At Holbrook we have developed our own ‘bespoke’ Holbrook curriculum which is derived from the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum is:
We ‘block’ subjects to allow our pupils time and space to explore new concepts. Pupils are provided with a knowledge organiser at the start of each block which identifies key vocabulary and information for the upcoming unit of learning.
Holbrook children produce 'beautiful work' to demonstrate their learning and understanding. This is shared with parents through Class Dojo. We believe that children’s work should be honoured; it should be of the highest quality and, wherever possible, should have an audience. Beautiful work takes time and is worth keeping and sharing. Beautiful work shouldn’t always need to take the same format – all children deserve the chance to shine.
Early reading and phonics
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we use the Sounds Write scheme of learning to support the teaching of phonics and early reading. Reading books are sent home which closely match the phonic sounds that the children have learnt; these books are changed as and when the children fluently read their book.
Holbrook Reading Spine
The teachers at Holbrook have developed a bespoke 'Holbrook Reading Spine' which is made up of high quality texts that we use to develop reading skills with our children throughout their Primary Education. The reading spine is made up of classic novels, non-fiction, poetry and modern fiction. Our Holbrook Association PTA kindly funded the Holbrook reading spine at a cost of around £4000 so that there are enough copies of each text so children can work in pairs with a physical copy of the book they are studying.
Reading is taught every day throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 through Guided Reading lessons.