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St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Hillcrest Road, Dudley

Curriculum Introduction

The Intent of our Curriculum

Our curriculum aims to have nurtured the values of the Catholic School Pupil Profile within all of the children by the time they complete Key Stage 2.

The values of the Catholic Schools Pupil Profile are spiritual, personal and academic values that will prepare children both for the next stage in their education and also for adult life.

As well as nurturing the values of the Catholic School Pupil Profile, our curriculum also meets and exceeds the subject content demands of the National Curriculum for England.

Catholic Schools Pupil Profile

The Implementation of our Curriculum

There is a detailed plan for every subject of the curriculum where each subject is split into curriculum units for each year group.

Units of work are carefully sequenced to ensure they build upon each other to reinforce and extend previous learning. The curriculum for each subject is carefully cross referenced to what has been learnt before and what will be learnt in the future.

The curriculum is also matched to the Catholic Schools Pupil Profile and we make explicit links between the spiritual and academic values and the lesson content.

Within each curriculum unit of work, the lesson content is broken into component chunks that build together towards a composite piece of learning within the subject.

We use a wide range of resources to help us to deliver our curriculum, including published schemes of work where these match our own curriculum plan.

Monitoring the Impact of our Curriculum

School leaders and subject leaders monitor the quality of the provision in every subject throughout the year using a range of monitoring tools.

Subject monitoring includes lesson observations, book scrutiny and pupil interviews. Great care is taken to listen to the views of children so that we can ensure they are engaged and motivated by our curriculum. We are constantly adapting our curriculum to meet the needs of pupils.

Attainment and progress data is collected every term and is carefully analysed to identify any gaps in learning that need reteaching. Data is also carefully analysed to look for trends and address weaknesses where these exist.

School leaders and subject leaders prepare action plans every year to develop and improve the provision for each subject.

Our Teaching and Learning Policy: ‘How We Learn'

We have a simple and consistent approach to teaching and learning throughout the school from Early Years through to Year 6.

As a result of being rooted in the Catholic School Pupil Profile, our teaching and learning approach is a seamless component of the curriculum itself. Children are first taught to use a range of learning skills that are linked to the Catholic School Pupil Profile under the broad disciplines of Remembering, Analysing, Creating, Applying, Evaluating and Understanding. As the children become more experienced they start to choose for themselves the learning skills they will need in different lessons and contexts.

Our approach to teaching and learning is rooted in both Blooms Taxonomy and The Catholic School Pupil Profile.

Curriculum Documents

Skills Progression

Maths Progression Maps

National Curriculum Progression Documents

Phonics and Reading Scheme

We use Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. as our phonics scheme.