Key Stage 2
The curriculum for children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes includes the following areas of learning:
- Information and Communication Technology
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Design and Technology
- Personal and Social Education
At Key Stage 2 children build upon the skills they have learnt in Foundation Phase. Learning is usually whole-class but can also be group-based. Children are encouraged to develop independence and a love of learning. We have a team of teaching assistants to support learning at Key Stage 2. This team supports a range of learners in literacy, maths and other subjects across the curriculum where necessary.
Key Stage 2 Curriculum
All pupils are given opportunities to develop their own knowledge and understanding of Mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They are given access to the Mathematical vocabulary to enable them to apply Mathematics in practical tasks, in real life and in the context in all work on number, data, measures and shape.
Children are immersed in various language experiences and activities to allow them to build on skills, knowledge and understanding to progress and develop their Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing throughout the school. Children regularly visit the school library in order to promote a love for books and to get them into the habit of visiting the library regularly.
Throughout the Science curriculum, children experience the world, investigating the indoor and outdoor environment in a safe and systematic way. Our teaching encourages pupils to manage and develop their own learning and thinking strategies to solve problems.
All children are immersed daily in language experiences and activities to develop their skills in talking, listening, reading and writing. They develop their awareness of Wales as a country with two languages and are given opportunities to experience activities in both English and Welsh.
The curriculum is further enriched by celebrations of traditional cultural events.
Information and Communication Technology
St Thomas Community Primary School views ICT as an integral component of the curriculum. Children receive at least one lesson per week in our designated ICT suite. Each class also has 10 iPads and 3 laptops so that children can use their digital skills across the curriculum. In September 2017, the school will open a new ‘Mixed-Media Suite’ where children will be work in mixed-age groups of 4 on music, media and computer programming projects.
Personal and Social Education
Personal and Social Education is at the heart of our curriculum and is developed across the whole curriculum. Children learn about themselves their relationship with other children and adults. They are encouraged to develop their self esteem, their personal beliefs and moral values, and gain a positive awareness of their own and other cultures.
History in St Thomas Community Primary School focuses on the study of characteristic features of particular periods, societies and situations. It also includes the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied.
In Geography, pupils learn about real places and an environment at all scales from local to global. We ensure that our pupils have a proper understanding of Wales within Britain and the World. They learn to use a wide variety of skills including collating evidence, data handling, analysis and the communication of findings.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology in St Thomas Community Primary School encourages children to become problem solvers both as individuals and as part of a team.
At some point during the academic year, your children will receive specialist lessons from our specialist Art teacher. We believe that Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Your child may be offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. All children have the opportunity to join the school’s choir.
Physical Education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, communication, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Children may take part in sports such as Rugby, Gymnastics, Netball, Football, Tennis, Intensity Training, Walking, Running, Rounders, and more. We also offer an extensive range of after-school sports clubs.
We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to develop a love of sport and the opportunities that it brings to our lives. These include appreciation of a healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship and working as part of a team.