Our Curriculum

At St Joseph’s, we pride ourselves in the high standards of achievement of all our pupils. We believe in offering a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the individual learning styles of all. We firmly believe that without enjoyment you cannot have excellence; so we strive to deliver a curriculum which allows for natural creativity and innovation.

Parents and carers are regularly informed of our curriculum though curriculum meetings at the start of each academic year, newsletters, and curriculum frameworks sent via Parentmail at the start of each term.  If you would like to find out more find out more about the curriculum your child is following or you are a prospective parent, please do not hesitate to contact the school and one of our senior leaders will e happy to discuss this with you


The school teaches the curriculum through both subjects and cross-curricular work. The national ‘Come and See’ scheme is used in RE. The school uses ‘Power of Reading’ scheme of work for Literacy. We use ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme of work for Maths. Computing uses ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work whilst Music uses ‘Charanga’ scheme of work.

What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?

The majority of Foundation Subjects ( History, Geography, Science, Art and DT) follow the  ‘Cornerstones’ scheme of work which teaches the National Curriculum Programme of Study.

The Cornerstones Curriculum, formally known as Curriculum 22, is a concept-led primary curriculum informed by the latest evidence from cognitive science and the requirements of the Education inspection framework (Ofsted, updated 2022). The curriculum provides everything the Federated Schools of St Joseph’s Catholic Infant and Junior Schools need to build a robust yet bespoke curriculum that meets the needs of our school.

The Federated Schools of St Joseph’s Catholic Infant and Junior Schools use the framework from the Cornerstones curriculum to support our planning from Nursery to Year 6 in the subjects of history, geography, science, design and technology, and art and design.

This curriculum helps us to meet the requirements set out in the National Curriculum and Ofsted Inspection Framework, enabling children to build knowledge and understanding over time, while offering rich, broad and engaging content.

Due to the nature of the National Curriculum we do not plan to teach every subject every week, but have devised an overall plan that ensures the delivery of the whole curriculum during the four years that the children are with us.

The school is 1 and a half form entry, with a mixture of whole year group classes and mixed aged. Each term the three teachers of each phase work together to identify the learning objectives to be covered during that term. These learning objectives are taken from the school’s scheme of work for each of the National Curriculum subjects. Each teacher then plans the activities required to teach those objectives and decides when to teach them to their class. This means that all the children in a year group will be taught the same skills and knowledge, but not necessarily in the same way nor at the same time. Children will be assessed on a regular basis.

Children with learning difficulties are supported as both individuals and in small groups through targeted intervention programmes in and out of class.

Curriculum Framework- Years 3 & 4

Curriculum Framework – Years 5 & 6