February 17, 2019

The Curriculum

St. Joseph’s, in line with maintained schools, adopted the New Curriculum from September 2014 that has been continually updated. Our Schemes of Work in all subjects reflect the development of our curriculum.

We have new topics and a new emphasis. However we have kept the richness of what was good in our previous curriculum and built on this to reflect the particular needs of our pupils.

Our curriculum goes far beyond the traditional academic curriculum in its approach. It deepens knowledge in all areas as well as emphasising 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. It focuses on our beliefs but also respects the culture and faiths of all. We have a big focus on the personal development of the pupils with an emphasis on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and Personal and Social Health

Education, 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. We have a broad, rich curriculum and high expectations for every subject.

CURRICULUM INTENT

The school aims to provide for the spiritual welfare, academic progress, physical development, aesthetic awareness and pastoral care of every child, within a secure, stable and stimulating atmosphere conducive to effective learning that reflects St. Joseph’s strong Catholic ethos.

With a commitment to a broad and balanced Curriculum, we therefore seek:

To recognise and encourage talent of all kinds and degrees, and to endeavour to stretch intellectual, creative and physical capacity of all our children/pupils.

To enable all our children/pupils to develop into confident and mature adults, to increase their understanding of the environment, acquire the basic skills necessary to provide the widest possible choices to improve their life chances for their future.

To learn to adapt to the demands of the changing world where communication and the use of computing are a pre-requisite and good citizenship is essential.

To recognise that knowledge is not isolated information, it is to be built upon previous knowledge. Therefore our curriculum is progressive and regularly reviewed to adapt to the changing needs of our children/pupils.

To make sure that all children have access to the curriculum and that the curriculum (through subject specific Schemes of Work, setting and PSPs) is adapted, where necessary so that all can learn and progress.

To review and adapt our school curriculum regularly to our school’s context, therefore currently focussing particularly on social skills, health and well-being, reading and mathematical development in the younger years.

To celebrate learning in a variety of forms and subjects areas, making sure that children are able to learn the breadth of Curriculum subjects in all year groups.

To appropriately support the curriculum with high quality opportunities for children/pupils to undertake memorable learning opportunities that will influence their further learning.

To offer a range of high quality learning opportunities beyond the school day to enhance children/pupils learning experience with a focus on health and well-being.

To provide learning opportunities where children/pupils learn how to keep themselves safe and know what to do if they find themselves in a dangerous or unsafe situation.

With the support and co-operation of parents we stress the importance of a real partnership between school, home and parish community in a sound and evolving Christian Education.

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

  • Each curriculum area has a progressive Scheme of Work which ensures coverage and layering of knowledge overtime written by the subject leader specifically to meet the needs of the pupils at St. Josephs
  • We have subject leaders in all subjects. They have clear roles and are responsible for designing, reviewing and implementing their Scheme of Work (overseen by Phase Leaders, the Headteacher and governors)
  • Subject leaders are appropriately trained and are given time and help to develop their own skills.
  • Each subject has its own budget. Subject leaders are accountable for its use focusing on improving outcomes for pupils
  • Subject leaders monitor the implementation of the subject’s SOW, assessment and the progress of children’s learning in every year group. They produce a monitoring sheet termly. This is reviewed by the Headteacher and any necessary changes made
  • Subject leaders produce an annual review and action plan in July and this feeds directly into the School Improvement Plan and is shared with the Director who has responsibility for their subject
  • Subject leaders ensure that appropriately designed assessment occurs in each subject, making sure that assessments lead to future learning for children
  • We have specialist teachers in art, music, science and French and specialist teaching rooms for these subject areas together with  a designated dance studio and DT area to make sure that all curriculum areas are effectively taught to enhance children’s learning
  • We have a recently reviewed PSHE and RE Schemes of Work. We use the Well and Spiritual garden to help children to develop skills of reflection.
  • The curriculum is effectively enhanced with a wide range of extra-curricular activities that reflect the needs of the pupils with clubs such as homework, cookery and mindfulness
  • Pupils undertake residential trips in all junior year groups reflecting pupils needs to become more independent
  • Directors/Governors oversee the implementation of the curriculum, most subjects have link governors who review the work of the subject leader

 CURRICULUM IMPACT

  • Our thorough tracking and assessment system enables us to check children’s progress in relation to the curriculum and provided targeted interventions if needed.
  • Phase leaders and Subject leaders review assessment and progress in all year groups termly through work scrutiny, review of assessments, pupil interviews, tracker analysis and lesson observations. This is reported to the Headteacher and appropriate changes made.
  • Pupils achieve highly across the curriculum in English and Maths, the sciences, humanities, arts, language and physical education.
  • Pupils will be ready to meet the challenges of the next part of their educational journey and do so with confidence and concentration.

If you would like to see our EYFS curriculum please click the link below:

EYFS CURRICULUM

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

 Curriculum Map 2018

The current curriculum information for children in years R to 6 is here:

Curriculum Information for Parents – Autumn Year 1 and Year 2

Curriculum Information for Parents Autumn Year 3 and 4

Curriculum Information AUTUMN for Parents YEAR 5 and 6 2018

If you would like to see our previous curriculum information updates, please click the links below:

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

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 January 2019