Curriculum Statement

Our Curriculum provision is inspired by the words of Pope Francis. They show us how we can guide our children as lifelong learners to success:

 “You must not teach just content, but the values and customs of life. … you must transmit: how to love, how to understand which values and customs create harmony in society. … [Teachers] must aim to build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel welcomed and loved for what he or she is, with all of their limitations and potential.”

“Today we want to keep dreaming. We celebrate all the opportunities which enable us, not to lose the hope of a better world with greater possibilities. … I know that one of the dreams of your parents and teachers, and all those who help them ... is that you can grow up and be happy.”

“When we all come together to educate our children, we will be one step closer to creating a world of good.

At St John’s Catholic Infant School, we pride ourselves in offering children a creative and exciting curriculum, which is rich, broad and balanced, reflecting the distinctly Catholic nature of the school, promoting our Mission Statement and School Values. During their time with us, we aim to foster a love of learning, a natural curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

The curriculum we provide meets fully the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for England and the requirement to teach Religious Education as directed by Shrewsbury Diocese as a Voluntary Aided Catholic Infant School.

Our curriculum will inspire, enthuse and educate our children so they learn knowledge and skills that will help them prepare for life in modern Britain. The curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all children to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities. Our topic based approach covers all of the elements of the National Curriculum, but in a meaningful and relevant way for our young children. The topics enable children to learn holistically, and frequently follow their interests, inspiring them to have a passion for life-long learning. (see Our Policy and Core Principles of Our Curriculum below)

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,

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

For Bug Club click;

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Our PSHE Scheme of work is called "Jigsaw". Please click on the links below to read more about the scheme of work and the themes taught across each year group:

http://www.jigsawpshe.com