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Curriculum review

At St Thomas’ we have been reviewing our curriculum over the past 2 academic years. We felt that we should take the opportunity to establish if it continued to meet the needs of our school community.

We sought feedback from parents and pupils through questionnaires. The overwhelming response was to create a more relevant and exciting curriculum, which reflected the world in which we live. We wanted our curriculum to have RE at the centre and so all our planning reflects key values that will permeate all areas of learning. We want our pupils to learn about and understand how they can make a difference to the world through their actions. Our strapline is ACT, which stands for Aspirational, Christ centred and Togetherness which we feel reflects our school family.

Our terms reflect liturgical seasons which you will see from the curriculum newsletters. During the year, there are “driver” subjects where learning is “in depth”. So the terms up until Christmas will be Geography and DT driven (Explore). We will still be doing daily numeracy and literacy, along with other subjects, which you will see from the long and medium term plans.

In terms 3 & 4, music and art will be the “driver” subjects (Create) and in terms 5 and 6, history will be the “driver” subject (Discover). We feel that this approach to learning will help us to give the children a broad and balanced curriculum and provide them with enriched learning experiences.

We are currently reviewing our computing curriculum to ensure that it ties in with our topics. We have linked learning across subjects wherever possible and built on skills and knowledge from previous years.

As this year progresses, we will be asking pupils and parents for their views on the revised curriculum, which is based on the National Curriculum. As a staff we will review at the end of the year. The hope is that pupils will be more active and enthusiastic learners; they will be able to see how their learning builds year on year and they have the drive, interest and skills to follow their own lines of enquiry too so that in time pupils take more ownership of their learning.

Miss L D’Agostini

Headteacher

Catholic Tradition, Gospel and British Values.

At St. Thomas' Catholic Primary School we recognise the important role schools play in ensuring that pupils develop into ethical and responsible members of society. We expect our children to 'ACT' the St. Thomas' way, to be 'aspirational', 'Christ centred' and to work and play cooperatively, 'togetherness'. Gospel and British values form the basis of good citizenship so these values are taught explicitly through PSHE and RE as well as through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures, such as electing and running our School Council and House system. We also teach British values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Beyond the curriculum, through the ethos of the school, we expect pupils to uphold these values and give them responsibilities to further their understanding and put these values into practice.

Please see the information sheet below for all of the values and themes covered in our curriculum.

Taking account of pupils’ capacity to understand these concepts and ideas we aim to:

Democracy

  •  listen to all views
  • debate arguments for and against
  • get involved
  • express our views appropriately
  • vote and respect the view of the majority

Rule of Law

  • make sure rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • can distinguish right from wrong
  • respect the law, and school rules, and the basis on which they are made
  • know laws protect us

Individual Liberty

  • promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • take responsibility for our own behaviour
  • model freedom of speech in a peaceful manner
  • challenge stereotypes and bias
  • are an anti-bullying school

Respect & Tolerance

  • promote respect
  • respect our own and other peoples’ cultures and way of life
  • challenge prejudice and discrimination
  • discuss differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and families

The new national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. At St Thomas’ our curriculum promotes:

 

  • the spiritual & moral (Catholic education),
  • cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • preparing for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
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