Aims of the curriculum

  • To give students the opportunity to investigate the work of small businesses and their role in the business world.
  • To introduce the features and skills of an entrepreneur and learn how they can be used to spot an opportunity to develop a successful business idea.
  • To become familiar with business financial matters and how to manage them effectively.
  • To understand how the world around us affects a small business and the people involved.
  • To develop the skills of organisation and self-discipline and use them to manage their school work.

Aims of the curriculum

The fundamental aim of the art department is to raise standards by helping students to develop an enquiring mind and the technical skills to express themselves confidently, creatively; with feelings and imagination. Art is one of the best areas of the curriculum to lead this approach and the skills students learn here can be applied to all their other studies and to the rest of their lives.

Aims of the curriculum

Key Stage 3 design and technology aims to prepare students for living and working in an ever-changing world by being adaptable and aware of the impact of their decision making on the environment. To enable pupils to develop their design and technology capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To consolidate and enhance skills acquired at Key Stage 2.
  • To nurture independence through a variety of Teaching and Learning methods including self and peer assessments and using assessment criteria as a fundamental tool for progression.
  • To equip students with the love of learning and appreciation of language and literature.
  • To extend reading, writing, grammar and speaking and listening with the view of meeting or exceeding individuals potential at the end of the Key Stage.
  • To offer a challenging curriculum which mirrors and prepares the Key Stage 4 experience.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To develop students knowledge and understanding about the planet we all live on
  • To provide students with the skills to illustrate, research and refine their understanding
  • To ensure that students are given a grounded understanding of key geographical concepts
  • Enable students to be able to reach conclusions and begin to question the world around them
  • To provide continuous engagement in key contemporary issues such as climate change and sustainability

Aims of the curriculum

  • To consolidate and enhance skills acquired at KS3
  • To nurture independence through a variety of teaching and learning methods including self and peer assessment and using assessment criteria as a fundamental tool for progression
  • To equip students with the love of learning and appreciation of language and literature
  • To extend reading, writing and speaking and listening with the view of meeting or exceeding individual potential at the end of the Key Stage
  • To offer a challenging curriculum that prepares students for further education.

Core curriculum

Aims of the curriculum

  • To promote knowledge and understanding of religious issues whilst instilling a sense of spirituality in each pupil
  • To make the teachings of the Church accessible and meaningful to our pupils so they can fully appreciate, and participate in, the Catholic nature of the school
  • To promote the ideals of empathy, tolerance and understanding amongst our pupils as they examine the religions of Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism
  • To promote an understanding of the personal, social and moral issues that are relevant the pupils experiences
  • To instil in each pupil a deeper understanding of faith and belief in God

Aims of the curriculum

These are the essential skills and processes in physical education that pupils need to learn to make progress:

Developing skills in physical activity

Pupils should be able to:

  • Refine and adapt skills into techniques
  • Develop the range of skills they use
  • Develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills

Aims of the curriculum

The history curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Aims of the curriculum

At St Thomas More we aim to provide students with an exciting and relevant programme of study which will enable them to progress in to Key Stage 4 with the knowledge and skills required to be a success and reach or exceed their potential.

We have chosen to allow our students to progress and prepare for their future in Computing and Computer Science. We believe this will allow students to make informed decisions at Key Stage 4, their prospects for KS5 or employment.

The Mathematics Department at St Thomas More aims to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics for all students. Staff are enthusiastic about their subject and aim to show, where possible, the applications of mathematics in everyday life.

Aims of the curriculum

The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as the culture of French and German speaking countries. We aim to give students the opportunity to fully participate in a range of language experiences. This is achieved with high quality teaching and learning as well as a focus on high expectations. All pupils will study in Year 7 from French or German. Some students will have the opportunity to study a second language in Year 8. Grammar is fully embedded at Key Stage 3 to ensure rapid progression at Key Stage 4.