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The Curriculum at St Joseph's

Teaching and Learning Policy

Our Curriculum

St Joseph’s offers a broad and balanced curriculum which is in keeping with the National Curriculum and the Catholic nature of the school. Subjects are taught according to the National Curriculum programmes of study and Key Skills. Work is organised on a cross-curricular and thematic basis in all Key Stages in our school, from Nursery and Reception through to Year 6.


 In order to plan effective and progressive lessons, the school uses the Lancashire schemes of work for English and Maths.


Religious Education

As a Catholic School, we promote and teach the doctrine and philosophy of the Catholic Church. This will include participating in class/whole school worship each day and also attending school Masses.

 We follow the `The Way, The Truth and The Life’, 'scheme of work. Through this we strive to ensure that the Christian values show themselves not only in the R.E. lessons but at all times.


Parents who wish their children to be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation follow a programme prepared by the parish.


Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship and Sex Education.


Human Relationships and Sex Education is integrated into the curriculum in such a way as to meet the needs of the children as they grow and develop. If children are to develop a healthy attitude towards relationships, sex education need to be integrated into the rest of their learning. Our teachers are prepared and ready to answer specific questions which will arise from their work. Parents views will also be taken into account where possible if such a situation occurs. Separate lessons for sex education will not be the norm and parents are ways informed prior to learning taking place .


The National Curriculum

All pupils follow lessons in:






Design and Technology




Art and Design

Physical Education

Foreign Languages – French (Key Stage 2)

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