We have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for the second year running!

 

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Curriculum

We are proud to say that we offer a rich and varied curriculum for our children here at St Joseph's.  It is important to us that each child is able to reach their potential through a curriculum that is able to build on their knowledge and understanding of the world as well as developing key skills in Mathematics and English.  

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, we will engage and inspire pupils with a relevant, inclusive and memorable curriculum that makes learning irresistible. We will ignite children's curiosity, instilling a passion for lifelong learning.

We strive for all pupils to develop resilience and perseverance, challenging and supporting children to aim high. The curriculum will cover specific key areas of knowledge, skills and understanding within and across different subjects so it is focused and concise. Children will be encouraged to delve deeper into their learning, building on skills progressively each year which will lead to academic success across the curriculum.

At the heart of their learning, children will develop an understanding of the core values that we believe in, core values that are the cornerstones of respectful, global citizens. Our caring culture will underpin the ethos of the school which will be spread widely through our community by promoting our core values. Children will be equipped with a range of strategies that enable them to access their learning in a variety of ways in order to overcome barriers to learning and achieve success.

We teach literacy through 'topic' work and the extra curricular activities develop skills in art, PE - which includes dance, football, tag-rugby, as well music and well-being. 

Our children are able to participate in school trips linked to the topic and our Year 6 children have an annual residential trip which enables them to work together and form a bond at the beginning of the academic year.

We are proud to hold the Gold School Games Mark for the second year running. The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.  Recently, we have purchased a new scheme of work along with CPD for teachers which develops the key skills in PE - this will ensure the continuation of high quality PE throughout the school.

PGL 2018

Whole School Yearly Overview 2018 -2019 

Whole School Yearly Overview 2017 - 2018

Topic Webs

 

Topic webs are set by teachers each term, detailing the class focus for the months ahead.  Please click on the links below for current class topic webs. 

Please click on any of the links below to find out further information about our curriculum approaches and visit the Maths, English and Science website for resources and assessments.

To access your child's national curriculum expectations, please click on the appropriate Key Stage below.

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Maths

 

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 Science

 

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What is going well and ideas for improvements 2018-19:

English (& MFL)

What is going well?

  • Reading is a strength across the school and is improving over time
  • Writing has improved over the past year - children are being challenged and there are more opportunities for extended writing which is cross curricular 
  • Key skills have been targeted such as spelling and punctuation
  • Drama is used in many classes to improve speaking and listening 
  • Regular access to the town library has improved children's access to high quality texts
  • Targeted guided reading sessions are supporting children in inference and deduction skills
  • Project X has supported children in improving reading and phonics
  • Targeted phonics groups to improve phonics outcomes 
  • French taught across KS2 weekly
  • Ideas 
  • Book groups
  • More use of film and other media as a stimuli 
  • Extend library visit to KS1
  • Targeted handwriting groups

Mathematics

What is going well?

  • More of a consistent approach to the teaching of Big Maths across the school 
  • Baseline assessments in September give teachers ideas on gaps and how to accelerate learning
  • Key skills are taught systematically 
  • Parent Workshops planned throughout the year
  • Questionnaires sent home re Schofield and Sims Maths Practice booklets (very positive response)
  • Half termly assessments to support TA progress data
  • Study group for Year 6 to support teaching and learning
  • Booster groups set up for Year 6 
  • New IPads to support teaching and learning of Mathematics are being used
  • Levels of challenge set within lesson raise expectations  
  • Ideas
  • Whole school push on times tables - timed IT tests
  • Regular time to practice skills in different situations (cross curricular, problem solving etc)
  • Introduction of Maths Mastery
  • White Rose Maths - look to use as a supplement to Big Maths
  • Parental engagement through workshops

RE

What is going well?

  • Collective Worship - a strength in our school
  • Following of the Jesuit Virtues - children have a growing understanding of them 
  • Multicultural Week
  • Choir established
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Minnie Vinnies - supporting local and international charities
  • Visitors from CAFOD
  •  Ideas
  • Continue to develop children's knowledge and understanding of vocation
  • Invite more faiths to share during Multi-Cultural Week
  • Have themed faith days
  • Continue to develop the Jesuit Virtues 

Science

What is going well?

  • Science week - planned and led by Year 6
  • New!  Introduction of Science Ambassadors - action planning for them to follow
  • Science coordinator seeing good practice across the school
  • Resources for science are good
  • STEM activities planned for KS2 
  • CPD to lead and manage Science across the school planned 
  • Ideas
  • Plan for and develop the Science Ambassadors to observe lessons and teach a science club at lunch times
  • Use 3D printers in lessons
  • Plan for more investigatory science - Hands on activities to inspire and motivate
  • Work towards Science Mark for the school
  • More trips to Science providers (London Science Museum for example)
  • Involve secondary schools to support teaching and learning of science - visits etc

Humanities - Geography and History

What is going well?

  • Topics linked across KS2
  • Field trips and forest school to support Geography
  • Theme days linked to topic
  • Museum resources used to support KS1 topics
  • Visitors and trips to local historic areas of interest
  • Comparison of areas
  • How people lived
  • STEM activities - mechanical, time travel - mapping changes over time 
  • Ideas
  • More of a focus on geography
  • Field trips linked to geography planned - eg rivers, beaches, mountains etc
  • More modern history 

ICT

What is going well?

  • IPads used in school (New 2018)
  • Data programming is becoming more widely used across the school
  • Laptops and tablets used to support learning
  • Ideas
  • More use of data monitoring equipment across the school
  • More opportunities to use the computer to present work in various formats
  • Teaching children across the school to use software on the computer - such as Excel, PowerPoint effectively
  • Use of 3D Printers to support learning
  • More STEM activities 

The Arts - Music, Art and D&T

What is going well?

  • Children have opportunities to use various mediums to present and look at art
  • A choir is in the process of being established
  • We are looking to buy a class set of clarinets for Year 6
  • We have piano lessons available onsite
  • Children have opportunities to design, plan and build various objects linked to their topics both at home and in school
  • Extra curricular Art Club is well attended and into a third term
  • STEM activities through topic 
  • Ideas
  • A more comprehensive approach to music across the school
  • More opportunities for children to produce their own music
  • An audit of provision at school to ensure curriculum can be taught effectively 
  • More visiting musicians 
  • More CPD planned for D&T to ensure key skills, knowledge and understanding are covered
  • Plan towards a DT Mark for school
  • More trips to support the arts in school 
  • More opportunities to cook across the school

PE

What is going well?

  • PE is a strength in our school
  • Children have many opportunities to develop skills across many sporting activities
  • Playground Leaders in Year 5
  • Young Sports Leaders training
  • Cross school competitions
  • Sports Day
  • Extra Curricular activities include Dance, Gymnastics, Football, Martial Arts and Tag Rugby
  • New PE Curriculum introduced - Real PE
  • Ideas
  • Maintain Gold School Games Mark
  • Introduce Real Play