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HPS Curriculum Principles

'Making our mark and leaving a LEGACY'


At Hollingwood Primary School, our thorough and carefully designed curriculum provides all children with an aspirational, high-quality education. It aims to develop well-rounded, ambitious, and compassionate global citizens, who are curious and respectful about the world and people around them, and have a genuine desire to learn more and know more. It is broad and balanced, language-rich and varied, and provides all children with authentic experiences and opportunities that are relevant to them. We are committed to ensuring that our children are not only best prepared for the next step in their learning but empowered to make an impact in a global community. 

Hollingwood Primary School staff supported the development of our curriculum vision which is based on the context and needs of our local community. We communicate our vision through the acronym, LEGACY.


Language - to develop language and communication skills 


Empowerment - to be empowered through learning and remembering the best knowledge of the world 


Global Citizenship - to be aware of and understand the wider world and their place in it


Authenticity - to be given the opportunities to develop their cultural capital and have high aspirations for their future 


Community - to be connected to both their surroundings and the individuals in those surroundings, further connecting them to their own unique place in the world 


YOU - to receive a high-quality education that is centered around their individual needs




The Flying High Curriculum


Our FHP curriculum, underpinned by current research and the National Curriculum, ensures our children will be well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the next stage of their journey. It will promote the demonstration of compassion, mutual understanding, integrity and a pursuit of excellence in order for our children to reach their potential and make a positive contribution to the wider world. Our enquiry-based approach takes children on a journey of memorable learning through rich and purposeful experiences, culminating in authentic outcomes which leave a legacy. 


Fluency in the core subjects, with reading at the heart, enables access to the full curriculum and is therefore integral to our approach. The curriculum is carefully designed through enquiry drivers (for example: History, Geography and Arts), enhancers and discrete subjects, ensuring coverage, progression and retention of knowledge and skills.  Our knowledge-rich curriculum is underpinned by key concepts. Children explore concepts throughout the curriculum, revisiting them in a wide range of contexts and through the lens of different subjects.  This promotes a deep understanding of the concepts and enables the transfer of knowledge to the long-term memory.  It aims to provide inclusive and aspirational environments where learners thrive and build the cultural-capital they need to make aspirational choices about their own future, overcoming any barriers. In order to achieve this our curriculum is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Relevant and current 

  • Empowers children 

  • Promotes character and heart 

  • Memorable learning 

  • Provides opportunities 


Our trust mission is to create the best schools in the universe and as part of this we celebrate the unique nature of each school. Our ethos of adopt, adapt and fly recognises the importance of a curriculum to meet the needs of each community.  The implementation of the FHP core elements and principles provides all children with the knowledge and skills they are entitled to learn. We aim to make every day count!


Our Model





Our curriculum progression makes use of the Flying High Key Knowledge Progression Documents (KKPDs) to ensure learning builds on prior learning throughout children's time with us. These documents are based on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and the Derbyshire and Derby Agreed Syllabus for RE.


Discrete teaching of subjects


Certain subjects are taught discretely (not as part of an enquiry). For many of these, we use published schemes which we deliver in a way to meet the needs of the children in our school.


These discrete schemes are:

Computing: PurpleMash and TeachComputing

Music: BBC Ten Pieces, Charanga and external music teachers

French: External tutor

PSHE: Jigsaw

PE: RealPE

Spelling: Read Write Inc

Phonics: Read Write Inc

Maths: White Rose Maths


Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the school's RE curriculum.  If you are a parent and wish to do this, please contact the Mr Stewart, Headteacher to discuss this further.  If you would like more information on the school's curriculum please contact Miss Clarke, the school's curriculum lead or Mr Stewart, the Headteacher. 


Music Development Plan