Curriculum Subjects

Religious Education

As a Catholic school, our faith underpins everything we do - this is reflected in our Mission Statement: 'We follow Jesus as we learn, play and pray together.' We offer a vibrant programme of study based on the 'Come and See' RE scheme. This is underpinned by our core values of love, joy, peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, justice and respect. 

We plan opportunities to enhance pupils' learning experiences and support them to develop into confident, respectful and responsible young people. 

English

English is taught as both a discreet and cross-curricular subject. Children are taught reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and phonics. The programme for English is delivered in a variety of lively and creative ways, including the use of ebooks, computing, drama and outdoor learning. Reading and writing activities include peer, buddy, group and whole school initiatives. We also have a wonderful library which the children regularly access.

Children at STM are taught the early stages of reading and phonics using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme. Click here for future information: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

The school has adopted Collins Big Cat reading scheme to further support early reading skills.  Please click on the following link to find out more about our provision:   Early Reading and Phonics Parent Information

 Articulation of Phonemes       Grammar Glossary for Parents      

Overview of English Planning     Overview of English Skills

 A Parents Guide to Hearing Your Child Read       Reading Scheme Book Band information for parents

Recommended Reading Lists

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-school-pupils/

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/pw/All-Shortlists-and-Winners.html

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Handwriting

At St Thomas More, we take great pride of the quality of our pupils' handwriting skills.  Once the children have mastered basic letter formation, they are encouraged to move to using the cursive script towards the end of their time in Early Years.  We strongly believe this promotes fluency, neatness and has strong links to accuracy of spelling.         Cursive handwriting script

Maths

We value Mathematics as a way of gaining greater understanding of the world around us and seek to provide pupils with a rich and progressive curriculum. We support pupils to develop their ability to calculate, reason, problem solve, and to understand and appreciate patterns in numbers and space in their everyday lives, both in and out of school. We have adopted a Mastery approach towards our teaching - please click on the link for more information.   Mastery approach to teaching Maths at STM       Maths at STM    Calculations Guidance Booklet for parents

Computing and Online Safety

Safeguarding children is crucial part of our duty. This includes children’s access to the online world.    Online Safety Advice for parents      Computing Curriculum Content

The following subjects are currently under review:

Art and Design      

Art and Design Progression Y1 - Y6

Design and Technology   

  DT Progression Y1 - Y6                                

Modern Foreign Language

 French Progression Y3 - Y6       

Geography    

Geography Progression Y1 - Y6       

 Local Geography Scavenger Hunt          

History

History Progression Y1 - Y6   

Local History Scavenger Hunt                                 

Music    

We have a dedicated teacher for Music. Lesson plans are based on the Sing Up scheme. 

Music Overview                        

Science

 Science Progression EY - Y6

Physical Education and Physical Activity     

PE Progression Y1 - Y6                        

Swimming Lessons for Years 3 and 4 Parent information Jan-2022

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

  Relationships and Sex Education

 Thank you for taking an interest in our curriculum.  We hope you can find the information that you were looking for.  For further information, please contact Mrs Perry, the school's Headteacher via 01462 620670.