Building the Kingdom
Here at St Thomas Aquinas, we are very proud to be a part of the Building the Kingdom programme. The main message of Building the Kingdom is that 'we want pupils in our school to become leaders who transform the world, through independent thinking, creative thinking, pro-activeness, and deep understanding of others, we hope the curriculum that is taught, will make the world a better place'.
Through Building the Kingdom, we explore the big questions of purpose and meaning that arise throughout the Liturgical year, and then create lessons and events which engage students with the skills needed to be agents for a Spirit fuelled transformation of society.
We work with Sister Judith Russi SSMN to consider approaches that will promote critical and higher order thinking skills across the curriculum. We work alongside other schools in our MAC sharing our ideas, forming a professional network.
We have completed Level 1 where the focus was on the Liturgical year as a resource to support R.E and the wider curriculum links. Our initial project was a whole school initiative where we worked on a tribute to Our Mother Mary, celebrating her birthday on September 8th. Each phase looked at Mary from a different perspective, FS & KS1 made birthday cards, wrote prayers and poems about Mary. LKS2 researched and made posters about great women of the past and present. UKS2 researched the situation of women in the UK today. Everyone has learned so much about Our Lady’s unconditional love for God and about her many life challenges. We pray that each day we can become more like Our Mother Mary.