At St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School we encourage the development of each individual. We accept that you as parents are the first and most important teachers of your children and we support you in continuing this process. With parents, teachers and children, working together, we can achieve a great deal. At St Thomas’ we offer all children a broad and balanced curriculum which draws on each child’s own experience of the world and seeks to develop and extend their understanding of it. The curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before.
Children are encouraged to see themselves as active participants in their own learning. They are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards themselves, their work and towards others. We actively encourage the children to become independent and self-disciplined learners.
At St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School the curriculum offered includes;
- Religious Education
- National Curriculum Core Subjects: English and Mathematics
- Foundation Subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design Technology, French (KS 2 only), Geography, History, Music and Physical Education
Personal, Social, Health Education is also taught through all elements of our curriculum as well as a discrete subject.
Whilst maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum at St Thomas’ priority is given to the teaching of the National Curriculum core subjects and RE. The school has drawn up a plan, which indicates the National Curriculum programmes of study which must be covered by each year group. Where it is not possible to make links between subjects, then these are taught on an individual basis. Teachers plan their work, as a team, half-termly. From these plans more detailed weekly and daily plans are drawn up.
Leaders consider what the children need to learn and why it is being taught. Teachers and staff carefully consider how best to teach it and to assess it. They ensure that essential skills and knowledge for future learning are ‘embedded’ each year, whilst also challenging pupils to use and apply new knowledge and skills confidently in a range of contexts.
The school focuses on promoting excellent attitudes to learning. We encourage a ‘can do’ attitude and approach to learning and have high expectations of what children can achieve.
The methods and strategies used to teach these skills are left to the discretion of the year group staff to ensure that learning and teaching remains fresh, focused and inspiring. The National Curriculum provides the statutory content so that the school can ensure progression and coverage across the key stages.