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Here at the Hollies, we believe that each child is an individual and tailor the curriculum to suit their needs. The curriculum is differentiated to ensure access for all pupils. The school highlights the need to reflect the individual priority needs for the pupils as identified in their statement of Special Educa​tional needs and Annual Review. Key experiences are planned through termly topics that ​provide a broad and balanced, exciting and relevant​that ​provide a broad and balanced, exciting and relevant curriculum. Due to the nature of  our children a strong emphasis is placed upon language, communication and conceptual development delivered through play activities. Currently the curriculum is divided into Foundation Phase and KS2.  This may change in the future as a result of 'The Successful Futures' report written by Professor Graham Donaldson (Feburary 2015). 

 

The Hollies are committed to improving Literacy and Numeracy skills by following the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.  OpportunityThe Hollies are committed to improving Literacy and Numeracy skills by following the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.  Opportunities to develop these skills are planned for accross the curriculum depending on the individual needs of the children.

 

Foundation Phase

 

The children who are aged 3 - 7 follow the Foundation Phase curriculum. The Foundation Phase is a developmental curriculum for 3 to 7-year-olds in Wales. It encourages children to be creative, imaginative and to have fun and makes learning more enjoyable and more effective.

 

Children will be given more opportunities to explore the world around them and understand how things work by taking part in practical activities that are relevant to their developmental stage. They are challenged with open-

ended questions and given opportunities to explore and share their ideas for solving problems.

For more information, visit Welsh Government Foundation Phase

 

Our Foundation Phase curriculum has been developed to ensure that children will have the opportunity to learn through experiential investigative and directed play activities. For our children it is important to achieve a balance between self exploration and teacher intervention, in order to appropriately challenge pupils enabling them to reach their full potential. We believe that children are at the centre of our teaching, and that each child’s achievements should be celebrated.

 

Aims

  • To promote the child’s early language and communication skills.

  • To promote the child’s emotional development.

  • To promote the child’s cultural development.

  • To promote the child’s intellectual development.

  • To promote the child’s social development.

  • To promote the child’s physical development.

  • To provide a stimulating environment which encourages children to explore and learn.​

  

Key Stage 2

 

Key Stage 2 children have full access to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum which is adapted to their needs. They have access to the thirteen Curriculum subjects and most of these are taught practically using practical apparatus and role play.

 

We have a four year rolling programme to ensure coverage of the required curriculum, incorporating our school schemes of work.  We adopt a thematic approach, teaching through termly topics.  The learning experience is extended through visitors to school such as musicians and parents.  It is also extended through trips related to the current topics.  All work is specifically tailored to the abilities of individual pupils and incorporates opportunities for pupils to practice skills and specific objectives in line with their SCERTS IEPs.  The curriculum is delivered through a structured framework, which ensures long term progression throughout the key stage.  There is an emphasis on skills and a cross curricular, practical and applied approach to learning.  Pupils are encouraged to become independent thinkers.  

 

Aims

 

  • To promote the pupil’s skills of language, literacy and communication.

  • To promote the numeracy skills of each pupil including developing their problem solving skills.

  • To promote the scientific and investigative skills of each pupil.

  • To promote historical enquiry and investigation skills for each pupil.

  • To promote geographical enquiry and investigation skills for each pupil.

  • To promote religious and cultural development for each pupil.

  • To promote physical development for each pupil.

  • To promote personal and social development for each pupil.

  • To promote creative skills, artistic skills and designing skills for each pupil.

  • To promote Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills for each pupil.

  • To provide a caring, stimulating environment where each child can explore, learn and develop their existing skills.​