Our vision for St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
is to share God's Love, learn and achieve together and celebrate our
uniqueness. This informs all that we do in school.
We are committed to providing a broad and balanced
education in which each individual is able to achieve his or her full potential
in a safe, caring environment. The school follows Development Matters in the
Foundation stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage one and two. There is
a strong emphasis on a creative curriculum where the different subject areas
are linked cohesively and meaningfully to make learning enjoyable and
rewarding. We seek to enhance children's learning through trips, visiting
speakers, outdoor learning and interaction with the local and global community.
We view these elements as an essential part of a child's education.
Please see the curriculum maps to see what your child will be learning
over the school terms.
As a Catholic School, RE plays a central role in
our curriculum. We follow the God Matters Scheme to develop knowledge and
understanding of the faith. Children are encouraged to reflect on their
personal experience and to relate it to their developing spirituality and
We foster respect to diverse cultures and beliefs.
Coming together as a community to offer worship and to celebrate is very important
in school life. There are daily acts of worship and assemblies are regularly
open to parents, parishioners and visitors. All are most welcome.
The skills of reading, writing, speaking and
listening lie at the heart of the curriculum. Our language teaching covers the
whole range of these skills, from the direct teaching of grammar, spelling and
punctuation to the writing of imaginative stories and poetry to the
encouragement opportunities for self-expression through drama and discussion.
We teach reading through synthetic phonics and use
the 'Read, Write Inc' scheme, which children follow until they are ready to
become independent and confident readers. There is a wide range of fiction and
non-fiction available in classrooms and our library.
Every opportunity is taken to instil in the
children a lasting love of reading and literature.
Our curriculum is topic-based and includes science,
history, geography, art and design and music. Through the topics, we develop
ICT skills using a range of resources. The emphasis is on development of skills
and understanding, with inbuilt opportunities for children to make choices
about what they are learning and how they learn. We aim to foster within the
children a sense of curiosity, creativity and an awareness and understanding of
their history and environment.
We have designated weeks in school where certain areas are given a priority and
the children have opportunities to explore different subjects in more depth.
These weeks are very much valued by children, staff
and parents. A well-established forest school in the grounds enables children
to explore the individual subject areas in an outdoor environment.
Physical education is taught in school through a
range of activities, including dance, gymnastics, athletics and games. We have
a heated outdoor pool and the children all have swimming lessons; in addition,
key stage two children have swimming lessons at a local leisure centre. The
children are encouraged to develop the skills of fair play and teamwork. We
arrange competitive events with other schools in the area.
At St Joseph’s we offer a range of school clubs
which cater for a wide variety of abilities and interests. These include
sports, drama, art and music.
also have football and netball teams which practice and have matches after
school. We aim to give children the chance to explore new skills and discover