The 'Core' subjects


Literacy lies at the heart of the National Curriculum covering speaking, listening, reading and writing – which includes spelling and handwriting. Phonics is taught in a systematic way using Read Write Inc. to support children’s rapid acquisition of phonic skills in the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 and ability spelling groupings in Key Stage 2. We use Read Write Inc. as our main reading scheme but also value children reading a wide range of books and encourage a close home/school partnership. We emphasise the relationship between reading and writing and plan to create a balanced curriculum for writing in developing each child’s skills in style, content and presentation. Drama is the focus for developing speaking and listening skills. 

Our English Action Plan for 2021-22 can be viewed here.

Our intent:

The English curriculum and learning sequence.

What is a Grimley and Holt Writer? Find out here.

What is a Grimley and Holt Reader? Find out here.

What is a Grimley and Holt Communicator? Find out here.


Mathematics is a combination of concepts, facts, rules, patterns and processes. We use a variety of teaching approaches to promote the skills and knowledge that children are expected to learn. We encourage children to think and enjoy challenges and apply this to solving problems associated with practical real life contexts through our Mantle of the Expert system. We teach a 50 minute session of Calculation skills and then apply these skills in Mantle of the Expert sessions.

For more information, VISIT OUR MATHEMATICS PAGE.

The Maths Action plan for 2021-22 can be viewed here

What does a Grimley and Holt Mathematician look like? Find out here.


We aim to develop the children’s scientific skills through first-hand experiences. Children are encouraged to solve problems by making close observations, planning, predicting, fair testing and recording their findings in a systematic way. We foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things.

Find out more about Science at Grimley here.

What is a Grimley Scientist? Find out here.

The Science Action plan for 2021-22 can be viewed here.

We have been lucky enough to be bequeathed some land next to the school. This land contains a variety of habitats, unimproved grassland, ponds and stands of woodland. We are trying to source funds in order to fully excercise the use of this land, for the school, local community and regional schools in environmental education and stewardship.

The initial part of the project involves:

  1. Develop a method for valuing the habitats and species found and use this to survey the land parcel and award a numerical value for its biodiversity. This will provide a means for measuring any improvement resulting from further initiatives that we will
  2. With the support of the local Bat Group, undertake fixed and mobile monitoring to survey and identify bat species in our area and analyse the data collected.
  • Survey and identify mammals using visual observations of signs, camera traps, footprint tunnels and small mammal live
  • Identify and survey bird species using ID books, binoculars and a parabolic microphone. With support from the local ringing group, we will hold bird ringing demonstrations and monitor bird boxes with the aim of ringing the
  • We will carry out a variety of secondary research and use expert ecologists, to identify what makes the site attractive to wildlife and investigate ways this can be improved further. We will regularly monitor the site and apply our habitat valuation scale to evaluate the impact of any of our actions on increasing biodiversity in our site for example through creating insect hotels, bird nest boxes, hedgehog houses and log piles for

The second part of the project involves stewardship, maintenance and increasing the accessibility of the work within community projects and the primary curriculum.

This will involve:

  1. Accessibility, walkways and storage/waste facilities: matched funding will be sought and arranged through the school council and Mantle of the Expert projects so that children can drive the ethos and environmental concerns that define and purpose of the site, with a view of education in environmental stewardship
  2. Development of hides and covered zones for observation. Storage, waste and viewing facilities will be constructed to ensure seasonal In addition, a minimal system of access paths will be constructed, developed from complimentary and environmentally appropriate materials
  3. Comparison of local landuse practices with the relatively untouched areas around school. Children will be able to assess farming practices, aggregate extraction, land reclamation and forestry practices in the locale as a means of assessing human impact on our local landscape
  4. Each year, a group of children will complete environmental recording in order to assess the impact and success of a variety of human and natural processes on the landscape- this will provide a legacy of information for subsequent classes, at Grimley, surrounding schools and the local community.
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