Ofsted's message to schools: Be 'bold and courageous' with your curriculum
At St Joseph's, our pupils are encouraged to love the challenge of learning, and to develop resilience to failure. Pupils work hard and take pride in all aspects of their learning, while also being provided with every resource necessary to make good progress in learning. We are proud of our teaching and learning and all members of school staff are determined to help our pupils to succeed. We have a focus on well-loved books for Literacy learning, and we stretch our learners in the wider curriculum, with creative experiences, sport and more. Every area of learning is been reviewed and staff continue to develop their teaching skills and subject knowledge. Our pupils are both nurtured and challenged.
Our curriculum is directed at teaching and encouraging skills for independent, life-long learning and reflects the ethos, aims and values of our school. Teachers plan learning through a series of topic-based approaches which are based on the 2014 National Curriculum and aimed to develop a set of skills which are progressive and aspirational.
We teach Geography, History, Art and Music, alongside our core subjects of RE, English, Mathematics and Science, in order to provide a broad and well-rounded curriculum for the children. Each curriculum topic is centred around a ‘hook’, which we use to draw in our learners and pique their interest. This year, some of our topics include 'Houses and Homes', 'The Vikings', 'China' and 'The Greeks'. We have a strong emphasis on our locality and building on children's experiences.
We also build in curriculum enrichment weeks, where we focus on one aspect of learning or subject area, for example 'Festivals of Light' week which focused on religious and cultural education during Diwali. Parents are our partners in education and we regularly welcome parents into school to share experiences or participate in learning.
We place a strong emphasis on developing creativity in all areas of our broad and rich curriculum, and prioritise independence in learning to encourage the children to make their own choices, as well as supporting each other. Our pupils are excited by education and are able to develop a wide range of skills which they will be able to carry with them throughout life.
Our approach to learning and teaching Mathematics and English is structured and well-planned. We teach English and Maths every day in the morning, where we focus on core skills such as mental arithmetic, phonics and spelling in order to enable all children to develop fluency in these areas.
Want to know more about our curriculum? Additional detail is contained on each curriculum subject pages in our 'Curriculum Overview' section. Long term, medium term plans and topic information are available on class pages, with information to keep you up-to-date with what your child is learning, to help you support them at home.
Recovery Curriculum 2020-2021
We have planned a recovery curriculum for the year, based on the move between remote learning and school learning during lockdowns and the possibility of children and classes needing to isolate. Please click here for a recovery curriculum summary.