At Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, we believe that a creative and engaging curriculum is at the heart of good learning for our children. Happy learners are good learners! So we work very hard to make sure that children are happy with the learning themes and enjoy their learning.
We use a skills based approach to ensure that children are helped to become great, lifelong learners, as well as covering the detail of a knowledge based curriculum. As a result, our children enjoy their learning and do extremely well – we had a letter from the School’s Minister in 2014 to tell us that we rank in the top 2% of the country for academic achievement in KS2 and another in 2015 saying that we are in the top 2% of the country for our phonics screening results. We also came top in WIltshire for KS2 SATS in 2014 and were in the top 600 schools in the country (including both fee paying and state schools).
Parents (and other members of the community) are always welcome to come and see our curriculum in action and are regularly invited to come in to learn more about their children’s work and the curriculum – both through our weekly “Sharing Assembly” on Friday afternoons at 2.15pm, and at other points in the year through formal invitation by individual classes. We encourage parents to come into school at any time to look at their child’s work and to enjoy the displays around the school.
Children used Pointillism to help them recreate Seurat’s painting of the Bathers
Our skills programme allows us to ensure that we see progression in skills as well as knowledge through the school. We have a very flexible approach to topics and themes, and are ready to change these if something more interesting comes along, or the children show a special interest in something. The literacy and maths programmes of study are taken directly from the government’s literacy and maths strategies.
Children are encouraged to be active and to challenge themselves
Children have a broad and balanced curriculum at Holy Trinity, to ensure that they have learnt a lot about as many aspects of life as possible.
Behaviour is our school is excellent and children support each other and look after each other.
Even the youngest children take responsibility for their own learning and achievement – and have fun at school!
The youngest children learning phonics.
Our popular SWITCH-ON programme (Sticking at it, Working as a member of a team, Independence, Thinking hard, Citizenship, Honesty and being On Target) promotes good learning skills through a whole school reward system.
Our SEND policy and information can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
This can be read in conjunction with the Equalities Act 2010 – at the following link:
Our New Curriculum (2013-14), developed with governors, using best practice from both the old curriculum and the new, and also including key skills levelled by year group, is outlined below. Please click into each link to find out more about that subject.
We use the “Letters and Sounds” programme to teach synthetic phonics.
At Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, we use the Government’s recommended Phonics programme, Letters and Sounds.
- Other subjects:
- Design Technology
- Geography Curriculum
- Philosophy and Theology
Examples of our creative curriculum
Lots of trips, visitors and other engaging learning experiences are arranged for our children so that they can put their learning into context and gain the enrichment that makes learning exciting. Children are involved in helping to choose their own way through the topics, and show enthusiasm for their learning as it is meaningful to them. They are able to discuss their targets and challenge themselves to reach their highest targets.
A trip to Mediaeval Salisbury and a visit by a knight to enhance the learning of our History topic.
Because the Christian ethos is very strong and very valued in our school, the church’s liturgical year is always marked by celebrations such as the Christmas nativity plays, the Christmas party, Pancake races and the Easter fair.
Pancake races to mark the start of Lent, and the little altar that children have set up as a focus for class worship.
The links with the school in India are fostered, with a visit from their director last year.
Our outstanding academic outcomes are the result of exciting learning opportunities, great teaching and learning, and committed staff and children. We are also very proud of the development of our children in all other areas as well – they are people of integrity, high aspiration, generosity and love, all of which will serve them well as they grow up.
Themes for 2015 -16
- Our themes this year include Marvellous Me (Stonehenge class – FS/Y1), Weather and the World Cup (White Horse class, Y1/Y2), Rise of the Robots (Sarum class, Y3/Y4), Britain since 1948 (Avebury class, Y4/Y5) and Edwardian Britain (Silbury class, Y5/Y6).
- We will use the “Mystical Nativity” by Botticelli as our stimulus for the Christmas period.
- Tim Peake’s trip to the international space station has triggered a wonderful learning opportunity and we were lucky enough to be chosen to be part of one of the scientific experiments run by the Space Agency – they will send us two lots of seeds to grow, one lot having been taken up into space and the other lot remaining earth bound. We shall see which lot grow best and report back to the Space Agency.