The curriculum at St Joseph’s reflects the requirements to provide a broad and balanced curriculum as per the Academies Act 2010, and the National Curriculum programmes of study which we have chosen to follow.
Our intent is to provide a knowledge-rich curriculum with a spiral approach, where learning is recapped and built upon both throughout the year and as children progress through school. Our aim is for children to know more, do more and remember more. This is done through a whole host of creative and memorable ways. We want to develop a love of learning for our children in order to produce lifelong learners. Reading plays a big part of our curriculum as we believe this is the gateway to learning. As such, we put a large emphasis on ensuring our children can read to a good level, through our Phonics lessons and Accelerated reader. More can be seen on this in the Curriculum areas.
Our curriculum also reflects requirements for inclusion and equality as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 and Equality Act 2010, and refers to curriculum-related expectations of governing boards set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.
Further information on how we achieve this can be found in our statement of equality information and objectives, and in our SEND policy and information report.
In Key Stage 2, we teach History, Geography, Art and DT on a 2 year cycle, meaning Year 3 and 4 will cover content at the same time. As will Year 5 and 6. In 2023-24, we are covering Cycle B. You can see more about the topics we cover in our school here: Curriculum Overview