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‘I like being at St. John’s as we have the best teachers. They teach us new things and make lessons fun’– Aoife , Year 5

Find information about what is taught in each subject across school below. 

Should you require additional information, please speak directly to your child's class teacher or to Mrs Howley (Curriculum Leader.) 

Curriculum Intent Statement

At St.John’s CE Primary School, we aim to make every day full of wonder, excitement, challenge and fun, equipping today’s children for tomorrow’s world.

 

The aim of the curriculum at St. John’s CE Primary is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding alongside physical development, well-being and mental health. The school provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education and pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential.

 

The school’s curriculum development is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. The children's own community, its heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and providing a purpose and relevance for learning.

 

Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. Our approach to ‘Learning to Learn’ and use of ‘The Learning Pit’ creates independent learners and opportunities for children to work in teams and develop social skills both indoors and out. This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors enhance the curriculum, provide opportunities for writing for a purpose and raise aspirations.

 

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Our pupils are offered a wide range of experiences to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Skills, attitudes and values are developed to prepare the children for the next stage of learning (key stage 1 and 2 ready and secondary ready), and enable them to be successful in the community. We believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement, opportunities to talk both imaginatively, expressively and to explain and clarify thinking. We make meaningful connections across subjects. The school expects everyone to develop and show a sense of responsibility and self-discipline whether alone, together, at work or at play, and to support policies on equal opportunities through our ‘No Outsiders’ approach. We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. We also provide opportunities for our pupils to learn about the contribution of Britons to innovation, excellence and changes in the world.

 

The school provides the full core offer of extended school provision. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs gives learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of sports clubs after school hours and during lunch times.

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