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CURRICULUM INTENT

At Holy Trinity 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 for them to feel valued as an individual. 

 

We recognise that pupils are the central focus of the school so they grow to become confident, independent and successful learners.  This is achieved through access to an innovative curriculum that includes;

  • A focus on all aspects of the primary national curriculum statutory requirements
  • Access to a wide range of experiences through fun and engaging teaching and learning opportunities
  • A chance to explore and engage in new learning and extra-curricular activities that go beyond the curriculum requirements

 

 

Curriculum Overview

 

 

We continually evolve the curriculum to provide a current and interesting approach to learning and teaching with a focus on our children to Believe, Achieve and Inspire.

 

 

At Holy Trinity CE Primary School the curriculum we offer is topic led and encompasses a variety of subjects that link learning themes together.  This enables our curriculum to have:

—Breadth with a wide range of knowledge, understanding and skills being explored and taught.
—Balance so there is sufficient time being allocated to each subject area of learning.
—Enrichment which covers many areas of learning that creates enjoyment, interest and enthusiasm.
—Relevance linked to the child’s own experience and interests and to today’s world and the society in which we live.
—Differentiation so it is personalised and matches a child’s aptitudes and abilities to what is being taught.  

—Depth so learning goes beyond the tasks and activities and becomes memorable to the individual.

 

 

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;

  • make sense
  • see learning as relevant and real life
  • make connections between subjects
  • reason about the world
  • consider and reach justified conclusions
  • plan visits which link to themes to enrich learning
  • make learning memorable

 

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. 

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All the statutory national curriculum objectives for each subject are broken down in to Age-Related Expectations (ARE) for each year group to achieve.  These are incorporated into topics throughout the year so teachers ensure full curriculum coverage.  Please see your child's year group expectations for the year from the list below.

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.

READING

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 including Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops and Bug club.  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 them down so they can work through the textbooks methodically and develop life long reading skills.  This places focus on the development of word meaningtext understanding and the writers purpose for using specific words and phrases amongst other things.  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 learning tool but also as an activity that generates great pleasure

PE

PE, physical education 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

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.


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