Each class uses a theme to provide a context for learning for the wider curriculum. Subjects such as Art; Design Technology; History; Geography; Music and English are all linked to the theme. Our curriculum overviews show the way the work is planned around the theme in order that children are immersed in knowledge and skills across the curriculum, transferring skills from one subject to another, making learning more accessible for all learners.
Modern foreign Languages, French, is taught in KS2.
Madame Russell teaches French and originates from Compiegne, France. We are very lucky to have a native French speaker who can give the children a real taste of the language and culture of the country, and who can share her stories about growing up in France with the children so that they gain a real insight into the similarities and differences of our two countries.
Science is taught across KS1 and KS2. It is not taught as part of the curriculum theme, although staff will make links when appropriate.
Science teaching is hands on whenever possible; the children are given opportunities to explore and experience first hand so that learning is multi sensory, linked to the world around them and fun. Investigations are carried out as an essential part of the learning and children are required to make predictions, make observations, make discoveries and draw conclusions from the work they do.
Another essential part of learning in Science here at St Joseph's is to take lessons outside and into our school garden and outdoor classroom. On our field we have a pond; a 'twigloo' (a living willow igloo); raised beds for growing produce; a polytunnel for the propagation of seeds; a bug hotel and extensive grounds in which the children can go exploring. Children use the garden to grow food, which they then eat; to study nature first hand in the pond and in the bug hotel; to observe wildlife including birds and insects and to learn about seasonal changes and the weather.
Our outdoor classroom allows for these activities to take place all year round. The Eco Council are busy collecting ecobricks with which they intend making furniture for the classroom.