St Joseph'sCatholic Primary School


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Statement of Intent


At St. Joseph’s we believe the arts are a fundamental part of a rich curriculum and intend to carry on giving children quality experiences in and out of the classroom impacting greatly upon the standards of attainment achieved and helping children to develop as confident, articulate, resilient young people. The arts provide children with the opportunities to develop their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and other important life skills, by allowing them to express themselves in a variety of ways and giving all children their chance to shine.


Over the past few years we have invested in ensuring all children are exposed to a rich and varied range of art experiences as we feel that this is vital to the well-being of our pupils.  The arts provide our children with a variety of engaging and exciting opportunities that enable them to develop positively in their learning, both academically as well as socially, emotionally and culturally.  We aim to ensure all children are resilient, take risks, learn from mistakes and develop passions that they will take with them into adulthood.  It is our intention to continue providing the high quality of arts provision through Cornerstones and Charanga and that our children enjoy and endeavour to make an impact on all children’s learning throughout the curriculum via the arts. 


By using Cornerstones curriculum we can ensure high quality teaching and progression is consistent across the school.

A Forest School has been created within the school grounds giving children the opportunity to build dens, make fires, toast marshmallows, whittle sticks, create art from nature and get to know their peers in different surroundings and under different circumstances.

We intend to celebrate our long-term commitment to cultural education with pupils, parents and the local community.


Our Catholic Social teaching (CST) is rooted in scripture. It is out moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world. These values are at the heart of our science learning, where exploring our values through science will create scientists who have strong morals and a desire to make the world a better place.




Patriki the Penguin

(a big fan of participation)

'Each of us has a part to play, a gift to share, a service to offer, for building up the body of Christ in love'

Pope Francis, June 19, 2013

We have a responsibility to be inclusive so that we allow all people to participate. We listen to others as they speak for themselves, help them to particpate of they need such help and speak-out boldly on their behalf when it is right to do so. This is about Doing-Together, not Doing- To.






Art and DT are embedded through our Cornerstones curriculum topics which offer rich and engaging activities whilst ensuring progression in each year.

Music is taught using Charanga.  Through the Musical School programme the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. The wide range of core resources have been developed specifically to motivate and capture each individual’s personal interest.

The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills.

There are 3 main resource areas: Units of Work, themed Topic songs and activities and instrumental Courses. The Units of Work are the main focal point for the music curriculum whilst the Topics and Courses provide a wealth of extension, enhancement and cross-curricular possibilities and experiences.


As well as our curriculum we also provide extra curricular activities to enhance the provision of the arts:


  • Arts and drama well being club
  • guitar club
  • forest school
  • Young voices
  • Royal Shakespeare Company with Ks2
  • Stem club
  • dress up theme days and weeks
  • House events
  • class show cases
  • Year 6 end of year production


The children have the amazing opportunity to perform live at the O2 with Young voices as well as being able to perform on stage at the Marlowe theatre with the RSC.


We are very fortunate this year to have a STEM ambassador to work alongside Keystage 1 and Keystage 2. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. These four fields share an emphasis on innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking. And together they make up a popular and fast-growing industry. Most STEM workers use computers and other technology in their day-to-day jobs. So we are creating engineers of the future!


Skills progression


At St Joseph's the children's learning is assessed using the skills progression tools on Cornerstones where we are able to individually track each child's personal progress in Art, DT and Music.


Musician of the month!

Follow the link below for further information regarding our enrichment activities!

Progression of Skills in Art and Design

Progression of skills in Design and Technology

The Arts Policy