Curriculum Milestones and Essentials
At St Joseph’s, we are proud of our creative curriculum which provides a rich and exciting stimulus where high quality opportunities take into account the interests and experiences of our children. Through personalised learning within a safe and happy environment, each child can develop their skills and celebrate their talents. We ensure that we teach a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and treat all subjects as equally important. We follow the essential milestones for each subject which ensures excellent subject coverage and progression for a full spectrum curriculum.
The curriculum essentials for each subject are available below:
Early Years Foundation Stage
Religious Education (RE) Curriculum
At St Joseph’s, our approach to writing is to have a rich stimulus at the core of learning giving the children an exciting reason to write. To develop the children’s ability to write, we provide experiences such as drama, hot seating, and workshops so that the children have made meaningful connections and have a real purpose to write. Our teachers aim to embed essential spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons within a meaningful context also linked to the stimulus.
Tracking Progress in English (Reading, Writing and Communication)
- Year 1 – Reading, Spoken Language
- Year 1 – Writing
- Year 2 – Reading, Spoken Language
- Year 2 – Writing
- Year 3 – Reading & Spoken Language
- Year 3 – Writing
- Year 4 – Reading, Spoken Language
- Year 4 – Writing
- Year 5 – Reading, Spoken Language
- Year 5 – Writing
- Year 6 – Reading, Spoken Language
- Year 6 Poster – Writing
At St Joseph’s we aim to develop the children’s confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding of maths by making real links to maths within the children’s experiences, their futures and the world itself. We want children to love maths and see the relevance of maths so that it doesn’t feel like a stand alone subject. As a result, teachers provide opportunities for the children to apply maths across the curriculum in addition to daily maths lessons.
We also encourage the children to use practical equipment, moving to pictorial and then abstract to develop a deeper understanding of maths. Children have a range of resources in their classroom to choose freely to support their problem solving.
We also like our maths lessons to be active, so we include Burn2Learn opportunities on a weekly basis to get the children up and active whilst learning and having fun.
Tracking Progress in Maths:
We use Target Tracker to record the progress of each child in maths. See the band posters for each year group below:
At Joseph’s, all our children from FS2 to Y6 have access to a maths learning platform called Mathletics. This can be accessed both in school and at home to support each child to develop confidence, knowledge and understanding in maths through personalised learning which is engaging to each age group and every child’s ability. Mathletics encourages a growth mindset in maths too which compliments our whole school approach to growth mindset. Our children complete a range of homework tasks using Mathletics as well as additional tasks which they can choose to access, and we see an increasing number of children sharing certificates in our weekly Golden Book achievement celebration.
In addition to the children’s certificates which they earn individually for completing their tasks, we also nominate one child per week in school to be the Super Mathlete of the week; this is a really special trophy to receive as it acknowledges the child’s effort and attitude to maths rather than their attainment.
Parents and carers are an important part of the learning process. If you need any support or further information, please see the useful links section below.
Useful Links for Parents:
- A Mathletics Helpful User Guide
- To logon to Mathletics, you can use the following link : http://uk.mathletics.com/
- For general Mathletics help: http://uk.mathletics.com/home/help
Art and Design Curriculum
In art, learning is driven by the chance to be creative, to learn new skills and to deepen understanding of different artistic techniques. Art activities provide pupils with the opportunity to be creative, to express individualism and to show flare, imagination and originality. Our art lessons are linked to our topic work and this includes giving the children the opportunity to study great artists, designers and architects and to express their views and opinions of their work.
Tracking Progress in Art and Design:
The way children express their artistic style is very unique and individual and all art can be appreciated. However, it is important that we assess the children’s understanding of, and their ability to use, the different artistic skill and techniques taught, therefore we assess the children’s knowledge and understanding every half term.
Art can be appreciated outside of the school gates too, take a look at the links below about local art galleries. There is also a link to a great website that provides fun and exciting art activities for you to do at home:
Useful Links for Parents:
Deign and Technology is a hands on, practical subject, that gives the children the opportunity to learn life long skills that can be applied to create purposeful and individual products. Design and Technology learning enables children to plan out their ideas, put them into action and then reflect on their results. During this process the children are challenged to solve their own problems, adapt ideas and learn from their previous attempts. During Design and Technology lessons children are able to apply other areas of learning such as Maths, Science, Art and Computing, to create a variety of products with different purposes.
Tracking Progress in Design and Technology
Design and Technology is a broad subject that gives the children the opportunity to learn and build on skills such as sowing, cooking, woodwork and electronics. It is important that we assess the children’s understanding and application of skills in these areas. To do this class teachers assess children’s DT learning every term and use this to plan next steps in learning.
Tips and Links for Parents
Design and Technology is all around us and it is important the children understand its real life purpose. This can be embedded at home through the following activities:
- Cooking with your child at home on a weekend or in the school holidays.
- Discussing different buildings/ structures and the materials that they are made with.
- Encouraging your children to consider how their clothes are made and the materials that they are made from and why.
You may also find the following link helpful if you would like to do some practical Design and Technology at home:
Modern Foreign Language Curriculum
Modern foreign languages are part of our curriculum and we teach French and German so that the children experience more than one language across their languages journey in KS2. The children enjoy learning different words, phrases and songs to support their understanding. We aim to make children confident to speak in other languages whilst motivating and inspiring them to understand the culture of other countries too. See milestones for specific detail about the essential characteristics of linguists which we work to achieve.
Some pupils comments about their learning in MFL:
- “I enjoy different activities in MFL and the experience of learning a new language.”
- “I like being challenged.”
- “You can find out more about what other people speak like and their countries.”
Tracking Progress in MFL
MFL is tracker via tracker forms completed by class teachers and Mrs Lowe, our MFL teacher. These are then put on to Target Tracker at the end of the year.
Physical Education Curriculum
At St Joseph’s we want the children to be ambitious about what they can achieve in PE, so we aim to develop the children’s confidence, knowledge, passion and skills. We want the children to develop a love of sports and exercise, whilst learning vital life skills that they will take with them throughout their school lives and beyond. We encourage our pupils to live healthy lifestyles and to participate in exercise daily. Teachers provide opportunities for plenty of skill based learning and then applying these to a range of sports. The children all access 2 PE lessons per week. We are work alongside our experienced PE Partner coach, Mr Cooper, for one of the lessons; the other lesson is taught by the class teachers. As well as developing skills and a love of exercise, we ensure we teach the children other skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork and tactics so that they get a broad and balanced PE curriculum.
Tracking Progress in PE
We use Tracker forms, filled in every half term, to track the children’s progress. We also have PE partner track the progress of each pupil and input the data online from Nursery to Year 6 every term. Both of these judgements together are used to create an overall judgement.
At St Joseph’s, we strive to ensure the children get a wide range of experiences. With this, we ensure the children, of all ages, are engaged in a variety of different sports and competitions throughout their school lives. We have taken part in a variety of sports competitions such as swimming, basketball, football and netball. As well as competition, we aim to engage the children in a variety of sports that perhaps they wouldn’t get to try anywhere else. Some of these include fencing, cheerleading and judo. All of these experiences shape our children and teach them a new set of skills, as well as potentially sparking an interest in something new.