At St Joseph’s Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum, St Joseph’s remains committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including sporting clubs and a modern foreign language club. These change regularly, in response to the children’s requests
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
We value high quality learning for all our children and routinely monitor teaching & learning across the school. We also monitor progress for all learners and staff continually assess to ensure learning is taking place and progress is made. There are formal periods of assessment which monitors pupils progress and at the same time informing and directing future teaching and learning.
We offer the following support for SEND children:
Each child’s teacher will be finding ways to support them such as:
- Changing the way activities are planned and delivered
- Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
- Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
- Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Support Plan or Education Help Care Plan
With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:
- Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
- Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child
- Suggest resources that would help the child make progress
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.
To view an overview of our topic and curriculum coverage click the year group links below. We sometimes use the themes of our topics to provide the platform on which we base our English curriculum; however we teach some genres in English as separate units, following the requirements of the National Curriculum. As our classes are mixed age we ensure the curriculum is covered over a two-year cycle.
Reading and Phonics
At St. Joseph’s we teach phonics and high frequency words in a multi-sensory way following Letters and Sounds. We use materials from a range of publishers, including Jolly Phonics and Read Write Ink. To aid teaching we include interactive games and physical activities in the learning process.
The children are encouraged and helped to read books that are appropriate for their level. Our reading library is cataloged and differentiated using the Accelerated Reader scheme. This is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.
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