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
What a fantastic topic for this time of year when our outdoor work and play will be a bit warmer and drier! We will be focussing on the plant, animals and human life cycle, with engaging activities such as a Garden Centre and a Shoe Shop, hand and foot prints to compare sizes, as well as measuring how tall we are. Plus we have some lovely story books to give us a stimulus for talk, writing and exploration.
Years 1 and 2
We will be using doctors, dentists and hospital visits as a starting point. We will learn what we need to do to keep healthy in terms of hygiene, food and exercise. Exercise will link to the Commenwealth Games as will food (food is fuel). We will think about who looks after us at home, at school and elsewhere, what we need to do to look after ourseves and keep ourselves safe, and how things such as hospitals and emergency response, has changed over time.
Years 3 and 4
The Story of World War II
This is our’study of an aspect/theme in British History that extends pupil’s chronological knowledge beyond 1066;A topic focussing on WWII, delivered with creativity and pazaz! The children will be evacuated on day one and from that point, ifnd out a lot about life during the war. Science is related to work on plants and growing and children will see the importance of growing food in the war years.
Years 5 and 6
The topic is ‘hung’ on the role of women ; Each curriculum area will be introduced using a woman as an example, and reinforcing in history that womens rights and opportunities were not always the same. Equality nowadays will be considered also from different perspectives. Science for Y5 (Earth in Space) starts with the achievements of Helen Sharman. Whilst in Y6 the science (electricity) follows the work of Grace Hopper. 'Game On' promotoes working together, having equal rights and acknowledging the achievements of all.
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