School Curriculum

Rationale

Our Mission Statement says: St John’s Church of England Primary School provides a caring, inclusive and supportive community where every child is a valued member. We have high expectations and are ambitious for our children to succeed. We believe that people learn in a variety of different ways and that teaching should reflect this. We provide a rich and varied learning environment that enables our children to succeed and flourish now, in their next stage of education and in the wider community.
The school’s aims include a commitment to: ·         
  • offer a broad and balanced curriculum catering for individual needs regardless of race, creed, gender or disability within the National Curriculum requirements        
  •  recognize and develop each individual’s strengths and talents        
  •  help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens

Time Allocations

The amount of time allocated to curricular subjects at St John's is based on statutory requirements and guidance, our Mission Statement aims, and our pedagogical knowledge of our children’s general and specific needs, backed up by our analysis of qualitative performance data.

English

St John’s is a school that is passionate about reading. It is at the heart of our curriculum, as we know that the children who read well, are children who excel in all curriculum areas: it is the cornerstone to their education. We also strive to nurture life-long readers who take pleasure in searching out new books to read, exploring the unexplorable and discovering the undiscoverable.
 
When a child first starts to learn to read, we focus on children’s decoding skills using Read, Write Inc. Children take part in daily phonics lessons, which teach them the sounds to enable them to read specially written phonetic books (for further details see http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents). 
Once children have learnt their sounds (by year 2 for most) they will have daily half-hourly guided reading lessons where they will work in groups, with teachers and independently, to deepen their understanding and love of books. In addition to this, all children are read to frequently and are encouraged to practise their reading at home.
All children have a reading book to read each night and are encouraged to take books from their class book corners. Our new library is open after school for bookworms: all are welcome!
 
We teach children to write so they can communicate their ideas. With this in mind, we ensure that writing is included across our curriculum in a meaningful and purposeful way. We carefully plan writing units in literacy thinking about the purpose for writing and our audiences. Each year group has a number of core books that form the basis of their English curriculum. From these the teacher plans for good quality writing opportunities across a range of genre: providing  models of the structure, features and language of a given text. Story-telling and role play are wonderful opportunities to learn new vocabulary and practise performance skills. Through storytelling, we make sure children know how to say what they want to write before they put pen to paper. This means that they have had time to develop their ideas and order their thoughts before they start to write. We take the editing process very seriously, as this is an important part of the writing process, to ensure a final piece of work that the children are proud of.

Spelling

The school follows the No Nonsense spelling programme. This offers a clear progression of skills for each year group from year 2 to 6.  The children will build up their knowledge of spelling patterns and rules so that by the time they leave St John’s they will have fully completed the national curriculum programme for spelling.

English Statements by Year Group

Religious Education

Overview of the RE Curriculum