Curriculum

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Curriculum Overview for our school

Here at St Thomas we pride ourselves on understanding all our children and meeting their needs however great or small.

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)

EYFS
We follow the EYFS Curriculum that consists of:

·        Personal, Social and Emotional Development
·        Communication, Language, Listening and attention
·        Physical Development
·        Reading /Writing including Phonics using LCP as our scheme
·        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, 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 a 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 (boys, girls Y2-Y6), Tag Rugby, Cross Country, High5, Cricket, Hockey, Gymnastics, Dance and 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 as children ready and eager to continue with their learning journey.

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

Last Updated On July 10, 2019