TRINITY ST MARY’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
At Trinity St Mary's we intend to give our children an engaging, rich curriculum which provides them with the requisite skills and knowledge to be life long learners. Trinity St Mary’s 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 on our five key Christian values of: love, forgiveness, honesty, dedication and sharing.
We seek to achieve this through a rigorous academic curriculum which focusses on high quality language and reading materials in English; and through securing arithmetic skills and providing opportunities for deeper thinking, reasoning and problem solving in mathematics. As a school we continuously adapt our practice based on the needs of the school. In 2017 - 2018 we focussed staff development on reasoning and problem solving which has ensured that as our children move through the school they have the tools to think deeper mathematically. We restructured our timetable so that children had additional time to complete arithmetic work so that they consolidate the requisite number skills.
In 2018 - 2019 we have focussed on developing speech, language and spelling through staff training using ELKLAN and through introducing a new spelling scheme which will also expose our children to higher quality vocabulary. We also launched the "The Children's Health Project" so that we provide our children with the tools to live a healthy and fulfilling life even once they have left us.
We believe it is imperative that children experience a broad curriculum which is exciting, balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum as well as developing 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 and incorporate the skills and knowledge required. When appropriate we teach foundation subjects in blocks to ensure a depth of learning, knowledge and skills.
The impact of our curriculum can be shown by our standards at the end of each Key Stage. Our three year average of Key Stage 2 results are above national averages and children leave us ready for secondary school. However, our children also leave us having experienced a full curriculum and having had opportunities to excel in other areas. They also leave us with memorable experiences such as: sporting competitions, "Boot Camp", productions, music festivals, house days, prayer space days, school trips, theatre visits, residential visits and many more.
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 school life.
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 days or 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.
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. We use different reading schemes in Key Stage 1 so that children experience a range of different texts e.g. 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. In 2017 - 2018 we invested £4,000 in new, high quality reading books for our library thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts of our PTA FOTSMS.
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.
Jenny Hull, English Leader
For more information on our curriculum please follow the link below: