Here at St John’s, we follow the National Curriculum. Full details about the curriculum can be found here.
We follow a rolling programme of topics in order to achieve the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Pupils follow a skills based curriculum where they have the opportunity to explore the topics and develop core skills in order to become the best possible learner, being willing to:
- Have a go
- Use creative thinking
- Be an independent learner
- Become a problem solver
- Be a team worker
Click on the link below to see an overview of our topics and teaching in each class at St John the Baptist.
The National Curriculum followed by all state schools is organised into the following subjects:
All pupils develop IT capability and pupils begin to develop these skills as soon as they enter school. Computers are located in each classroom as well as in an IT Suite located in the shared area. There is also a suite of laptops and ipads utilised across the school by way of wireless connectivity.
RE is provided in accordance with the recommendations of the LA’s agreed syllabus, a copy of which is available in school. We support the Christian elements of this teaching with the ‘Understanding Christianity’ Resource.
Our RE rolling programme can be accessed here; RE Overview – Updated September 2021
Music and Sport
We are very proud of our music and sport achievements within and beyond the school, offering a range of opportunities both competitive and non-competitive to support pupils’ skills development. Many of our pupils learn musical instruments and a large proportion of our pupils take part in competitive sport at a high level.
PSHE & RSE
At St John’s, PSHE is an important part of the curriculum as we feel it is vital that children learn about themselves, their feelings and how to build relationships. We follow the award winning Shropshire’s ‘Respect Yourself’ programme which includes the ‘Eat better, move more’ curriculum. Each class follows a rolling programme. We were part of the government Early Adopters programme for RSE and led in supporting others to set up their PSHE/RSE and mental health programmes.
Click the link below for our PSHE/RSE rolling programme overview
Coverage of all National Curriculum requirements are planned to ensure each child has full access at an appropriate level, and in order to integrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding associated with different curriculum subjects.
To complement and underpin the termly themes we have devised structured programmes for teaching the basic skills of literacy and numeracy at the level appropriate for each child. We like children to take books and maths activities home and we urge parents to be active partners with us and to help children by encouraging him/her at home.
In addition to the development of the basic skills and the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, RE and the foundation subjects are also experienced. The children are offered opportunities to express themselves creatively in a variety of Art forms, including music, dance, drama, movement, visual arts, expressive language and PE. They are encouraged to appreciate and enjoy the Arts. They are taught to observe closely, to pay attention to detail, to approach their work with confidence and to develop control.
As children move up the school the teacher builds upon what has already been achieved. In each class there are children at different stages of development. The teacher decides whether to teach the whole class, a group or an individual depending upon the learning and the needs of the children. When children first come to school they are heavily dependent upon the teacher’s direction. Gradually we aim to develop a range of skills and attitudes which help them to become more independent in their learning, able to find information and equipment for themselves and use these to help them solve problems and meet the requirements of set tasks. We place an increasing emphasis on personal responsibility.
We encourage all our children to think about and take pride in their work. We try to comment on and evaluate work, with the child wherever possible, in order to reinforce achievement, monitor progress and identify areas in which the child needs more experience or help.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact us!