St. Joseph’s is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014. Our School Curriculum follows all the requirements of the National Curriculum but we are proud to offer a much broader curriculum, making the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children.
We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. Teachers have received training in the key areas of curriculum change.
The new Maths curriculum is designed to enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children work towards developing the skills to reason mathematically and solve problems.
Each child has a daily maths lesson. We use the ABACUS Scheme for Mathematics. This involves direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups. The scheme is adapted to meet the needs of learner
Our English curriculum is planned to develop the basic skills of reading and writing as well as the enjoyment of books and effective communication.
We aspire to foster an environment that encourages development of language by providing a rich provision of opportunities to interact and communicate with each other. We stress the values of listening and speaking skills and plan for opportunities to develop these areas of the across the curriculum.
The development of writing skills is an important aspect of our work. It covers all forms of writing for different purposes; factual, creative and personal. We aim to achieve progressive competency and accuracy in spelling and punctuation and aim for children to develop a legible style of handwriting.
A range of published resources support teachers in planning English lessons, included are: Literacy and Language, Ignite Writing, Literacy Evolve.
Children learn through investigation, research, asking questions and planning ways in which to find answers. We aim to provide children with learning experiences to develop an understanding of the world by using and applying scientific knowledge and skills. Children are encouraged to use different types of scientific enquiry to ask and answer questions about each topic through first hand experiences. Science is taught through a variety of topics covering Light, Seasonal Change, Plants and Animals, Materials, Sound, Habitats, Forces and Magnets, Light, Rocks, States of Matter, Electricity, Earth and Space and Evolution and Inheritance.
St Joseph’s are proud to have achieved the gold award for the Primary Science Quality Mark.
Our History curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to develop the skills and ideas needed to retrieve information from books, ICT, pictures, people and places, the ability to examine and evaluate evidence and an understanding of chronology, cause and effect and the influence of the past upon the present.
The Geography curriculum aims to enable the children to develop geographical knowledge, understanding and enquiry, mapping skills and fieldwork techniques, an appreciation of the environment and the need to protect it and a greater understanding of the UK and the wider world.
Children’s work includes the study of places and covers a range of physical, human and environmental geography.
PE provision aims to embrace a range of games activities, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities.
Children have the opportunity to develop individual skills such as co-ordination, balance and control as well as an appreciation of the benefits of cooperation and teamwork and come to understand the advantages of healthy, safe exercise to their general physical wellbeing. We aim to provide two hours of physical activity per class per week.
We believe swimming is an extremely important life skill and therefore offer swimming as part of the PE curriculum to all children from Y1 upwards.
Music is developed across all age groups from EYFS to year 6. The children are encouraged to compose, listen, discuss and perform with a variety of audiences in mind. They learn to appreciate music of different styles, cultures and times, and to use their voices and a range of instruments as expressive media.
Children are given the opportunity to learn a brass instrument in KS2. We work with Tees Valley Music Service to offer a range of music experiences to our children.
Modern Foreign Languages
All children in Key Stage 2 study French where they develop their speaking and listening skills as well as their ability to read and write French. We have a French day each year where children have the opportunity to taste food and to find out about the French culture.
Design & Technology (D&T)
DT is primarily concerned with generating ideas, making and doing. It provides opportunities for children to imagine, make decisions, create solutions and put them into practice. D&T enables children to use appropriate apparatus and equipment. We teach D&T largely through a cross curricular approach while teaching specific skills as and when necessary.
Art & Design
Children are given the opportunity to draw, paint and create three-dimensional work using a variety of media and stimuli. An appreciation of the work of famous artists in different periods of history, the exploration of the immediate environment and other cultures and development of their own expressive ideas is encouraged. Through art, we hope that pupils develop an aesthetic awareness.
Work is displayed in classrooms and areas around the school.
School has laptops and tablets for children to develop their Computing skills. They have weekly lessons as well as the opportunities to use ICT across the curriculum.
Personal, Social and Health Education & Citizenship
This involves the development of healthy attitudes, aspects of safe living and the development of good social and personal relationships. We base a lot of our teaching to develop children’s emotional literacy around the Statements of Belief programme supported by SEAL. Circle Time and Class Councils allow children to share and discuss ideas. Topics are supported at times by outside agencies such as drama groups and health professionals. As a Rights Respecting School, we make children aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The National Curriculum provides the school with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover in school. We choose to teach much of this through creative, cross-curricular themes where children will learn different strands of the curriculum from a range of subjects, all within one common theme each half term.
Find out how classes are organised at St. Josephs and read on to find out more details about each subject that forms part of the National Curriculum, and how we teach it.
You can see the full National Curriculum by clicking on the link below: