The St Joseph’s curriculum aims to provide our children not just with the knowledge they need to move confidently and successfully through their education, and to be prepared for later life; we whole heartedly promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development children will need to live happily in our society.
Our curriculum takes into account the needs of different groups, including the most able and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. We provide an inclusive curriculum that offers challenge and success in fair measure to all children.
Teachers are encouraged to innovate in all that they do. Every topic, lesson and objective has its roots with the children for whom it has been planned. Rigorous assessment ensures sustained progress for all.
We have adopted the phrase ‘the romance and the rigour’ of a child’s time at St. Joseph’s. For us the ‘romance’ is the creativity, the awe and wonder, the discussion and enquiry. The ‘rigour’ is reaching the ambition we hold for every single child; our commitment to the highest expectations evidenced in every classroom every day, and expert planning and assessment that ensures learning is deep and secure.
We support creativity with our staff in deciding how to contextualise, extend, deepen and embed the curriculum and learning experience. This gives our children a rich and enjoyable school life, that equips them with both the very best standards on transition to the next stage of their education, and a love of learning that considerably improves their life chances.
“…the mind is a fire to be kindled not a vessel to be filled” Plutarch
They say ‘knowledge is power.’ We recognise that there is a breadth of core knowledge; facts, concepts, principles and fundamental operations which open doors for us all in further education and in future employment.
This knowledge is underpinned by the personal, social and emotional development of every child that not only allows them to learn effectively with us, but equips them to do so well into their futures.
Whilst we follow the guidance of the National Curriculum, this is by no means the totality of our school curriculum. Learning is closely linked to the world the children live in – starting with the community they inhabit in the very heart of London; a city that has been home to some of greatest writers, artists, musicians and architects the world has known. Great artefacts of world history are housed in the museums that surround us. The National Gallery and The British Museum are moments from our school, as are the Royal Courts of Justice and National Archives. All other London museums and resources are within the possibility of an easy day trip. We make regular use of every one of these resources to enliven learning for our children, and kindle those fires!
More than this, our school is also surrounded by universities, the offices of huge multi-national corporations, law firms and the media world. These play a big part in the children’s learning; from debates led by an Economist journalist and writing workshops in boardrooms, to joint choir www.health-canada-pharmacy.com performances with a law firm’s choir; from reading volunteers from some of these organisations to maths clubs mentored by finance directors; children regularly access all levels of the world around them. We hope this stirs a belief among them that they can interact with this world, and the door to it is very much wide open.
As a Catholic School we are led by values of charity, peace and loving our neighbours. We have a very active school council who lead the whole school family in initiatives to improve school life, promote fundraising activities and participate in local debates. The school gives a significant amount of money, raised by the children, to a range of charitable causes each year.
As stewards of God’s creation, the children learn about their role as a global citizen and how they can protect endangered wildlife and environments, tackle climate change and promote sustainable use of resources through the school’s support of the World Wildlife Fund.
St. Joseph’s staff and children have a passion for animals and the protection of endangered species. Each class is named after the animal they have adopted and fundraise for annually. Through their time at St Joseph’s a child will learn about the threats posed to the future of our earth by learning about how this impacts Leopards, Pandas, Tigers, Polar Bears, Dolphins, Rhinos, Elephants and Orangutans (the animals adopted by each class from Nursery to Year 6)
We recognise the compelling body of evidence highlighting the connection between oral development, cognitive development and educational attainment, and therefore oracy is an integral feature of all subjects, and quality discourse is encouraged in all lessons.
Many of our children are rich in language experience in that they speak one or even two languages in addition to English. This skill needs harnessing and in this sense, every single lesson is a literacy lesson; indeed every moment of school life.
This begins with early motivation to communicate and to communicate well, through to being able to listen and respond effectively, being able to present well to others and, crucially, to reason.
Time and room for self-expression are key in lessons such as mathematics, science and literacy but also fundamental for accurate assessment of a child’s understanding throughout the curriculum.
The school premises do have a small footprint but we have the greatest classroom of all: London. Very few topics are taught without being brought to life by children going out and experiencing an aspect of the learning for themselves, or by us welcoming experts into school. Children regularly experience author workshops, classical music performances, meetings with scientists/vetinarians and drama performances bringing to life an element of history or moral dilemma. Numerous outings take place allowing them to experience all of the culture and history on our doorstep.
In addition, sporting, language, drama, art, maths, chess and ICT clubs run outside of school hours. We also have our school council, a school magazine team, book club and budding eco-club which meet during the school day.
For Individual Year Group Curriculum Information plaese visit our Year Group Pages