Curriculum Subjects

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.

The school uses a wide variety of reading schemes. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme.      Overview of English          English at STM    Grammar Glossary for Parents    Articulation of Phonemes

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. From Early Years, children are taught to use the cursive script and we strongly believe this promotes fluency, neatness and has strong links to accuracy of spelling.         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 at STM   

Computing

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    

Music Progression Y1 - Y6                            

Science

 Science Progression EY - Y6

Physical Education and Physical Activity     

PE Progression Y1 - Y6                        

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

  Relationships and Sex Education

 Teaching British Values