Our School Curriculum: Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
Our curriculum, at Holy Trinity, follows the statutory requirements set out in the 2014 National Curriculum and is organised and delivered to suit the needs of our pupils. It engenders and promotes a desire within each child to challenge themselves and provides them with opportunities to excel through thought provoking, imaginative and exciting lessons. Our curriculum is underpinned by the need for all our pupils, regardless of any learning barriers, to achieve in all areas as well as to ensure every child becomes an educated, respectful and caring citizen.
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Our curriculum is designed to be flexible as its delivery is dependent on the needs of the children within our school, the children’s age and the curriculum content set out in the programmes of study for each subject. English and maths are delivered daily. Other curriculum subjects are sometimes delivered as individual sessions over a few weeks or they may be intensively taught over a number of sessions within a week to ensure the children are provided with the best learning experiences to acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills.
Religious Education lies at the very heart of the curriculum and as a school we follow the Diocesan guidance. The Religious Education curriculum maintains a balanced approach of ‘Learning about Religion’ and ‘Learning from Religion’. Our children develop an understanding of beliefs, practises and values of Christianity and other faiths and are equipped with the skills to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. Alongside the teaching of the Christian Faith we believe it is entirely appropriate and necessary in today’s world that our children should be encouraged to foster a respect for the followers of the other world faithsand cultures. It is essential that this respect is based on an accurate and sympathetic understanding of those faiths through the delivery of thought proving and engaging lessons.
Our curriculum is delivered to enable our pupils to be confident, independent and be able to rise to Mathematical challenge, all within the context of mathematical understanding in the wider world (real life contexts). We follow the National Curriculum year group objectives, ensuring our children are given opportunities to practice these on a regular basis within different curriculum areas.
In our school we believe it is essential that our children are able to communicate and express themselves clearly through their spoken language and within their writing as well as listening to and responding appropriately to the thoughts and opinions of others, either through what they have read or what they have heard. The delivery of the English curriculum is underpinned by our desire to engender in all children a love of reading, for children to read for pleasure and through this fuel their imagination to engage with the curriculum. Each term children are introduced to a new book or series of related texts to use as a stimulus for teaching. From this, pupils are introduced to different genres of writing and writing for a range of purposes. Learning objectives for each year group are taken from the National Curriculum and act as a focus for a particular lesson/group of lessons.
Children from nursery to Year 3 have daily phonics lessons. These sessions are streamed across the year groups according to a child’s ability to recognise different phonemes and blend sounds to make words. The teaching of phonics follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document alongside the Jolly Phonics scheme from which teachers plan imaginative and engaging lessons. In addition, all children in KS1 and KS2 take part in guided reading to enhance and enrich the their experience with books and to develop their reading skills.
Science ‘provides a foundation for understanding the world’ and our curriculum reflects this, following the national curriculum year group objectives, we aim to develop within our children a curiosity and an eagerness to investigate the world around us and provided them with the necessary skills and knowledge to explain and predict how things behave as well to critically analyse the cause. In order to do this we develop within our children an ability to articulate themselves clearly through the precise and accurate use of scientific vocabulary and to use their mathematical and literacy skills to clearly record their analysis.
The Physical Education curriculum at Holy Trinity provides and facilitates quality and differing activities for pupils of varied abilities with the ultimate goal of inspiring all pupils to engage with and excel in different physical activities. This runs alongside the need to educate children to understand the need for regular exercise and healthy eating to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Participation, performance and competition in sport focuses on the opportunity for our children to develop and exhibit skills to the best of their ability. We encourage participation in competitive sport with the aim of raising self-esteem, developing skills, self-motiviation and an ‘I can’ attitude to sport.
Our aim is to produce learners who are digitally confident and effective users of technology ensuring our children are e-aware of online saferty and know how to protect themselves when using technology. Computing is also a mechanism through which other subjects can be taught and is used to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.
The teaching of languages is used as a medium to not only develop children’s language skills but to depend and enhance their knowledge and understanding of other cultures. In our school our children learn French which is delivered by specialist French teachers. In KS2 French is delivered by a native speaker who is a quailified teacher who we buy back from by our partner secondary school to ensure continuity in curriculum and content. Our languages curriculum has been developed to provide a balance between spoken and written language through the delivery of engaging and fast paced lessons. As we believe early accusation of a language plays a fundamental role in a child ability to learn a language we provide, within curriculum time, lessons for KS1 and children within the foundation stage.
Humanities (History, Geography) Art and design and Design and Technology
The humanities (history and geography), art and design and design and technology curriculum at Holy Trinity are interwoven where possible and are driven by Literacy, creative and computing skills. Novels and other forms of media are used as catalysts for learning where appropriate. Mathematics and science skills are taught as cross-curricular links where possible but are discretely taught in the main. The aim is to teach following skills to drive forward the creative learning experience and for learning so that pupils can make connections between different subject disciplines to enrich their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Creative Thinking Skills
Information Processing Skills
Generating ideas, developing ideas, hypothesising, applying imagination, seeking innovative alternatives
Finding relevant information, sorting / classifying / sequencing information, comparing / contrasting, identifying
Asking questions, defining questions for enquiry, planning research, predicting outcomes, anticipating consequences and drawing conclusions
Giving reasons for opinions / actions, inferring, making deductions, making informed judgments / decisions and using precise language to reason
Developing evaluation criteria, applying evaluation criteria, judging the value of information and ideas
The school follows a 2 year cycle (route a and route b) to ensure that sufficient skills, knowledge and breadth of study are covered and revisited.
As a school our music curriculum personifies the concept that music is ‘one of the highest forms of creativity’ as it states in the National Curriculum, therefore we have developed an engaging and inspiring curriculum in consultation with Apollo Arts Music (who deliver out KS2 curriculum. The KS1 curriculum is delivered by teachers and HLTAs) to ensure our children critically engage with music, through critically analysing, listening to and composing music to increase their knowledge, skill set and confidence within this curriculum area.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. Our curriculum aims to reflect the needs of our pupils, to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions in the local community of Seaton Carew and the wider world.
(Additional information can be found below and in the policy section about each curriculum area including assessment).
Please open the following documents to find further information regarding our curriculum
Please see the specific Year Group pages for more information about the work that is covered during each term.