At St Joseph's, our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum. Our Topics ensure that all themes are cohesive, relevant and that children make great progress, whilst enjoying their learning! Recent topics include - The Wild West, On the Stage, Land of Giants, Growing our own, Can we make it better?
We are really excited as this year we have just employed Melinda Burge from The Outdoors group. She will be running Forest School sessions in school alongside the class teachers every Monday afternoon. The children will be learning about the outdoors, taking part in fun activities all linked with the class topics.
When your child is taking part in Forest School please ensure they bring in old clothes and wellie boots as they are will be out in all weather and are sure to get muddy - but all whilst having lots of fun!
At St Joseph's we want children to have the opportunity to try as many thinga as possible. Who knows where their talents may lie! Every week the children have a class music lesson. In KS2 we are lucky enough to have Fay Nelmes and Harry Dearsly from Primary Music & Education Company teaching them . The children have performed and watched concerts such as the Bournemouth Symphony orchestra. The children learn to read music and to play a different instrument each term such as: steel pan drums or glockenspiels. The children love the release and freedom whole class music brings.
A link to further explore the National Curriculum is below.
We know that for children to achieve highly we need to engage them and make learning memorable.
We aim to design a curriculum full of high quality, enriching, memorable learning experiences.
See the photos below for just a few of the children's experiences.
The expectations from the National Curriculum for the core subjects of Maths, Reading, Writing and Science can be found below. They are organised into year groups.
Please explore the curriculum further using the link below.
Half Termly Topics
Each year group plans half termly in their Key Stage team; Foundation, Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two. Every half term the children lead a brand new topic, which gives context and purpose to their learning. Each new topic will also have a WOW moment to further inspire and engage the children in their learning. This could be a trip or a visitor coming into school. Each class has a copy of their current topic webs on their class web page.