We want pupils to leave our school
- as independent, reflective, critical learners who have reached their highest academic potential
- as articulate, well read, confident speakers who know their views are valued in our school
- having accessed a dynamic, vibrant, curriculum which offers them challenges that are matched to their individual needs
- with ALL pupils knowing more remembering more and doing more
- having had learning experiences that lead to purposeful outcomes, where links with the world outside the classroom have been maximised
EYFS and Key Stage 1 Planning at Royal Shakespeare Company theatre area
Our curriculum intent is underpinned by the National Curriculum. As you will see below, we plan this together on a half termly basis so we are constantly assessing for learning. Subject Leaders have worked hard to think about the sequence of children's learning, so this builds as children move from term to term and class to class.
We want to make learning engaging, inspirational and memorable, encouraging children to take pride in their achievements and always give of their best. Our cross-curricular and often hands on approach to learning enables our children to make meaningful links whilst working to purposeful outcomes.
We feel very lucky to be in Stratford upon Avon, maximising all the opportunities that this historic town has to offer. This helps us to create our own special school identity.
Our curriculum enables us to link with exciting organisations locally and nationally. We build strong relationships, celebrate diversity, encourage respect and build a sense of community. The knowledge and skills that our curriculum provides build in a meaningful way so that children develop confidence in their learning. It provides and acknowledges success for all children, in all aspects of their development.
Implementation: How we craft our Curriculum at Holy Trinity Primary School
Our creative, vibrant curriculum was praised by Ofsted in the last 2017 inspection, but we wanted to make it even more dynamic. In 2018 we decided to reignite our curriculum and invited parents to a visioning evening, discussing what type of curriculum we wanted for our children.
Every term Key Stages have a day out of school to plan the next exciting themes for the following term. The starting point is the objectives that need to be covered, and each theme has a geography or history overarching focus. Science (and in our school, computing) are seen as core subjects, and are taught outside of the main theme but we make links where possible and natural. Skills need to be taught effectively
As we plan for each subject there is a high emphasis on:
- High expectations through challenging and interesting outcomes. This is a strong focus for every termly planning meeting!
- A good representation of subject specialists during the planning meeting who are there not only to support discussion but also to push for better outcomes and standards for all learners
- Ideas cannot just be chosen to fit in with a theme. The emphasis is on teaching the skills and knowledge needed to progress throughout the year in each subject
- High quality stimuli and modelling e.g. which artists/composers are going to be chosen for the children to study and use as an inspiration for their work. Which skills will be modelled to work up to a final outcome? Using experts and making connections to the locality and the world around us
- An expectation for teacher to be clear about the knowledge and skills taught and to send out a summary of these each holiday for the children and parents to look at in preparation for their topic
- Regular moderation of books, with a specific focus on subject displays every term, where children of all different abilities and strengths show at least good progress
- Displays around the school show a clear progression of skills in core and foundation subjects from Reception to Year 6, and we find opportunities to represent the different children in our school
- Through looking at class teachers’ assessments, topic books, cross curricular work in core subjects and displays, subject leaders look for progression and identify weaknesses. They then act on their analysis by providing training and workshops for teachers by using this as a focus for the next cycle of displays, work trawls and learning walks. Governors are also part of this process, completing learning walks and subject leaders meetings with teachers, shadowing this process and asking challenging questions