Holystone Primary Curriculum Statement
At Holystone Primary School we aim to offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage.
This curriculum is regularly reviewed and revisited. Our most recent review has been in light of our updated school vision statement which has led to the creation of four core values (Respect, Resilience, Community Spirit and Independence). From this, through our programmes of study, we aim support the development of our pupils (both in terms of knowledge and skills) as we strive to ensure that when they leave Holystone, they are well rounded, motivated, high school ready individuals. Our recent review also allowed us to audit our curriculum to ensure it is academically progressive, promotes SMSC opportunities and supports core British Values.
We have reviewed the coverage of all subject areas to ensure they match the requirements of the National Curriculum and have produced coverage maps which outline the programmes of study for each year group. We have also reviewed the skills and knowledge taught to ensure this is progressive across all subject areas. We will soon be producing 'Knowledge Organisers' for the topics that we cover which will help pupils and parents focus on the key knowledge and core vocabulary that will be required to demonstrate a sound understanding of the given topic. The development of a curriculum is a dynamic and constantly evolving process and we will be updating the links on this page with further information as this review moves forward.
The programmes of study within the National Curriculum (NC) sets out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools are free to develop a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches this content.
At Holystone Primary the curriculum includes an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents.
Internally, we adapt a tool called Target Tracker to our needs. For English and Maths, at three points in the year we review progress of pupils and report to parents as to how well a child is doing in comparison to an “Expected Standard”.
Progress in all other subject areas is reviewed on an ongoing basis and is reported annually and this is based on the expected knowledge and skills for each year group as set out in our subject progression ladders.
Assessment at End of Key Stages
At the end of the Key Stages 1 & 2, children are assessed against an "expected national standard." Pupils at tested in both Y2 & Y6, however, in Y2 a teacher assessed judgement is made with the tests being low key and merely informing teacher judgement. In Y6, in Reading, Maths and Grammar, pupils are tested and receive a scaled score (their raw score - the actual number of marks they accrue - is translated into a scaled score) which allows for comparative year on year analysis despite there being annual variations in the difficulty of the tests. Parents are told their child's raw score, scaled score and whether they have reached the national standard for a particular subject (a scaled score of 100 is the expected standard). In Y6, Writing outcomes are based on teacher assessment across the year. A progress measure for Key Stage 2 pupils is also reported. Overall school performance is measured against all other schools nationally.