Holme Junior and Infant School

A Small School Making A Big Difference

 

Our Ethos

It is our aim to create a secure, happy, stimulating and caring environment, which will help all our pupils fulfil their potential.

We recognise that we cannot achieve our aims in isolation and therefore value the involvement of parents and other members of the community. It is only through partnership that we can give our children the quality of education that they deserve.

We view children as individuals and are committed to recognising and catering for their needs educationally, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.

Outcomes

We set out to provide a very broad and rich programme of learning and opportunities so that children are inspired to learn more. Success in life is about much more than qualifications, and we aim to help children develop belief in themselves. We encourage our children to be unafraid of trying new things or new approaches and not to be afraid of getting it wrong. Children learn to be positive about themselves and build a belief in themselves that even if they can’t do it now, they will soon find a way. The self-belief is necessary to ensure the resilience and positive attitudes that are necessary to progress.Since the 2016 OFSTED Inspection all pupils who have attended Holme Junior & Infants since their schooling began, have achieved age related expectations in all areas, except one child, in one area. This applies in Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Extended School Operation

The school has very strong and effective links with the wider community as might be expected in our small village school context. We have a very active ‘Friends’ group who arrange social and fund raising activities. Our new mini-bus allows our involvement in a wide range of trips and off-site activities including the provision of transport to and from ‘wrap around’ care clubs. We enjoy a rich programme of after-school activities and have partnership arrangements to provide access to high quality sports coaching with the Pennine Sports Partnership and Project Sport.

Curriculum

We offer a rich and exciting curriculum with a focus on developing skills, acquiring knowledge and deepening understanding. Pupils have the opportunity to work independently, in pairs and in groups. We plan special events, including themed weeks and days; inviting visitors into school and taking children out of school to extend their learning further. We give pupils the opportunity to discover and develop their talents.

During the first year at school children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS), experiencing learning opportunities including play activities inside and outside the classroom. From the beginning of Year 1, all children follow the National Curriculum guidelines, studying the core subjects (English, Maths, Science and ICT) and Foundation Subjects (History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, PHSE/Citizenship, and PE). We follow the locally agreed syllabus for RE. Wherever possible, meaningful links are made between subjects in order to provide a thematic, creative approach and to give learning a context. Topics are planned on a cycle to ensure a breadth of coverage, but planning also takes into account children’s interests and experiences.

ICT is used to enhance learning throughout the curriculum. English is taught daily, with a strong focus on learning phonics in the first few years. Frequent opportunities are given for speaking, listening, drama and reading, which enable the children to become proficient writers. Maths is taught daily, including a short time spent every day practising mental maths skills. Arts and PE are the strengths of the school; we have been awarded Artsmark Gold Award and School Games Gold Award. Further details of our curriculum are available below. If you wish to find out more about the curriculum the school is covering, please address questions for Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 to Mrs Brook, and all other years to Mrs Guest.

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Key Term Dates

Term dates for pupils 2018/2019

School Opens – Tuesday 4th September 2018 School  Closes – Friday 26th October 2018
 School Opens – Tuesday 6th November 2018 School  Closes – Friday 21st December 2018
School Opens – Tuesday 8th January 2019 School  Closes – Friday 15th February 2019
 School Opens – Monday 25th February 2019 School  Closes – Friday 12th April 2019
 School Opens – Tuesday 30th April 2019 School  Closes – Friday 24th May 2019
 School Opens – Monday 3rd June 2019  School Opens – Friday 19th July 2019

Teacher training days –  Monday 3rd September 2018, Monday 5th November 2018,
Monday 7th January 2019, Monday 29th April 2019 and Monday 22nd July is a disaggregated day.
School Closed to pupils on these dates.

Our Vision

Children get just one chance with their school education.  At Holme Junior and Infant School we know that it is essential that children learn the fundamental basics in literacy and numeracy but we believe that this is only the beginning.  We set out to provide a very broad and rich programme of learning and opportunities so that children are inspired to learn more.  Success in life is about much more than qualifications, and we aim to help children develop belief in themselves.  We encourage our children to be unafraid of trying new things or new approaches and to not be afraid of getting it wrong.  In developing a ‘can do’ approach, children can learn to be positive about themselves and their learning and build a belief in themselves that even if they can’t do it now, they soon will find a way.  Belief in self should always fall short of arrogance, but self-belief is necessary to ensure the resilience and positive attitudes that are necessary to progress. We help our pupils develop a positive mind-set and an inner-confidence.

Staff

Dr A Williams – Headteacher

Mrs J Brook – Class 1 Teacher / Assistant Headteacher
Mrs H Knutton-Allcroft – Class 1 Teacher (PPA Supply)

Mrs R Guest – Class 2 Teacher

Mrs A Yates – Business Support Manager

Mrs E Matthias – Teaching Assistant and Cover Supervisor
Mrs S Cieciala – Teaching Assistant
Mr N Woodcock – Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs P Walker – Catering Supervisor
Mr R Walker – Caretaker