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Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intention and Rationale:

 

A curriculum of ...possibilities...

 

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary we value each child as an individual with a unique potential for learning.  We are a small school with big ambition for our pupils.  We believe in developing the whole child academically, spiritually and physically.  

We want our children to have aspirations and dreams for the future and as such we aim to provide a broad, balanced, globally-aware and exciting curriculum, opening up a world of 'possibilities' to our children.

We provide a broad curriculum by offering the full-range of National Curriculum subjects that are: taught excellently, that are sequenced thoughtfully for progression, that are resourced creatively, that are memorable because they are themed around inspiring topics that stimulate a contagious buzz of intellectual curiosity. We believe theming learning around topics makes the content meaningful, contextual and relevant for pupils.

We provide a balanced curriculum by valuing the development of both knowledge and skills.  Having a cross-curricular approach enriches the balance and breadth of our curriculum.  Our learning is sequential and we focus on pupils knowing more and doing more as they progress through our school.

 

We take advantage of using the 'great outdoors' and our excellent and unique coastal locality.

We value cultural learning and recognise the arts for well-being and as such every Phase within school takes part in a learning project of this nature.

 

 

 

Our Creative Curriculum is led by our Class 3 Teacher Mrs Francis.  If you are interested or want to find out more please do contact her giafitzsimons@st-josephs-dovercourt.essex.sch.uk or visit our class pages to see examples of exciting and enriching learning.

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Strategy and the National Curriculum as a basis for age-appropriate progression in knowledge and skills.  We have organised of the content of these into topics and due to our mixed-age classes into a two-year rolling cycle.
Below are the curriculum maps that tell you which topics your child learning about.  These are explained in more detail at our initial 'Meet the Teacher' sessions, as well as through termly letters and the weekly Homework sheet.  If you require any further information about what your child is currently studying, please ask your child's Classteacher.

The topic maps above cover our foundation curriculum knowledge and skills in: History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Computing and Music.  As we promote cross-curricular teaching our English learning will be themed around the topic too. 

 

The teachers use these topic maps to plan learning journeys through the topic, which they share at the beginning of every new topic, where a range of objectives in several curriculum subjects are addressed.  The teachers think carefully about what they want to teach and the order that they wish to teach it; they aim to build on prior-learning and address any gaps. 

 

Teachers aim to build depth of learning and breadth of coverage.

 

Below you will find more information about our core curriculum subjects:

Religious Education, English (Phonics, Reading, Writing), Maths and Science.

Knowledge and skills progression in our foundation curriculum is detailed below.

Paper copies of any of the above documents can be provided- please request via your child's teacher or the school office.


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