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Curriculum

Our curriculum is thematic. This means that the children's acquisition of knowledge and skills starts with one area of content (Geography and History) but then connects with other subjects/areas of learning reinforcing the core skills and knowledge of literacy and numeracy. This approach is designed to effectively engage the children in sequentially planned knowledge and skills taken from the National Curriculum.  These are then embedded in interesting and enjoyable contexts for learning across the curriculum, bringing the learning to life and making it accessible for all learners.  We then add in our own enrichment opportunities, including cultural capital and local background, to ensure that our children are exposed to a rich and exciting curriculum which equips them for each of the next stages of their learning journeys.  

The classes in KS1 and KS2 cover four themes throughout the year; the themes run for 9 weeks. The themes are based on Geography and History topics taken from the National Curriculum  programmes of study linked to other areas of the curriculum where possible.

The final theme at the end of the school year sees the topics covered throughout the year being revisited through the arts. Music, Drama and Art are the subjects through which the children use the knowledge covered to create plays; pieces of music and/or pieces of artwork to cement the learning which has taken place over the year. 

The two additional weeks of the school year are used for enrichment weeks such as 'PSHE Week' or 'Science Week' during which the children are 'immersed' in a subject, having workshops and visitors to engage and inspire them. 

 

Theme 1

Theme 2

Theme 3

Theme 4

Remembering through the Arts

Year 1

Toy Story

Dogger

Shirley Hughes

Why are Ipads more fun than my Grandparents old toys? 

Brrr!

Lost and Found

Oliver Jeffers

Why can't a penguin live near the equator? 

The United Kingdom

The Naughty Bus

Jan and Jerry Ore

Where do the wheels on the bus go? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Music and Drama will be used to give the children a vehicle to explore and remember the knowledge gained during the year and to learn about the locality in these contexts.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2

Heroes!

The Little Hen and the Great war

Jennifer Beck

What do we know about local people who fought in the wars?

Kenya

Lila and the Secret of Rain

David Conway Jude Daly

Where would you prefer to live - England or Kenya?

Special People

I am Rosa Parks

Brad Meltzer

How have people like Rosa Parks helped to make the world a better place? 

Year 3

The Stone Age

The Boy with the Bronze Axe

Kathleen Fidler

Who first lived in Britain? 

Volcanoes

Escape from Pompeii

Christina Ballit

What makes the earth angry?

The Greeks

Greek Myths

Marcia Williams

Why were the ancient Greeks ruled by their Gods? 

Year 4

The Egyptians

Secrets of a Sun King

Emma Carroll

How can we  recreate the wonder of Ancient Egypt? 

Rivers

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo

Why are most of the world's cities located near rivers? 

The Romans

Roman Diary

The Journal of Iliona

Richard Platt

Who were the Romans and what did we learn from them?

Year 5

The Anglo Saxons

Beowolf

Michael Morpurgo

Who were the Anglo Saxons? 

Rainforests

The Explorer

Katherine Rundell

Why should the rainforests matter to all of us?

Slavery

Journey to Jo'Burg

Beverley Naidoo

Why should Britain be ashamed of slavery? 

Year 6

The Victorians

Street Child

Berlie Doherty

How did Britain change during the reign of Queen Victoria?

 

Brazil

Trash 

Andy Mulligan

Why has Brazil got one one of the world's fastest growing economies? 

Local History

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne

Why was Chorley so important during the war? 

Parental Feedback Summer 2019
'The activites/learning experiences are excellent.'

'High standard of outdoor learning.'

'Enrichment opportunities offered by the school are a strength'.

'Rounded curriculum'.

'The variety and breadth of learning for the children is a  strength - for example - the KS1 African Adventure.'

'The children are challenged and engaged and make super progress'.

Intent
The aims of our curriculum are:

· To provide the children with firm foundations founded in knowledge, skills and understanding, preparing them for a future of learning

· To provide an environment, underpinned by gospel values, in which the dignity of each pupil is recognised and developed

 · To promote the full potential of each child through a curriculum that develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth

· To encourage our pupils to live and act according to gospel  values, as well as British Values,  and to enable children to be positive global citizens in society

· To promote a positive attitude towards learning and knowledge, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning

· To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking and questioning

· To provide the children with the opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills

· To teach children about their changing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time

· To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum

· To teach children to have an awareness of their own and other beliefs

· To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all

· To enable children to have respect for themselves, high self-esteem and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School endeavours to offer a curriculum that develops a well-rounded, happy pupil in the context of Catholic education. We have rich and varied opportunities, both inside the classroom and outside, that inspire our pupils and make them excited to learn. A curriculum which connects leaning across different subjects and which reinforces the core skills and knowledge of literacy and numeracy is crucial to ensure that children are offered a wide range of life choices and opportunities in the future.

We want our children to come to school filled with enthusiasm and eager to learn every day. In order to do this, we want to arrange for the children to visit interesting places, experience live performances and offer opportunities that they would never have the chance to be exposed to otherwise. We know that this will impact on their learning and improve attainment in all subjects.

We believe in a school where the origins to our plans for teaching and learning stem from the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’. We want to enable students to understand the world around them and the skills that they hold within, so that they can become passionate, fulfilled individuals and pro-active, conscientious citizens of St Joseph’s and the wider community. In order to achieve our goal, we will teach engaging, inspiring lessons that cover a rich and varied curriculum. We know that this will result in happy pupils with a thirst for learning that will see them reach their vast potential in whatever field they intend to pursue.

Implementation
As a school, we place a great deal of importance on academic learning. We take the progress and attainment of each child achieving the very best they are capable of very seriously. However, we also view each child as a complete person and our curriculum has been tailored to ensure that each child grows and recognises their place in our community and in our ever- changing world. Our curriculum has been designed to reflect that life at St Joseph’ is rich, varied, caring, inclusive, exciting, challenging, inspiring, but above all, rewarding. This runs through all subject areas, including our blocked-unit, theme linked approach to English. Our approach to teaching across the whole curriculum puts children at the heart of their own learning, taking an active part in lessons and ensuring that they are rich in language and cultural diversity. We recognise that children have a thirst for knowledge and we are committed to nurturing young writers, performers, readers, international speakers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, geographers, artists, designers, musicians, sports persons, computer users and so much more!

We aim to provide the building blocks of knowledge that enable the children to progress and follow their dreams through fostering the qualities of resilience and inquiry as well as planning opportunities for the children to know about keeping safe. We also plan for and promote British Values, (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs) ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as a UK citizen. They are values that give a simple message to our young people, ‘In Britain, no matter what your background, you can fit in, you can succeed and you can belong’. While these values are not unique to Britain or British society, they are integral to our ethos and values. Through our Religious Education curriculum, and Catholic life of the school, we look to help children develop gospel values alongside British Values and to understand how they overlap and where they diverge.

In order to allow the children to fully develop these aptitudes, language is a key focus for us. We aim to develop the children’s communication abilities and also provide them with the rich and specific vocabulary (from across the curriculum) that underpins their knowledge and understanding. We are a school that proudly embraces change and does not shy away from the increasing use and dependence on ICT in the world. Everything that we do in ICT is geared towards removing the fear from using computers and the internet. Children use the internet and will continue to do so. Therefore, our responsibility is to prepare them for the digital world and motivate them to become responsible digital citizens. Staff members do everything in their power to stay up-to-date with the developments in this field and perpetually promote the importance of online safety.

Learning is also enhanced by a carefully planned range of educational visits and visitors to school to enhance the curriculum. Our curriculum is also structured to use local resources when possible, to develop in the children an understanding of the place in which they live and its history.

Our approach to assessment is to carefully plan questioning as part of the learning opportunities which the children have every day and to use these opportunities to extend the children’s knowledge and skills, using assessment to monitor and support the children’s learning over a number of years.

Impact
At St Joseph’s, our children develop respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, gender, disability or race. A rigorous, well planned curriculum (delivered by inspiring staff in an ethos of love, care and support) enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people. We strongly promote self-respect for all in our school irrespective of race, creed or gender. Care is taken to ensure that resources do not present stereotypical images, rather role models from diverse backgrounds and cultures. As the children’s first teachers, we aim to work with you to provide the very best learning opportunities for all pupils and ensure they continue to grow into happy fulfilled individuals. Parents/carers play a key role in our learning community and we look forward to sharing in the development of your children as caring, educated young citizens.

We aim to enable the children to achieve the academic progress they are capable of by providing them at each stage, with a curriculum which meets their needs and challenges them to go further so that they are ready for the next stage in their education by the time they leave us.  We also strive to ensure that along the way, they are happy and fulfilled as individuals, with bright futures ahead of them. Personal development and attitudes are monitored all of the time during their journey through school and we also use various questionnaires with children to gather their views and to check on well being and attitudes towards themselves as learners. St Joseph's has a strong track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress from their starting points, fulfil their potential and go on to secure outcomes that prepare them well for their next stage of education.

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Rothwell Road, Anderton, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 9LZ

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