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  “I will show you my faith by my deeds.”


James 2.18

Our Mission Statement


Together with God we reach for the stars.


We are a Catholic family and welcome all into our vibrant community. We strive to make Jesus the centre of our lives. Each person is unique and we seek to inspire each other towards knowledge and joy as children of God. We nurture everyone to reach their full potential.


Come and See programme


Come and See is one of the programme of Religious Education recommended by Salford diocese, and in order to achieve our aims and objectives at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, we follow this recommended programme. This was introduced September 2019.


Central to the programme are three themes which stem from Christian belief and the churches response in faith. The three themes are; 

  • The community of faith – Church
  • The celebration of ritual – Sacramental 
  • The way of life – Christian living


Each year group has its own set of topics within the programme. The process of each topic is opened up through Explore, Reveal and Respond.


Explore helps children to begin to look at and focus on the experience within their own lives- concerning themselves, their relationships and their world and lasts for one week. 


Reveal is the heart of the process. This is when the children discover the Christian understanding of the mystery of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They explore the mystery of human life as revealed in the person, life and gospel of Jesus Christ Christians. It will involve learning about Scripture, the teaching of the Church, prayers, rites, psalms, hymns and other expressions of Christian faith and the lives of outstanding Christians.


Respond lasts for one week and has three parts; Remember, Rejoice and Renew. At this stage of the process, children are given the opportunity to remember what they have been taught and think about how they will apply this teaching in their own life in order to serve others. There will also be a time for reflection and celebration within this part of the process.





During each lesson, the children read a bible story and/or pieces of scripture. The children discuss the vocabulary and the meaning of any unknown words, in a similar structure to guided reading sessions. As a class, the children will then answer questions to comprehend the meaning/message from the story or scripture to develop a deeper understanding.


Character development

The children develop the gospel values;


Hope, resilience. Perseverance

Love, generosity

Non-violence, gentleness

Justice, gentleness


Compassion, kindness, service of neighbour

Simplicity, non-attachment to wealth

Humility, lack of ego, disinterest in status, dependence on God

Integrity, honesty, truth-telling

Preferential option for the lost and the least


Other Faith Day 2022


In April, the children celebrated and learnt all about other faiths. 


Year 1 - Buddhism

Year 2 – Buddhism continued

Year 3 - Judaism

Year 4 – Hinduism

Year 5 - Islam

Year 6 - Sikhism 




Day of Reflection 2021


On Tuesday 23 March, the Government declared a day of reflection to mark the first anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown. Bishop John invited our school to take part in marking the occasion in prayer. 


Each class to contributed to our whole school rainbow of reflection by writing or saying a prayer/poem for each of the colours of the rainbow. Please see our contributions below. 


Year 1 Prayer

Year 1 Prayer

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Year 4

Year 5C

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Year 5R

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Lent 2021


From: Caritas, Diocese of Salford

Due to the restrictions, we are ‘resting’ the St Joseph Penny Appeal boxes this year for everyone’s safety. Instead, we are inviting schools and individuals to think about 1904, when the Appeal was first launched, and consider challenging themselves to raise that amount of money.  It could be £1.90, £19.04 or even £190.40!  We are encouraging you to share ideas to fundraise safely and creatively at home.  We have created a JustGiving page for fundraising to link to, and to safely collect sponsorship money.  

Advent Hampers 2020


A HUGE thankyou to all of the staff and friends of St Thomas of Canterbury who donated so many wonderful items to our Advent hamper collection this year. 


The children worked hard throughout Advent to earn their Advent tokens and on our penultimate day in school, Mr Deane conducted our very first (COVID safe) virtual draw. The whole school watched on as over 20 names were pulled out of the hat and the children and their families were then presented with a hamper filled with range of food and Christmas gift items. 

Advent Hampers 2020

Dear parents and carers,



Just an update on our fundraising that we did for CAFOD, back in December. As a school, we raised £513.00, which is an amazing amount. Thank you all so much for your generosity.


As a school, we have decided to buy the following world gifts, which will make so much difference to those in need.




Religious Education in Action

Assemblies at STOC

Reception - New Life

Year One - Mary

Year Three - Easter Production.

Year Five - Temptation

Year 2 - Christmas Play

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