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 here with their learning including 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.
Behaviour is our school is excellent and children support each other and look after each other.
Our 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
- Distance Learning Provision
We base our phonics programme on the “Letters and Sounds” framework. Children do very well in the phonics screener. We teach spelling through the national curriculum spelling rules and spelling lists, and we also teach words that are commonly used in writing – this ensures greater accuracy in spelling in extended writing.
- Other subjects:
- HTPA Art
- HTPA Computing Curriculum
- HTPA DT Curriculum
- HTPA French
- HTPA Geography Curriculum
- HTPA History Curriculum
- HTPA Music curriculum
- HTPA Physical Education
- HTPA SRE & PSHE Curriculum
- HTPA Philosophy and Theology (RE)
- HTPA Science curriculum
- Poster Ten habits for good mental health
We believe that it is very important for children to take care of their mental health, in the same way that they care for their physical health. So all children are encouraged to engage in the Ten Habits for Good Mental Health regularly.
There are lots of photos showing examples of our Creative Curriculum in action on the Photo Gallery, and on the school Facebook page.
Here is our virtual choir singing “We’ll Meet Again” which we recorded during the Covid 19 Lockdown, to celebrate VE Day and our own hope for an end to the Covid crisis.
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.
Our Forest School is an inspirational process that offers the children regular and personalised learning opportunities that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking; developing confidence, creativity and self esteem through hands on, fun learning experiences in an outdoor environment, helping children develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Quality first teaching and learning within a vibrant school in which children grow into people of compassion, courage, aspiration and joy is our priority.