Our Curriculum

 

Inspired by Oscar Romero’s words, ‘’aspire not to have more, but to be more”, the school’s direction stems from our mission statement: ‘to come together as Saint Joseph’s family to learn, share our faith and do our best to follow in the footsteps of Jesus’.

 

We aim to provide a Catholic Christian education based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, in which the values of the Gospel underpin all aspects of school life.  We will provide an environment in which the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed; and promote the full potential of each child through our curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth.

 

In designing our curriculum, we have also responded to the call of our Bishop, Bishop John, who asked in his Pastoral Letter to think global and act local with regards to the environment and ‘care for our common home’.

 

At St Joseph’s, our aims are:

– to provide a Catholic Christian education based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, in which the values of the Gospel underpin all aspects of school life;

– to provide an environment in which the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed; and to promote the full potential of each child through a curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth;

– to celebrate a ‘knowledge-engaged’ approach to learning, ensuring essential aspects of subject knowledge are learnt, alongside life-long learning skills to enable children to become resilient and independent learners for the future.

– to provide a curriculum which is enriching and challenging, where children experience the opportunity to learn in a wide range of contexts and aspire to achieve even more.

Our Principles for Learning and Teaching

All children are entitled to develop spiritually, morally and as members of their community and the wider community.

All children are entitled to be engaged in their learning and to be active learners; discovering and finding out.

All children are entitled to understand what they have achieved and know what to do to make progress.
All children are entitled to be independent, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners; raising their own questions.
All children are entitled to time to evaluate and reflect on their learning.
All children are entitled to have their different learning styles recognised.
All children are entitled to teaching that inspires their learning.
All children are entitled to teaching that encourages them to be creative.
All children are entitled to be challenged and enjoy learning, as well as encouraging problem solving.

(Devised and last reviewed June 2019)