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St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

Inspired by Christ, Working Together, Achieving Our Best

Our SMART Curriculum

St Joseph's Overall Curriculum Intent

We are inspired by St Joseph the worker who dedicated his life to Christ.  We deliver a bespoke, rich and broad curriculum that develops children’s knowledge, skills and talents for now, for the future and to make the world an even better place.  We embrace a lifelong journey where everyone is equally valued and equipped to be creative and discover new learning.  Learners develop the skills to work both independently and collaboratively, be determined, curious, and memorise important facts.

Our Curriculum is SMART

S – Skill-based

M – Memorable (long term)

A - Accessible

R – Relevant

T – Transferable


We develop lifelong learning behaviours across all aspects of school:

•            Independent Iguana

•            Determined Donkey

•            Curious Crocodile

•            Resilient Rhinoceros

•            Team Working Tiger

•            Memorising Monkey

•            Listening Leopard


We follow the National Curriculum and ensure that at every level, in all our work and through all aspects of the school community and its life, everyone will be treated equally, reflecting the Equality Act 2010 and that the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations are complied with, making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs. We will not discriminate against the protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.


In order to promote diversity and equality for all, we embed the teaching of equality and British Values through our curriculum.


If you have any questions about our curriculum, please do not hesitate in contacting us via the school office.



We have seven classes which are organised into four phases:  Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1), Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) and Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2)



Early Years Foundation Stage



Key Stage 1

Year 1 and Year 2

Lower KS2 (LKS2)

Lower Key Stage 2

Year 3 and Year 4

Upper KS2 (UKS2)

Upper Key Stage 2

Year 5 and Year 6


Monitoring Progress

Using Target Tracker, we monitor essential skills and expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.