Curriculum

 

Our Creative Curriculum approach at St Johns School empowers children as life long learners. The curriculum is based on the New National Curriculum (NC) developed for use from September 2014, for years 1-6 and the Early Years profile for Reception. Entwined within the National Curriculum are both our Values topics and The Staffordshire Agreed RE Syllabus. The children learn phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme and we use a variety of reading schemes in both KS1 and KS2, leading up to the children becoming free readers. 

All year groups teach through a themed approach which is planned to cover all ares of the curriculum.  The curriculum for each year group can be found in the 'Classes' heading.

In addition to this, some areas of the curriculum are delivered as discrete lessons if they do not fit naturally within the theme. Which subjects this involves varies from year to year and from term to term.

Each theme is different and flexible in time scale. A theme can last from 1 week to 12 weeks. Sometimes there are whole school themes that last from one to three weeks. 

For more detail about what each year group are being taught please see below. Please note that this is an outline of the learning to be covered (themes, knowledge and skills) and may be adjusted as the year progresses.

 

Assessment

Following the decision to stop using 'levels' to describe the attainment of pupils in the New National Curriculum, our school is in the process of developing its own way to assess progress and attainment against the objectives from the New National Curriculum. We want to ensure the high standards of teaching, learning and assessment we currently provide are consistently applied until the new system we are developing is considered to be rigorous and moderated against external sources. Therefore we aim to be ready to implement the new and robust system of reflective and proactive assessment in Autumn 2015. Until then the school will run a two tiered system of assessment.