Our Creative Curriculum
Ofsted's message to schools: Be 'bold and courageous' with your curriculum
From 2019, Ofsted will be introducing a new inspection framework, which will have a real focus on the curriculum which is taught in schools. No longer will data, results and performance be the sole factor which highlights the effectiveness of a school, but what the children are taught will be a primary factor of that school’s performance.
This focus on the quality of education delivered is something we pride ourselves in at St Joseph’s. We have had a new design for Literacy learning, which focuses around well-loved books, and we also stretch our learners in the wider curriculum, through a big focus on creative experiences, sport and more. Every area of learning has been reviewed. Every member of staff continues to develop their teaching skills. Every pupil is both nurtured and challenged.
Ofsted requires learning to be a growing and participatory process; pupils are encouraged at every step to love the challenge of learning, and to become more resilient to failure. At St Joseph’s, teachers are determined that pupils achieve well. Our pupils try hard, our staff recognise their efforts and our high standards ensure that pupils take pride in all aspects of their work, while also being provided with every resource necessary to make good progress in learningWe are proud of our teaching and learning, and we hope that you are too.
What is a Creative Curriculum?
At St Joseph’s, we teach and encourage the transferable skills for independent, life-long learning. We shape our curriculum to reflect the ethos, aims and values of our school. Teachers plan a series of topic-based approaches to learning, which are based on the 2014 National Curriculum and firmly rooted upon a set of skills which are progressive.
Creative Curriculum is the umbrella term used for the creative and humanities subjects. We teach Geography, History, Art and Music, alongside our foundation subjects of Literacy and Numeracy, in order to provide a broad and well-rounded curriculum for the children. Each Creative 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 have included 'People who help us', 'The Vikings', 'Space' and 'The Greeks'.
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. To add wow factor to these topics we have an entry point into each new topic, which is hands-on experience to engage learning or an exciting visit to bring our learning to life.
We place a strong emphasis on developing creativity in all areas of a 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 children 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 Literacy is structured and well-planned. We teach an hour of Literacy and Maths every day in the morning, where we focus on core skills such as mental arithmetic 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 page in our 'Curriculum Overview' section, you will find long term plans, with termly Overviews and Creative Medium Term Plans to keep you up-to-date with what your child is learning, so that you can better support them at home.