At Holy Trinity we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our children. This is underpinned by our school’s values: love, integrity, dignity, confidence and learning. Every child experiences these values and is encouraged to live their own lives through them.
Children at Holy Trinity are cared for and treated with dignity. We expect each child to do their best and to behave with integrity – regardless of where they are and who they are with. We model good behaviour for learning, both for oneself and in being empathetic to the needs of others. Thus, children grow in confidence and expand and develop their learning. We aim to prepare our children for life by exploring spiritual, moral, social and cultural concepts; an approach which will mould them into respectful citizens. As a school community, we consider the children’s needs at all times as well as preparing them for their future, as community members locally, nationally and internationally.
Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world. The curriculum promotes long term learning and we believe that progress means building knowledge which is remembered and applied. We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works. We are developing the use of knowledge organisers to ensure children know what information forms the core of their study in a particular subject, and therefore where to focus their memory. Time is planned for them to revisit prior learning to aid in developing their memory. We understand that knowledge builds on knowledge. Therefore, the more pupils know/remember the easier it is for them to know/remember more. This is why we place particular emphasis on children learning by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum.
We have an incredibly supportive network of parents and friends of the school (PFoS) who raise money through a varied programme of events across the school year. These include cake sales, discos, fairs and gift days. Annually, this money is allocated to each year group so that we can plan for ‘stunning starters’ and ‘excellent endings’ which bookend each unit of learning. These activities help to engage the children and inspire their learning. Over the year children have enjoyed visits to Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern, a working reservoir and famous London music venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. Events in school have included a visit from a planetarium, a VE Day street party, performances from theatre groups and historical performers. Events at the beginning of learning help to ignite the children’s desire to gain knowledge and those at the end of the learning serve to cement the knowledge gained throughout the unit.
We endeavour to be exemplary in developing a child’s knowledge, with a holistic perspective.