Aims of the curriculum

  • Learn and understand the world that we live in
  • Develop skills to illustrate, research and refine student understanding
  • To provide a grounding in one of the most diverse of subjects
  • To provide a teaching experience not just based in listening and reading but through interactions and investigations of the world around us
  • Continuation of the engagement in key contemporary issues such as climate change and sustainability.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To prepare students for a career in Health, Social Care or Early Years Provision
  • To prepare students for further or higher academic study in HSC & EY
  • To educate students in the workings of HSC & EY services, equipping them for family life, adulthood and parenthood.
  • To promote a caring ethos to carry with us throughout all aspects of life

Aims of the curriculum

Learning design and technology at school helps to prepare young people for living and working in an ever-changing world. It also emphasises the need to prepare young people to be adaptable in acquiring new knowledge and skills. Design and technology is a popular subject at KS4 and supports the delivery of mathematics, English and science. Students cover a range of academic and practical skills in Design and Technology which allows pupils to develop as a person as well as a learner.

Aims of the curriculum

The History curriculum at Key Stage 4 encourages all pupils to: 

  • evelop a personal interest in why history matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • develop their knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history with an awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes
  • develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context whilst actively engaging in the process of historical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • recognise that their historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them understand the present and also provide them with a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of history.

Aims of the curriculum

To offer a broad and exciting curriculum that will benefit students in to further education and beyond. Providing opportunities for careers in the competitive and ever changing Computer Science sector.

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 broadening their understanding of the culture of French and German and speaking countries. Pupils have the opportunity to study French, German and Spanish in Key Stage 4 and study for the Edexcel GCSE qualification. Over the course of three years pupils will cover a range of vocabulary and structures in the following contexts:

  • Lifestyle and social issues
  • Leisure and holidays
  • Home and environment
  • Work and education

Aims of the curriculum

  • To further develop the students’ own musical interests and skills.
  • To explore the use of music technology in music making.
  • Develop broader life-skills including critical and creative thinking.
  • To gain a further insight and understanding into the Music Industry. 

Core physical education

Aims of the curriculum

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

Developing skills in physical activity

Pupils should be able to:

  • Improve the range, difficulty and quality of their skills and techniques
  • Develop the consistency with which they use and perform skills with precision, control and fluency

Year 11 are currently studying AQA Core and Additional GCSE Science. Students will either be entered for the Higher or foundation tier.

Year 10 are studying the new AQA Combined Science GCSE which they will be examined on at the end of year 11. We use Oxford university press resources to support this exam board.

Aims of the curriculum

  • To prepare students for a career in the travel and tourism industry
  • To give students the opportunity to enter employment in the travel and tourism sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Travel and Tourism
  • To give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life

Aims

The aim of the digital literacy subject is to support those pupils that require a little more help in using IT.  It primarily focuses on using the basic skills that you would need to use IT in day to day life. This gives pupils the opportunity to ‘catch up’ before they reach key stage 4.