July 28, 2017

Curriculum

Our Curriculum

St. Joseph’s, in line with maintained schools, adopted the New Curriculum from September 2014. Our Schemes of Work in all subjects reflect this curriculum. We have new topics and a new emphasis whilst keeping the depth of study.

We provide a rich, dynamic and varied curriculum that provides the opportunities for pupils to succeed  and reflects the particular needs of our local community. It deepens knowledge in all areas as well as emphasising the necessary skills. Links between subjects are made when appropriate but we make sure that knowledge and skills within a subject are progressive and meet the needs of all.  The fundamental lead for the curriculum is our vision statement- welcoming all and seeking to achieve the highest possible standards.Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education is very important to our school and it permeates all areas of school life.

As well as having high standards in English and mathematics, St Joseph’s prides itself on providing opportunities for pupils to excel in music, art and PE. We have excellent sporting facilities, our humanities subjects are supported by theme days and visits and we teach a modern foreign language (French) from reception. Our science and design technology curricular focus on practical activities and the depth of our computing curriculum is reflected in our ICT mark award. We have a broad curriculum and high expectations for every subject.

Our RE curriculum runs throughout all subjects helping pupils not only with their faith journey but also promoting Catholic and British values.  Children are taught to respect and tolerate all  and are well prepared for later life in modern Britain.We have a big focus on the personal development of the pupils with an emphasis on smsc, keeping safe and helping pupils to know the difference between right and wrong.

We want the curriculum to develop our pupils as young citizens, who help others within our community whilst helping all to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes. Child protection and safety are woven into the curriculum supported by excellent quality extra curriculum support. In addition our curriculum is enriched by many visits and special events. Each of our junior year groups also takes part in a residential trip.

If you would like to see our whole school Curriculum Map them please click the link below:

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If you would like to see our Topics for 2015 please click the links below:

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2016 17 Maps will be available soon.

If you would like to look at information about the individual subjects then please click the SUBJECTS TAB on our HOME page.

Reading

St. Joseph’s has a long standing well developed procedure for teaching pupils to read. It has developed over a number of years with each refinement added to enable pupils to achieve better standards. Reading is a strength of the school with a focus on Phonics. Our chosen phonics scheme combines the best of Jolly Phonics and Letters and sounds. We also are one of the few schools to still have an emphasis on 1 to 1 reading for all pupils. In our Infant department all pupils are listened to read at least twice a week. In all classes throughout the school we will have daily readers.

The school does not follow a published scheme of work for reading but has developed its own utilising the best of all the available schemes.

If you would like to view our reading scheme please click on the link below:

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KEY STAGE TWO READING RECORD

Updated September 2016