At Holy Trinity we use specifically chosen texts as the basis of our creative curriculum. A creative curriculum enhances all subjects, allows children to take risks and makes learning exciting and motivational. Through the use of art and drama and weaving movement, music and creativity into everyday teaching, lessons become lively and exciting. The use of specialists in the classroom enhances the curriculum, develops and builds upon teachers’ skills and improves learning for all pupils.
Some examples of creative teaching:
- using music and images to develop poetry and creative writing;
- using drama to develop historical understanding;
- using the outdoors for practical learning – e.g. geography, story telling, DT;
- using mind mapping techniques;
- linking subjects to the creative arts e.g. sculpture, dance and music;
- using galleries, museums, nature parks etc. as teaching areas.
Ten top tips for the creative classroom:
- explore what’s possible through the senses;
- value all contributions;
- focus on questions rather than answers;
- make it safe to take risks;
- allow time for ideas to emerge;
- encourage and develop visualisation;
- dream, draw and describe before you write;
- you have to know the rules before you can break them;
- make connections and then make some more;
- make the familiar unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar.
Key factors for effective learning to take place in school:
- healthy and fit children;
- making connections and seeing the big picture – mind mapping, Bloom’s taxonomy;
- emotional intelligence – self esteem, stress management, use of language, breaking down problems, strategies for managing conflict;
- learning styles;
- portfolio of intelligence;
- slow thinking – giving time to children to digest, consider and explore problems and possibilities in order for their learning to become truly embedded.
Changes to the curriculum and assessment
Click on the document opposite (Changes to Assessment) for an explanation the recent changes to the National Curriculum and how this impacts on assessment in English and maths.
Maths curriculum overviews
Opposite in Related Documents are Maths curriculum overviews for each year group. These documents show you what is taught in each year group across the English curriculum.
English curriculum overviews
Opposite in Related Documents are English curriculum overviews for each year group. These documents show you what is taught in each year group across the English curriculum.
The school uses Letters and Sounds, the DfE programme, for teaching phonics. Phonics is taught discretely in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and then referred to during other reading and writing opportunities. Click on the link opposite for Letters and Sounds Programme.
Here is a good link to a phonics website with games and resources you can use to support your child:
Letters & Phonics
We have a specialist PE Coach, Coach Steve, who teaches classes across the school, from Reception to Year 6.
In Key Stage 1 children develop fundamental movement skills, accessing a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others. Pupils are taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities;
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending;
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
In Key Stage 2 children continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. Children are taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination;
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball and rounders), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending;
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics);
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns (and perform in our annual Shakespeare festival);
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team (for example, orienteering, residential trips);
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
In Key Stage 2 children attend swimming lessons, where children are taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;
- use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke;
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Character and Wellbeing Education
The school teaches personal, social and health education (PSHE) through Character and Wellbeing (see All About Me document opposite). This is taught through a scheme of work designed by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, part of the University of Birmingham. In addition to this children are taught about sex education and drugs education through the Camden suggested schemes of work.
Cooking and Nutrition
As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 children are taught to:
- use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes;
- understand where food comes from.
In Key Stage 2 children are taught to:
- understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet;
- prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques;
- understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
In 2016 we have begun using our outdoor space to grow edible produce, including raspberries, radishes, rocket, a range of herbs, potatoes, onions and squashes. We hope to have our first harvest in Autumn 2016.
In May 2016 we celebrated what we have learnt from our cooking curriculum by holding a fantastic food festival for all the community to enjoy. The school bands provided the entertainment!