St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
8.30am - 4.30pm
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The story of our curriculum - Three years ago we started again with our school curriculum. We decided that we wanted to undertake a process that created a bespoke curriculum for all of our children and by our children. The idea was to make it as interesting as possible and to tie together all of the aspects of the curriculum, in a new and meaningful way. To get things right, we couldn't just go and buy one, so we made our own, based on the expertise and creativity that we have here at St Thomas. Each theme has been carefully constructed to ensure that the children love their learning, generating questions, exploring and discovering. This means that the children quickly become involved in their own learning and that the opportunities for the topic can grow. Our children begin their learning by investigating in preparation before the topic begins, bringing some knowledge into the initial learning. The home-learning folders support family involvement with a fortnightly brief that includes model making, computing, reading and research as well as the application of key skills. Every unit has aspects of spiritual development and self-reflection as well as art, music and outdoor learning. British Values have a key place in our topics, and enhance our very multicultural school and community The teachers carefully enhance the learning with school trips and visitors for every half term.
We're very proud of what we've made and our children seem to really love it. Have a look at the posters to get an idea of how we do it.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We have lots of fun investigasting ice, how ice melts andthe quickest way to get ice to melt. We are looking at cold countries and are making an BIG igloo out of polysterene cups. Also we have talked about the clothing we would need if we were going to the North Pole. Most of our learning has been happening outside. All we want now is some snow!
Years 3 and 4
Chief Seattle's People of the Earth.
A holistic look at the world from the viewpoint of Chief Seattle, a native American Indian. We are learning about how much we rely on our Earth, how we need to use its resources carefully and what lessona we can apply inour own life. We are using a lovely story called 'The Promise' which the children, which the children love. Our learning is happening both inside and out.
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