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St John's CE First School



                                                                                                                            Curriculum Vision

At St John’s CE First School, we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to all learners  in a loving, safe and inspiring environment. Our aim is to provide appropriate challenge in order to develop resilient learners who are aspirational for future learning and life endeavours. Children are guided on their learning journey by carefully building upon their prior knowledge and skills, to ensure a depth of learning.  Our core Christian values and vision are at the heart of all we do. 


“The exemplary supportive culture of care and wellbeing for all pupils and adults stems from the inclusive love and respect for everyone in this nurturing Christian family.” - SIAMS excellence 2019


Our curriculum intent:

  • Reflects our Christian ethos as well as British and Rights Respecting Values

  • Is inclusive to ensure all children are understood and valued by placing emphasis on pupil voice

  • Is designed to build resilient learners who have an aspirational mindset for the future and self belief in themselves

  • Develops sequential learning where pupils know more and can do more due to interconnecting knowledge 

  • Relates children’s learning to our local and national context, as well as to the needs of each individual child

  • Focuses on subject specific skills within a creative topic approach 

  • Considers depth, breadth and balance of the curriculum content

  • Offers a mastery approach

  • Follows a progressive model where curriculum leaders often review continuously evaluate its design

  • Teaches our children to be respectful citizens of the community, celebrating diversity and reflecting on local and global issues

  • Provides enriching experiences and opportunities for all


Please see our termly or half-termly year group curriculum brochures for more information about what your child will be learning and how you can help at home.

We hold information sessions at different points in the year, for example, maths, spelling and phonics and an introduction to the year ahead. Please see further information below.

Long term curriculum maps are published on class pages. If you would like further details about our curriculum please contact us.



Reading regularly with children at home and practising early phonics skills increases their confidence in reading and leads to confidence in the development of writing.

In Reception and Key Stage 1 we use Unlocking Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. To support the development of reading, we have three main reading schemes, these are: Project X, Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star.

It is our aim that all children to have timetabled access to the library once a week. With the assistance of an adult, the children can borrow a book from the  fiction or non-fiction collection to read at home. We encourage membership of the local libraries and participation in the annual summer reading challenge. Opportunities to take part in bedtime story times, book days and book weeks, buddy reading sessions, vocabulary days  and book fairs are planned into the year.

Please follow the link to read the National Curriculum in full: National Curriculum

Wimborne Academy Trust's Curriculum Vision

VALUES: Our three core Trust values are excellence, collaboration and respect.

VISION: Our pupils develop character through a love of learning to achieve and thrive. they are prepared to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens with a global perspective.

OUTCOMES: Every child will leave our schools with the best possible character - resilience, confidence, aspiration, integrity, compassion for others, respect, curiosity, spiritual awareness and team working.


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