Teaching and Learning
Ensuring high standards of teaching is at the heart of our vision and we have high expectations of our staff. Our teachers are qualified primary experts and we only recruit the best staff.
We are committed to providing an innovative curriculum, a curriculum that inspires the children and prepares them fully for the world they live in. We see real value in supporting all children to become successful young people able to enrich society and, therefore, invest in all our futures. We are clear in our ambition for each child to achieve their full potential and to feel valued as an individual.
We continually evolve the curriculum to provide a more innovative and personalised approach to the curriculum with a focus on our children to Believe, Achieve and Inspire. We are committed to achieving this vision by:
We believe that maths, reading and writing should be at the heart of a child’s learning. Our children develop their reading, writing and number skills every day to ensure a broad foundation for learning.
Staff aim to deliver this through inspiring topics that motivate our pupils and give them the opportunity for cross-curricular learning so that they can develop their knowledge and skills to make connections between subjects. Our curriculum provides many opportunities for enrichment experiences, parental involvement and further learning at home.
At Holy Trinity CE Primary School the curriculum we offer is topic based and is:
Our school has adopted a topic based approach to learning and teaching. Pupils experience learning in many different ways and through different teaching styles. This holistic approach enables pupils to have a focus on learning which helps them to;
Some of the topics are planned throughout the whole school, in phase groups and in year group isolation. This helps classes work together and share cost for visitors and resources needed to improve opportunity and experiences.
PHONICS AND HANDWRITING
In the EYFS (Reception year) we introduce phonics and have adopted the 'Letters and Sounds' model. Children are tested in year 1 and then if necessary again at the end of year 2. We also use the cursive handwriting style and teach letter formation when learning phonics. Please see below our handwriting model and framework for teaching phonics.
At Holy Trinity we achieve high standards in reading because we expect every child to leave us with the ability and aptitude to read well and comprehend text according to the outcomes expected by the end of year 6 curriculum. We offer a wide range of reading scheme materials across the school. Reading books are grouped in to 'book bands' and children work within bands according to age and ability. In the early years and throughout KS1 children learn to read phonetically and learn to read most key sight words. This enables them to progress through the early part of book bands at a quick pace until they become increasingly fluent readers and are able to better discuss and understand different types of text. Throughout KS2 the books become lengthy and the teachers slow the pace of book changing down so they can work through books methodically and develop life long reading skills and develop word meaning and text understanding. Children who find texts easy or difficult to comprehend or process may access a different band to their class peers. Teachers do not believe in racing the children through book bands but rather concentrate on understanding and unpicking text so reading is relevant, linked to personal experiences and themes, is enjoyable and develops a sense of pace and enthusiasm. Our aim is that children see reading as a tool to access all areas of learning but also as an activity that generates great pleasure.
PE, physical activity and sport are an important part of a child's development. Therefore, we’re supporting our capacity of PE and activity at Holy Trinity each year, by investing in the School Sport Partnership which will increase opportunity for our pupils to participate in physical activity and competition.
Delivery of high-quality PE across the school is providing our pupils with greater opportunities to learn through active teaching, supported by our new and evolving facilities, which provide an excellent platform for develop physically literate pupils.
We want our pupils to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, with regular exercise, with the aim of developing mental, social and personal qualities that are promoted through physical activity. Qualities such as resilience, independence and the ability to work as part of a team will be promoted through the school year in an engaging curriculum.
Swimming is currently offered to all children in year 3 and year 4, as we aim to promote skills and water safety early on.
Our pupils attend swimming lessons at Heathfield School, Ascot, and led by Frogs and Friends instructors. This supports our aim that all pupils can complete the required 25 metre swim by the time they leave in Year 6 and promote participation outside of school. Pupils follow a timetable of lessons in which they cover the basics of swimming, as well as building their water confidence and water safety skills.