Curriculum and Assessment
Please see link page for the school’s Curriculum Statement
At Holy Trinity C.E (VC) Primary School we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and The National Curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is a progressive curriculum from birth to 5 and covers all aspects of a child’s development to this point. Holy Trinity C.E (VC) Primary School will assess a child’s development on entry to EYFS.
The National Curriculum subjects consist of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Art and Design, Music, Computing, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE) and, for Key Stage 2, a modern foreign language - here at Holy Trinity C.E (VC) Primary School the children study French in Key Stage 2.
At Holy Trinity C.E (VC) Primary School, we aim to provide an extensive and balanced curriculum to ensure that all of our pupils realise their true potential through the Christian ethos that permeates the school. We want all of our pupils to be proud of their achievements and to know the next steps they need to take in their learning journey. Our curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in abilities and disabilities.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
We have a dedicated team of highly trained teachers and support staff who employ a variety of teaching strategies to ensure every child receives a progressive curriculum in line with individual learning needs. We encourage our children to become independent thinkers and learners through a varied and exciting curriculum which is enhanced by educational visits and visitors.
The Curriculum Structure
The curriculum is taught across 3 Stages -
- Early Year Foundation Stage - EYFS ( Early Starters, Nursery and Reception)
- Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
- Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Assessment systems were changed along with the National Curriculum in 2014 and ‘levels’ were removed for all year groups. Children are now given scaled scores and a ‘performance descriptor’ against the expected national curriculum standards.
At Holy Trinity C.E (VC) Primary School, children are assessed in many ways over the course of their primary journey. Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate to pupils’ needs.
As a school, we will ensure that assessment is:
- used to plan next steps in learning
- is fair and inclusive
- is open, honest and transparent
- secures high expectations for all
- is accurate and consistent
- is appropriate to pupils age and / or abilities and needs
- supports comparison with other schools both locally and nationally
- and is used to provide meaningful information for pupils, parents/carers and school staff.
There are two main types of assessment: formative and summative.
Formative assessment is more informal and is used to support children to make their next steps in their learning. These assessments are carried out on a daily basis through discussions, observations, verbal and written feedback. Teachers use these assessments regularly to check the progress pupils have made, particularly in Reading, Writing and Maths.
Summative assessments are formal assessments where children have the chance to show how much they know at any given point. There are three main assessment weeks during the school year.
We plan lessons and track children’s achievements and progress through software called ‘Target Tracker’. It records children as:
- emerging – yet to become secure in the end of year expectation
- expected – secure in the majority of the end of year expectations
- secure – secure in almost all of the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.
This software helps us to effectively plan children’s next steps in both teaching and learning and tracks progress over time.
Statutory Assessments (End of Key Stage)
The government ensures that all children are ‘tested’ towards the end of each stage of education. These tests are used to see how well each child and the school is performing against national benchmarks. Pupils complete the following statutory assessments throughout their journey through primary school.
- Reception Baseline
- EYFS Profile
- Year 1 (and Year 2) Phonics Screening Test
- Year 2 and 6 – End of Key Stage Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)
Here at Holy Trinity C.E (VC) Primary School, we work extremely hard to make sure that children are not put under any undue pressure or extra stress when they are assessed. We want every child to fulfil their potential but we also want to make sure that they are happy at school and enjoy learning.
The Holy Trinity C of E (VC) Primary School community believes in a full and enriching curriculum, with a wide and varied opportunities to ensure children create a plethora of positive memories during their primary school journey. We want to ensure children have been exposed to different cultures in many forms such as galleries, museum, theatre, live music and visits.
Since September 2022, Holy Trinity has broadened international links with schools around the world. Links with France, China and Canada are already underway.
At Holy Trinity we are fortunate to offer Forest school which has proved to be immensely worthwhile in developing team working skills and independence. Those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident in using them and this can form the basis of a life-long relationship with natural space crease in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.
Holy Trinity has a unique and varied offer of enriching experiences that supports the development of the whole child. Holy Trinity has themed days to add an extra dimension to a quality learning experience. We strive for aspirations and ambition.
This academic year 2022- 2023, we are planning events such as:
- Fantastic Flights to Faraway Places
- Roald Dahl Day
- Science Week
- European Day of Languages
- National Poetry Day
- Mental Health Day
- World Kindness Day
- Anti-bullying Week
- NSPCC Number Day
- Online Safety Day
- World Book Day