CURRICULUM INTENT STATEMENT
SCHOOL ETHOS AND RATIONALE
Our aim is to provide a curriculum which will firstly expand the pupil’s knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding, and thus his/her awareness of moral and Christian values and capacity for enjoyment, and secondly, enable the pupil to enter the world after formal education is over as an active participant in society and a responsible contributor to it, capable of achieving as much independence as possible.
Academic excellence is highly valued and we believe that education, whether at home or school, is the key to a child’s future. We believe, however, that education is broader than academic study.
The aim at Hoylake Holy Trinity is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. Hoylake Holy Trinity ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain (The HHT Child).
We aim for all learners to enjoy their education and to make very good progress in all areas of learning. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. In recognising the development of the whole child, the pastoral support given to children so they can access the curriculum is very strong. Various programmes of support are provided for children where a need has been identified such as self-esteem, anxiety and emotional literacy.
Hoylake Holy Trinity CE Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the primary National Curriculum.
Our schemes of work reflect the content and challenge of the curriculum. Teachers have received training in key areas of curriculum change and are ready to provide outstanding curriculum provision.
The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. Our curriculum will be exciting and will inspire children to nurture a passion for learning.
We have developed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest National Curriculum review. Our curriculum continues to ensure that our children's learning is both meaningful, and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements of the English and mathematics curriculums.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
We aim to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of every child and is delivered in a way that helps the children perform well academically as well as feeling happy, safe and secure in their environment.
We teach our children to be safe online and to be digitally literate, using technology to support research and enhance learning experiences.
We provide a language rich environment with books, stories and opportunities for the children to develop speech and language through lessons, class assemblies, and school productions.
Our Principles for Learning and Teaching
• All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning and to be active learners; discovering and finding out.
• All children are entitled to understand what they have achieved and know what to do to make progress.
• All children are entitled to be independent, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners; raising their own questions.
• All children are entitled to time to evaluate and reflect on their learning.
• All children are entitled to teaching that inspires their learning.
• All children are entitled to teaching that encourages them to be creative.
• All children are entitled to be challenged and enjoy learning, as well as encouraging problem solving.
• All children are entitled to develop spiritually, morally and as considerate members of their community and the wider community.
ENHANCING THE CURRICULUM
We are committed to ensuring our children have the opportunity to enhance their experiences through:
Each child learns to respect and care for others, while developing a love of learning and a desire to succeed. This enables our children to discover what is special about them. They are proud of their achievements and proud of our school.
Our aim is to provide a friendly, caring and calm atmosphere where we can deliver the curriculum, through high quality teaching and a stimulating learning environment, so that the children achieve the highest possible standards in all areas of school life. A varied programme of extra-curricular activities nurtures the whole child and inspires him or her to find and develop skills and talents.
CURRICULUM BIG CONCEPTS
It is vital that the knowledge and skills children learn are coordinated and coherent. In order to achieve this in our curriculum, we have identified the key Big Concepts to help make connections across subjects and link our whole curriculum together.
Pupils’ intellectual development and knowledge-retention are supported by structuring learning according to these carefully selected ‘Big Concepts’, returning to them frequently, giving context and familiar language on which to build new learning. It is essential that these ‘Big Concepts’ are continually consolidated and reinforced in order to create an organised, easily understood, and progressive structure of learning.