At St. Joseph’s we strive to provide a rich and balanced curriculum to ensure that every child achieves their potential and makes progress. We set very high standards and expect the very best from every child, regardless of their ability or background. The strength of our curriculum provision is evident in our termly curriculum letters as well as the quality of learning produced.
We can define our learning to show the various skills: these can be seen displayed throughout the school. Next time you visit school, look out for the skills we have applied within our learning.
A curriculum for the whole child
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
The spiritual development of pupils is shown by:
•Pupils’ ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
•Their sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
•Their use of imagination and creativity in their learning
•Their willingness to reflect on their experiences
The moral development of pupils is shown by:
•Pupils’ ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
•Their understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
•Their interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Every Christmas the children support Operation Christmas Child.
The social development of pupils is shown by:
•Pupils’ use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
•Their willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
•Their acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
The children enjoy getting involved with national celebrations:
Our school displays represent national celebrations:
The cultural development of pupils is shown by:
•Pupils’ understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
•Their understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
•Their knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values and in continuing to develop Britain
•Their willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
•Their interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
For an outline of British values and the new curriculum, please look at our overview: Overview of British Values and the New Curriculum
Sex and Relationships Education
At St Joseph’s, sex and relationships education is taught through a whole school policy and, where possible, is integrated into other areas of the curriculum such as religious education, science and PSHE. It is always taught within the context of the church’s teaching on sexual relationships. In Years 5 and 6, parents are informed prior to any lessons from the class teacher and workshops from the school nurse relating to this area of the curriculum. Parents are given the opportunity to discuss what their child will be learning so that they can support their child’s work at home. Any questions that children ask are answered sensitively and in a caring manner. Lessons and resources are always chosen to suit to the age of the children.
One of our greatest innovations is our Curriculum Enrichment Week, held termly covering a wide variety of subjects. Children experience the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. The whole school moves away from the usual timetable and the learning is focused around a given theme or subject for the week. These weeks involve workshops, parents and other visitors, the children working alongside older or younger children and can involve the local community. Please take a look at our photos to see what the children experience on our Curriculum Enrichment Weeks.
At St Joseph’s, the children experience a variety of educational visits, which prove to be valuable learning experiences. In Years 5 and 6, pupils take part in residential visits. Many of our visits and visitors are celebrated on our website.