As a Catholic School, we strive to ensure that the children receive an enriching experience, based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and Gospel values. Ensuring that the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed.
The curriculum is taught through discrete subject teaching of English and Maths along with a Topic approach that embraces all other subject and links to English and Maths where appropriate.
Fire pupils’ curiosity, inspire a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.
Develop pupils’ capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
Pupils are happy to take risks and see mistakes as an opportunity to learn.
Enable pupils to think creatively and solve problems.
Develop behaviours, characteristics and habits to become effective lifelong learners.
Being mindful of how pupils learn, our curriculum subjects interlink when possible so that pupils have plenty of opportunities to revisit knowledge in different contexts, make connections and move knowledge gained to long term memory.
Pupils to be ready to meet the challenges of the next part of their educational journey.
Give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
Develop in individuals - faith, spirituality and build a firm set of personal morals to engage in the culture they live in and understand the cultures of others.
Provide a full core offer of extended school provision - to promote physical health and wellbeing, as well as increasing the love and curiosity of topics, a wide variety of clubs both after school hours and during lunch times are offered.
RE – As a Catholic school, the RE curriculum is central to the whole school curriculum and underpins all our teaching. It is a core subject and we follow ‘Come and See’ scheme of work with timetabled collective worship and 10% curriculum time.
Focus on teachers having good knowledge of the subjects they teach and refine their knowledge and skills through attending training, sharing best practice and undertaking relevant research.
Subject leaders provide colleagues with effective support for planning, resourcing and teaching and updates on current initiatives.
Well devised curriculum for each year group with opportunities for enhanced entry and exit activities for each topic.
Balanced / flexible timetabling.
St. Joseph’s Key Learning Document is used across the school to support teacher planning and to ensure that knowledge and skills are taught in a logical and progressive order.
Embed St. Joseph’s learning characteristics in all lessons.
Key learning structure for all lessons through ‘St. Joseph’s Every lesson – Everyday’.
Teachers use assessment effectively to check understanding and inform next steps so that knowledge is gained, applied and consolidated. Pupil progress meetings (held termly), linked to agreed data drop points, to discuss the progress of every child and to put in additional interventions as required.
A wide variety of teaching methods are used, designed to give children the chance to learn in various ways – including whole class, group and individual work.
Make learning ‘irresistible’ through enriching experiences; such as specific learning days/ weeks, regular trips, learning outdoors, motivating experiences and inspiring visitors.
Discovery – children are encouraged to research topics at home and create and design a range of ‘extended learning activities’ that meet their interests in the topics studied.
Use rigorous triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. Curriculum leaders monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, through ‘planning scrutiny’ ‘book looks’ and ‘pupil conferencing’. Providing individual feedback to move learning forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development.
Both formative and summative assessment approaches are used. Outcomes in each subject are monitored and tracked termly to ensure pupils progress in knowledge, skills and understanding in all subjects throughout the key stage.
Children find their learning enjoyable and memorable – there is a buzz in the classrooms.
Irrespective of ability, background, ethnic origin or gender, access to all aspects of the curriculum is equal for all to ensure parity for all groups of pupils.
The curriculum is adapted for children with different abilities or educational needs to ensure all can succeed.
Pupils’ achievement is above national average in all reported subjects.
All pupils make progress from their starting points.
The children leave each key stage and the school (in Year 6) ready to move on successfully. They are academically, physically and spiritually developed with an established love of learning.