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At St Joseph’s, we know teaching our children how to write effectively is one of the most important life-long skills we can impart to our children. We teach writing in a number of different ways and are creative and practical in our approach.

What are the characteristics of effective writing?

As learners develop as writers, they demonstrate that they can:


• engage their reader(s)

• adapt their writing to suit the audience and purpose of the piece

• use grammatical and stylistic features to ensure clarity, achieve the

right tone and create particular effects

• use a range of sentence structures

• organise their writing, linking ideas coherently and using

paragraphs effectively

• choose and use appropriate vocabulary

• use punctuation to clarify meaning

• use a range of strategies to enable them to spell correctly

• present their writing appropriately, either by hand or by using

information and communication technology (ICT).


Children at St Joseph’s will receive teaching that includes

the modelling of writing, regular opportunities to develop their skills,

and effective assessment practice that leads our children to understand how best to improve their work.


The really effective writer will reach a stage when the mechanical aspects of writing, such as spelling and punctuation, become second nature to them and they are able to give all their attention to experimenting with language and form to engage and inform their readers.


Alongside Government advice and examples, we have developed a set of non negotiable criteria for each year group. These are continuously used in class and assessments to ensure all our children make good or better progress.

Teaching of Mathematics

At St Joseph’s, we aim to offer the very best provision and teaching of Mathematics possible for all the children in our school. We are aware that Mathematics is a core skill in everyday life so we strive to provide the children with a solid understanding that will benefit them both at secondary school and beyond. St. Joseph’s follows the White Rose Maths scheme. Topics are taught in blocks, with understanding being revisited throughout the year. On occasions teachers may use their professional discretion and target other areas of mathematics.

Curriculum in Early Years

In Reception Class we follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which covers the seven areas of learning:
The prime areas of learning are:
· communication and language
· physical development
· personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
· literacy
· mathematics
· understanding the world
· expressive arts and design

You can access the EYFS Framework by clicking on this link:
Reception Long Term Plan
Curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2
Here at St Joseph’s we follow the statutory 2014 National Curriculum in Years 1-6 (Key Stages 1 and 2) for:
·         English
·         Maths
·         Science
·         Design and Technology
·         History
·         Geography
·         Art and Design
·         Music
·         Physical Education (PE), including swimming
·         Computing 
·         Spanish (KS2) 

 You can access the programmes of study for these subjects for both key stages by clicking on this link:
RE Curriculum

RE is taught across the whole school following the scheme ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’. Pupils are taught a different unit of work per half term (as referenced on the year group long term plans). Teaching about other faiths is covered within this scheme of work but in addition pupils are taught discretely about Judaism for a week in the Autumn Term each year and then about another major faith for a week during Spring Term.
Further information about our RE scheme can be found by clicking on this link
The Teaching of Reading

Phonics is systematically taught daily throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. Pupils who continue to need phonics teaching in Key Stage 2 receive this as necessary.