Generated on 13 Apr 2024

Hollesley Primary School

Curriculum statement


It is our intention that pupils love learning and are taught to understand what it means to be a successful, well-rounded individual in today's changing society

Big ideas


Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.


Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.


Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.


Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.


Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.


Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place and space

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.


Understanding how and why things are the same or different.


Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.


Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

Mission statement

Our school motto "Nurturing the roots of our success" underpins everything we do. We believe that children should have the opportunity to succeed and that success often happens when it is shared within a nurturing environment.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum


By allowing children to see meaningful links between subjects and teaching in a cross curricular way, thay are able to make connections and engage with the individual learning project for an extended period of time. This ensures both long lasting enjoyment and the ability for teachers to teach creatively and motivate the children.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences


Alongside the Cornerstones Curriculum we provide opportunities for children to respind to current events and issues through Picture the News.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• work in a range of groups and settings
• build respectful friendships
• follow their own interests and be themselves
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• recognise that people are good at different things
• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities


We believe that children learn best within a friendly, nurturing and supportive environment. We are mindful of the whole child and will tailor learning accordingly.

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
• make choices about things that are important to them
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• make a positive contribution to the school and local community


Our pupils take an active role in shaping our school. We have regular School Council meetings. These allow children to share their views, take an active role in the improvment of our environment and debate current issues.


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning


Children at Hollesley Primary School are ready to learn, responsible for their own behaviour and learning, resourceful and respectful towards all associated with our school community. Our children demonstrate resilience in their learning and the ability to reflect upon what they and others have learnt. These principles shape our ethos and pedagogy throughout a child's learning experience at Hollesley.


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom


We pride ourselves with our love for active and outside learning. We often participate in many sporting events both on site and off site. We have community links with the Local WI and Glebe House (care home in the village). Each term the headteachers from similar sized schools meet together to plan activities across the schools. The PTA (Friends of Hollesley Primary School) is very supportive of our curriculum and provides resources to ensure all children benefit from the experiences we offer.