Holmesdale Community Infant School

Children are at the heart of all that we do; working together to be the best that we can be


English and maths

English and literacy

We view the development of each child’s language skills as central to their ability to access the whole curriculum. A significant part of the school day is used to develop each child’s skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

We want children to develop a love of reading and language. We use a variety of approaches when teaching, with an emphasis on phonics. The Oxford Reading Tree and Jolly Phonics are our main schemes but we also have a wide range of reading books for children to choose from. Children are also taught spelling and grammar. The children have the opportunity to read regularly with the whole class, in small groups, individually and are encouraged to read at home. There is a strong emphasis on developing language skills throughout the curriculum.

Through all areas of the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on drama and role play to develop language skills.



In order for children to be able to use maths in everyday life, they need to become confident and fluent with numbers and their value. To achieve this, maths is presented in an interesting and enjoyable way allowing children to participate actively in the learning process. There is a strong emphasis on mental skills which give children a solid basis on which to feel positive when using and applying this knowledge to solving practical problems in real life situations. We use mathematical equipment to support understanding throughout the key stage and written methods are developed alongside. In the area of shape, space and measure children experience a wide range of practical activities to support their learning.