St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

Curriculum Information

With the new OFSTED framework, we have an extremely exciting opportunity to build an Inspiring curriculum that is broad, relevant to our school context and exciting for our pupils.  Using Mary Myatt’s book – ‘Gallimaufry to Coherence’ – to underpin our school mission, we are designing a curriculum with a clear intent, consistent implementation and regular review of impact – with a very clear focus on progression.  We need to identify the key knowledge and vocabulary that will help build this learning.


Offering Challenge

Our curriculum is based on a mastery approach in all areas and we will be working to provide challenge to all pupils, ensuring that the curriculum meets individual needs and extends those who excel in that subject area – this includes all areas of the curriculum whether it is Woodwork, Maths, Writing or Chess.

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.  At the start of the year we spend a week learning about our brains and how to approach learning.  This is closely linked with our Feedback Policy.  We have used Shirley Clarke’s work with John Hattie on feedback (Visible Learning, 2018) to support our understanding of how children learn best. 

The Learning Champions have drawn up a charter with their classes to set out what inspirational learning in our school looks like. This is displayed in every classroom and referred to when teaching.  Our Charter Champion Awards are linked to pupils demonstrating the Charter in their learning.

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. EYU, Year 1 and 2 (Primary 1) plan together and Years 3,4,5 and 6 (Primary 2) plan together.

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.  Our Writing joined letter formation can be found in the document below.  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 Gold 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. 

We hold regular open classrooms to invite families in to share their children’s learning.

Please click on the relevant class page on this website to see each year group’s curriculum information for the term.

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