Religious Education, All children
As a Catholic School, we attach the greatest importance to Religious Education in the life of our School. This not only applies to specific R.E. lessons but in the everyday interaction of school life, assemblies, meal times, play times and all the relationships that exist within St. Joseph’s. We try to help children to find a personal faith in God and to enjoy a sense of awe and wonder at His creation. We teach tolerance and respect for other faiths, races and cultures. The Parish Priest takes an active interest in the School and its religious life. Mass and liturgies are celebrated in the School each term. The School celebrates an act of collective worship each day, in class groups or as a whole school.
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE – 3 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE
The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the period of learning for children in Nursery and Reception. The curriculum is presented in a rich, stable, caring and effective environment that enables each child to realise their full potential.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is taught in ways that build on a child’s curiosity and interests, enabling them to learn through planned worthwhile play activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
There are 7 areas of learning and development that comprise the curriculum’s framework; however every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
These are: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
These are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
All 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities and are designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow each child’s unique needs and interests. Although young children do not separate learning into curriculum areas, and every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated and interdependent, the 7 areas form the framework on which the Early Years Foundation Stage is built.
The principles which guide the work of all early years’ practitioners are grouped into four themes:
We provide a full, broad and balanced curriculum based around the a scheme called Cornerstones.
With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government this year (2014-15) we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have implemented the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stage of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Educational Visits are arranged by class teachers in support of various areas of the curriculum. They are an important part of the children’s education. Children in the juniors have the opportunity to make longer journeys which include staying away from home.
We also have a large number of visiting groups coming into the school, including theatre and music groups.
Supporting your child
Parents meet with class teachers early in the academic year to be given an overview of the year and advice and suggestions for supporting children during the year. Additional resources to help support your child at home can be found in the Parents section of the website.
For more information see the class pages in the Children's section of the website to see learning in action.
Improving Mathematics at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
The children will be practising mental maths skills in school and will be tested regularly. But in order to progress quickly and to develop instant recall, your child will need your help.
How to help at home
We would ask that you spend 10 minutes each day practising your child’s passport skills with them. This could be walking to school, in the car, at teatime, before bed – it doesn’t need to be a sit down, formal time. For most of the skills, you could try the same procedures:
Go on Mathletics www.mathletics.co.uk or other number computer games. Mathletics also supports other areas of maths such as shape, space, measure and data handling so please encourage your child to keep using it.
Thank you for all your support.