"Inspiring Curiosity and Confidence"
At St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, we offer a curriculum with Christ at the centre.
The needs of our children are central to our curriculum. Having a strong knowledge of our local area, our curriculum offers the knowledge, skills and experiences that will give our children the best start in life. We ensure that language and vocabulary is at the forefront of all learning, allowing our children to know the world around them and reach for the stars.
Our ethos promotes a love of learning which drives exploration, ambition and passion.
Our purpose is to identify and nurture the uniqueness of each child.
We deliver our RE lessons with the support of the Diocesan recommended scheme, 'The Way, The Truth and The Life'. This scheme teaches and supports the children with the principles of the Catholic faith. To see this in more detail, please visit our Religious Education section of the website.
In English we teach a broad curriculum covering reading, writing, grammar, handwriting and speaking and listening. We draw on a range of high quality materials to enhance our provision of writing, and have invested in a new reading scheme which is phonetically decodable for our early readers.
We study high quality texts, both modern and classical, including 'The Chronicles of Narnia', 'Wonder' and 'Tom's Midnight Garden'.
Children have access to a modern and inspiring range of books in our school library, in addition to a personal reading book. Parents are encouraged to read with their children at home, and help them progress through our rewards based reading challenge.
Our aim is to develop confident and independent readers who possess a love of reading to take with them through life.
We inspire our children to be creative and fluent writers, enabling them to write for purpose, audience and effect, in a range of genres.
We follow the systematic and synthetic 'Letters and Sounds' programme for the teaching of phonics. This allows us to teach phonics in a progressive way throughout our Foundation Stage class and Year 1 and 2. If we have any child who does not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1, or the re-take in Year 2, then we provide additional support. Any child who comes to us with limited English speaking skills also benefits from additional support.
It is our belief that being able to read fluently develops confidence in a child, and empowers them to take advantage of opportunities and experiences in later life.
We use a range of resources, including the White Rose Maths Hub plans to support our teaching across school to ensure that there is appropriate breadth and depth in our mathematics curriculum. Pupils are given regular opportunities to learn, revisit and revise basic skills and memorise key concepts such as number bonds and times tables.
To build up fluency, children enjoy quizzes, RM Maths and Tables Mountains. We provide our children with access to online support and materials at home using Espresso and Purple Mash for making mathematics fun. There are also many opportunities to develop mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills using large game-based problem solving equipment.
To reflect the multi-cultural nature of modern British society, we introduce our children to the French culture. To enhance our provision, we follow a structured scheme 'La Jolie Ronde' which all KS2 children enjoy.
We stimulate children's creativity through songs, poetry, stories, speaking and listening. We also hold French themed days for the whole school, where children experience the delights of French food, French music and French art.
Art and Design
In Art, we draw on local features, national and international artists to develop a love for all things creative, using different forms of media. Our programme is based on a series of progressive skills, and by the end of Year 6, our children will have a deep understanding and appreciation of the work of inspirational and local artists. They will demonstrate pride and enthusiasm in the creation of their own work, exploring a variety of styles and using an array of mediums and techniques.
Design and Technology
Our Design and Technology provision uses a progressive skills based approach to allow our pupils to take part in designing, making, evaluating and developing their technical knowledge to access a range of different projects such as cam mechanisms, levers and pulleys. Alongside this, children gain valuable life skills through the cooking and nutrition element of our provision.
Our computing curriculum is based on Purple Mash and Espresso schemes of work. These ensure children in all year groups gain a comprehensive programme of study that allows their creativity to flourish, devising expressive multi-media stories, games and pictures. Our computing programme also incorporates how to stay safe on and off line, in our current climate.
At St. Joseph's our science curriculum is built around scientific enquiry whilst building the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to support the learning of our children. We use a well-researched scheme called 'Science Bugs' through Active Learn Primary. Science Bugs is packed full of exciting lessons with a focus on hands-on science which excites, engages and enthuses our learners.
Our history curriculum is progressive and builds on key knowledge and skills each year. By the end of Year 6, our children will be confident historians, able to satisfy a deep sense of curiosity, evaluate various sources of evidence and understand how invasions, settlements and significant people continue to influence both the locality of Goole and the wider world.
We aim to equip our children with geographical confidence. Through a variety of opportunities, children will be able to use their knowledge, resources and geographical tools to develop their curiosity and fascination in their exploration of the locality of Goole, Britain and the wider world.
Our music provision follows the award-winning, modern-day Charanga Musical School. We provide access to excellent and progressive lessons that draw on a wealth of resources and an extensive library. As part of this programme, children can access Yumu; a safe, online space where they can go to learn, explore and develop playing and musicianship skills.
Our children also learn how to play a musical instrument (the recorder in Years 1 and 2, and the ukulele in Years 3 and 4).
We have an active school choir who perform at community events, and we participate in the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust 'Big Sing Liturgy Thing' each year, a marvelous culmination of Catholic schools enjoying worship through song.
Our PE provision is progressive and is enhanced by a specialist sports coach in partnership with Goole Area Schools Sports. The scheme of work covers Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Invasion Games and Outdoor Adventure. Children engage in high quality lessons which incorporate all their needs, helping them excel in a wide range of sports and develop a love of being active.
In keeping with our mission to achieve our 'Going for Gold' certification, we give our children the opportunity to participate in school-to-school sporting competitions led by Sports Leaders from our local High School.
Further to this, we are supported by professional coaches from Hull Rugby Football Club who run bespoke sessions, teaching transferable skills. Children are able to take advantage of the extra-curricular activity the coaches provide on a weekly basis.
Our school grounds are extensive and boast a fire pit, a wild life area, a cinder path used for the daily mile, and new wooden climbing equipment (ropes, swings, monkey bars etc).
Relationship and Sex Education including Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Development
As a Catholic school, we use faith inspired resources and programmes to enhance the teaching of relationships and health education within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.
We are embracing "the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life" by giving pupils knowledge "that will enable them to make informed decisions about their well-being, health and relationships. " (DfE Statutory Guidance). We will deliver this teaching through the prism of Catholic RSE which is taken from the model RSE programme by the Catholic Education Service.
We promote healthy lifestyles through the Change4life programme, and utilise Growth Mindset for mental health and well-being.