A new National Curriculum was introduced in England in 2014 with the main aim of raising standards in schools. The National Curriculum (2014) is only a small part of our school’s overall curriculum. At St John’s we deliver a creative curriculum using a resource called ‘Cornerstone’. All classes will cover six topics per year and the chosen topics are shared with parents at the beginning of each academic year during the Curriculum Evening.
The school teaches phonics systematically using ‘Letters and Sounds’. Phonics is taught daily in Foundation Stage and KS1. There are regular assessments of each child’s phonics progress throughout the year so that class teachers know when each child is ready to move on to the next phase of the letters or sounds program. Key words are taught alongside phonics to ensure words that do not fit phonic patterns are also known.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced. It aims to provide a structured program for all children, while at the same time catering for the individual needs of each child.
The program of study consists of the four core subjects of English (reading, writing, spelling and grammar), Mathematics, Science and Computing along with the foundation subjects, which are Religious Education, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education and Design and Technology. Children from Nursery to Year 6 are also given the opportunity to learn Spanish.
As a Church of England school, the distinctive Christian ethos permeates all that we do and the core Christian values run alongside Modern British values and are intertwined within all areas of the curriculum.
To ensure the development of the whole child, the curriculum also makes provision for personal, social, health education (PSHE). This also includes recognising that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our children plays a significant part in their ability to grow, learn and achieve.
Click below for an overview of the primary curriculum.
Click below to view the curriculum map archive.