Curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage.

Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online.

All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.

The national curriculum in England

Aims

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Further details can be accessed by following the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4/the-national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4

The curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects, at all key stages.

All maintained schools in England must be teaching these programmes of study from September 2014, with the following exceptions:

  • in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, all maintained schools in England must teach pupils in years 2 and 6 the pre-2014 programmes of study in English, mathematics and science
  • these pupils will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests respectively
  • new tests will be available from 2016

End of Year Expectations

Letter to Parents download

Year 1 download
Year 2 download
Year 3 download
Year 4 download
Year 5 download
Year 6 download

St Joseph’s Curriculum

Details of St Joseph’s curriculum is outlined below: