St John's provides its children with a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which meets fully the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for England and the requirement to teach Religious Education as directed by the Diocese as a Voluntary Aided Catholic Infant School.
We want all of our children to be confident, happy, inquisitive learners, who experience a range of cultural activities. To ensure they receive high quality enrichment activities and cultural experiences throughout their four years at St John’s, we have written 10 pledges. These ensure all children have access to an all embracing range of learning experiences.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The learning and development requirements comprise of:
- seven areas of learning and development and the educational programmes which set out what will be covered in each age group.
- the early learning goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year.
- the assessment requirements (when and how practitioners must assess children’s achievements, and when and how they should discuss children’s progress with parents and/or carers).
The seven areas of learning include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design.
Four guiding principles shape our practice. These are:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
If parents would like to see the curriculum, programmes of study for each year group or our strategy for assessment they should contact school where the documents will be made available to them.
Click on the links below to see the vision statement for FS2 and the long term plan;
School Curriculum for Key Stage 1
The children in Year 1 and Year 2 follow the requirements of the National Curriulum.
- The national curriculum sets out the most important knowledge skills and understanding that every child has a right to learn.
- It is a framework given to teachers by the government, so that all school children are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable, but hard enough to challenge them.
- It provides standards that measure how well children are doing in each subject so that teachers can plan to help them do better,
In Key Stage 1 each year group has curriculum guidelines which set out in detail the content for each subject based on the National Curriculum Subjects. The subjects include English, mathematics, art, music, design technology, physical education, computing, history and geography, science and design technology.
In addition to the National Curriculum the school provides a wide range of visits and extra-curricular opportunities plus additional activities which include dance and sport. In English children are taught speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. We use a wide range of methods and materials for teaching reading including synthetic phonics and other excellent strategies.
Through the curriculum pupils learn the basic skills necessary to succeed in each subject and we use the curriculum to help them develop their personal and social skills.
Where children have special needs or disability we make provision for them so that they too can flourish.
We encourage children to be keen, enthusiastic, independent learners and we give them lots of opportunities to develop their inter-personal skills by working and co- operating with others. Through the curriculum we build their self-esteem and self- confidence.
Each year in school builds on the previous year. We assess progress and attainment and we regularly report to parents about how well their children are doing.
To view the long term curriculum for Year 1 and Year 2, and their curriculum vision statements click on the links below:
If parents or others would like more details about our curriculum in each academic year group we will be pleased to show them the National Curriculum Subject Guidelines and our school curriculum schemes of work.
The school uses the Ruth Miskin Synthetic Phonics Scheme and the Bug Club On Line Reading Scheme. Click on the links below to for more information.
For Ruth Miskin Phonics click,
For Bug Club click;
We have introduced a new PSHE Scheme of work this year, called "Jigsaw". Please click on the links below to read more about the scheme of work and the themes taught across each year group: