Form Time Curriculum Intent Statement
St Simon Stock Catholic School is committed to providing an education that ensures all pupils succeed and make the best of the opportunities and experiences available to them. Our core principles during Form Time are to ensure that the educational, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is developed and supported.
Form Time Vision
We believe that pupils engage fully and reach their maximum potential when the environment is both consistent, caring and orderly, so the daily form period serves as an important time of the school day, when many aspects of school life are pulled together and focused upon. This is through the pupils Form Tutor mentoring, supporting and teaching the pupils within their care.
Pupils are organised into one of seven form groups in each year group (KS3 and KS4). We have a horizontal year group structure for our form groups. This is because we feel that the needs of each year group are very unique and by having a horizontal tutoring system, we are able to target and support these unique needs effectively. Through the Form Tutor structure pupils are able to develop strong and supportive relationships with their peers, their Form Tutor and other key staff.
Pupils within each form group are also placed into one of our four House Teams: St Bernadette, Cardinal Hume, Archbishop Romero or St Therese. Here they can work with pupils from other year groups and engage in extra-curricular competitions and charitable enterprise and this further aids their development and their support network.
Finally, Form Time is there to ensure that pupils are given the correct support and wider education necessary to become a functioning member of society, including their Personal, Social, Health education as well as an understanding of their place and role in society.
Pupils also meet with their Form Tutor for one hour a fortnight in their Personal, Development and Well-Being (PDW) Sessions. Please see the PDW Curriculum Intent Statement for further information on this subject. This additional time with their Form Tutor, helps build and strengthen the relationship between pupil and Form Tutor further.
Form Time Purpose
Form Time occurs once a day, during period 6, which runs from 2.45pm to 3.10pm.
Form Time covers a number of different purposes and the Raising Standards Leaders for each year group direct the programme for Form Time, in order to make it unique for that specific year group. This is overseen by the Associate Vice Principal and the PDW Coordinator and it includes common themes such as:
- Mentoring, Reflecting and Monitoring
This work takes place in the daily form sessions. The Form Tutor leads the pupils in reflecting on their day/week/term in school and this reflection can be on their behaviour, attitude, attendance and work ethic or wider enterprises, such as charity work. The Form Tutor also leads pupils to reflect on their work and enables them to consolidate their learning and knowledge through Personal Improvement Time, where they reflect on what they have learnt during the day or what they may need to revise or work on further.
The Form Tutor also mentors the pupil and guides them and supports them through their schooling and through any transition periods they encounter. The Form Tutor is a key point of contact for a pupil who needs to discuss something.
- Citizenship Lessons
These take place once a week during period 6. Pupils are asked to reengage with and respond to different issues and topics that come up through the year including current affairs, national observances and what it means to be part of the UK. Tutors receive a Citizenship tasks each week from the Personal Development and Well-Being Coordinator. At times, the period 6 Form Time session can also be used to complete and go over a theme that the Form Tutor may have covered in a fortnightly Personal Development and Well-being session. Please see the Personal Development and Well-Being Curriculum Intent Page for more information.
- Supporting the Development of Core Skills
The Form Tutor will also lead their forms in literacy, vocabulary, numeracy and general knowledge exercises during the two week Form timetable. These are designed to boost and improve the core skills that aid their progress across all subjects. These exercises are set by the schools Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators and their Raising Standards Leaders.
The range of Form Time activities ensures that there is a lot of time for discussion in Form Time and this builds the pupils confidence socially and develops their oracy skills and their ability to form positive relationships.
- Collective Worship
As a Catholic school we believe that Collective Worship is not just a statutory requirement, but essential to the spiritual development of each pupil and contributes to our outstanding of Catholic ethos. Collective worship aids in building community, promoting Catholic values and sharing in Christ’s mission to spread the word of God.
More than this, Collective Worship exposes pupils to the multicultural society that they live in today and develop respect for different religious traditions.
There is an opportunity for Collective Worship at the start of each Form period and every form group will have a weekly assembly.
- Purpose of Assemblies
Assemblies provide an important opportunity to build a strong sense of community. They help reinforce the schools ethos, its values and its mission statement. They help develop our school identity and our hall mark as a strong faith and community school. They are a coming together of pupils and teachers in one place for a shared purpose. That purpose is to provide the opportunity for young people to consider spiritual and moral issues; to develop community spirit and reinforce positive attitudes. Our assemblies offer pupils and staff the opportunity to pause, to reflect and to think deeply about themselves, their world and beyond. This prompts learning of the highest order.
Assemblies at St Simon Stock Catholic School are highly engaging. They can be whole school, in year groups or within their House teams. There is always a ‘Big Picture’ focus for our assemblies and an opportunity for Collective Worship, such as a Lasallian Call to Prayer. The ‘Big Picture’ is linked to the Lasallian Core Principles and a key charity theme that is attached to it, as shown below.
|Term||Charity||Lasallian Core Principle|
|1||Mental Health||Quality Education|
|2||Children in Need||Respect For All People|
|3||Heart of Kent Hospice||Inclusive Community|
|5||Crisis Fund||Faith In The Presence of God|
Mrs Denny, Associate Vice Principal