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English & Literacy

Here at Holmwood School, our main focus is to develop children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a range of purposes. An enriched Creative Curriculum is provided to help achieve this.

A key focus is to develop Oracy. For example, asking pupils questions to make them think hard especially if there maybe more than one possible answer, and generally to further develop their speaking skills. We look to support our pupils in speaking and developing their grammatical awareness.

As a whole school we also try to improve pupils’ achievements in English by introducing more opportunities for speaking across the curriculum.

To develop our pupils as readers, a high quality synthetic phonics program is delivered. The phonics programme being used at Holmwood School is Letter and Sounds. Children will receive additional phonics teaching when required to support their reading and writing. Please visit http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ for further information

Holmwood School follows the Oxford Owl Reading Scheme http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ and the Project X Oxford University Reading Scheme. https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/projectx/

As young writers, we teach them to write effectively for a range of purposes and a range of readers adapting their vocabulary and style as appropriate. Pupils are encouraged to write with interest, commitment and enjoyment with the ability to evaluate and improve their own writing.

S. Ahmad  English/Literacy Coordinator

Curriculum Documents
English Policy 2019View


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It is vitally important that no one displaying symptoms of Covid attends school or nursery.

If your child or anyone in your household is showing the symptoms of Covid, all members of the household need to isolate immediately and the person with symptoms should have a Covid test.

The symptoms of Covid are:

All members of the household must also isolate until the result of the test is back. Please alert your child’s school if you have taken them for a test (and only access a COVID test for individuals if they develop symptoms).

Isolation means you should stay at home. Do not go to work, go out shopping or take your children to school or nursery. You will need to make arrangements for family or friends to help out. You should not socialise or have any visitors to your home.

If the test of the person with symptoms is negative, then no-one needs to isolate.

If the test of the person with symptoms is positive then the person who has tested positive for Covid must isolate for 10 days and everyone else in the house must isolate for 14 days.  Parents/carers should make schools/educational settings and workplaces aware of any positive test.  

Testing is available locally. Anyone with any of the coronavirus symptoms is advised to book a test online www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

For further information about Covid, please call 111 or go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Home to School transport

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, including Covid-19 symptoms, and they receive designated Home to School transport from the Council please contact the transport team as soon as possible. They will ask the transport provider not to attempt to pick up your child. To resume transport, contact the team and they can resume arrangements for the next school day.

Tel:  01642 353447