In Year 2 and 3 the children build upon the skills and concepts developed in Phase 1. They follow a broad and balanced curriculum based on, but extending beyond the National Curriculum, beginning with Key Stage One for five- to seven-year olds.

We place a great deal of importance on the development of key literacy and numeracy concepts, however, similarly to Phase 1, children in Phase 2 are taught the majority of subjects through a thematic approach, meaning that subjects are taught in the context of a topic. We believe that this enables pupils to make links in their learning whilst giving them the opportunity to develop their skills of collaboration, independence, creativity and resilience.

The majority of lessons are taught by the class form teachers. Pupils also benefit from specialist teachers for PE, games, music, drama, art, swimming and languages. In Years 2 & 3 the children follow our languages programme of French, Spanish and Mandarin, and all Year 2 pupils learn a string instrument to experience the learning curve first-hand and realise that learning is not always easy, but will bring rewards and benefits if one perseveres. In Year 3, pupils additionally have specialist teaching for science in the laboratories, and we offer the children lots of opportunities to develop their independence and organisational skills to enable them to transition smoothly into Year 4.


Holmwood House Nursery School

151 Coach Road, Great Horkesley,
Essex CO6 4DX
T: (01206) 273 827


Holmwood House Preparatory School

Chitts Hill, Lexden,
Essex CO3 9ST
T: (01206) 574305

Join our next Open Morning on Friday 2 October 2020

We will be hosting our next Open Morning on Friday 2 October 2020, and welcome families to join us to discover more about how we spark curiosity and ignite wonder in each and every child here at Holmwood House. Tours can be booked for the day between 9.30 to 11.30 am. Visit our Open Morning page for more information and to register.

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