St Joseph’s Catholic Primary is a primary school that covers the age-range from 4+ through to 11 when children leave to join their secondary schools and the curriculum in the school is designed to meet the demands of the National Curriculum at every appropriate level:
The children join us in Class R in September on a part time basis; with older children attending a morning session and the younger children in the afternoon. The majority of children will be integrated into school full time by the week preceding the Autumn holiday. However, those older children who are ‘ready may be integrated more quickly and those who need more time, may be asked to maintain a part time table for longer, as appropriate. The Class Teacher, who is assisted by a Classroom Assistant, gently introduces the children to life in a primary school. All parents meet the staff first at a general evening meeting and then individually in their child’s first term.
All classes Y1,2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow the New Curriculum programmes of studies, where the school will be developing its own system of assessment based on age appropriate objectives. With Y 2 and 6 being assessed at the end of each Key Stage using the new SATS format. This includes a new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper in Y2. Throughout the school assessment will be ‘without levels’ in light of government legislation. Assessment will be based on Kent Descriptors and points of progress on Pupil Asset tracking data.
In addition to the National Curriculum subjects, Religious Education is considered a core subject in a Catholic school and is taught throughout the school as a separate subject. The gospel values underpin all aspects of life in school.
French is taught at Key Stage 2.
A sex education policy is available from the school, with specific lessons for Year 6 in the summer term. In the main, the subject is managed through the science curriculum, R.E and PSHE.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN), when they occur, are met in accordance with the school SEN Policy and the Government’s ‘Code of Practice’. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and Teaching Assistants address the needs of these children. Local Authority staff are available to consult, advise and assist with planning. Every SEN pupil at the appropriate Stage of the ‘Code of Practice’ has a Group or Individual Educational Plan agreed with the parents. A Governor has a specific responsibility for Special Needs.
HOMEWORK – Children are given homework, which increases in quantity throughout the school years. Each Class Teacher has his/her own approach to this and will happily explain it to you when your child is due to join that class. It is never expected to be a chore, but to enhance what is done in the classroom and prepare the child for what is expected in the secondary school.
PHONICS – We use the Letters and Sounds programme along with Sounds Write which is a systematic approach to the teaching of Phonics. Children are taught to hear, say, identify and write letters in order to read and spell words. The children learn 4 or 5 letters at a time which enables them to become readers and writers more quickly and confidently. Children are assessed every term in their phonics with work being differentiated to their needs.
READING – We have a colour banded reading scheme in school where the reading material has been levelled according to the ‘book banding’. In KS1 the majority of the books are published by Collins and PM. There are both fiction and non-fiction texts in all levels and within each colour banding there are differing levels of text and comprehension. We encourage children to choose books which interest them as this will further motivate the children to become competent readers.
Within the classroom children are heard read both individually and during guided reading sessions. In guided reading children are grouped according to their ability and will each have the same text. The children will share the text and are taught strategies for deciphering new vocabulary as well as developing their comprehension skills.
All school policies can be accessed through the school web site or downloaded by the office should a hard copy be requested.
An overview of topics being taught in relation to the New National Curriculum are available on the web site. The link below will provide access to the full programmes of study in each subject for Years 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6. The Kelsi site also provides some additional information.