St Thomas More teaches the statutory requirements of the Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum 2014 and follow the ‘Come and See’ programme for Religious Education. The teaching and learning of RE is not seen as merely a subject for learning, but a way of life. Through it, schools endeavour to provide experiences in which pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, develop spiritually and morally, experience rich liturgy and reflect on the life and mission of Jesus by studying the Gospels.
It is an exciting time for all at St Thomas More, as over the last year, the school community have worked together to design and plan a new curriculum for our pupils. Staff at St Thomas More are responsible for providing a curriculum that is broad, balanced, flexible, stimulating, relevant, inclusive and well planned. They endeavour to provide a curriculum matched to individual need, providing the context for in-depth learning. The curriculum enables children to make a significant contribution to their school community and the wider world and supports and develops effective transition. The curriculum will equip our pupils with a breadth of knowledge and skills that are underpinned by our Catholic Aims of ‘Learn, Love, Pray and Play’ and celebrate our location within the wonderful historical town of Kettering.
The curriculum should enable all young people to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Loving individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Team players who make a positive contribution to society
- Prayerful individuals who are able to recognise God’s love and support to drive them forward.
English and Maths skills are taught throughout the curriculum and contextual learning is seen as crucial to developing children’s understanding. Through equal opportunities and inclusion, the school ensures that all learners in the community have a valuable educational experience.
Fundamental to the curriculum is the quality of teaching and learning. St Luke Academies Trust looks for ways to improve the quality of teaching based on agreed qualities, standards and a reflective collaborative approach.
Independent learning is promoted and the school takes account of preferred learning styles and the needs of their children. We value the place of the arts and creativity in the curriculum.
Each term, the whole school will have a launch day of our overarching topic. This is to inspire and motivate our pupils and to provide them with an immersive environment. Each class will then have a specific focus linked to the topic. At the end of the topic, the classes will have a Curriculum Celebration, where parents are invited into school to celebrate all their incredible learning.
The whole school topic for the Autumn Term is –
We can’t wait to share with you some of our learning!
Phonics – As a school we follow government guidelines for teaching systematic, synthetic phonics. Our Reception and Year 1 children get a daily lesson lasting 25 minutes to teach them the skills required for reading, spelling and writing.
Please click here to see our Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the EYFS Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the Year 1 Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the Year 2 Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the Year 3 Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the Year 4 Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the Year 5 Curriculum Overview
Please click here to see the Year 6 Curriculum Overview
Please click here to find out more about our reading.
Please click here to see a leaflet about how to support the younger readers – Reading Booklet
Please click here to find our more about our approach to Calculation.