Foundation Subjects

This page contains information about how the Foundation Subjects are taught at
Holy Trinity. 

PE

All children at Holy Trinity participate in an average of two hours physical education per week.  The curriculum is divided into the different areas of gymnastics, athletics, invasion games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games, fundamentals, swimming and dance.

 

In addition to this, swimming tuition is offered to all children in Lower Key Stage 2 children (i.e. 7-9 yr olds).  In Upper Key Stage 2, we provide those children who are still working towards swimming at least 25 metres competently, confidently and proficiently the opportunity to continue with tuition in order to succeed in this area.

French

All KS2 children at Holy Trinity have a weekly French lesson and we aim that the children should become engaged with both French language and culture in a fun way through lively games, activities and songs.

 

The language elements is introduced initially through listening and speaking, before moving on to the written word.  Topics include: greetings, colours, pets, the weather and food.  Starting off with basic words and phrases in lower Key Stage 2,  the children can become confident in expressing their own opinions as well as being able to, in the upper years, read and write simple sentences and paragraphs in French.

Music

At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, music is valued as a powerful and unique form of communication that may influence the way pupils think, feel and act.  As a vehicle for personal expression, it promotes emotional development, encourages creativity and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the wider curriculum. It builds self respect and supports developing self control and positive social attitudes.

 

The teaching of Music is carried out through the well-established and respected 'Music Express' scheme of work.  This, alongside our expertise and wide range of music instruments, enables children to listen to, create, play, perform and enjoy a wide range of music.

Art and Design

At Holy Trinity, our Art & Design curriculum encourages all children to develop their creativity and imagination. We actively develop a wide range of skills across the key stages to build on control of materials, tools and techniques. We aim for our children to become more confident in exploring different techniques and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. We also give children the opportunities to experience the roles and purposes of Art and Design in different times and cultures as well as develop their awareness of great artists, designers and architects.

 

From Year Two onwards, every child has their own sketchbook to record their ideas and inspirations. We have annual Key Stage Art Days for children to work independently or as part of a group in order to produce a range of artwork which is displayed around our school.   In addition, we provide opportunities throughout the year for the children to work with art and design specialists.

Design Technology 

At Holy Trinity, we encourage and enable our children to become innovative and inspirational designers! We develop their designing and making skills by supporting their technical knowledge and their understanding of processes and techniques. Our children are shown ways in which they can plan and evaluate their products as well as develop, investigate and communicate their ideas. Across the key stages, our children develop the ability to create high-quality products as well as understand about the modern world and how we live and work within it. Over time, they become more adept with transferring subject skills such as Maths, Science, Art and Computing to support their planning, designing, making and evaluating process.

 

The children also develop their Cooking and Nutritional knowledge and understanding through Design and Technology. Children learn where food comes from and how it is grown. They develop their understanding of food processes and food groups. All year groups develop skills in food preparation and use a wide range of ingredients to support planning, designing and making healthy recipes. From Year One upwards, the children attend a cookery workshop every year at the Waitrose Food Studio. 

Design Technology 

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is considered a vital part of the curriculum at Holy Trinity where we firmly believe in the importance of the education of the whole child.  As a school, we follow two schemes of work which we feel fully promote our school vision of 'Enjoy, Achieve, Belong'.

 

SEALs (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) contributes to the development of social and emotional skills in children.  This work can be incorporated into other areas of the curriculum, taught discretely by teachers and taught when specific situations arise in class.

 

The second scheme of work is the Cambridge PSHE scheme, which effectively combines those aspects of PSHE, Citizenship, Financial Capability and Personal Safety in schools that are not covered by the SEALs programme of study.

Computing

At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, our vision is to equip all learners with the experiences and skills of computer technology that they will use in a rapidly changing technological world. We want learners in our environment to be confident and independent in their understanding and use of computing to solve problems across the curriculum and in everyday life. We aim to give all children enjoyable, relevant and meaningful experiences using a range of technology. To develop confidence and a growing awareness of how computers are used in the world around them and of the benefits that they provide. Surrounded by ever-evolving, readily accessible technology, we recognise the importance of children’s awareness of safety, respect and responsibility in using all aspects of the electronic world.

Geography
Geography within our school aims to inspire children to ask questions and develop curiosity about the world and its people. They will learn about diverse places and the people within these places to help them gain an understanding of what it was like to be there. In addition children will find out about the Earth's key physical and human processes and begin to make links between these. Through map work they will be able to name and locate continents, oceans and countries that they are studying as well as gaining a good geographical knowledge of the United Kingdom. Fieldwork will allow them to collect data which they will begin to analyse in order to gain an understanding of geographical processes.

History
The aim of History within our school is to allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire children and arouse their curiosity so they can ask questions and make their own judgements, which will help them understand more about the past. Children will learn about key events in History and will be able to place these onto a historical timeline. Throughout both key stages they will find out about periods in History that have shaped Britain, from the earliest to the present day. Children will have the opportunity to also study an Ancient Civilisation.