Curriculum Introduction

Here at Holmwood School and Nursery, we believe that learning should be child-centred, reflecting the individual needs and interests of each child.  We believe that infant education should build the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.  We believe that every child has the right to a childhood which includes engaging in a range of exciting and memorable experiences, which give them the freedom to explore, take risks and develop resilience; a curriculum that will, “Bring out the best in everyone.”

We plan units of work which are relevant to our pupil's interests and specific learning needs, whilst ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum and statutory Religious Education requirements. The progression of skills and knowledge is clearly mapped out to ensure children are moved onto their next step of learning in all areas.


Please see below for a copy of the Progressions plans for each subject. *links to be updated*

For more information about each subject, please click on a subject below. *links to be updated*


Our Childhood Pledge

In our aim to provide child-centred learning which reflects the individual needs and interests of all the children, we believe children should engage in as many ‘childhood’ experiences as possible, which aren’t prescribed within the National Curriculum. 

We pledge to all our children, that we will provide specific memorable experiences and opportunities throughout their time here at Holmwood, which allows them to grow into well rounded citizens, who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their society.


Please click here to learn more about our pledge to the children.


Maths at Holmwood

Our maths curriculum is based upon the principles of teaching for mastery. At Holmwood School and Nursery, we see teaching for mastery in maths as allowing the pupils to gain a deep understanding of maths, allowing them to acquire a secure and long-term understanding of maths that allows them to make continual progress and be ready to move onto more complex topics.

Influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world, we have chosen to follow the schemes of learning produced by ‘White Rose Maths’.  They have brought together a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts to train, guide, help and support us to be the very best maths teachers.

We believe that everyone can do maths. Maths is a subject that everyone can and should be able to perform confidently and competently. Our expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the schemes of learning at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of the pupil’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems rather than acceleration onto new content. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier materials will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice and support, before moving on.

For all areas of maths, pupil’s learning will begin with concrete experience, leading onto pictorial representations and ultimately secure mental strategies, which will allow them to solve abstract problems. When appropriate, pupils will be taught formal recording methods.

Please click on the links below to take you to the schemes of learning for each year group:

  • For Early Years please click here
  • For Key Stage 1 please click here

Please click here to learn more about our calculation policy.

Please click here for the Early Years Maths booklets for parents.

Please click here for the Key Stage 1 booklets for home learning which will support what is being taught in school.


Maths Monkey

There is more maths around you every day than you probably think! Our Maths monkeys support children in being able to recognise this.  Each class monkey will be sent home with a child, to spend some time doing maths things together.  Children record what they get up to in its diary and add any photos of doing maths together!

Here are a few ideas that they could do:

  • Going on a number hunt
  • Counting objects / animals / stairs
  • Cooking / baking
  • A visit to the shop to buy some sweets, how much have you spent? How much change?
  • Sorting stickers into a repeating pattern
  • Organising and classifying toys, books or cars according colour, size, length etc.
  • Play I’m thinking of a number, e.g. is it odd? Is it bigger than 20 / less than 50? Write down the questions you asked, how many questions did you need to guess correctly? 
  • Helping children to learn times tables or division facts
  • Learning number bonds
  • Finding and identifying 2D and 3D shapes
  • Exploring patterns out and about
  • Collecting and displaying data, e.g. how many red cars go past in 10 minutes? What is your family’s favourite fruit?
  • Playing free Maths games on the computer
  • Playing snakes and ladders or other board games
  • Exploring number lines, numbered and blank
  • Solving word problems

The most important thing to remember is........ to have fun!