Teaching and learning in the 21st Century requires recognition that successful education needs to provide a set of fundamental skills that are transferable and adaptable to whatever the future holds.
In order to learn how to learn, children need to be provided with a solid foundation of skill acquisition and to develop a range of thinking and research abilities. As educators, we aim to provide learning environments that offer lots of practice in how to make decisions, initiate ideas, persist, find out, try again, take risks, explore and research in a range of ways that relate to children's own interests.
We use the Australian Curriculum and the South Australian Curriculum Accountability Framework to develop our teaching programs.
The following 10 curriculum areas are covered:
- Religious Education
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Design and Technology
St Thomas More is a Catholic school and therefore Religious Education lessons are part of our curriculum. We also value and appreciate other cultures and religious beliefs. As a Catholic school we have a strong emphasis on the importance of positive relationships.
During Religious Education lessons students are supported to understand scripture with a focus on values such as love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness to name a few. Children are encouraged to think about how they can demonstrate these values in their own lives.
Students are also immersed in experiences such as;
Class Prayer Services
Class Liturgies and Masses
Whole School Masses
Social Outreach Initiatives
Families are most welcome to join their children during these celebrations throughout the year.
St Thomas More School uses the Religious Education Curriculum (Crossways) developed by the Archdiocese of Adelaide as the basis for its offerings in Religious Education. Hand in hand with this curriculum is "Made in the Image of God", the official programme for teaching Human Sexuality.