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St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

Love one another as I have loved you


Our MASTERY Curriculum


At St Thomas More, the principles which underpin our mastery curriculum are that there is an absolute belief that every child can and will achieve. Children in our school know and believe that learning potential is increased through effort; they know that mistakes help them grow.

Throughout the curriculum, children receive a balance of academic and personal development. We believe that every person is a unique individual, created in God's image and loved by Him. We are therefore committed to treat every person with equality of esteem and the respect and dignity due to a child of God. We believe that we should strive for the best in all that we do, for all our children. We should celebrate the diversity of age, gender, racial and social origins, abilities, culture and religion within our school community. We are committed to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to develop their talents to the full.

Our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects. It has been designed to ensure children acquire, develop and deepen the knowledge they learn and the skills they practice. The knowledge and skills learnt are based on the national curriculum which are built upon and which are progressive throughout the year groups. We believe that the content of the curriculum should be child-focused to ensure they are inspired, motivated and eager to learn (see link below for curriculum content for each year group for 2019/2020). We also believe that central to enhancing our children's learning is the need for experiences outside of the classroom to ensure there are opportunities to nurture creativity and discovery, broaden children's knowledge and to give purpose to learning.


To support the principles of our curriculum, our teaching and learning throughout the curriculum are built on 6 parts:


Engage (build on/link to prior knowledge/skills)


Introduce (introduce/model a new skill)


Consider and Practice (discover knew skills/knowledge)


Going Deeper (deepen skills/knowledge through e.g. critical thinking,
analysing, evaluating)


Independent/Group Task (embed skills/knowledge or discover more)


Plenary (self/peer/Teacher) assess knowledge and skills.  


The attached grids are an example of the way in which children cover the objectives through topics.
At the beginning of a topic, each teacher sends home a parent newsletter, explaining what will be covered and how.
Each class also receives a menu of topic homework at this point. This contains tasks related to the topic which the children complete over the course of the topic.
The coverage of the objectives is tracked carefully throughout the year to make sure all aspects and themes set in the national curriculum are covered by the end of each key stage. Prior to a new unit of learning, all pupils will take part in a prior-unit assessment, providing teachers with an opportunity to assess prior knowledge and gaps in children’s learning.
At the end of the unit, pupils will take part in another assessment to ascertain progress made throughout the course of their learning.

Please click on each link below for more information about the specific topics involved and about what the different year groups will be learning about within the mastery curriculum:-



Our school follows the Maths mastery programme in F2 to Y6. Our reasoning for this is that instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. Problem solving is at the heart of the mastery approach, so we make sure to dedicate sufficient time to each new concept so every pupil can gain the reasoning they need to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts. In Mathematics Mastery, our pupils are expected to all solve the same investigations by the end of the lesson, meaning the key concepts and objectives are met by all pupils.

Each unit that the children do has a pre and post assessment that enables staff to support children and provide them with maths lessons that are tailored and meet the needs of each individual. 

The Mathematics Mastery curriculum is cumulative - each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, which are then applied and connected throughout the school year to consolidate learning. This gives pupils the opportunity to ‘master Maths’; by using previous learning throughout the school year, they are able to develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding.

The key principles of the mastery approach to Maths are:

*The use of physical resources to encourage a secure understanding of concepts*

*Giving children the opportunity to apply their skills in a variety of ways to develop fluency*

*All children working on the same concept: children are challenged to deepen their understanding of the concept rather than moving on to something new*

In order to ensure that children ‘master Maths’ and can recall and apply previous learning, Maths meetings also take place throughout the week. These are short consolidation sessions designed to revisit previous learning in a fun and engaging way.

Click here to view our Maths Mastery Curriculum Overview



Please click on the links below to access the Maths objectives of your child/children's' years group. Thank you. 


EYFS Maths Objectives

Y1 Maths Objectives

Y2 Maths Objectives

Y3 Maths Objectives

Y4 Maths Objectives

Y5 Maths Objectives

Y6 Maths Objectives


In order to ensure that children ‘master Maths’ and can recall and apply previous learning, Maths meetings also take place throughout the week. These are short consolidation sessions designed to revisit previous learning in a fun and engaging way 

Please look below at Maths meeting objectives for each year group. 


EYFS Maths Meeting Objectives

Y1 Maths Meeting Objectives

Y2 Maths Meeting Objectives

Y3 Maths Meeting Objectives

Y4 Maths Meeting Objectives

Y5 Maths Meeting Objectives

Y6 Maths Meeting Objectives


If you need any support with the strategies your child is using, please send your child's class teacher a message on dojo. 

St Thomas More follows the National Curriculum in Mathematics. Please click hereto view the programmes of study for KS1 and KS2. 


Mastery English


The principle of a mastery curriculum is that all pupils keep up with the pace of the learning and that gaps are addressed immediately so that no pupil falls behind.

Teaching for mastery means that all pupils are taught together as a whole class through a highly tuned teaching approach.

For each year group, the Mastery English curriculum is built around three high quality, whole class texts which the class spend a whole term exploring and enjoying.

The texts are carefully chosen and are typically a classic, a novel linked to their topic and a contemporary children's author, perhaps to appeal to that particular class.

Every single pupil experiences reading and engaging with high quality literature by holding a copy of the book and sharing the teacher's passion for reading. The children read the whole text through individual and shared reading, which means that everyone can enjoy the reading experience and they can all keep up with the book.

The interesting thing about this approach is that the reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and technical writing skills are completely embedded into the whole class teaching approach and taught in the context of the whole class text.

Through careful modelling and links to high class texts, each child becomes a prolific, effective writer and reader.

A key principle of the programme is the teaching of reading, writing, grammar and punctuation in context; this way, children see how important it is to be the 'whole package' as a writer, and they see how a writer's toolkit must be filled with a variety of skills and strategies.

Through our English curriculum, we consider purposeful writing outcomes that all pupils participate in.



Writing Progressions

Please click on the links below to access the English writing and reading progressions of your child/children's' years group. Thankyou. 

F2 Progression of Writing

F2 Reading Curricuculum

F2 Writing 2022-2023

Y1 Progression of Writing

Y1 Reading Curriculum

Y2 Progression of Writing

Y2 Reading Curriculum

Y3 Progression of Writing

Y3 Reading Curriculum

Y4 Progression of Writing

Y4 Reading Curriculum

Y5 Progression of Writing

Y5 Reading Curriculum

Y6 Progression of Writing

Y6 Reading Curriculum

St Thomas More follows the National Curriculum for English.  Click here to view a copy of the programme of study for KS1 and KS2.

Please click here to view our English Policy 2021 - 2022.

Please click here to view our Handwriting and Presentation Policy 2021 - 2022.

Please click here to view a loom video explaining our handwriting policy.


We are delighted to announce that St Thomas More has been awarded the Artsmark Silver Award by the Arts Council England! (November 2022).


We have used the arts award programme to enrich our curriculum with the arts and provide a range of culturally diverse opportunities for the children.  

Feedback from the assessors is below if you would like to read some of the things that we have accomplished: 

“ Despite Covid lockdowns and the limits they imposed, St Thomas More Catholic Primary has done very well to work with partners to explore the potential of the Arts in education. Your learners have been on a story-telling workshop at the millennium gallery, visited Gully's art festival and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and participated in West End in Schools journey of 'A Christmas Carol' through a range of drama techniques. Manchester Actors Company provided a whole school performance of 'In the garden of poetry', where a range of poems were explored and performed in a way which children were inspired and enriched with literature. Y1 and Y5 children have taken part in the Sheffield and Catholic Dance Cluster festival. Clearly, a lot of new opportunities have been commissioned, designed and participated in and you have been inspired and motivated by these interventions to consider how art might feature more through the whole curriculum. "

We will now strive to keep the momentum going by setting new goals to further enhance the opportunities for children at St Thomas More.  

To find out more about Artmsark please visit the website:  



Beliefs and Values:


*An absolute belief that every child can and will achieve*

*Focus on reasons why children can succeed, rather than excuses about why they will fail*

*Be prepared to make a cultural shift from previous approaches*

*A strong awareness that the children’s life chances depend on them achieving the expected standard as a minimum*

*Removal of fixed ideas about innate ability: opportunities rather than genetics*

*Learning potential is increased through effort*