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The Lower School

A very warm welcome awaits you in the Lower School where the fun and learning continues after Year 2. Situated in the modern Collings building at Holmewood, our purpose-built classrooms are light and spacious – perfect for our young learners.

Form teachers in Years 3 and 4 continue to teach the majority of subjects but take advantage of specialist teachers for Games, PE, art, music, drama and French. Year 5 progress to all the lessons being taught by subject-specialist teachers.

Our curriculum is always evolving ensuring it is engaging and fun for our learners. The children’s input towards the direction of their lessons is clearly evident as they discuss their finished writing, creation or activity. Every child is both supported and challenged to work towards their own personal targets in lessons and we find lots of ways to celebrate achievements.

Children spend their break times exploring our wonderful grounds and can be found building bug hotels, climbing trees, collecting conkers or digging to Australia! Our adventure trail is a big hit with the children and for those liking a quieter time, the Learning Hub is open for reading, drawing and other engaging activities. Lunch times in the Lower School are a very sociable affair with Years 3 and 4 accompanied by an adult from the team at their table ensuring great table manners are displayed; engaging conversation is participated in and a hearty lunch is eaten. Year 5 grow in independence and are seated with friends from the same year group supervised by familiar members of staff. There are so many favourite meals amongst the children, but the joy of meatballs followed by toffee waffles has yet to be beaten!

Days at Holmewood are busy, productive and fun! We balance our core lessons with sporting and creative activities. Twice weekly, we offer a comprehensive range of co-curricular activities which are the perfect end to the day.

The children benefit from the support of some very special members of the team – our PAT dogs! We have several PAT dogs throughout the school including Baloo, a chocolate brown Labrador, Fergus the Collie Spaniel Cross, and Magnus the Golden Retriever. They listen to readers, offer an understanding ear to children and chase around tirelessly at break times. The value of the dogs’ presence in school is clearly evident, especially when talking to the children; even those who start with some apprehension towards our four-legged assistants are won over very quickly.

We are confident that every child receives the excellent pastoral care which is paramount at Holmewood. Form teachers go the ‘extra mile’ (and many more) for the children and this is clear displayed in the relationship they build, the camaraderie, respect and fun which is the foundation upon which we build.