Reception - Year 6

Early Years: Reception-2

On any given day you will see children engaged in learning and play - listening, creating, writing, singing, watching, dancing, concentrating.

You will see our students publish their own books, put on plays and be involved in imaginative play and physical activities while building the educational foundation that will prepare them for the rest of their lives. We take a child-focused approach where the child feels safe and calm which fosters a sense of belonging.

Primary Years: 3-4

When you walk through the Primary Years classrooms you will experience amazing learning places rarely seen at other schools.

There is a calmness as students work in small groups with close teacher assistance to develop their thinking skills and problem solving.

Our aim for students in the Primary Years is to enjoy learning and develop them as independent, cooperative learners. We encourage each child to take risks, show initiative and learn to take more responsibility for their behaviour.

Our children learn skills to get along with others and form happy and positive relationships with their peers and staff. They will be supported in a nurturing, safe and fun environment where each person is valued and respected.

Staff will endeavour to further develop the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of a child to prepare them for the next phase of their learning and development.

Middle Years: 5- 6

This is an important time for self-discovery.

We are nurturing young adolescents who are quickly developing physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually. Our aim is to help each student achieve their full potential.

The curriculum covers the core learning areas but also encourages:

  • cooperative learning
  • thinking and problem solving skills
  • leadership and social skills
  • environmental awareness
  • technology

Middle Years students learn best when they are engaged with the subject matter through experiences such as role playing, simulations, teamwork and exploration outside the classroom. Dynamic discussions are designed to relate to issues and ideas we know Middle Years students are thinking about.

Our goal is to develop the skills for critical thinking and understanding that come from interacting with new information.

Hear from some of the Year 5 and 6 students; including their thoughts about St Joseph's and future aspirations.

Year 5 & 6 Aspirations