Our Lady and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Curriculum Statement
As a Catholic school, Christ is at the centre of everything we do. We believe that every child is unique, made in the image and likeness of God; our aim is to develop each child’s full potential. Our school values of love, respect, hope, justice and forgiveness underpin the curriculum.
We are proud of the rich and varied curriculum that we offer, which enables all children to excel in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science, as well as develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in all aspects of the curriculum. It enables our children to develop the school’s learning behaviours of creativity, resilience, teamwork, questioning, independence and responsibility.
Our curriculum follows the National Curriculum (2014); we enhance this through the entitlements or experiences we plan for each key stage throughout the year. Each Key Stage has a topic for the half term which is supported by quality literacy texts. KS1 curriculum is planned over two years and KS2 over four years.
We believe that our children should work as hard as the staff. The morning curriculum is carefully timetabled to optimise learning time. This year we are working towards children making more choices about their afternoon learning. In the first half of the topic, children are taught knowledge and skills for the topic and in the second half children have the opportunity to apply those skills and explore their learning further, choosing what aspects they want to study and how to present their work. The teacher should become the facilitator of learning, enabling children to take ownership of their learning.
Through everything they do in school, our children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves including age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. All children are taught RE through the Come and See programme.
The school has strong and positive relationships with the wider community, including our partner schools within the St. Pius Catholic Learning community and James Montgomery Multi Academy Trust based in Wath. Links between home, school and our parish community, are also significant and central to our mission to serve the Church and create the family feeling of ‘belonging’.
To find out more about our curriculum, please contact the school for our subject policies.
On behalf of all the governors and staff we welcome you to Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. If your child is about to join us for the first time, we welcome you warmly as parents and look forward to a happy and successful relationship over the coming years. If you already have a child at our school, we are pleased to continue the links between us.