The subjects taught in school are English, mathematics, science, computing, design and technology, history, geography, music, art, physical education, religious education and personal, social, health and citizenship education. Each subject area has Programmes of Study which the children follow in their appropriate ‘key stage’. The children in Reception are part of the Foundation Stage following the Foundation Stage curriculum. Year 1 and Year 2 will be working at Key Stage 1 and the children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be working at Key Stage 2. 

We want the curriculum to be relevant and meaningful so where possible, subjects are taught through interesting, well planned topics. By linking subjects closely we are able to promote learning and understanding and maximize coverage. Subjects not naturally fitting into a topic are taught alongside. Our topic plans can be found further down this page. If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please come into school and we will be happy to provide you with further information. Mathematics and literacy skills are taught daily in each class. The development of key Phonics skills and the teaching of Reading are seen as at the core of the pupils’ learning. Parents are encouraged to support their child through the development of these key skills. 

Find out more about our reading scheme and phonics programme here.


The school is very well equipped for ICT with a range of laptops/iPads and iPod touches. The use of IT is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning


French is the main language taught in both KS1 and 2.


Children in Y4 attend weekly swimming lessons in the autumn term.


Sex Education

This is not taught as a separate subject within the school, but as part of science/health education and personal and social education. Children’s questions will be answered with honesty and sensitivity as the need arises. From year 2 onwards children are taught about themselves, their families and special people. From year 4 to year 6 children are taught about the developments and changes in growing up, through DVDs and discussion with their class teacher. In years 5 and 6 the children learn more about the process of human reproduction within the context of loving family relationships. The School Nurse participates in basic sex education sessions for Y6, and works alongside teachers as the need arises. The school’s policy for Sex Education is available in school or on the school’s website.

PSHCE at Holme Valley



Children’s progress is assessed against attainment targets and will be formally reported to parents in two Parent Consultation meetings per year and one detailed written report. Informal consultations may take place at other times. We also arrange sessions where parents can come and look at their own child’s work with their child acting as a guide.


Enriching and Extending Learning

In addition to the compulsory National Curriculum Programmes of Study, the school has a comprehensive programme of enrichment activities. These include:

  • Residential trip in Year 6
  • A programme of day trips, visits and visitors in every year group
  • A range of clubs and groups that meet at lunchtimes and after school
  • Small group musical instrument lessons (for which an extra charge is payable)
  • Cycle training in Year 6
  • Themed days such as World Book Day
  • Themed weeks such as Design and Technology STEM project
  • Activities linked to topical events such as the Olympics


Children’s Involvement in their Learning

Wherever possible the school looks to involve children in their learning. The school considers that this motivates and inspires children to achieve their best and to develop positive attitudes to future learning


We do this for example through:

  • Each class creates a class set of rules during ‘moving on up fortnight’. In this the children agree how they will look after their classroom and resources, work with each other and help others.
  • Children are sometimes given choices about how to present their work to their teacher, their class, their group or their parents.
  • They sometimes have choices about the role they will take in a group project.
  • Children sometimes choose to study a particular area of interest in more detail.
  • They discuss and debate and vote for issues in their learning and related to their learning.
  • They help plan themed days and weeks, and they run a school council.
  • They self-assess their own learning in addition to their teacher’s

Moving on up Fortnight’

In the last two weeks of the summer term, all children from reception to Y5 move into their new classroom with their new teachers and teaching assistants. We have taken part in ‘moving on up’ for three years now and find that it is successful in alleviating any worries the children may have over the summer holidays about moving into a new class. Also it means that teachers get a good ‘picture’ of the children and no time is lost in September settling down and getting to know the children.


Topic Plans for 2017 - 2018

Topic Plans Autumn Term 2017

Reception - Magical Me/Autumn Harvest

Year 1 & 2 - Why is it important to remember?

Year 3 & 4 - Transport and Trade. Could we trade without transport?

Year 5 & 6 - Does victory ever exist in conflict?


Literacy Long Term Plans 2017 - 2018

Reception Page 1

Reception Page 2

Year 1 Literacy

Year 2 Literacy

Year 3 Literacy

Year 4 Literacy

Year 5 Literacy

Year 6 Literacy


Maths Medium Term Plans 2017 - 2018

Reception - Autumn Term

Reception - Spring Term

Reception - Summer Term

Year 1 Maths

Year 2 Maths

Year 3 Maths

Year 4 Maths

Year 5 Maths

Year 6 Maths

Holme Valley Calculation Policy


Topic Plans Summer Term 2017

Reception - Under the Sea

Year 1 & 2 - What makes the UK an amazing place?

Year 3 & 4 - How has the Earth shaped our community? Land of Hope and Glory

Year 5 & 6 - Beliefs - Why did we stop worshipping gods?


Topic Plans Spring Term 2017

Reception - Dinosaurs

Year 1 & 2 - Extreme Weather

Year 3 & 4 - An Artistic Journey Through Time

Year 5 & 6 - Earthquakes and Eruptions


Topic Plans Autumn Term 2016

Reception - Magical Me/Autumn Harvest & EYFS Objectives

Year 1 & 2 - Great and Ghastly Events

Year 3 & 4 - Megastructures

Year 5 & 6 - Rich Vs Poor


Literacy Long Term Plans 2016 - 2017

Reception Literacy

Year 1 & 2 Literacy

Year 3 Literacy

Year 4 Literacy

Year 5 Literacy

Year 6 Literacy

Reading Spine


Maths Long Term Plans 2016 - 2017

EYFS - Autumn

EYFS - Spring

EYFS - Summer

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


RE Long Term Plans 2016-2017

Year 1 & 2 Autumn Term - Belonging

Year 1 & 2 Spring Term - Believing

Year 1 & 2 Summer Term - Questions, Questions

Year 3 & 4 Autumn Term - Belief in the Community

Year 3 & 4 Spring Term - Saints and heroes

Year 3 & 4 Summer Term - Our World

Year 5 & 6 Autumn Term - Justice and Freedom

Year 5 & 6 Spring Term - Living a Faith

Year 5 & 6 Summer Term - Hopes and Visions




Literacy Long Term Plans 2015-2016

Reception Literacy

Year 1 & 2 Literacy

Year 3 & 4 Literacy

Year 5 & 6 Literacy


Long Term Plans 2014-2015 & 2015-2016

Year 1 & 2 Long Term Plans

Year 3 & 4 Long Term Plans

Year 5 & 6 Long Term Plans


Literacy Expectations 

Literacy - writing expectations

Literacy - reading expectations

Literacy - spoken language expectations


Numeracy Plans 2015-2016

Year 1 Numeracy

Year 2 Numeracy

Year 3 Numeracy

Year 4 Numeracy

Year 5 Numeracy

Year 6 Numeracy




 Topic Plans for 2015 - 2016

Topic Plans Summer Term 2016

Reception - At the Seaside

Year 1 & 2 - How has our local area changed over time?

Year 3 & 4 - How does your garden grow? Page 1

Year 3&4 - How does your garden grow? Page 2

Year 3 - Curriculum overview

Year 4 - Curriculum overview

Year 5&6 - It's a revolution

Year 5&6 - Curriculum overview



Topic Plans Spring Term 2016

Reception - Hot and Cold Places

Year 1 & 2 - What make a great explorer?

Year 3 & 4 - Which invaders have left more of a legacy? Page 1

Year 3 & 4 - Which invaders have left more of a legacy? Page 2

Year 3 - Curriculum overview

Year 4 - Curriculum overview

Year 5 & 6 - Evolution, just a theory?

Year 5 & 6 - Curriculum overview


Topic Plans Autumn Term 2015

Reception Teddy bear topic

Reception - Curriculum overview

Year 1 & 2 How does a lighthouse work?

Year 1 - Curriculum overview

Year 2 - Curriculum overview

Year 3 & 4 - What have the Saxons done for us? 

Year 3 - Curriculum overview

Year 4 - Curriculum overview

Year 5 & 6 Victory in Europe

Year 5 & 6 Curriculum overview