Teaching and Learning at Trinity
Our approach to the curriculum throughout the school is based on the following areas of learning:
Literacy, communication, and languages
Expressive art and design
Physical development, health and well-being
Scientific and technological understanding
Historical, geographical and social understanding
These build firmly on six areas of learning and enable teachers to take a very cross-curricular, topic based approach to learning, rather than teaching each subject in discreet lessons. In doing this, children are given exciting and stimulating contexts for learning the key skills of literacy and numeracy, and are continually making links between ideas from across the curriculum.
Teachers plan as many opportunities as possible for children to get involved in hands-on learning and to benefit from educational visits offsite, or visitors coming into school. We frequently have, for example, ‘living history’ days where children experience Medieval, Tudor or Roman times, visiting musicians, charities, sports specialists, themed weeks, French days, problem-solving afternoons, and much more. Locally, we make the best of some fantastic resources in Verwood such as the churches, the library, the Heritage Centre and Stephen’s Castle. Teachers also routinely plan for educational visits, such as a trip to Kingston Lacy to look at the Egyptian Collection, Marwell Zoo to study animals, or Studland beach to explore habitats and diversity. Children in Year 3 have the opportunity to find out what it was like to be evacuated during World War II by spending a night at Hooke Court, near Beaminster, and those in Year 4 finish their time at Trinity with an opportunity to experience outdoor activities at Hooke court for two days.
Wednesdays at Trinity are ‘Merry-go-round’ days where children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 receive specialist music teaching, amongst other creative lessons and opportunities. In this way, children benefit from being taught by a variety of teachers and coaches who are each passionate about what they do and the Arts and Sport are given high profile. We will have competitive sports and children will be encouraged to ‘play to win, but never mind losing’. We often have opportunity to enter teams of older children in local sporting competitions.
There are many useful educational websites that can support your child's learning. When viewing any website with your child it is always best to view the website beforehand to ensure the link is correct and the site is appropriate for your child. Please remember to keep your child e-safe when using the Internet to support home learning.
The following links, as with other links within the curriculum and class pages, are recommended, but the content has not been created by Trinity First CE VA School. Therefore, we are unable to assure it and we strongly advise that all internet use is supervised and regulated by parents.