We have designed a creative and engaging curriculum at St Joseph's so that each term the children fully immerse themselves in a well-themed, central topic to which each area of the curriculum is linked. From 'Cracking Inventions' to 'What's in a word?' every area of the curriculum is explored. In this way we are also able to ensure that all the programmes of study for the National Curriculum 2014 are covered in sufficient depth.
Curriculum newsletters for each year group are shared with parents so that they can see the exciting things that the children will be learning. This document below details how we approach the curriculum, our principles for teaching it and our termly topics.
At St Joseph's we encourage our pupils to be independent and resilient learners. By embracing a growth mindset and developing a whole school language for learning, pupils and staff are more able to meet and exceed expectations. There is no ceiling on what we can learn and where our learning can take us.
If you would like any more information on the curriculum, please contact either your child's class teacher or Mrs Wallace.
To teach the Maths national curriculum, we use Big Maths (daily CLIC session: rapid, repeated recall and use of core maths facts and skills) and Big Maths: Outer Maths (daily Maths lessons covering the whole curriculum). We held informative Maths workshops for parents in summer term 2017 and will aim to repeat this soon. Our school Calculations Policy is available for you to read, in order to be more informed when supporting your child at home.
We encourage pupils to learn key number facts and timetables through our innovative Total Recall reward system. Children practise, practise, practise being able to recall the facts as quick as lightning and then ask to be tested by the quiz master, Mrs Wallace! The children are awarded the badges when they can answer a selection of questions quickly and accurately. Details of badges can be found by clicking the image below.
The revised National Curriculum 2014 included more rigorous requirements for understanding of grammar techniques. The document below details what will be covered in each year group from Year 1 to Year 6.
READING AND PHONICS
We don’t currently use just one published scheme for teaching phonics. We blend the best resources from a range of schemes so that we can best meet the needs of our children. Phonics is taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with pupils in smaller teaching groups.
Our Reading scheme is unique to St Joseph’s and combines many different publication schemes (including Phonics Bug). Children are expected to read a wide range of the books in each level, before they move up to the next one. Each level includes a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, both of which we expect our children to read.
Children are heard read in school at least once a week, often by our well trained and rather fabulous group of parent helpers. Teachers hear children read through group reading, individually or through whole class reading sessions.
Every class visits the school library each week in order to promote an enjoyment of reading and love of books.
FEEDBACK & MARKING
We have been developing the marking and feedback policy over the last couple of years. I wrote to parents, via the Rowley Round-Up in October 2018, explaining our new approach to feedback. We have been trialling verbal feedback, through dedicated editing and polishing sessions, and the children and staff really love it! You can read our new Feedback Policy below. If you'd like to talk to Mrs Wallace about this, please contact the office for an appointment.
Our pupils swim regularly throughout their years at St Joseph's, using the St Nicholas leisure centre in Warwick. Of our current Year 6 pupils, 87% can swim 25 metres confidently, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue techniques.