At Holme Valley, we aim to ensure that our children receive a school curriculum that is designed to broaden their horizons and extend the boundaries of their lives. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We have worked to ensure the curriculum we offer is enriched and personalised to our children and that it prioritises the things we want our children to experience during their time with us.
Based on the needs of our children we have identified four drivers to underpin our curriculum:
- British Values
We use these ‘drivers’ to reinforce the work we undertake in all areas of school life.
As a school, we actively promote British Values as part of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children to help to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We aim to foster the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our British Values driver is woven through our curriculum, for example through Picture News assemblies, the work done by our School Council and our wider curriculum.
Promoting diversity throughout our curriculum is an important way to teach children about the diverse world in which we live. We want our pupils to to be inspired by people of different genders, ethnicities, abilities and people from different backgrounds; recognising individual differences and celebrating uniqueness. Children who learn about diversity and cultural awareness have better social skills, increased confidence and are often more accepting of people who are different from themselves.
Our diversity driver is embedded into all areas of our curriculum and our school ethos.
We feel that it is important to teach our children about environmental issues so that caring for nature becomes part of their lives. We want our children to learn about some of the complex environmental problems confronting our planet and help them to acquire the skills they’ll need to be creative problem solvers and powerful advocates for the environment.
Our environment driver is threaded throughout our curriculum; for example, learning about deforestation, plastic pollution and running an Eco Club.
As our school community is widespread, including families from different areas of Scunthorpe. We felt that a community driver would help to bring the school and local community together. We want to foster links with our parental community and also local people and businesses.
Our community driver can been seen across the curriculum; for example, our school concert, visits to the local care home, family bingo nights, visitors into school, secret storyteller and inviting families into school to share children's work.