At St John’s we follow the 2014 National Curriculum. School leaders track coverage of the curriculum across school to ensure that children have the opportunity to study a broad and balanced range of topics and subjects.
Please visit the class pages for more detailed information about topics studied.
Learning at St John’s
Alongside the curriculum content children are encouraged to develop good learning behaviours. We encourage all children to be the B.E.S.T. that they can be, developing confidence and perseverance. We teach the children that school is safe place to make mistakes and actively encourage them to ‘have a go’, even if they are unsure.
Each summer term, children embark on a whole-school project which means that everyone is studying the same topic, but at appropriate levels. This aims to incorporate a sense of interest and fun into learning, and children are encouraged to challenge themselves within the topic. Each year the whole school goes on a visit to a place of interest connected to the topic, for example we all went to Bridlington for the day in summer 2016 as part of our ‘The Seaside’ topic. Previous summer projects include ‘Space’, ‘China’, ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘The Seaside’. I wonder what this year’s will be...
Reading and Phonics
Children in Classes 1 and 2 follow a discrete phonics programme, based on the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme.
Children are encouraged to choose their own reading books. The school uses book banding to support children in choosing reading material which is well-matched to their developing reading skills. There is a range of reading material available throughout school helping children to find books which they would like to engage with. In FS and KS1 many of the reading books are within the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme but this is still supplemented with a wider range of texts.