The Curriculum at Trinity
Trinity aims to provide a curriculum that is both broad and balanced. It is constructed to meets the needs of all pupils in its care irrespective of ability, additional needs or gender.
This may mean, in certain cases, specific subject opportunities are offered to particular pupils whilst not available to others. These situations in particular reflect the curriculum needs of the individual pupils.
As you would expect, the curriculum changes as pupils move through the school. They have an increasing amount of flexibility as they get older with option choices becoming available. More distinct setting arrangements for core subjects are also in place enabling teaching to closely match the ability of the children.
The information below indicates how the curriculum at Trinity currently operates. Each year there are slight adjustments to the curriculum. These are determined by a number of factors including internal improvements, exam board changes and Governmental initiatives and strategies.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)
Alongside the specific information below, classes for Catering, IT, Music and Product Design are grouped. There are eight classes in each year group and pupils are in the same group for each of these subjects. There are also eight classes for PE.
In Year 7 there are two ‘top’ sets, two middle ability sets and two lower ability groups. All pupils follow the full suite of National Curriculum subjects. One half of the year group will be taught French as their Modern Foreign Language with the other half being taught German. Currently the lower ability group follows a programme of literacy and numeracy rather than a modern foreign language.
For a discrete group of pupils, a phonics programme is in operation to help support and improve their literacy skills. This has had a significant impact on reading ages for those targeted.
As pupils enter Year 8 blocks of subjects start to ‘set’ more tightly. This means that pupils may no longer be in the same class for the majority of their timetable.
In this year group, classes in English, Maths and Science are set separately for each subject with three classes in each year half. This prepares pupils for the entry into Key Stage 4. Seven subjects remain clustered together for the same class groupings.
Some subjects in Year 9 will have started the GCSE courses; notably English, maths, science, ICT and RE.
Pupils in Year 9 start their option process. The pages in this section relating to options will either display the information for the current Year 10 or for the current Year 9. Check the dates displayed; the options programme starts in around March of each academic year and this is when information is updated.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
The structure of ‘half years’ almost disappears in Years 10 and 11, where pupils are either set in their subjects or are following options courses (which in most cases means they are mixed ability groups). The only exceptions to this are the Modern Foreign Language the pupil has studied since Year 7 and PE and IT (where the school has to schedule lessons to maximise the use of resources).
Virtually all programmes are GCSE courses with some non-examined core programmes too; PSHE, PE and their tutor period.
During Year 11 the options process starts for entrance into the Sixth Form. Data from their most recent grade collection is used to identify appropriate programme levels and this is accompanied by an Information Advice & Guidance interview and a range of other interventions to help support pupils through GCSE and into the Sixth Form.
The curriculum at the school changes year on year, ensuring that it is meeting the demands and needs of all who study here. The school is pro-active with curriculum change, but we take time to carefully reflect on any decisions before change is implemented, allowing us to consider the impact on individuals and the effect across the school.
For further information about the curriculum, please contact the school.