Curriculum

 

Holy Trinity Church of England Academy bases its curriculum on the New National Curriculum 2014.

 

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

 

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

 

Throughout key stage one and two, the children are taught: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design, Art, Music and Physical Education. We ensure a broad and varied curriculum is delivered by using Cornerstones which is a scheme of work designed to cover the National Curriculum.

In addition the Academy provides Religious Education and a daily act of collective worship which is central to the life and work of the school. There are also national assessments for primary school children at ages 7 and 11 years. These tests assess the children’s attainment in Mathematics, Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. A phonics screening test is carried out in Year 1.

The Religious Education curriculum that is adhered to was produced by Durham Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education. The curriculum allows pupils the opportunity to learn about Christianity and other faiths whilst applying what they have learned to their own lives.

A cross-curricular approach has been adopted for the teaching of PHSE, although some aspects are taught discretely. We follow the One Life PHSCE scheme and this is delivered in every class on a Friday afternoon. The academy is a registered KIDSAFE school and has two trained KIDSAFE tutors. The KIDSAFE programme is taught as part of the PSHE curriculum. The KIDSAFE sessions provide pupils with the knowledge of how to protect themselves. We also have one to one sessions with Place2be available for children who need extra emotional support.