At St Thomas à Becket, our teaching is rooted in our Christian values. We nurture each other to become friendly, honest, forgiving, thankful and persevering individuals who have respect for one another. Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow.
Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and flourish as creative, independent and reflective thinkers.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. Our learners gain knowledge and skills with a vision to prepare them for life in all its fullness. We offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities to engage and deepen learning; we believe that childhood should be a joyous and purposeful time in our lives, where, like the mustard seed, there are no limits.
We want our children to leave our school with a sense of belonging and the confidence and skills needed to be ambitious lifelong learners.
The Curriculum and our Christian Values
We use our core Christian Values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect, Truth, Thankfulness and Perseverance to promote positive attitudes to learning throughout the curriculum. The following document shows how our values relate to each area of our curriculum. This reflects the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success so all can flourish.
We have developed rolling programmes of topics to ensure that all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered and meet the requirements of our mixed-age classes. These have been carefully crafted to give teachers the flexibility to combine subjects together in a cross-curricular and meaningful way to make teaching and learning fun, vibrant and challenging.
A progression of skills has been identified within each subject. Topics have been selected to enable children to develop these skills within each subject area as they progress though the school; staff identify which skills to focus on for each curriculum area at appropriate levels for the children in their class.
Each term teachers produce a curriculum map which is published on the class pages on our website. These maps provide more detail of what the children will be learning and some of the planned activities.
Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy and numeracy are key to our daily teaching and these subjects are taught following the National Curriculum with links made to the class topic where appropriate. It is crucial that our children are given every opportunity to reach their full potential in these areas. The National Curriculum is laid out with targets for each year group and, whilst we work to these yearly targets, teaching and learning is planned to enable each child to work at their own level whether it is working towards these targets or above. We aim for good progress and the best possible attainment for each child.
At Key Stage 1, phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds. We offer a range of reading books linked to the phonic phases.
Literacy National Curriculum:
Numeracy is taught daily. Each year group is taught the skills and knowledge they need to acquire. Maths skills are consolidated using problem solving and puzzle solving activities. Children who are very competent at age-related activities will be challenged with further skills and knowledge and application of these skills and knowledge.
Maths National Curriculum:
The Christian ethos is very strong and very valued in our school. We mark the church’s liturgical year by celebrations such as the Christmas nativity play, pancake races and celebrating harvest. In RE, Christianity is the main religion studied with an alternative religion studied and compared to Christianity each year. Other faiths studied are Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam. Our programme of study covers a range of religious questions, knowledge based learning and is often linked to art and craft, drama or ICT.
Progression of skills by subject:
The full primary National Curriculum is available on the following link: