We are fortunate to be situated in exceptional school grounds and are continuously striving to develop and improve our outdoor learning environment. At our Middleton Tyas site, we boast various gardens, an orchard and outdoor learning area, all of which enables children to experience geographical inquiry first hand. Geography enables pupils to investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the United Kingdom and abroad, including the local area, then find out about different environments and the people who live there. Our pupils begin to learn about the wider world through creative teaching strategies as well as exploring opportunities to carry out geographical inquiry inside and outside the classroom. Children are encouraged to ask geographical questions and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.
Through History our pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. We believe it is important for children to learn about change and continuity in their local area, Britain and in other parts of the world. Pupils study historical events creatively across the curriculum. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. We have strong links with local museums and ensure children regularly visit these and gain real life experience of primary and secondary historical artefacts. We are passionate in ensuring that good use is made of our local environment, which is rich in resources.
We believe that acquiring understanding and expertise in global education will enhance the whole curriculum at Trinity Academy, through the wider horizons and fresh insights gained by both staff and pupils.
We aim for children to develop an understanding of and knowledge about the eight key concepts of global education – global citizenship, diversity, human rights, interdependence, conflict resolution, social justice, values & perceptions and sustainable development.
Through these concepts we aim for children to have the opportunities to acquire and develop the skills of critical thinking, ability to recognise bias and stereotypes, communication, ability to identify and challenge injustice and inequality, and co-operation and conflict resolution.
Through global education we also aim for our children to develop these values and attitudes – sense of identity and self-esteem, commitment to social justice and equality, empathy, value and respect for diversity, respect for the environment and commitment to sustainable development, belief that people can make a difference.
Global education is integrated into the whole curriculum and by experiences using a variety of media, which facilitate understanding of current developments, including magazines, newspapers, video, internet etc. We develop an awareness of similarities and differences in lifestyle and culture in a range of countries.
Modern Foreign Languages (MfL)
Within our school, we explore and celebrate a range of cultures and traditions across the curriculum. As such, children are introduced to a range of languages. Within Years 3-6 there is a focus on French and the children participate in a range of structured lessons.