CURRICULUM INTENT 

Every child who comes to the Trent Rylands Federation is unique. They come to school with their own combination of experiences, understanding and learning which is our job, and privilege, to build upon. Children are at the heart of everything we do and we believe that every child has the right to make the absolute most of their abilities and be the best version of themselves.

We aim to enable our children to overcome any barriers they face, including any social disadvantages they might experience both in primary education and beyond. We seek to nurture every child to have high aspirations for their present and future and equip them to have the resilience, tolerance and moral purpose to be successful and happy citizens in the 21st Century.

We will ensure that our children will develop strong social skills and an understanding of how to interact positively and confidently in different contexts. Our focus on oracy and vocabulary will enable children to build their expressive vocabulary and speaking and listening skills.

Our ambitious  curriculum is carefully planned and structured to help children know more, remember more and instil a culture of learning. It is an expectation that every member of the school community will share the same high expectations and aspirations for ALL our children, striving for every child to achieve their individual potential. We endeavour to inspire a love of reading, writing and discussion throughout all subject areas. High quality first teaching is expected and modelled in all subjects making use of the whole environment to facilitate learning.

At TRF we recognise that the core subjects of reading, writing and maths are the gateway to the rest of the curriculum. We value early reading success in learners, and understand that if children cannot read effectively, this limits their access to the full breadth and width of the curriculum. Our Early Reading Policy (which states the approach to early reading and decoding is through the teaching of sequential synthetic phonics) threads through all our curriculum plans as we aim for all our children to be confident, happy, lifelong readers.

Quality texts fully engage our children and allow solid connections across all subjects ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum. We employ a thematic based approach across the federation and have a sequenced two year cycle that maximises learning opportunities by revisiting learning, committing knowledge to memory and extending learning further. Learning has purpose and meaningful links are made between the subjects taught.

We believe that education should take place in a fully inclusive environment with equal opportunities for all, where children feel safe to try new things. Every child has a broad and balanced curriculum, that is not narrowed in any way.

The curriculum also includes experiences of ‘cultural capital’, which can be described as students being given an awareness of the world around them, this includes Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural experiences . British Values are woven through the full scope of all curriculum provision, making sure that children understand explicitly what the five agreed values are, as well as having an age appropriate knowledge of what they mean and look like in practice. At TRF we will always aim to ensure we can offer diverse curriculum enhancement experiences for our children both as part of the planned curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities. We believe that all children should access high quality sports, cultural, musical and academic experiences, that are accessible to all equally, both in and also beyond the classroom.