St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

‘following Jesus in all we do’

St Joseph's Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Our Aims are to give our children the best learning through:

  • Providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
  • Building up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles.
  • Embedding key skills in order to prepare children for real-life and everyday situations.
  • Providing opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways.
  • Providing a creative approach to planning and delivery that will incorporate and embed key aspects of the National Curriculum.
  • Providing enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom.
  • Developing social skills and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.

Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the curriculum through a ‘topic based’ approach based which incorporates key skills as set out in the National Curriculum.  Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:

  • Numeracy – Maths skills are key to developing everyday skills although links can be made to the curriculum through data handling, position, measurement, especially in Science, DT and Geography.
  • Literacy – Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation, Reading into Writing, Writing and Spelling are taught as discrete subjects as they build up essential basic skills.
  • PE and Swimming
  • MFL – French
  • Computing
  • PSHE

As a Catholic School, the teaching of RE follows the Diocesan Scheme: Learning and Growing as the People of God and is taught as discrete lessons but living our Faith is lived out in all that we do and opportunities for enriching this in all areas of learning are embedded into our curriculum.

Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through off-site visits, visitors into school and shared experiences of the wider school community, eg, involvement with parents and school links etc.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Headteacher and Governing Body have overall responsibility for the Curriculum, supported by the Curriculum Leader.

The Curriculum Leader is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Curriculum through:

  • Regular formal and informal discussions with staff.
  • Monitoring planning to ensure curriculum coverage.
  • Carrying out book scrutinies alongside planning to ensure cross-curricular links are optimised.
  • Observing learning and teaching to ensure progress is being made within the topics.
  • Regular reviews of the curriculum through staff and pupil questionnaires and open dialogue.
  • Making changes where necessary.
  • Formulating an action plan to move the school forward.
  • Carrying out pupil interviews about their learning.

All teaching staff are responsible for the planning and delivery of the curriculum on a day-to-day basis and for making cross-curricular links where appropriate.  Staff make amendments to planning in order to optimise learning opportunities when they arise.

Inclusion

It is expected that all children will be given the opportunity to learn in a creative and encouraging learning environment which encompasses a range of learning and teaching styles.  All children are entitled to this as part of the ECM agenda.  It is hoped that this approach will motivate and support children’s learning at all levels including the Able and Talented, EAL and children identified with a Special Educational Need (SEN). Above all we demand, monitor and support all staff in delivering ‘first quality teaching’ to achieve good progress and attainment for all pupils at St Joseph’s regardless of their abilities.

Monitoring and Review

Monitoring and review takes place on a regular basis in accordance with the School Development Plan and in accordance with the Performance Management Policy.

Children's achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newsletters, assemblies, displays in classrooms and shared areas, structured play and interactive displays in assemblies.   

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