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St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

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Curriculum

Curriculum Booklet 2018 to 2019

Curriculum Statement

 

We are first and foremost a Catholic school and as such are led by the values and beliefs of the Church.

 

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and involves projects, meaningful tasks and experiential visits. Our aim is for all children to become confident, creative and engaged learners who achieve their full God-given potential.

Our curriculum has been carefully designed to:

 

  • Engage and excite the children.

  • Develop active learning.

  • Encourage independent learning.

  • Provide a context for learning through first hand experiences.

  • Allow children to make links.

  • Involve parents and carers.

  • Enable children to develop skills for the future.

  • Extend children’s understanding and relationships with their community and beyond.

 

At St Thomas More Catholic Primary School we strive to deliver a learning experience that has interest, amazement, breadth, challenge and relevance to meet the needs and interests of all pupils. We are a friendly school where children are encouraged and nurtured to achieve their best. We provide a happy, caring and calm atmosphere where children are able to contribute and achieve in all areas of school life. The curriculum is successfully planned and managed to ensure all pupils get an excellent start and are well prepared for the next stage in the education. We believe and promote a love of ‘Learning for Life’. Learning is an integral part of our day and takes place throughout the day in all areas.

 

At St Thomas More, the children are at the heart of all we do and we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be happy, feel valued and experience success.

 

As a Catholic school our curriculum is designed to present children with exciting learning opportunities, which motivate and inspire them, supported by our Catholic values. We aim to provide our children with the skills, knowledge and values they will need as they continue on their learning journey at St Thomas More and beyond.

 

When targeting the outcomes for our pupils, we focus on two vital factors

 

  • Age Related National Expectations
  • The individual targets/outcomes needed for all pupils to be successful and progress

 

This allows all our children to make progress taking into account the extent of any Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.

 

The academic curriculum is supported by a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that will further add to the development of the whole child. The Health and well-being of all pupils is paramount and interventions from the CAFAW (Children and Family Aid Worker) support this. The Boxall Profile is an invaluable resource for the assessment of some of our children’s social, emotional and behavioural development.

 

The children enjoy linking with local community as much as they can – from Pates Grammar School students volunteering to come in and hear readers to UCAS workers providing mentoring support for our Year 6 children.

 

Starting school is a very important time for you, your child and the school.  A happy start leads to your child enjoying their school career, keeps them motivated and engaged in all aspects of their education.  To achieve a successful start and help build your child’s independence, it is essential that we work with you as their parent or carer to make their first days at school smooth and rewarding.

 

When children start school for the first time, they join us in September at the start of the school year in which they have their fifth birthday.  As parents and carers, you will be invited to be part of a structured transition programme, providing you with all the information you require, helping you with the home school transition for your child.

 

We hold a ‘Welcome Meeting’ for parents and carers, which includes information giving about the transition into school and the EYFS curriculum.  Shortly after this meeting, children will be invited to meet their class for the first time at a Stay and Play session.  This helps familiarise children with the school.

 

In the Autumn Term, the Foundation Stage teaching team will carry out home visits to observe the child in their most familiar surroundings – at home.  Soon after this, children begin the transition into school with half days and then lunchtimes and then full days.  Children will be at school full time within two weeks.

 

Partnership with Parents

 

From the start of your child’s education, we want to promote a good ‘Partnership with Parents’. We understand that you are your child’s first educator and we are here to support you. Your child’s overall development and progress relies on regular communication between our staff and you as parents. By exchanging information, we will gain a clearer picture of each individual child.

 

Our regular Parental Conversations give parents and carers the opportunity to talk through your child’s progress and we can answer any questions you may have. However, we are always here for you to talk to.  And don't forget to look through the Curriculum Booklet 2018-2019 to find out more.

Stay and Plays

 

You are invited to come in during the school day and experience life in Reception – this will also give your child the chance to show you what they can do.

How you can help us and your child at home…

 

  • Talk to your child about starting school and encourage them to say how they are feeling.
  • Promote  independence at home e.g. hand washing, toileting and dressing.
  • Share your email address with the class teacher so we can create an online secure 'Tapestry' account so you can look at photographs of your child's days at school, comment on and contribute to observations in their online Learning Journal.
  • Ask your child about their day at school.  You can do this by looking at the observations on Tapestry so it helps them remember the things they have done throughout their time at school.
  • Keep an open dialogue with the class teacher and TA if you have any concerns.
  • Encourage your child to practise their sounds/words/reading books sent home for 5-10 minutes a day.
  • Bring in a drink bottle for your child daily (labelled please)
  • Label all items of school uniform, including shoes!

Home Visits

 

  • We would very much like to visit you and your child at home before they start school as this is the ideal situation to chat and find out about your child. We believe that it is a valuable opportunity for both parent and child to discuss any concerns or pass on information in a relaxed atmosphere. A ‘Home to School’ record will be completed during this visit.

 

 

 

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