St Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
a Voluntary Academy
Curriculum Policy Statement
with a wide range of
Our children follow a curriculum designed by our staff and the children. We ensure our expectations, especially in core subjects of Literacy, Maths and RE, are challenging and engaging; leading to children reaching or exceeding age related expectations for their year group. Our rigorous mapping of children’s attainment and standards, following the National Curriculum, leads to strong support in learning; ensuring children make continued progress and achieve their best.
We ensure our curriculum is relevant and offers opportunity for children to make a positive difference in their communities.
Our pupils are engaged and motivated through learning that has relevance, meaning and purpose.
We follow the National Curriculum which sets out subjects and content which we must teach. Within this, however, there is flexibility so that we can interpret and plan to meet the needs and interests of our children now and for the future. The key aim for all our teaching and learning is to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn, to enjoy and to achieve their potential. Please see the ‘Curriculum Jigsaws’ for each year group’s curriculum and the ‘Curriculum year group expectations’ for Literacy and numeracy detailing the end of year group expectations.
We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
We place great importance on the core skills of Literacy, Numeracy, RE and Computing and continually promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning, whilst encouraging pupils every opportunity to work together
We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe. We promote happy, effective relationships that are based on respect for themselves and for others.
We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities.
We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.
We promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, the differences between right and wrong, and that we have rights but also responsibilities. We want everyone in our school to be responsible and caring citizens who make positive contributions to communities.
Our children grow up as successful learners, ready for Secondary Education and comment on the foundations of learning they receive at St Josephs, in a caring and supportive environment.
“The School’s Mission Statement simply explains the ethos the school throughout the years, children are encouraged to the best they can be,” parent of the school.
“The school has a friendly, caring atmosphere where children are encouraged to think of and help their peers. Children are nurtured and encouraged to do their best,” parent of the school.
“Staff are caring and bring out the best in the children. Children are encouraged to be independent and talk about problems with their peers,” parent of the school.
“A Welcoming school with friendly staff members. A safe learning environment for children achieving the best they can,” staff of the school.
“Well trained staff and support staff who are always willing to go the extra mile,” staff of the school.
A start to school with Foundation
at the heart of the Learning Journey
Our school’s Foundation Stage caters for children from 3 – 5 years old. Children start our Foundation Stage in the term after their 3rd birthday. We offer morning sessions, afternoon sessions, and 30hrs provision.
Children work, play and learn in an environment which enables fantastic social interaction, creative play, structured learning sessions, and a range of environments.
“The Foundation Stage is so important for your child’s beginning to their educational journey, the staff really nurture the children and help them grow in both learning and social interaction,” parent of the school.
“In Foundation the children learn through play. They are encouraged to make plans and take control of their learning journey with guidance from staff. Formal teaching is mixed in,” parent of the school.
“We couldn’t have chosen a better school for our daughter. From her first day in Foundation she has been nourished and encouraged to always try her best. We have seen her come on in leaps and bounds,” parent of the school.
of learning both
indoors and outdoors
Our classrooms are productive learning environments where children gain a range of life skills and experiences. We ensure children have opportunity to learn both in the classroom and out of the classroom, with support from adults. Our outdoor classroom supports learning outside and we offer our children Forest Schools learning experiences, where children build dens, make fires and get to the know the outdoors through many team building activities.
“The outdoor classroom allows the children to enjoy the outside and nature throughout the year and simply adds to the old and new spaces throughout the school,” parent of the school.
“The outdoor classroom is a fantastic space for children to work in. There is plenty of green space for the children to let off steam,” parent of the school.
“A wonderful outdoor space and classroom for children to learn and flourish. An outdoor learning club and survival club for children additional to the curriculum,” staff of the school.
Extra-curricular activities that
Provide children with a wealth of experiences
Tailored to their interests
We offer a wide range of after school clubs to support our children develop skills and abilities beyond the curriculum. Children are invited to take part in dance, sport, music, singing, craft, art and design, creative activity, forest schools and many other themed sessions.
We also offer a breakfast club to support children at the start of the school day from 8:00am. The breakfast club provides children with a healthy, active and enjoyable start to the school day.
“My child really enjoyed her after school activities,” parent of the school.
“Breakfast club is excellent and really helps us out with both parents working full time,” parent of the school.
“Breakfast club supports us to achieve a better work life balance,” parent of the school.
“There are clubs and activities most evening after school … There is something for every child,” staff of the school.
Our pupils understand that God has given us special
gifts and we try to use them wisely.
Therefore they try to:
· come to school on time
· wear the school uniform and bring all the things I need every day for school, especially my PE kit and wear our school uniform with pride.
· be honest and polite
· show kindness and consideration for others in school
· take care of all school equipment and help keep our school free from litter
· observe all school rules so that we can be happy and safe in school
· think for myself and take responsibility for my actions
· treat everyone with respect as Jesus taught us
· listen carefully to my teacher and work hard
· live our mission statement and ‘be the best that I can be’
· Use the internet both in school and at home safely and with respect to others
especially when playing games online.
We acknowledge our responsibility to support parents in their task of nurturing their children towards their full potential within a Christian community.
Therefore we will:
· welcome your child into a secure, stimulating, Christian environment
· value your child
· treat him/her with dignity and respect
· demonstrate our faith and our school foundation in the teaching of Jesus Christ,
by the way we work, live and worship in our school
· provide the best possible education we can for your child through enthusiastic teaching rooted in our beliefs, values and skills
· provide you with information and the opportunity to talk to teachers about your
· keep you well informed about school policies and activities through regular letters and newsletters
· set appropriate homework for your child
· send home an annual report of your child’s progress
· contact you if there is a problem with your child’s attendance or punctuality
· inform you of any concerns regarding your child’s behaviour, work or health
· Ensure your child is kept safe and happy in school
· Respond to your child’s individual needs.
· Reward good work and sanction poor behaviour.
Names of Phonics / Reading Schemes in KS1
We use Jolly Phonics and Letters and sounds for phonics.
Our reading books are sourced from a variety of publishers including Oxford Reading Tree scheme and Rigby Star scheme.