Holbrook Primary School, Trowbridge

Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging every learner to achieve their full potential



Holbrook Curriculum


At Holbrook we have developed our own ‘bespoke’ Holbrook curriculum which is derived from the National Curriculum.


Our curriculum is:

  • Ambitious for all pupils – helps them to know more, remember more and understand more
  • Coherently planned and sequenced
  • Adapted, designed and developed for pupils with SEND
  • Broad and balanced for all pupils
  • Bespoke to Holbrook children and their experiences
  • Built around repeatable, core concepts which allow our pupils to gain knowledge and skills over time.
  • Reviewed regularly and adapted to best meet children’s needs.


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. 



At Holbrook we teach our bespoke curriculum to all children, whatever their ability and individual needs We have worked together to develop our own broad and balanced curriculum. We provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make good progress.  


Some children are identified as having special educational needs. Our practice looks at a range of factors, including classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching style, differentiation, so that we can make some additional and/or different provisions to enable the child to learn more effectively.  Assessment against the National Curriculum allows us to consider each child’s attainment and progress against age related expectations for Mathematics . This ensures that our teaching is matched to the child’s needs.



Equal opportunities


All pupils are entitled to access our wonderful curriculum at a level appropriate to their needs arising from race, gender, ability or disability.


Beautiful Work


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.

Holbrook long term curriculum planning 2020-2021: