Subject Areas - what we teach
The content of our curriculum is drawn from a variety of sources, but it essentially follows the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. Alongside that, we use various published programmes to support implementation. For:
- Mathematics, we follow Power Maths.
- Synthetic Phonics, our Programme will be selected from the validated list in January 2022
- Reading, our main reading scheme is Ransom Rising Stars, although children read a broad range of books.
- RE, we follow the national programme, Come and See.
- Education in Personal Relationships (PHSE), our programme is based on guidance from the Catholic Education Service.
- Computing, we use Purple Mash.
- PE, we follow RealPE.
We teach Spanish as our second language, this being prevalent in families in our diverse community.
Our medium term planning for all subjects is thorough and guided by a key intention to bring learners to a level of mastery across all areas.
Following the links to each subject area provides a more specific explanation of how we implement our curriculum.
While subjects are often taught discreetly, we bond the learning experience for children under topic headings, e.g. The Vikings, The Skeleton, Chile. We have mapped the curriculum to ensure that concepts and themes are taught and revisited, thereby strengthening the understanding that the children develop.
St. Joseph’s has been a Green Flag Eco-School for many years, guided by our very keen Eco Warriors. We run a Forest School in our extensive woodlands, led by an accredited teacher.
Reaching out to the community and wider world forms part of our ongoing commitment to supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. For many years, children have raised money and their own global awareness for parts of Africa, Indian and South America through our support for CAFOD, Missio and Faith in Action. Closer to home, an annual charity forms a focus for further fundraising; this year it is for Great Ormond Street Hospital where one of our children receives ongoing treatment.
The continued high quality of our curriculum provision is a priority. To that end, a structured programme of monitoring is carried out by Senior Leaders, our Leaders for Learning and all Subject Leaders.