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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus


National Curriculum 2014

We plan our curriculum ensuring we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Curriculum. We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full progression in its coverage. We ensure that all children have a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account.


Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Policy


Maths Primary National Curriculum

Parent's guides to Maths Calculations:

Addition and Subtraction

Division and Multiplication

Fractions Calculation


English Primary National Curriculum

Grammar Guides for Parents:

Grammar and Spelling Year 1 & Year 2

Grammar and Spelling Year 3 & Year 4

Grammar and Spelling Year 5 & Year 6


Statutory Framework for EYFS 2017


Reading and Phonics

In KS1 we use Oxford Reading Tree resources and the Letters and Sounds programme for Phonics.

The use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children is strongly recommended by the government. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using phonics, the children learn to read effortlessly so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

The children will work with a trained teacher or teaching assistant. 

Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sounds set (shown further down the page).

Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

 Learning Challenge Curriculum

 Geography, History, Art and Design Technology  are taught through this imaginative curriculum during a Topic Week every half term, which successfully builds on pupils’ skills and knowledge as they move through the school. It meets the needs and interests of all pupils because it is effectively linked to national and local events. Subjects are creatively linked and teachers present exciting activities which fire pupils’ enthusiasm.

The British Values:

Democracy – The Rule of Law – Individual Liberty – Respect and Tolerance

We teach and promote the British Values both through the PSHE curriculum/Living Together sessions and throughout other subject areas. We recognise the need for our children to internalise these values in order to be British citizens who make a positive contribution.


Curriculum Overviews

Reception (YR)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

RE Curriculum

Our school follows the curriculum strategy – Learning and Growing as the People of God - provided by the Archdiocese of Birmingham for teaching RE in a Catholic primary school.

The thematic approach enables RE to be taught through other subject areas as links in learning provide the children with opportunities to make connections. There are also numerous opportunities for extended writing in RE and to enhance RE learning through the use of ICT. 

Please click on the links below to access a sample unit of the syllabus for each class.

In addition to the diocesan strategy, we have a dedicated multi-cultural week which seeks to support the children in learning about other faiths.

Year 1

Year 2


Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

All documents on this page are pdf files.