Our curriculum statement sums up our vision perfectly
“At St Thomas’ my curriculum is special; it opens my eyes to the person I can be. I will find my own unique identity and develop my God-given talents. My curriculum reflects our shared values of independence, creativity, spirituality and communication and through challenging my thinking, helps me to achieve more tomorrow than I did today.”
The National Curriculum forms the basis for the children’s learning but at St Thomas’ we have formed an exciting, stimulating and challenging curriculum which is unique to us!
Children’s learning centres around one theme each term which means they become experts in this area and develop confidence in their use of vocabulary and writing. The themes are brought to life by drama, trips, visitors and inspirational resources. Children enjoy taking time and care to produce high quality products such as performances, books, displays, artwork, multimedia and films. As well as this our values of communication, creativity, independence and spirituality also prepare the pupils for their future as successful and confident young adults who value and contribute to their community.
Illustrated writing and paintings
This year one of our focuses has been creative writing and with this supporting artwork. This has resulted in beautiful paintings and wonderfully illustrated books across the whole school.
The Autumn term saw every child produce either a page or an entire illustrated book. These ranged from Year 2’s imaginative tales based on ‘Twas the night before Christmas…’ to Year 4’s illustrated rabbits alongside their own innovated versions of ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.’
In the Spring term each class worked through a number of drawing and painting skills to produce some stunning outcomes. Many skills are taught to enable the children to produce very high quality paintings. Half a term may go into producing such a piece of artwork. Year 1 painted some ferocious and intricate dragons, but to get to that point; they practised their mark making, drew close studies of scales, mixed many hues of greens, applied paint to scales, drew their dragons and finally spent 2 hours painting them. As you can see from the photographs below this hard work has clearly paid off.
Summer term has seen the children’s art and writing support other areas of the curriculum. This is especially evident with the older children where they take ownership of their learning and are able to put together an outcome from scratch. For example Year 5 have produced animated films of the local area. They have painted Trellick Tower, the canal and other local landmarks as the backdrops to their animated films. In addition, they have researched the content and written the scripts. Finally they put together their own guides to our local area!