Holy Trinity CofE Primary School (Merton)

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

The Curriculum

Curriculum Intent
 

Psalm 32:8 says ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.’ Our vision empowers and inspires the community we serve to be the best person they can be, both academically and pastorally. We accomplish this through our unwavering Christian ethos of Growing Together as Children of God, which permeates all we do, as we value and celebrate every member of our school community regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or faith. 

 

All children learn best when they feel safe, valued and successful. We have designed our language rich curriculum to meet the needs and aspirations of our children considering their social, economic, and cultural background. Although the range of backgrounds may be less significant than other London schools, we are committed to ensuring that learning opportunities provided are accessible, purposeful and inspiring for all learners. We actively encourage the children to connect to the past, different cultures, our community and the wider world while ensuring they are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

 

A primary focus of Holy Trinity’s curriculum is to foster a lifelong love of learning; create a sense of personal pride in achievement through a growth mindset; develop proactive thinkers; create resilient and independent learners and ultimately to help every child find their strengths and interests. Our curriculum promotes high quality teaching and learning experiences which are carefully designed in small steps to ensure coverage and progression. Engaging visits and visitors are chosen to enhance the curriculum and create a sense of ‘awe and wonder’ about the subjects and topics. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review where impact and outcomes for all children are always central. 

 

Holy Trinity provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education and pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and encouraged to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities.  These opportunities are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy and ask the children to use the higher order skills of analysing, evaluating and creating. Those who find learning more difficult are provided with scaffolded opportunities and given targeted support to embed skills; to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs. We are passionate about the concept of ‘interrupting the forgetting’; regularly revising previous knowledge and practising skills so that all children can embed these and build on them.

 

As a Church school RE has a high profile within our curriculum; core concepts and questions are explored and we provide opportunities for our learners to make links between the beliefs and practices of a range of faiths. Our pupils are inspired by the subject, are keen to develop a range of higher level skills and we find many of our pupils use their own time to foster the skill of reflection and use it to deepen their understanding of religion.

 

In recognising the development of the whole child, the pastoral support given to children so they can access the curriculum is strong. Supporting children’s emotional and mental well-being sits at the heart of our school; programmes such as ELSA, SEAL and Theraplay allow vulnerable children to access their learning and curriculum entitlement.

 

We recognise the place testing has in the education system, both statutory and school entrance testing, and we believe that by designing a broad, challenging and forward thinking curriculum that focuses on deepening knowledge it is not necessary to ‘teach to the test’ or put testing over teaching. We believe that consistently providing high-quality learning opportunities we are developing confident and skilled pupils who are able to apply their learning in a range of situations.

 

Physical health has a high profile at Holy Trinity as physical activity ultimately impacts other areas of learning. Pupils are introduced to a huge variety of activities to promote physical health and wellbeing and a wide range of clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of activities after school hours and during lunch times. Traditional sports such as netball and football are complimented by running, athletics, tag rugby, street-dance and weekly swimming sessions.  There is an emphasis on both competitive and inclusive sport at Holy Trinity, teaching children the importance of participation and sportsmanship and giving all the opportunity to take part.

 

Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and excellent behaviour where children feel safe to explore and try out new experiences, and in doing so they discover their unique potential given to them by God. We want every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10).

Curriculum Implementation
 
At Holy Trinity we follow a blocked curriculum, whereby foundation subjects and science are taught in consecutive series or 'block'. This enables children to become immersed in the topic and to achieve depth in their knowledge and understanding, as well as fostering their enjoyment for the subjects they learn.
 
An example of a weekly timetable for a blocked curriculum is:
 
Assessment
 
We use Learning Walls to assess the children's understanding of the curriculum objectives and acquisition of skills. Please see below for the Learning Walls for Maths and Writing.
Writing
Maths