CURRICULUM INTENT - Believe. Achieve. Inspire.
Our curriculum has been carefully designed to promote high ambition for all children. It provides opportunities for children to work in collaboration and independently so they become confident, successful learners with high aspirations. Our curriculum is devised through specific themes that incorporate the statutory national curriculum objectives, our pupils ideas and other school community influences so it is broad and balanced. We place great importance in making our curriculum relevant, exciting and purposeful so our children develop memorable experiences and flourish.
As a Church of England school we focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding through our core Christian values, the fundamental British values, and the PSHE curriculum. We actively promote the children's health and well-being and value pupil voice so they make a valuable contribution towards shaping their education, their community and the future of their school.
All our team of teachers are trained to at least degree level and have qualified teaching status. They are experienced in planning and delivering a high quality primary curriculum with high expectations for achievement. Our teaching support staff receive training in curriculum delivery and also make a valuable contribution to children’s outcomes. The team ethos is one of high aspiration, passion and dedication towards raising standards to improve outcomes for all the children while making learning enjoyable and memorable.
Believe. Achieve. Inspire.
At Holy Trinity CE Primary School the curriculum is carefully planned using themes which allows subjects to link together and create a holistic approach to learning. This enables our curriculum to have:
Depth so learning goes beyond the tasks and activities and becomes memorable to the individual.
Some of our curriculum themes are planned as a whole school, within a phase group or for a specific year group. This enables classes to plan and work together as well as share costs and resources to improve and expand opportunities 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 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 meaning, text 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, 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 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.