Intent

At Holy Trinity & S. Silas School it is our intention to provide a rich, diverse and inspiring curriculum that is underpinned by the arts. Our Christian Verse and our Character Values are at the heart of ensuring that children have a wide range of meaningful opportunities to engage, explore, question and deepen their thinking, their knowledge and their understanding. It is our belief that the arts supports our young people in developing skills in communication, collaboration, empathy, problem solving and makes learning more memorable. We want our children to achieve and to develop skills that prepare them for life beyond school.

Implementation

Our curriculum is enhanced by key texts which link to topics and themes. These are then threaded into the everyday teaching of subject areas and are brought alive through art, drama and music. At Holy Trinity, we believe that the use of specialists in the classroom enhances the curriculum, develops and builds upon teachers’ skills and improves learning for all pupils.

We believe learning at Holy Trinity includes the following:

  • a structured and well-paced curriculum that demonstrates year on year progression
  • supporting children in the development of their skills of investigation, experimentation and application of their thinking
  • providing children with rich and deep questioning that probes their understanding of key concepts, skills and ideas
  • ensuring that children confidently share their learning and progression in a range of different ways
  • an inclusive approach that adapts to strengths and needs
  • the use of music, drama and images to bring experiences alive in preparation for writing
  • visits to galleries, museums, nature parks etc. as teaching areas.

We give our teachers these top tips for engaging classrooms:

  • 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;
  • make connections and then make some more;
  • make the familiar unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar.

Impact

We have high aspirations for every pupil and it is our aim that each child is equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to independently take the next step in their educational journey. 

Assessment at the end of each Phase

 a)   Foundation Stage.   At the end of Reception, based on classroom observations, a Foundation Stage profile will be completed for every child in line with statutory requirements. This helps teachers plan appropriately for each child’s next phase of learning.

b)  Key Stage 1.   At the end of Key Stage 1, children will be assessed as part of the Statutory Assessment Tests (S.A.T.S.) (summative). This will take place in their last term of Year 2, within their normal classroom environ­ment, and will consist of assessment by their own teacher and a varie­ty of tasks externally set, but implemented by their teacher. 

During the summer term, over a week specified by the Department for Education, children in Year 1 are given a phonics screening check to assess their progress in this aspect of reading. 

Parents are informed of their child’s results.

c)   In order to ensure progression in learning and the development of skills, data from end of Key Stage 1 assessments is used to plan each child’s work as they begin Key Stage 2 programmes of study.

d)  Key Stage 2.  At the end of Key Stage 2, following the timetable for a week specified by the Department of Education, children in Year 6 sit statutory national tests in English and Mathematics. Levels achieved by the children in the tests, together the teacher’s assessment across the subject for the year, are reported to parents.

Maths and English curriculum overviews

On your child’s class page section there is a related documents section where you will find a Maths Curriculum Overview and an English Curriculum Overview, as well as a Curriculum Map for their year. Click here for  Year 1,  Year 2,  Year 3,  Year 4,  Year 5 or Year 6.

For additional information about our curriculum, click on the subject specific tabs in the drop down menu above. You are also welcome to come in and arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher.  Parents of prospective pupils can arrange to speak to Ms Dolan or Mr McIntyre.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Reception follows the EYFS curriculum and aims to plan to support children to extend and develop their interests across the seven areas of learning:

PRIME AREAS (particular focus on these in the Autumn term)

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

SPECIFIC AREAS

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Planning gives equal weighting to all seven areas of the curriculum and creates opportunities for children to learn through play, initiating their own learning as well as being supported by adults.

Click here to visit Reception class page for related documents.