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St John's CE First School

Curriculum

At St John’s our Christian values and vision is at the heart of all our teaching and learning. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum in a welcoming, stimulating and secure environment. A variety of teaching and learning styles and strategies are used to provide opportunities for all children to learn and achieve, and to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

We have embraced the learning line as an approach to support our children in understanding that when we are learning there may challenges faced and we can be resilient towards those challenges.

Importance is placed on both academic and social skills to encourage children to become active learners and responsible members of the community. Children will have opportunities to participate in individual, group and whole class activities with an emphasis on the learning being interesting, meaningful and relevant to the child. This is enhanced through both practical experiences and educational visits.

Our curriculum reflects our Christian ethos as well as British and Rights Respecting  values. These are taught explicitly through: projects; worship; charters (class, play and anti-bullying); rights and responsibilities time; personal, social, health education (PSHE); PE and sport.

Much of our curriculum is taught through topics to make learning experiences more meaningful. Topics are introduced through an opening hook, engaging experiences and linked with opportunities to extend learning at home.  Home learning is celebrated termly with the whole school community to inspire and celebrate our talents and achievements. Some subjects are taught separately all or some of the time. Some subjects may be delivered through a themed week or day or through a shorter block, rather than a lesson each week. Over the course of the year children will have received a broad and balanced curriculum.

Children in Early Years follow the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum.  Prime areas of learning are: personal, social and emotional development; communication and literacy and physical development. Specific areas of learning are: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world and expressive arts and design  .

Learning opportunities are designed to enhance the key characteristics of effective  learning – creating and thinking critically, playing and exploring and active learning.

In years 1 and 2, the children follow the  key stage one national curriculum and in year 3 and 4, the key stage two national curriculum.

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

The curriculum is well resourced and supported by visitors to the school. One of our most valued resources is the time given by parents to support children’s learning, both in school and at home.

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. We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. 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.

 

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