St Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy



At St Joseph’s, with God’s guidance, we love, learn, respect and forgive. 

Curriculum Statement

The whole curriculum is everything which the child experiences during his/her time in school. It includes those aspects which are difficult to quantify; play, assemblies, social relationships, happy working atmosphere as well as the teaching and learning situations in class time.


In this school we aim to encourage the development of the whole person. We seek to make the curriculum appropriate to the child's interest and aspirations. We recognise the individual needs and abilities of each learner and we strive to support the development of intellectual, emotional, cultural, moral, spiritual, physical and social qualities.

Our school whilst delivering the statutory content of the National Curriculum, places a very creative thematic approach to learning. Our school Curriculum is challenging, exciting and enriching and has been designed to inspire and motivate all our pupils regardless of background or ability.


Our curriculum has been developed to create children who:

  • Are inspired learners.
  • Are good citizens.
  • Are independent thinkers.
  • Have enquiring minds.
  • Are great friends.


This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn. These aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.

At St Joseph’s we use a range of resources to deliver an exciting and successful learning programme for our pupils. These include “Read, Write, Inc”. for phonics, “The Oxford Reading Tree” reading scheme and The Wordsmith scheme, The White Rose scheme for Maths and “Come and See” for Religious Education. 


Read Write Inc.

Our school uses Read Write Inc. Phonics for our children in EYFS to Year 2 and for our children in Years 3 and 4 who need to catch up.

The four Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests. They show teachers, teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK's primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that in order for a school to be successful, every headteacher needs to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.

For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: (external link).



Curriculum Enhancement


The curriculum is enhanced by using visits and speakers whenever possible. Each year there is the opportunity for all children to enjoy a theatre experience and there are various sporting events which they attend. We endeavour to make as many links with the other schools in the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi Academy Trust as possible through a variety of curriculum opportunities.


There are opportunities for the children to take responsibilities within their class and the whole school. Children have opportunities to be School Councillors, Young Leaders and School Chaplains.