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St Joseph's Catholic

Primary School

Inspired by the life of St Joseph, we live, love and learn together

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The Smile Curriculum Intention

Through the Smile Curriculum pupils develop as global citizens with a wide understanding of healthy relationships, physical and mental health, well-being and British values.

  • At St Joseph’s we wanted to develop a PSHE curriculum that incorporated not just PSHE but also Global learning, we want our pupils to be forward thinking and well informed about global issues.
  • As a small-school with a predominately white-British intake (78%) we additionally wanted the children to enquire- is everywhere like this?
  • To support the balance of learning about global issues we have taken the GDGs (UN Global Develop Goals) and mapped these across our SMILE year.
  • We wanted to make sure there was designated time allotted in our curriculum to teach the children about British values.
  • We wanted all children to develop an understanding of a given theme and therefore incorporated the idea of themed assemblies.  Where possible we seek to provide the children with interesting speakers that are relevant to the given theme.
  • As with everything we do we wanted to enrich our global learning by considering the link to living our faith and as such have made links where possible to RE and Catholic social teaching
  • We incorporate Catholic RSE throughout the SMILE curriculum and include specifically the Diocesan programme of study called ‘Ten:Ten’
  • E-Safety lessons across the year (developmentally planned by the class teachers using the resources from Education for a Connected World and National Online Safety) are incorporated in ICT lessons and as part of the SMILE curriculum, for example by welcoming outside agencies to deliver cyber-safety content. We also encourage parents to access free E-Safety workshops with access information provided on our website and in our weekly newsletter.    
  • The PSHE content is taken from the PSHE Association 2020 and incorporates: Living in the Wider-world, Health and Well-being and Relationships.
  • We also value financial education and have included a series of lessons using the ‘Financial Education Planning Framework’


The Smile curriculum is taught weekly for 1 hour, every child has a Smile exercise book where learning is recorded. Children are also encouraged to show their learning and understanding through class discussion and team talk opportunities/ shared activities. Our SEND students have the support of class adults to ensure they access SMILE learning at an appropriate level. 

SMILE Curriculum Overviews