Curriculum Statement for Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy 2017-2018
This is the annual curriculum statement for Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy. It aims to give a brief overview of how we deliver the curriculum. We strive to provide a balanced, rich and meaningful curriculum for all children, to support and encourage them in their individual learning.
As a staff, we have worked together to develop a curriculum framework which covers the whole school. Where possible, we use a cross curricular approach and when this is not possible subjects are taught discretely.
From September 2014 we have followed the new National Curriculum and developed ways to assess children against year expectations.
Our curriculum covers the following subjects:
- Religious Education
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
Our academy curriculum also incorporates cross-curricular areas which include: Environmental Education, Personal, Social and Moral Education (PSME), Citizenship, Health Education and Circle Time.
During the academic year 2014-15, staff at Holy Trinity worked hard to develop teaching and learning in line with the new 2014 National Curriculum, particularly in Mathematics and English. This year we will be continuing to focus on developing teaching and learning in line with the new curriculum across all subjects, with a focus on Science. We also continue to strive to deliver a creative curriculum which makes strong, meaningful links across subject areas.
Below is an overview of the aims for each subject area, taken from the National Curriculum 2014. You may also find on our site the curriculum overviews for each year group. Please do ask if you would like more information or if you have any ideas to share.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in English, the aims of which are as follows:
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Mathematics, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Science, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Holy Trinity we teach Religious Education in accordance with the 1988 ERA. The ERA states that any future LEA syllabus must 'reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian' and that we need to 'take into account the teaching and practices of other principle religions'. Our aims in the teaching of Religious Education are as follows:
We strive to ensure that all children:
- have a foundation of Christian teaching and also an opportunity to explore other world faiths in order to achieve knowledge and understanding of religious practices and beliefs
- develop their own beliefs and values in order to give them a sense of their own worth and dignity.
- learn respect and equal value for others, regardless of different beliefs.
- become aware of the fact that we are a church school and therefore need to be familiar with the life of the Anglican Church, including its celebrations.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in History, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Geography, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Art and Design
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Art and Design, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Computing, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Design and Technology
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Design and Technology, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Music, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
At Holy Trinity we follow the 2014 National Primary Curriculum in Physical Education, the aims of which are as follows:
The national curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives