqueness of every child. 

Primary Curriculum (KS1 and KS2)

Our curriculum is knowledge rich. All aspects of the curriculum have been designed with progression in mind; this ensures that children build on existing skills and knowledge, which, over time, enables them to know more and remember more. 

Our curriculum is built around the objectives set out in the National Curriculum, which covers the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science, and the foundation subjects: Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and PSHE. We are also required to teach Religious Education and this curriculum is determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), which is responsible for producing the locally agreed syllabus for RE. 

Our curriculum focuses significantly on the core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, Maths and science.   These underpin all other areas of the curriculum and are key to providing our children with the skills needed to access a wide range of learning.

Foundation subjects are delivered using a mastery model where children are able to explore content in increasing depth and complexity as they move through school.  Knowledge and skills are developed as children progress from Year 1 through to Year 6.  This approach allows us to make connections in and across the curriculum, whilst also developing the children’s understanding of what makes each subject distinct and unique. 

Click here to see our Curriculum Overview for this year.


Curriculum planning

We believe that our children deserve inspirational learning opportunities. Curriculum planning ensures that children are immersed in exciting projects which lead to authentic outcomes. They are challenged to work creatively whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.

We have high expectations of learning and outcome. Our curriculum is designed to encourage high levels of engagement and motivation, so that our children are instilled with the desire to produce their very best work. 

Children work alongside experts and professionals, take part in visits and residential trips and learn both indoors and out. Our classroom environments are designed to encourage children to work collaboratively, flexibly and with high levels of independence.

Beyond the classroom…

We believe that a broad and balanced curriculum extends beyond the classroom. We tailor and adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our community, and in doing so, provide a wealth of experiences throughout their time at school.

We are committed to ensuring that all our children have the opportunity to…

  • Take part in Forest School sessions every year.
  • Visit places of worship.
  • Experience a residential.
  • Learn a musical instrument and experience live music.
  • Take part in a school performance.
  • Go to the theatre.
  • Visit museums and galleries.
  • Swim at least 25 metres.
  • Perform an act of community service.
  • Explore their local environment.
  • Take part in a sports competition.
  • Experience democracy by casting a vote.
  • Go on public transport.
  • Plant, grow and then use what they have grown.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Be involved in charitable work.