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) supported by Chris Quigley Essentials for years 1-6 and the Early Years profile for Reception. Entwined within the Curriculum are both our Values topics and 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 areas of the curriculum.  The curriculum for each year group can be found on the class pages.

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 take a look at the different class pages.

The children are also taught about sex and relationships, health and well-being, our community and the wider world and British values. These topics are taught using our school’s bespoke ‘Learning About Life’ curriculum. To look at this in more depth please click on the link below.

Learning About Life Curriculum

Assessment

Following the decision to stop using 'levels' to describe the attainment of pupils in the New National Curriculum, our school has developed its own way to assess progress and attainment against the objectives from the New National Curriculum. We ensure the high standards of teaching, learning and assessment we provide are consistently applied and therefore use a number of different assessments to check pupil’s progress. At St John’s we work together with other schools, both locally and within our Academy Trust, to moderate our assessments. We also use formal assessments for reading and mathematics, these are in the format of written tests for years 1 - 6.