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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Trust

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Curriculum Overview

At St Joseph's RC Primary School we follow the National Curriculum as set out by the Department for Education. This means we  provide teaching and learning in the following curriculum areas:





·Art and design




·Design and technology


·Physical education

·Religious education

·Foreign languages (KS2)


All children at St Joseph's will be taught lessons in the subjects above whilst in school.


At St Joseph's R.C. Primary School, we give all our pupils full access to the National Curriculum and we aim to ensure that all pupils achieve the highest academic and personal standards of which they are capable by providing them with challenges and the life skills that they need in order to take their place in society. We want all our pupils to succeed.


We see the development of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing as central to our curriculum work, balanced with the humanities and expressive arts. A range of planned extra-curricular activities will enrich the experiences of the children.


We strive to provide a curriculum that all pupils will find enjoyable with them understanding the relevance of their lessons. This can only be achieved by using the experience, enthusiasm and specialism of individual teachers who provide interesting, relevant, purposeful and differentiated lessons based on real-life experiences, wherever possible, in a structured well-ordered classroom environment.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage we follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate understanding through the seven areas of the EYFS curriculum:


• Personal, Social and Emotional Development

• Physical Development

• Communication and Language

• Literacy

• Mathematics

• Understanding the World

• Expressive Arts and Design

SEND Learners 


 Legislation states that a child with SEN/D “has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age”.

At St. Joseph's we strongly believe that a child with SEND should have their needs met, normally in the mainstream classroom through Quality First Teaching.

We believe partnership between parents and the school; together with the expertise from support agencies should combine to ensure every child attains their full potential.

The school follows a graduated approach to identification and support following procedures which are in line with the Revised Code of Practice. The stages of intervention are:


  • Assess

  • Plan

  • Do

  • Review


We aim to enhance SEND pupil's knowledge through:

  • role play and drama including interactive workshops and hot seating 

  • educational visits

  • workshops 

  • debates and discussions

  • cross-curricular links and projects where possible, including challenge events and competitions

  • careful planned use of visual stimuli like story boards, photographs, story boxes and bags, games and artefacts.

  • use of IT and audio visual resources

  • structured use of talk partners (think, pair, share)

  • use of differentiated tasks, audio visual resources, IT to plan appropriately for those with Special Educational Needs.




More Able Learners


Our ‘more able learners’ are identified as performing significantly above their expected points target trajectory.

Opportunities to challenge more able learners are offered in a number of ways:

  • Differentiated lessons

  • Extra-curricular activities 

  • Educational opportunities, visits and trips.


Within  lessons, more able children are extended and are challenged to develop their deeper thinking, for example, through open ended questions and challenge/extension activities.

Opportunities will provide pupils to tackle more complex issues and a wider range of resources. Participation in a variety of educational visits and workshops also ensures that more able children have opportunities to continue to inspire and motivate them.



If you would like further information regarding our school curriculum, then please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher for further information. 



St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Trust

The Broadway, Barking. IG11 7AR