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How Children are taught

At Saint Joseph’s, our teachers plan, teach and assess to a high standard and ensure that all children make progress commensurate with their ability. We aim to provide the best and most appropriate learning and teaching for all children, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment or background. Children with additional learning needs are well supported and each class has a highly trained Teaching Assistant or Nursery Nurse who works with the classteacher to support the children’s learning across the curriculum.

Each term we monitor the progress of each child and target additional support where necessary. For example this may be for EAL support; additional maths, phonics or reading support; specific programmes for children with Special Educational Needs or for Gifted and Talented children.

We believe in developing cross-curricular links wherever possible and enriching the learning with the use of resources, visits and visitors. Our proximity to London Bridge and good transport systems allows us to take advantage of places such as the Museum of London, British Museum, Natural History and Science museums, Operating Theatre Museum, assorted concert venues, Surrey Docks Farm, London Zoo and Tate Gallery. Children have also been to the sea-side (Shoeburyness)  as well as Aylesford Priory and to see a performance of The Life of Christ in Wintershall.

Visiting specialists are a vital part of our curriculum delivery. Children benefit from the expertise of  music, art, sports and literacy specialists. We have had opportunities to perform or exhibit at prestigious London venues including the Royal Festival Hall and City Hall.