Holy Trinity follow the IB PYP Programme, an international curriculum framework, which focuses on the development of the child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to just academic progress and attainment. It is a relevant and engaging programme which encourages the individuals to develop as inquiry based learners.
The pupils are encouraged to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning. Under the guidance of the teacher, they gain confidence and develop self-management skills which give them a firm platform for the future, and prepare them for the demands of their next stage of education as well as the complex world around them. Furthermore it establishes themselves as life-long learners.
We use a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the various ways in which children learn in order to promote engagement, curiosity and creativity.
There are six trans-disciplinary themes (these focus on relevant issues that go across subject areas) around which learning is planned on a half-termly basis - these are:
•Who we are (Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human).
•Where we are in place and time (Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives).
•How we express ourselves (Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic).
•How the world works (Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment).
•How we organize ourselves (Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment).
•Sharing the planet (Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution).