St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

Curriculum Information 

Characteristics of Effective Learning and Using a Growth Mindset!

We actively encourage our community to understand the characteristics of effective learning and how to use a growth-mindset. 

Our creative curriculum is carefully planned into topics which encompass subjects across the whole curriculum. Our aim is to support children's natural curiosity and to stimulate their imaginations.

Teachers use the National Curriculum relevant to each year group to plan.

Regular Maths, Reading, Grammar, Phonics and Writing lessons take place throughout the week.  For teaching Phonics we use Read Write Inc. supplemented with other resources.   We teach joined writing from EYU.

We do not use one particular Reading scheme, but use a range of colour coded reading books supported with real books from our school and class libraries.  We have ERIS (Everyone Reading in School) every day. This reading will take many forms (whole class reading, individual reading, guided reading, shared reading) and is intended to  foster an enjoyment of reading in our pupils. 

Pupils are asked to read at home every day – this can be with someone or independently.  To support parents/carers we have made the bookmarks below with questions you can ask your child to develop their comprehension skills.

Our Maths is taught using the White Rose progression for Maths mastery.  This is supplemented by other resources.  We have an excellent calculation policy (please see below) which clearly sets out the progression of teaching Maths in the school.

We hold a Bronze SportsMark Award for the breadth and depth of our PE teaching.  We believe that activity is essential for learning.  This year, we are delighted to be able to introduce our Daily Mile in addition to our two PE lessons.  Examples of PE lessons offered at our school include rugby, hockey, tennis, football, swimming, cycling proficiency, basketball and table tennis. 

If you need any further information about the school curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher or to the Headteacher.