A broad and balanced curriculum allows children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in all aspects of their learning. We want to prepare them for life and we feel that taking a spiritual, moral, social and cultural approach will make them better citizens as they get older.
As a school community we bear in mind the children’s needs at all times and their future, as community members locally, nationally and internationally. With appropriate resources and challenges that suit their needs we make sure that all pupils are actively engaged in a wide range of purposeful activities. Not only do we want children to enjoy their learning but we want to create safe learning environments where they can build on their futures, build on their resilience and build on their key skills.
Although we all know that the core subjects are imperative to our pupils’ future qualifications, we recognise that strengths come in all varieties. With an engaging start and an ending that celebrates the learning in our foundation subjects, we want children at Holy Trinity to learn through first hand experiences which provide a rich and exciting approach to cross curricular learning. This manifests in many different ways: through experience days, workshops, celebrations, trips and pupil led lessons, where they have the flexibility to choose how they learn. Our foundations subjects, which are engaging and enjoyable in themselves, provide skills such as enquiry, planning, designing, evaluating and locational knowledge to name a few. We value resilience, reflection and respect and encourage the children to bear this in mind when carrying out an investigation or designing a new innovative product.
We have an incredibly supportive network of parents and friends of the school (PFoS) who raise money through cake sales, discos, summer fairs and gift days. Annually, this money is allocated to each year group so that we can arrange fun and exciting activities where the children and engaged and make excellent progress. The lessons and activities are planned and reviewed regularly so that teachers can make creative and meaningful links across subjects. For example in a science focused subject, teachers could be able to make links to record keeping in P.E. and creating graphs based on their results in maths. Each year groups has a curriculum map, which is a working document based on the children’s learning and needs, that make these links to maximise progress across all subjects. This enables us, as a school to keep track of coverage and to check the breadth and the balance of our curriculum.
We believe that a rich diet of learning experiences is undoubtedly the best way to develop well-rounded, world-ready happy individuals. At Holy Trinity we also achieve this through special days in the academic year where we focus on foundation subjects and their cross curricular links. Over the year children have enjoyed days such as Art of Music, which links Music to creating a piece art listening to the mood of the music, the colours that might reflect that mood and using a variety of tools to support their ideas. Another special day is around our Eco Christmas fair. The whole school input in the creation of crafts to sell at the fair to raise money; we make frames, decorative pine cones, twig Christmas trees, card holders from recycled card and even decorations from old school pencils.
As a school community we know that with a broad and balanced curriculum our children gain skills and experiences they can take with them and use in their everyday lives. The transferable skills we teach set them up for their continued education; their careers and most importantly their future. Holy Trinity has an engaged, happy and empathetic community which we have built through hard-working and committed staff who want the best for every child.