Generated on 23 Sep 2020

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Curriculum statement


At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School the curriculum is designed to: provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop communication and interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Our catholic ethos promotes an inclusive and positive attitude to learning which enables our children to be responsible members of society. Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies, curriculum workshops, forest school sessions as well as social events. Children leave St Joseph’s with a sense of belonging to a diverse and Christian community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

Big ideas


Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.


Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.


Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.


Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.


Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.


Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.


Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.


Understanding how and why things are the same or different.


Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.


Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

Mission statement

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is A calm, holy place where we pray, think and celebrate God’s world. Where we can share a true love of learning through our creative and inclusive curriculum. Where we celebrate and nurture the gifts and talents of every person as uniquely created in the image of God. A supportive community where home, school and church work together.

Learning and laughing together in the light of God’s love.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• follow their own interests and be themselves
• build respectful friendships
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• explore ways of becoming an active citizen
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• make choices about things that are important to them
• contribute to planning their own learning
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic
• promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors


Pupil Group Educational visits (off-site) Educational visitors (on-site) Residential visits Outdoor learning (e.g. Forest Schools) Arts and culture Community and partnership learning Specialist curriculum days Allocated total budget
Year 1 1 days
Year 2
Year 3 0.5 days
Year 4 5 days
Year 5 0.5 days
Year 6 2.5 days 0.5 days 4 days 1 days
Totals 3 days 2 days 1 weeks, 4 days
(9 days)
0 sessions 0 sessions 1 days 0 sessions £0.00