"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 and is focussed around excitement and love for learning. It is also designed to be creative, inspiring and challenging and offers our children the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences that will enable them to thrive and give them the best start in life.
Our ethos seeks to identify and nurture the uniqueness of each and every child. Our vision and intent seeks the need for pupils to be exposed to a range of topics and experiences that broadens their understanding and equips them with the skills our children need to be successful, confident, life-long learners who reach their full potential.
We ensure that language and vocabulary is at the forefront of all learning, allowing our children to know the world around them and have every opportunity to succeed in their future. Therefore, we place a high focus on developing the children’s spoken skills and use high quality texts to do this. Reading is at the heart of our school and central to the children’s learning.
As a Catholic School, we strive to ensure that the children receive an enriching experience and curriculum which reflects the person of Christ and the message the church received from Him.
"Personalised Learning & effective teaching"
How our curriculum is taught? (Implementation)
Learning is the core purpose of our school and is central to everything that happens.
In Reception, we follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ document. The children’s learning experiences are planned to enable them to develop and achieve in the early learning areas through play and investigative learning experiences. The EYFS curriculum is planned for the inside and outside classrooms and equal importance is given to learning in both areas. The curriculum is planned in a cross-curricular way to enable all aspects of the children’s development.
Our curriculum from Year 1 onwards, integrates the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum in a bespoke and engaging way. It is designed to meet the needs of future citizens and equip all children, including those with SEND and social disadvantages, with the foundations for life.
As a Catholic school, the RE curriculum is central to the whole school curriculum and underpins all teaching. It is a core subject and we follow the ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ scheme of work which promotes the teaching of Religious Education providing opportunities to deepen the understanding of the Christian faith using a rich variety of resources. Alongside this, children plan, lead and participate in weekly Collective Worship with a focus on our Catholic Virtues.
Our History, Geography & Science topics are taught on a 2-3 week rota which runs over a two year long term cycle. Although these topics are taught as stand alone subjects, cross-curricular work is encouraged wherever possible. Within this context, we still ensure that children understand the unique contribution of individual subject areas.
The outdoor environment and work with our local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds are being developed further in order to enrich different curriculum areas, and outdoor learning is actively promoted and planned for.
As well as our academic curriculum, we ensure learning is supported by relevant educational visits and visitors, overnight residential visits which take place in Year 5 and 6, British Values assemblies, charity days and responding to events in the news. A vast range of clubs and enrichment activities such as Christmas, Easter & Summer productions, sporting competitions, gardening competitions (Goole in Bloom), music and dance festivals are a regular occurrence in our school.These are a vital part of the children’s development as lifelong learners and ensure individual talents are celebrated.
Our strategy for successful implementation of our intended curriculum is to create a culture where collaboration and professional dialogue between subject leaders delivers a curriculum that builds on prior learning, deepens knowledge and enhances skills that foster learning and achievement.
"Life-long learners and valuable future citizens"
The impact of our curriculum is evaluated through formative and summative assessments and Government tests; through Governor meetings; visits and through our own monitoring cycle of teaching, learning through lesson observations, book scrutiny, learning walks and pupil consultations across all other subjects areas.
- All children achieve well by developing knowledge and skills on their journey through school. This is demonstrated through outcomes at EYFS, Phonics (Year 1), Keys Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
- Through our Christian beliefs and values, we instil the importance 'Truth, Love & Compassion' along with the virtues of Faithfulness, Confidence, Forgiveness, Kindness, Respect & Resilience.
- Children with SEND achieve the best possible outcomes and are monitored through Governors and in school
- Children leave St Joseph's Catholic Primary School ready for a successful transition to secondary school. The impact of our curriculum will enable our children to become responsible, fair and active members of the modern global community.