Curriculum

The curriculum at St John's is based on a clear set of aims, which reflect our educational philosophy and address the requirements of the National Curriculum.  Below is information about our curriculum.  If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, please contact the school.

To ensure effective learning, our curriculum;

  • is broad, balanced, flexible and progressive
  • provides equal access and opportunity for all pupils
  • is challenging and has high expectations, which support pupils to achieve their potential
  • is based on principles of active learning that include practical, creative, problem solving and listening skills
  • is enjoyable, stimulating, varied and purposeful and includes visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (movement/action) elements
  • teaches 'key skills' and 'thinking skills' in order to promote independence and responsibility
  • provides time to think, reflect, evaluate and consolidate learning
  • is based on a reflective partnership between teachers and pupils with regular, planned opportunities for feedback, consultation and evaluation
  • fosters pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and in particular, develops principles for distinguishing between right and wrong
  • fosters social skills, emotional maturity and respect for others by providing opportunities for cooperation, communication and sharing
  • provides cross-curricular links that relate to and have connections with real-life situations and experiences
  • values children's existing knowledge and their experiences beyond school
  • promotes a partnership between home and school and gives pupils a sense of involvement in the wider community
  • celebrates success and effort, recognising individuality in order to build confidence and self-esteem in children.

We run a number of cross-school projects, theme days and focus theme weeks, which in recent years have included;

  • Magic Week
  • Faith Week
  • World Book Day
  • Author or story days
  • Environment Week
  • Sports Week

Visitors to the school and educational visits play an important part in our exciting curriculm.  This includes a 3 day residential trip for children in year 4.

Music

Music is very important to our school; we enjoy singing together as a whole school. Children have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, as a class, at no extra cost to parents.

Peripatetic Music Lessons are also available in various instruments, at an additional cost to parents.

Although we have had to adjust our music provision during the pandemic for health and safety reasons, we have endeavoured to keep music at the heart of school life.  When we haven't been able to do whole school singing in the normal way, we have found alternatives, such as classed based singing or singing out in the playground.

Schemes

St John's uses the following schemes in Key Stage 1:

  • Phonics - Read, Write Inc.
  • Spelling - Spelling Shed
  • Reading - Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Rapid Reading
  • Maths - White Rose Maths, TT Rockstars
  • PSHE - Jigsaw

St John's uses the following schemes in Key Stage 2:

  • Reading - Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Rapid Reading
  • Spelling - Spelling Shed
  • Maths - White Rose Maths, TT Rockstars
  • PSHE - Jigsaw

English Guidance

Words to Read and Spell