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St Thomas Curriculum statement

Respect, care, pray, believe and you will achieve

At St Thomas we have a curriculum designed to enable our children to flourish.  The Christian character of the school will give opportunity to all children through supporting inclusion and diversity.  We will give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to become good citizens in our local, national and global community. This ensures the rounded development of the whole child through academic achievement and spiritual development.

Our school covers three phases:
1. Early Years Foundation Stage (age3-5)
2. Key Stage 1 (age 5-7)
3. Key Stage 2 (age 7-11)

Our Christian and British values help us to focus on what our pupils need to learn today to raise aspirations so that tomorrow can be better and brighter.  Our curriculum is mapped to include coverage of the National Curriculum and provide a range of experiences for our pupils to become good citizens within our global community.   Our curriculum is designed to excite, challenge, engage and motivate.  Aspects of school life actively enables pupils to reflect and explore spiritual and ethical questions.  Support for good mental health in children and adults and a sense of belonging, that embraces and celebrates difference is all part life in our school.  The ultimate goal is that our learners progress as learners and become successful, confident individuals, who make a positive contribution to the community and society – both now and in the future.

We follow the EYFS Curriculum that consists of:

·        Personal, Social and Emotional Development
·        Communication, Language, Listening and attention
·        Physical Development
·        Reading including Phonics using LCP as our scheme
·        Writing
·        Mathematics
·        Understanding of the World
·        Expressive Arts and Design

Key Stage 1 & 2

At Key Stages 1 and 2 we follow the National Curriculum and we use LCP as our phonics scheme. this is seperated in the following subjects:
Reading, Phonics – using LCP as our scheme, Writing, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, Design Technology, PE, Music, French and RE. Woven through all the areas of learning and subjects mentioned, is a tailored syllabus of Personal, Social, Health Education that covers the lifelong skills needed to become successful citizens of the future.

Our curriculum does not begin and end with the national requirements. We aim to give our children the opportunity to experience and excel in a wide range of areas.  We pride ourselves on children being able to take part and succeed in a vast range of sports, to take part in a spectrum of drama activities throughout their life at St Thomas as well as having the opportunity to be part of the choir or play a musical instrument – be it as part of one of our bands or just for individual pleasure.

Our curriculum extends beyond the classroom not least because of our extensive grounds. We are able to make use of 3 different playgrounds, an outdoor covered seating area, a chess board, trim trails, vegetable plots and large field, all within our secure school boundary.  To make the most of our facilities we run various extracurricular clubs and a programme called ‘Learning for Life’ – an opportunity for all children to learn new skills outside of the usual classroom context.

We work closely with Bolton Schools Music Service as well as independent music teachers who help us to offer musical instrument lessons in the form of the guitar, violin, cello, keyboard, clarinet, saxophone and drums. Each year we hold a music concert to showcase our children’s achievements.

We play an active role in inter schools sports competitions within our cluster of Westhoughton and Bolton schools.  Annually we enter teams in leagues, tournaments or festivals for: Football, Tag Rugby, Cross Country, High5, Cricket, Gymnastics, Dance as well as Sports Hall Athletics.

We extend the learning in the classroom with visits to museums and places of interest to compliment the work done in school.

We endeavour to make our curriculum unique, matched to the needs of our children so that they leave our school not only being able to calculate, read and write but because of the school’s Christian values, they are ready, eager and capable to continue the next phase of their education.

Our work on promoting social skills including good manners, resilience, self-awareness, consideration and cooperation throughout the curriculum enables our children to become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves.

Please see class pages for an overview of different year groups.  If you require any further information please contact the school office.