Leaders and staff work together to ensure that the wider curriculum is broad and interesting for pupils. The school motto ‘to love learning’ underpins and guides curriculum planning. Leaders design opportunities for pupils to learn in interesting ways. (Ofsted, 2021)
KCSP Statement of Curriculum Intent
I have come so that they have life and have it to the full.
Inspired by Jesus'Christ's example and the Gospel Values of love, joy and compassion, we nurture and develop the whole child so that each unique individual grows constantly in confidence, and has the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to achieve their true potential.
All children will access a rich, ambitious, challenging curriculum; one that is broad balanced and relevant, fostering curiosity, creativity and a life-long love of learning. It will prepare them well for each stage of education, employment or training and enable them, as educated citizens, to contribute to creating a better world.
St Joseph's has some mixed age classes and some individual year groups. As our school continues to expand, we must ensure that we are adapting and changing to meet the needs of our children. The curriculum is taught for all Years 1-6. To avoid repetition and ensure progression in key skills the curriculum is taught in a 2 year cycle depending on year groups.
Our curriculum is supported by Cornerstones which is led by Big Ideas covering all aspects of learning. We believe that children deserve a balanced curriculum that enables them to develop a deep understanding of all subjects and the interconnections between them. The rationale for the Cornerstones Curriculum takes the form of 10 big ideas that provide a purpose for the aspects, skills, knowledge and contexts chosen to form the substance of the curriculum. These big ideas form a series of multi-dimensional interconnected threads across the curriculum, allowing children to encounter and revisit their learning through a variety of subject lenses. Over time, these encounters help children to build conceptual frameworks that will enable a better understanding of increasingly sophisticated information and ideas.
· Humankind- Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world
· Nature- Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world
· Processes- Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world
· Place- Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world
· Creativity- Understanding the creative process and how every day and exceptional creativity can shape the world
· Comparison- Understanding how and why things are the same or different
· Investigation- Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world
· Significance- Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world
· Materials- Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living
· Change-Understanding why and how things have changed over time
For example, One ‘big idea’ is ‘Humankind’. See below how this big idea is woven throughout subjects and also revisited and developed upon in different year groups.
Inclusion and diversity
At our school, we believe that the curriculum should positively promote the inclusion of all children and their families and develop respect and tolerance for their own and other cultures.
Throughout the teaching of our curriculum, children are encouraged to talk and work in mixed ability groups as this enables all children to participate in lessons and promotes the inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and children who come from a family where English is an additional or second language (EAL / ESL). Those children who are most able are challenged and supported through appropriate extension activities. This may take the form of further independent embedding of skills or application of skills and knowledge in other subject areas. Where the content of lessons would prove to be too difficult for some children within the setting, teachers differentiate their tasks in order to make learning accessible for all children.
Cornerstones is perfect for developing the EYFS characteristics of effective learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically. The Cornerstones EYFS Curriculum is carefully designed to enable children to practise and master the necessary skills needed to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Each activity that is planned is matched to the EYFS ‘Typical Behaviours’ and the corresponding Early Learning Goals and skills.
For more information please use our EYFS tab.