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About Us

Please use the about us section to find out important information about our school. Both parents / carers and visitors will find this section useful.

Visitors are welcome to contact the school, (using the 'contact us' information on the home page,) for further details regarding any information on this page. 



Early Years statutory framework

National Curriculum Document       Parents Guide to National Curriculum

At St. Joseph's Halifax, Reception pupils follow the Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage

In Years One to Six, all pupils follow the National Curriculum, that includes the following subjects; Religious Education, English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, Music, PE, History, Geography, Art and Design and PHSCE (Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education) including Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

All subjects are taught through a Creative Curriculum where ever possible, however, we teach Core Subjects discretely. This enables us to make learning exciting and engaging for all our pupils.

We use 'The Way, The Truth and The Life' scheme to support Religious Education teaching. In addition, we make full use of our links with the local parish church, St. Bernard's and our parish priest Fr Bob, to support our teaching of the Catholic Faith. We use varied resources to teach about other faiths, and where possible invite visitors into school, or take opportunities to visit other places of worship to deepen our understanding of this area.


English learning includes; Speaking & Listening, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, as well as Writing.  You may see these aspects of the English Curriculum being taught discretely or alongside Science, Topic or other subjects, dependent on the content and natural links. 


We follow the White Rose Maths Hub for much of our Mathematics (Maths) work, but not exclusively. Where other schemes or ideas and concepts support individual or groups of pupils, these will also be used. Problem solving, Reasoning and Fluency form much of our maths curriculum


Please speak to your child's class teacher for further details about the content of each subject. Please look on each year groups page and at the half termly overviews, to see (in more detail) what is being learned each half term.

Twice a year, parents have the opportunity to meet with their child's class teacher and discuss the progress they are making (Consultation Meetings). Twice a year, parents will receive a written report on progress and attainment. You will be told whether your child is meeting Age Related Expectations and what the school is doing to ensure continued progress for your child.


In all curriculum areas we aim to encourage a thirst for learning through exciting and engaging themes and topics that include opportunities to learn in the real world - beyond the classroom, through school visits and residential trips, where possible in KS2. 


Further evidence of our exciting curriculum can be seen in the galleries in each year groups page and through Year Group Blogs via See Saw. 

 Early Years Cluster Agreed Practice Booklet.pdfDownload
 British Values Statement.docDownload
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