Curriculum Ethos and Aims
At St. John’s Primary and Nursery School, our aim is for all children to become life-long learners. Not only will our children be readers, writers and mathematicians, they will experience a rich curriculum that equips them with the knowledge and skills to achieve the best possible future. Through enriched experiences that encourage curiosity and ignites a love of learning, our children will learn to be ambitious, take risks in their learning and be proud of all that they achieve. Our school values underpin our ambitions for the curriculum:
Curiosity Courage Integrity Pride
Our curriculum maps the National Curriculum statements progressively across the school, from Years 1 to 6, building on knowledge and skills each year. Though each subject is mapped discretely in each year group, a ‘theme’ links subjects together, where appropriate. We have adopted a ‘less is more’ approach to ensure depth of learning takes place and that knowledge ‘sticks’; by stripping back to the core knowledge and skills of each subject, allowing for application and bringing in our ‘own backyard’, we have developed a strong, unique curriculum experience, underpinned by our school values.
In our ever-changing world, we strive to prepare our children for the future. We want them to be curious in their learning, develop a high level of communication and be adaptable to new technologies. In a world where fake news can dominate, we want our children to question their sources, think independently and be confident in forging their own ambitious paths forward.
The diverse culture of our school means that we want our curriculum to deliver the British Values, while also embracing and celebrating our history and our cultures. Driven by inclusivity, respect and a moral purpose, we are proud to be a School of Sanctuary. We embrace acceptance and tolerance, celebrate local communities and explore local and national commemorations.
The curriculum is ever evolving; as we deepen our understanding of the children’s needs and build on their knowledge, we endeavour to enrich their experiences with us.