Curriculum aim & Intent

At St Mary & St Joseph's, our curriculum follows the 2014 National Curriculum. You can read the complete curriculum on the DFE website.

Key learning & skills in core subjects for each year group, are here: Reading | Writing | Maths 

Religious Education is  core subject at our school and we use the Gospel readings from the Bible to reflect on how these teachings can have impact on our lives today. For R.E. lessons we use the programme 'Come & See'. The annual overview can be found on the school website.

For an overview of the curriculum statements for each year group in every subject, look here

Our Curriculum Aim

At St Mary & St Joseph’s, we intend to develop challenging and exciting opportunities and strategies which support and enthuse our children enabling them to grow into independent, reflective, self-regulated learners and leaders who can articulate their knowledge, explain the skills they are learning and can communicate this to others confidently.


Our pedagogical platform is underpinned by the outcomes of extensive research on metacognition as well as the ‘Rosenshine’s Principle’ theory which is divided into four strands: Reviewing material; Questioning; Sequencing concepts & Modelling; Stages of Practice. These strands form the basis of our teaching and learning along with the infusion of elements which form our Catholic identity: our mission statement, our Gospel and school values, our Catholic virtues and encyclical guidance from Pope Francis which guide us on Catholic social teachings and how to be effective leaders in building a kingdom of equality and justice in line with our British values.


Our curriculum content covers the National curriculum.  Within each subject learning for every unit of work develops knowledge and skills as the children progress through the school. 


Impact can be seen by our pupils:
Showing enthusiasm about learning.
Confidently applying their learning knowledge and skills.
Explaining and articulating their learning.
Making links and connection between their learning.
Using different strategies to develop their thinking skills.
Recognising the impact of their roles as leaders.
Making an impact to our school, our community and globally by their decisions and actions.

The impact of our curriculum delivery is measured by

Pre & post topic quizzes
Experiential end of unit activities
Effective monitoring by senior leads and subject leaders.

Our mission statement ‘Do everything with love’ is reflected in everything we do as our pupils learn to ‘think well, speak well and do well’ (St Camillus).

Building close links between home and school is an essential part of child development and enables our children to achieve their full potential. School and class curriculum overviews are updated termly, sent via parentmail and available on class pages for parents to access. We believe that the children should feel happy and safe at school and then they are able to develop a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

When children leave our school at the end of Year Six, we strive for them to be well rounded individuals who have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to succeed in life whilst having experienced an inspiring curriculum which gives them every chance to succeed.

Our Curriculum Enrichment Statement

By the time Y6 children leave our school, we will ensure they will...

- Have learned how to keep themselves safe

- Know that God loves them

- Have experienced what it is like to have a faith

- Know some daily prayers and know how to pray themselves

- Know how to self-regulate in challenging situations

- Have participated in information visits from police and fire service

- Know how to ride a bike, swim, stay safe near water 

- Have experience staying away from home, going on a walk/hike, a picnic, outdoor learning, rock climbing and a farm visit

-Have seen a pantomime, visited a theatre and listened to a musical performance

- Have visited a museum and local historic place

- Have had the opportunity to perform in assembly, a school drama, a musical /singing performance and country dancing

- Understand and know ways to support each other, the community and globally

- Met people of different Faiths and explored different cultures

- Know how to use the local library

- Have met an author and read one of their books