National Curriculum core subjects are:-
- Religious Education
National Curriculum Foundation Subjects are:-
- Art and design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Language at KS2
Language and Literacy
We encourage all children to develop the skills of communication both verbal and written. To be able to converse clearly, coherently and confidently with both peers and adults, to achieve an acceptable standard of script and the ability to put ideas into writing, with attention given to spelling and grammar.
Reading and Phonics
We encourage children to read for pleasure, for their own enjoyment and also as a means of gaining information, through the use of dictionaries and reference books. We use ‘Read, Write Inc’ and ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ schemes and offer parents the opportunity to come along to a meeting at the beginning of the Autumn Term where we explain how we teach reading in the Reception class. Children are encouraged to take their reading books home and parents can help their child’s confidence and aid progress by regularly listening to their child read.
Each year group follows the National Curriculum framework. Daily mathematics lessons are timetabled for all year groups.
Each year group within the school works on the following:
We also focus upon mental maths strategies in our weekly ‘I Can’ maths lesson.
From Reception onwards science activities are introduced. Tasks are designed to develop the skills of observing, communicating, recording, classifying, predicting, investigating, estimating and measuring.
Subjects covered in Science include:
- Experimental and Investigative Science – Planning work, obtaining evidence, considering evidence.
- Life Processes and Living Things – Animals, humans and plants – similarities and differences – feeding, breathing, movement and behaviour – environmental aspects.
- Materials and their Properties – Natural and man-made materials – similarities and differences – grouping and classifying – uses – changes which arise from heating, cooling and weathering.
- Physical Processes – Electricity and magnetism – Forces and Motion – Light and Sound.
The foundation subjects are taught through a variety of topics. Computing skills are taught and opportunities to practice these skills are integrated throughout the curriculum.
St Thomas More has extensive playing fields, with two football pitches and a playground suitable for netball. Indoors there is a hall with a variety of good quality equipment. Each class has at least two hours of PE per week during which they cover gymnastics, dance, athletics and games as required by the National Curriculum. In order that the children get the most out of these activities it is essential that they come to school with the necessary equipment.
Swimming is offered up to level 8 of the LA awards scheme. In addition to regular P. E. lessons children have the opportunities to take part in various other sporting events organised by the Durham City School Sports Partnership.
Find out more about the required equipment for PE in our School Uniform section of our website.
Art and Music are taught throughout the school in accordance with the National Curriculum. All children have opportunities to make music in school during collective worship, church services and in school plays and concerts. Dance and drama is encouraged in assemblies, school plays and concerts and there are theatre visits. There are opportunities for whole class instrumental tuition and small group instrumental tuition.
St Thomas More R.C. School exists as part of the mission of The Parish of the Durham Martyrs to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Durham. It is a voluntary aided primary school for children from 4 to 11 years, whose parents wish them to be educated in a specifically Roman Catholic Foundation.
Religious Education cannot be confined to set times in the week.
The school sets out to create an atmosphere in which religion is provided not only as a means of knowing and believing, but also as a matter of living and doing. The National Religious Education Programme approved by the Bishops of England and Wales ‘Come and See’ is in use throughout the school.
The parish and school offer the opportunity for children to take part in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Parents are expected to join in the preparations and will be invited to join the programme when their child is in Year 4.