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Our Curriculum

Our school’s education programme is underpinned by the National Curriculum,  providing quality and excellence through an exciting, stimulating environment that stretches and develops the child as a whole. We use the MANTLE OF THE EXPERT philosophy to allow our learners to develop and apply their knowledge in context.

To find out more about how we use this approach, follow this link.

We believe that every child in our school will be able to develop the necessary skills needed to progress to secondary school and the skills they need to succeed as learners in life.

Our curriculum rests on a firm foundation of basic skills which will enable our children to ultimately explore and pursue their own interests. Although content is important and is taught according to National Curriculum requirements, skills and attitudes will be developed throughout. Children will discover that learning is not passive, but an active process that leads somewhere and in turn allows the child to see physical, tangible evidence of the skills they have learnt. This also helps children develop an evaluative attitude towards their work and a sense of not only pride in their work but a focus for areas to improve.

As a Church of England school RE is planned and taught discretely in RE days and through our Values curriculum.

Through our curriculum we aim to raise standards. Primary education is not just about targets and results in league tables, nor is it simply a preparatory step for secondary school; it is much more than that. As a school we believe that by developing skills in a stimulating, enjoyable environment, we help children develop as individuals that have access to enjoy learning through a rich and varied curriculum. We want children to take advantage of their primary curriculum. We want children to have a memorable experience at Grimley and Holt that encourages and inspires them to achieve in life and to aim to exceed their potential. We hope to foster the attitude of wanting to learn as well as needing to learn.

The curriculum at Grimley and Holt allows us to:

  • Decide how the National Curriculum is taught: At Grimley and Holt we plan using progressive skills in all subjects. These are based on the National Curriculum.  These skills underpin everything we do and we believe that if we rigorously drive home knowledge and skills then our children will have the tools needed to be successful independent learners for life.
  • Free up additional time in the school day to enrich our children’s learning – our teachers have real freedom to own the curriculum and be truly creative with the learning experiences they give their children.  They offer additional opportunities such as German teaching, outdoor lessons and whole class instrumental lessons. Here is a link to our Music curriculum provision.
  • Teach in a truly cross-curricular way using Mantle of the Expert.
  • Ensure that Christian values and RE form the foundation to the experience.

Early Years Foundation Stage

We believe as a school that basic skills must be at the heart of what we teach and we are delighted that this has been recognised in the new EYFS curriculum. We have ensured that we deliver an Early Years curriculum that focuses on the three prime areas of learning which are most essential for children’s readiness for future learning and healthy development as well as deliver on the four specific areas of learning which build on the prime areas.

If you have any questions or comments regarding our curriculum, please contact the head ( or the school office ( Want to know about homework? Click here.

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