The aim of the curriculum at St. Joseph’s Infant School is to provide pupils with a rich, relevant, broad and balanced education, in line with the National Curriculum, so they experience:-
‘Enjoyment, Opportunity, Learning and Achievement’
From Nursery to Year Two, the teaching staff consider what they want the children to learn, why they are teaching it and carefully consider how to teach and assess it. We focus on skills, enquiry, research and knowledge, making use of a variety of approaches including using drama, computing, real-life experiences and outdoor learning to name a few, all contribute to providing opportunities to achieve outstanding learning, achievement and significant growth in pupils’ knowledge. The school focuses on promoting excellent attitudes to learning through developing Growth Mind-set which focusses on resilience, perseverance, challenge and effort.
The methods and strategies used to teach these skills are left to the discretion of the year group to ensure that learning and teaching remains fresh, focused and inspiring. The National Curriculum provides the statutory content so that the school can ensure progression and coverage across the key stage. Staff work closely to ensure consistency with a focus on key skills. Our aim is to ensure that there is a breadth to learning and that the children enjoy enrichment activities to further their understanding of the world around them. We aim to inspire and ignite a love of independent learning.
Our curriculum vision is:-
- To inspire future leaders, professionals and socially responsible citizens.
- To enable children to be confident and resilient so that they believe in themselves as individuals in a wider society.
- To support the children to develop their skills to become lovers of books and reading and to become life- long learners.
- Through our high expectations we aim to prepare every pupil to become adult contributors to the good of society as a whole
We stimulate learning and provide enrichment through a variety of workshops and special events in school. In 2018/19 this has included:-
African Drumming as part of our learning in Black History Month
Poetry and Poppies day exploring World War Two and Remembrance Day
History Character Day
Junk Orchestra where the children play in an orchestra made from junk materials and then design and make their own ‘junk instruments’ to play in a whole school orchestra
Shakespeare Workshops exploring the Tempest and Midsummers Night Dream
Activ- Story Workshop
Forensic Science exploring ‘crime scene’ and solving the crime
Virtual Reality exploring Space and the life of an Aborigine
Our experienced and committed teachers are passionate about ensuring that each child is happy and has the confidence to complete a range of tasks and challenges. We stimulate curiosity. Children are most receptive when they are happy. Our days are designed to be fun so that lessons are learned intuitively in an atmosphere of excitement and curiosity.