Our curriculum is built around ‘Learning Challenges’ within which, linking to our values, we use a question based approach to structure our delivery of the National Curriculum.
By providing high quality learning opportunities through our broad, balanced and challenging curriculum we:
Encourage - all children to be active participants in their learning.
Challenge - all members of our school community to strive for high standards.
Inspire - everyone to enjoy learning.
The Curriculum at our school is relevant to the needs of our pupils and our locality whilst being flexible and accessible for our mobile population. Through our bespoke design, subjects are linked together within a 'Learning Challenge' where there are clear, relevant and strong reasons for doing so, other subjects are taught separately.
Opportunities to extend children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are woven into our school curriculum - as are British values, which are explicit and implicit in the life of the school. For example:
- Our house system, elected responsibilities and choice of praise child are all evidence of democracy in action. This is further evidenced when learning challenges are being developed. Our recent victory within the North Yorkshire debating competition is evidence of this in action.
- Mutual respect is embedded in everything we do and the language linked to our code of RESPECT is common place to praise behaviour and point out where choices could be better.
- Our relationship with the local police, fire brigade and armed services are excellent and the children are used to seeing and interacting with these authority figures within the school and community. In addition, the school’s understanding of the rule of law is further enhanced through courtroom dramas held as part of the curriculum in school with a barrister in attendance.
- Through acts of collective worship, challenging topics and themes such as WW1, the children and staff share and empathise with those who fought for our liberty and those whose liberty has been taken away.
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is a key driver within our RE curriculum and in the work of HMS heroes who actively support the children of deployed parents.
Across all curriculum areas children have purposeful opportunities to use and apply their core skills (maths, reading and writing). Our curriculum is designed to ensure that, through a wide range of activities, children are progressing in their skills and understanding and extending their subject knowledge.
The following table includes some useful information about our curriculum.
|Year 3 & 4 Curriculum||Y3 & 4 Overview|
|Year 5 Curriculum||Y5 Overview|
|Year 6 Curriculum||Y6 Overview|
|Example Learning Challenge||What makes the earth angry?|
Holy Trinity CE Junior School Curriculum 2017-18
To ensure that our children have secure science skills and understanding we teach science as a discrete subject. Within science the children use their core maths and literacy skills to help them ask questions, record observations and draw conclusions. Children experience a variety of practical activities using an increasing amount of equipment and recording methods to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Children have discrete computing lessons in which they have access to netbooks and chromebooks. During this time they develop skills which enable them to become digitally literate, understand the fundamentals of computer science and be confident users of technology.
Alongside these lessons, children use ICT in the wider curriculum to develop their skills and present, publish and organise their learning.
History and Geography
These subjects are based on a ‘Learning Challenge’ approach in which topics begin with a ‘big question’. This question is then broken down into subsidiary questions which focuses the learning for the topic. Each Learning Challenge begins with a ‘WOW’ to enthuse and inspire the children and ends with a ‘reflection’ which draws together the learning that has taken place.
Each Learning Challenge has either a history or geography focus. During the school year, each year group completes four Learning Challenges plus an additional whole school unit. The whole school unit gives us the flexibility to address key events and helps us to ensure the curriculum remains relevant. This year our additional unit is based on World War I and will coincide with Remembrance Day.
Expectations for knowledge, skills and understanding are attached to each challenge to ensure coverage and progression. Within each Learning Challenge there are relevant links to maths and literacy to ensure that core skills are used and applied across the curriculum.
Design Technology and Art
Design Technology and Art are both linked to the Learning Challenges. To ensure coverage and progression, one or both subjects are present in every challenge with a development of knowledge, skills and understanding.
In year 5 our children also have textiles and cooking lessons which are taught by a specialist instructor from Nidderdale High School. It is a very exciting opportunity that ensures that our children are taught how to cook, are able to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating and can develop key textile skills.
Music lessons are taught by a specialist music instructor. In each unit the children develop and extend their musical knowledge, skills and understanding. In places, music is also linked to the Learning Challenge which extends the children’s musical experiences. Music is a valuable asset to our school and children have an opportunity to develop their own skills and interests through recorder club and choir.
Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education is taught as a discrete subject and is delivered by both a specialist PE teacher from Nidderdale High School and class teachers. Using our sport funding to access the skills of a specialist teacher has raised the standard of PE and sport in our school and is providing our staff with a great opportunity to share practice. Children also attend swimming lessons during their time with us, the aim being to be able to confidently swim at least 25 metres. Children can also join sports clubs which change on a termly basis as well as having the opportunity to represent the school in a wide variety of area sport competitions.
Religious Education (RE)
Each year group completes five RE units based on the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus 2013 (statutory document). During the year each child will participate in the statutory 60 hours of Religious Education with 60% based on Christianity and 40% based on other world religions. The main focus for the other world religions is Judaism and Islam.
In the lead up to Christmas and Easter all years groups focus on an aspect of these main Christian festivals. In addition to this we have Christmas and Easter themed days held during Advent and Lent respectively.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
Teaching PSHE helps children to understand how to keep themselves safe; mentally and physically healthy and are prepared for life and work. PSHE covers issues such as online and offline safety, relationships, health and careers taught in a way which is appropriate to the age and maturity of the pupils. We encourage the use of Circle Time as a means of discussion and addressing issues.
PSHE is taught as a discrete subject weekly and, where appropriate, is also linked to wider areas of the curriculum.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
Although not a statutory part of the 2014 curriculum we believe SRE has a vital role to play in the personal and social development of our children. During the second half of the summer term every child has the opportunity to participate in SRE lessons which will be delivered in an age appropriate and meaningful way. Prior to the lessons being taught parents will be informed of the content of the unit and have the opportunity to discuss it with their child’s class teacher.
Our children benefit from having a specialist French teacher in school who works closely with our French instructor. All classes have language lessons where they enjoy learning French through a variety of songs, games and spoken language. As the children progress through school, they also learn to read and write in French.