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 enjoy their learning and are inspired through lots of field trips, interesting visitors and exciting, relevant projects in all subject areas. Our outstanding academic results speak for themselves – our school has, for many years, been ranked in the top few percent of the country’s primary schools.We regularly receive letters from the government congratulating us on being in the top few percent of the country’s schools in academic subjects. Children enjoy school and parents tell us that they are happy with our provision with its emphasis on a broad curriculum, which includes lots of art, design and technology, PE, music, philosophy and theology, the humanities, life skills and understanding of personal well-being.
We are very committed to a coherent curriculum, in which new learning is built upon a strong foundation of previous knowledge. In order for children to be able to incorporate new learning, there must be a strong construct system already in place in their memories in which to place the new learning. As Mark Van Doren has said, “Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and I use it better.”
Our job is to ensure that knowledge is incrementally increased as children progress through our school, and that children can use this knowledge freely and skilfully to continue on their learning journey through life. We focus strongly on our core values of courage, compassion, aspiration and joy to help children gain the independence and resilience they need to be truly effectively learners.
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 are encouraged to be active and to challenge themselves
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 on the “Policies” tab in the tab on “Information for Parents”.
- Curriculum Intent
We use the “Letters and Sounds” programme to teach synthetic phonics until the end of Year 1. After that, we use the national curriculum spelling rules and also lists of words that are commonly used in writing – this ensures greater accuracy in spelling.
- Other subjects:
- HTPA Art
- HTPA Design & Tech
- HTPA French Curriculum
- HTPA Geography
- HTPA History
- HTPA Music
- HTPA Physical Education
- HTPA Philosophy and Theology (RE)
- HTPA Science
- HTPA E SAFETY
There are lots of photos showing examples of our Creative Curriculum in action on the Photo Gallery, and on the school Facebook page.
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. A Pilgrimage Day, which involves activities that encourage reflection and spiritual growth for all, regardless of their faith or non-faith position, is held annually. Our links with the Mathieson Trust school in India are fostered, and their director makes regular visits to our school to discuss the work they do in Kolkata
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 courage, compassion, aspiration and joy, all of which will serve them well as they grow up.