TRINITY ST MARY’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
CURRICULUM STATEMENT – AUTUMN 2017
Trinity St Mary’s Church of England Primary School is a Church School and we therefore maintain a clear Christian ethos. We always aim to respect, understand and welcome everyone regardless of their culture and faith. Our aims in all that we do are based upon Christian values with a particular focus on our five key values of: love, forgiveness, honesty, dedication and sharing.
We offer a curriculum which is exciting, broad, balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education and future life as responsible citizens in our ever changing world. Through constant dialogue with our children we ensure that we provide a vibrant and highly enriched curriculum. Our constant motivation is to offer our children the opportunity to achieve success in all areas.
To do this our teachers plan and deliver exciting and engaging learning experiences for the pupils within their classes. We follow a theme-based approach to learning, in the belief that children learn best when logical connections are made between different aspects of their work to provide the children with a broad range of skill and fact based learning each term. The themes take their lead from the National Curriculum for each year group. When appropriate we will teach some of the foundation subjects in blocks to ensure a depth of learning and the coverage of objectives within all of the subject areas.
We believe passionately in giving the children ownership of their learning. We support our children in becoming ‘aspirational’ – aiming high – in order to make the most of their learning opportunities. Teaching and Learning is matched to pupils preferred learning styles; is differentiated to match ability and makes the most of our developing provision in ICT to support this.
We encourage and facilitate independent learning as much as possible and have reorganised our library area to enable groups of pupils to work outside the classroom. The children are always keen to say what it is they are working on and what is expected of them.
Literacy is used to complement the teaching of other subjects but its fundamental aim is to raise pupil attainment in spoken language, reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Mathematics is taught as a discrete subject but links to other subjects are made as and when it is appropriate. RE is taught every week throughout the school and the children thoroughly enjoy this. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC) and the teaching of British Values underpin the curriculum and are embedded within it, Collective Worship and events and festivals during the school year.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunities to develop their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology. The children take part in an educational visit every term and our school is particularly proactive in participating in local sporting events.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. We won the Sports Partnership Participation Cup in 2015 – 2016, and we are very proud of the number of our children who attend a wide range of sporting competitions and events.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. Our children participate in local ‘Forest Schools’ visits and the school supports community events such as: The Rotary Club Art & Craft Festival, The Church Bazaar, Singing at the Bandstand and visiting the residential homes. Being a Church of England school we have a particularly strong association with our Church which adjoins our school building. We have Collective Worship in the Church most days and in our RE teaching we make the most of having the Church so close.
Our whole curriculum is underpinned by the school’s five key Christian Values (Love, Sharing, Dedication, Forgiveness and Honesty) and these are taught on their own and through all areas of the curriculum, including Collective Worship. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum and in everything we do at Trinity St Mary’s.
At school we believe in an active partnership between us, pupils and home. We view parents as integral to the educational success of their children. As such, we aim to foster strong links with all adults involved in our children’s care. We provide regular opportunities for parents and carers to come into school to work with and celebrate their children’s learning. These opportunities include open afternoons, class assemblies, performances, exhibitions and learning workshops for parents on subjects including; developing early literacy skills; approaches to mathematical calculations and English. We also have a proactive Parent Forum Group which meets once every half term with the Headteacher.
It is important that pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. We love to hear about the activities that our children undertake outside of school and we celebrate these as a whole school, in the same way as we celebrate their achievements at school. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
It is the aim of our school to provide a safe, secure and inspiring environment where everyone takes a challenge, tries the best they can and where our children leave us as ‘lifelong’ learners. To achieve this we expect that all children, staff, parents, governors and visitors share our values of: forgiveness; honesty; dedication; sharing and love and treat each other with respect, fairness and kindness.
English is taught in an engaging way at Trinity St. Mary's and our staff focus on encouraging a love of reading and on developing the strands of English across the curriculum.
A love of books, of reading and the enjoyment of reading form the heart of our English teaching:
‘The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.’ Mark Twain
The teaching of reading begins with the teaching of phonics using Letters and Sounds which leads onto word recognition, in particular, those tricky words which do not follow a pattern and then onto comprehension. Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree.
With the richness of the stories and the beautiful writing in the texts we use and discuss in the classroom, we attempt to foster a life-long love of reading while also providing plenty of opportunities for children to encounter unfamiliar language, helping to develop their vocabulary and giving them the chance to practise their word-reading.
Within the Curriculum section - English, on our website, you will be guided towards useful websites, documents and strategies to support learning at home.There are links to ideas to help you support your child with phonics, including the correct pronunciation of letter sounds and blends, and sites to help you choose exciting reading books for your child. We use Letters and Sounds to support our phonics teaching and learning.
Jenny Hull, English Leader