Our Curriculum

As God’s family, we are growing in love and faith,
becoming the best that we can be.


Our Intent


Inspired by our role model, Jesus Christ, our curriculum first, and foremost, aims to develop all our children so that they are able to, ‘have life and have it to the full’. (John 10:10). Therefore, we see each individual as a child of God, made in His image and likeness and, therefore, deserving only of the very best.


We endeavour to enable all our pupils to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to enable them to thrive. We believe access to a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum is the right of all pupils.


We want to develop  children who care about their role as part of a family, community and the wider world, encouraging them to feel part of, and to contribute positively, to fundamental British values.


We strive to provide  a curriculum that is literacy  and language rich, this is a must for our school if we are to open doors for the children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and spoken skills and use quality texts to do this. Reading is at the heart of our school and central to the children’s learning.


We want to develop future change makers who believe that all is achievable through hard work, dedication and determination,  creating individuals who collaborate and co-operate and can solve problems seeing failure as an opportunity to learn.


We believe every child should be given the opportunity to create, compose, perform, visit, experience, participate, know, understand and review as part of a cultural and creative curriculum.


To summarise, we offer a broad curriculum that has a clear intent for each subject area. This clearly informs our planning, teaching, learning and assessment. Our curriculum is rooted in the needs of the community at St Joseph’s in order that each individual is valued as a unique part of God’s family. Our aim is to uncover and grow to fruition the unique God-given gift that each individual bears.


Continuing development:

  • To ensure that core Gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching are explicitly  interwoven into  our curriculum.
  • We are working towards a ‘Knowledge Rich Curriculum’ where children acquire a depth of knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Continued reflection and review – is the curriculum doing what we want it to do?

Progression across the school


At St Joseph’s we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.