At St Joseph's, the curriculum is designed so that our pupils strive to be successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.


Here at Our Lady and St Joseph, Brooms Catholic Primary School we are committed to providing pupils with a curriculum that prepares them for the future, inspires and motivates as well as building perseverance and resilience. 

We strive to offer stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Christian values at the heart of all we do. To find out more about the School Curriculum please contact the school office.

Our Curriculum is Designed to Ensure Pupils:

Support all members of the school community in discovering and developing their special talents and gifts.

Learn and be nurtured in a warm, supportive and inclusive school, where the aspirations, access and attainment of all learners is the key to success.

Pupils develop positive relationships with one another, recognise their place within the school and wider community and the Parish.

Curriculum Statement




Curriculum Subjects Statements


We believe that art is a vital part of children’s education.


We develop children’s character through the taught Behaviour curriculum.


We view mathematics as essential to everyday life.


We aim to equip children to participate in a changing world

Design Technology

We prepare children to deal with tomorrow’s world.


We ensure pupils are able to communicate their knowledge. Please see your child’s class page for further information about the English text they are currently studying


We believe that a quality music curriculum should engage and inspire our children to develop a love of music and offer them the opportunity to become musicians


We aim to inspire pupil curiosity about their world.


We aim to develop a child’s curiosity about the past.


Necessary for a member of a multi-cultural society


We aim to develop the knowledge, fundamental movement skills and capabilities.


We aim to give all children a strong understanding
of the world around them.


We aim to give all children a strong understanding
of the world around them.

Curriculum Content

Document Name
EYFS Long Term Plan 2023-2024View
Long Term Plan KS1 (YR 1-2) 2023-2024View
Long Term Plan KS2 – Class 2 (YR3-4) 2023-2024 (Cycle A)View
Long Term Plan KS2 – Class 3 (YR5-6) 2023-2024View


Tips for Reading with your children at home

1. Encourage your child to read

Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.

2. Read aloud regularly

Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.

3. Encourage reading choice

Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time – it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.

4. Read together

Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.

5. Create a comfortable environment

Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently – or together.

6. Make use of your local library

Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.

7. Talk about books

This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.

8. Bring reading to life

You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.

9. Make reading active

Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.

10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them

You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.

Visit to see His Holiness the Pope

Mrs Cruise was fortunate enough to get these special items blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis on her recent visit to Rome. She kindly gifted a set of blessed rosary beads to each child. What a special gift for our children and an amazing experience for Mrs Cruise

Ash Wednesday

Masses for Ash Wednesday – 14 February 2024 St Mary’s, Blackhill – 10am St Pius, Moorside – 10am St Patrick’s, Consett – 12noon Our Lady and St Joseph, Brooms – 7pm


The children and staff have had a wonderful time and are back home safely. Thank you to the staff at Dukeshouse Wood for making their visit so enjoyable and memorable. The children have had a wonderful time participating in all activities.


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