All classes use a combination of the schemes 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' and 'Caritas in Action'.
The Way, the Truth and the Life.
“Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” 6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”…
This scheme is for primary aged children and looks at all elements of Catholic teaching. It closely links to passages of scripture and the children get to know Bible stories very well.
Caritas in Action
This book is a unique engaging set of teaching and learning opportunities for seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching for teachers and teaching assistants.
Class Assemblies, Mass and Seasonal Plays
Each of the Key Stage 2 classes attend Mass in St. Thomas of Canterbury Church approximately every half term. These masses are organised so the children can get a better idea of the order of the mass and the importance of the different parts of a typical mass.
Each class will present a class assembly during the year. This will be based on a religious theme and all parents are warmly invited to attend. They take place on a Friday morning in the school hall.
At Christmas, many of the classes will perform a Christmas play. Parents will be informed of these closer to the time and are warmly welcomed.
Year 4 will be presenting an Easter Carol service in the evening during Holy Week.
On Friday 17th September 2010 a Year 6 pupil had the chance to meet Pope Benedit XVI in London. He, along with 5 other pupils from Year 6, travelled to London with their teacher Mrs Abbott, setting off from school in the early hours of the morning!
Aisosa was chosen to present the Pope with a book by St. Bede called 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People.' This is what he said just before they set off.
"I am really honoured to have been picked from out of the whole school to make the presentation and I'm really excited about meeting the Pope. My parents are very proud on my behald and I am proud to be representing the school".
Click the link below to watch 'The Big Assembly', you might even catch a glimpse of Aisosa meeting the Pope and presenting him with the book.
Our Mission Statement
We are a Catholic School and welcome all into our vibrant community.
We strive to make Jesus Christ the centre of our lives.
Each child is unique and we seek to inspire them with the knowledge and joy that they are children of God.
Children are given every opportunity to reach their potential and we aim to nurture happy, well rounded, independent and successful young leaners.
Children's Mission Statement
Children of God
believe in yourselves
and reach for the stars.
Religious Education is embedded throughout our curriculum, providing creative opportunities for all of our children to develop their religious literacy. We use the RE scheme “The Way, the Truth and the Life” as a basis to deliver inspirational lessons, allowing children to realise the fullness of Christian life. Links are frequently made to current news items to allow the children to explore the importance of social justice and the common good.
Our school mission statement is displayed throughout the school, and underpins all of our activities.
We have a strong partnership between our school, our parents, our parish and the diocese. We are currently delivering Parental Workshops throughout the school, offering advice and practical resources to help parents to support their child.
We thoroughly enjoy supporting our parish, in particular, with the annual Christmas and Summer Fairs. The sweet stall is always a huge success!
All members of our school community are greatly treasured, empowering all to live out Christ’s greatest commandment: “to love one another”. We actively celebrate the diverse community we belong to, promoting mutual respect and self-esteem. The Gospel values are lived out by every member of our school community.
Our wide range of after-school clubs provide a wealth of opportunities to develop the whole person. Our very popular Breakfast and After-School Club provides parents/carers with additional support for their families.
We continue to take part in Diocesan, National and International projects, including donations of food for the Windsor Drop In Centre, CAFOD Dig Deep campaign and the “Relay of Prayer Torch Event”. We were the first school in Salford to achieve Fairtrade school status, and have recently been awarded the FairAchiever Award until 2016. This reflects our commitment to living out our faith, taking action for those of our school community whose cultural and ethical heritages are affected by such issues.
Prayer and Worship form an integral part of our school life. The recent introduction of our Chaplaincy team will provide children with the opportunity to lead our collective worship, and empower members of our school community to live out the Gospel values to the best of their ability.
Assemblies occur weekly, focusing on the previous Sunday’s Gospel and ways in which we can witness the message from Sacred Scripture in our lives.
We thoroughly enjoy leading Mass with our parish throughout the year.
Here at St. Thomas', we are proud of our Fair trade status and have recently been awarded the FairAchiever award until 2016. This recognises our commitment to fully embed Fair trade into school's daily life, and our work to raise awareness of this in our local community. Fair trade is taught as part of the curriculum and we take every opportunity to support Fair Trade eg Annual Coffee Morning during Fair trade Fortnight, Fair Trade tombola stalls at the Church Fairs.