Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of worth. We teach them how society is organized and governed. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
At St Thomas of Canterbury, we aim to nurture happy, well rounded, independent and successful young learners. PSHE runs at the heart of the school curriculum, with all subjects providing opportunities for children to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Parental Involvement is key to learning at St Thomas of Canterbury. Over the last few years, we have developed a number of initiatives that aim to get parents into school and involved in their child's learning and development. These include the 'Stay and Play' sessions after each class assembly, where parents are invited to stay in school and participate in workshops planned by the class teacher. These have been hugely successful and feedback from parents has been very positive.
At St Thomas, we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the wider world and community. In order to enhance learning in class, we organise class trips for every child each half term. These trips will be linked to topics and aim to enhance knowledge and understanding of the units of work that children will take part in.
The class trips are always a huge success, with positive feedback from children and parents. Members of the public often comment on the exemplary behaviour of our children when out of school. We are proud to take such wonderful children out on school trips!
Residential visits play a key role in developing children's understanding of the wider world and our place within it. Currently, Year 4 visit Castleton and Year 5 visit our friends at Trevithick Primary in Cornwall. Each year, the children have a fantastic time experiencing activities that are not available in our local community.