The curriculum at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the future lives.
It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Curriculum Statement 2019-2020
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
At St. Joseph’s, we have adopted the International Primary Curriculum as a way of teaching many of the foundation subjects whilst also using every opportunity to find links with other areas of the curriculum. The aim is to engage and excite children and nurture a love of learning. The IPC is creative in its approach and encourages children to become more globally-minded and gain a better understanding of the wider world around them. We have personalised topics to suit the needs of children at St. Joseph’s so that we can provide children with lots of opportunities to carry out their own research. We hope that this will ensure that they develop into confident learners who are eager to raise their own questions and build the independence to acquire the answers for themselves.
We believe that effective learning takes place when it is made to be engaging, fun and meaningful; when pupils are actively involved discussing, clarifying and questioning; when it is tailored for different learners and when it is delivered by enthusiastic and passionate teachers.
It is important that the curriculum considers the development of the whole child rather than just concentrate on academic success. Through our curriculum and Catholic life, we ensure pupils gain a greater understanding of these rights along with our British values, so they become well-informed, global citizens who show mutual respect and tolerance of others.
At St Joseph’s we encourage pupils to have a growth mindset approach to their learning and take ownership of it. This will enable them to recognise their own strengths and areas for development and learn how to cope with both success and failure and have the confidence to take risks.