Curriculum

Our Aims

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School offers a challenging, stimulating and extensive curriculum. This curriculum is designed with 4 goals in mind. Please click on the tabs to view them.

Curriculum goals

Please click on the link to view this Curriculum goals as PDF document.

 

Curriculum Intent

We provide: A curriculum that promotes the school’s culture and aims.

As a Christ centred, nurturing and inclusive school Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum”. Placing RE at the core of the curriculum in Catholic schools helps the school to fulfil its mission to educate the whole person in discerning the meaning of their existence, since “Religious Education is concerned not only with intellectual knowledge but also includes emotional and affective learning.

Without religious education, pupils would be deprived of an essential element of their formation and personal development, which helps them attain a vital harmony between faith and culture.” (Religious Education Curriculum Directory).

The school’s direction stems from its Mission Statement ” we are the architects of the future, building lives on the firm foundation of the gospels”. Inspired by Christian values, we aim to provide love and security within a curriculum designed to meet the complex needs of all individuals, in order to prepare them to take place in the ever changing world of today and tomorrow.

The quality and range of opportunities for pupils’ spiritual moral, social and cultural development is exemplary. (Section 48 Inspection Report, 2014).

To achieve our vision, we work in partnership with parents to:

  • Nurture the faith, through living and teaching gospel values
  • Inspire achievement by promoting excellence in all we do
  • Realise potential by encouraging everyone to be the best they can be ensuring our children develop into confident, informed active and responsible global citizens who aspire and inspire.

St Joseph’s School aims to provide children the opportunity to develop towards their full potential; academically, emotionally and socially:

  • Providing the highest standard of education to enable children to acquire the skills, knowledge and concepts relevant to their future.
  • Promoting an ethos of care, mutual respect and support, where effort is valued and success celebrated.
  • Enabling children to become active, responsible and caring members of the school and wider community.

Our school motto is ‘Learning to love, loving to learn’. We strongly believe the key to unlocking each child’s potential derives from their enjoyment of learning. It is therefore essential that we harvest an environment in which learning is exciting, stimulating and a collaborative process within our learning community.

We firmly believe:

  • All children are entitled to be independent, self-motivated and enthusiastic with a commitment to learning and to do their best.
  • All children are entitled to teaching that encourages them to believe in themselves and develop a ‘Can do’ attitude.
  • All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning as active learners; to be creative and innovative and have an enquiring mind.
  • All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning; to seek a true spirit of adventure for learning with a passion for developing your full potential.
  • All children are entitled time to place an emphasis on reflecting and improving their own learning.
  • All children are entitled to develop resilience and perseverance in the face of difficult challenges, as well as encouraging problem solving.
  • All children are entitled to develop spiritually, morally and as members of their community and the wider community, including globally.

Reflection and Prayer for our curriculum: Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

Lord, use those we teach to teach us. Help us to be Christ-like at all times; seeing each one with your eyes and valuing them with your heart of love. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus the teacher.
Amen.

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning. “The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge” (Seymour Papert). We can provide opportunities for children to identify and create their own questions, giving them the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge in a more personalised way; enabling cross curricular links which can strengthen the relevance and coherence of the curriculum.

A curriculum committed in its duty to promote community cohesion, at school, local, national and global level, through an atmosphere animated by the spirit of liberty and charity based on the Gospel.

When planning a curriculum, St. Joseph’s has had to recognise the complex and diverse social and economic backgrounds of our families. Our intake is reflective of society and we celebrate our diversity, embedding community cohesion within our curriculum; developing pupil’s aspirations for their self for their future through our global citizenship dimension. Linking with a school of Muslim faith in a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan proactively promotes the power of connections around the world to work together for a common goal.

Each project is based on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; having already explored Goal 2: Zero Hunger and Goal 1:No Poverty, in 2019 we will focus on Goal 4: Quality Education.

We have recently designed curriculum enrichment weeks to promote and further delve into specific subject areas to develop a sense of curiosity. Incorporated into the weeks, are opportunities for speakers (including parents) to expose the children to linked careers, not only enabling the children to increase their range of potential options for their future but also provide an insight as to how and why the skills taught at school prepare them for life.

Currently, our science leader is working with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) on projects for enriching science, stimulating enquiry and fascination as a subject and the phenomenon of God’s creation.

Our curriculum is underpinned by the opportunities to apply knowledge and skills, reinforcing learning and increasing understanding and confidence. As part of the Latin Project there is an annual visit to Cambridge University opening the children’s eyes to future possibilities through awe and wonder, as we recognise as a school we play an important role in providing the means for social mobility.

We maintain close links with the local community such as Thomas A Becket Church, Roehampton University, Pines Care Home and a very dynamic working relationship with all the local Catholic primary schools enabling the children to take part in a number of additional sport events and competitions. We also plan opportunities for the children to know about keeping safe, linked to the KCSIE document.

 

Our Curriculum Design

Please click on the link to view our curriculum design (PDF).

 

Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

 

Please click on the link to view this Pedagogical Toolkit as PDF document. The school’s Teaching and Learning Policy can be found at the following link.

 

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