Our school is situated in the heart of the community and we want to create a broad and balanced curriculum that is tailored to the specific needs of the community we serve: a community curriculum.
We want to engage our whole families in school life so that everyone feels that education is both fun and worthwhile. Our school life is built on an ethos of Christian love so that all our families feel loved, valued and encouraged…
The National Curriculum is a broad and balanced curriculum which is statutory for all schools. We have combined subjects together to teach through a theme approach in school. Each half term, your children will study a theme which incorporates many different subjects together with an overall subject leading the theme. We believe that this is motivating and interesting for your children.
The New National Curriculum
The New National Curriculum came into force in September 2014. As recommended by the Government, years 3 and 4 are following the New National Curriculum from September 2013 as they will be the first classes assessed against it when the new tests are introduced in 2016.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
The period of education from ages 3 to 5 is known as the Foundation Stage and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are four themes that underpin this curriculum – Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environment and Learning and Development. Within this curriculum there are three Prime Areas of Learning:-
Literacy is taught both through the themes and discretely as a separate subject each day. We place a high level of importance in our curriculum on developing good literacy skills. It is important to us that your child can read and write to a good level by the time they leave us.
We follow the statutory programme of study for mathematics at Key Stages 1 and 2, which can be divided into 7 strands:
The Education Act 1996 states that an Agreed Syllabus must reflect that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teachings and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. For the purposes of this syllabus, these other religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The syllabus must be non-denominational and must not be designed to convert or urge a particular religion or religious belief on pupils, but teaching about different denominations is not prohibited.
Information and Communications Technology is used by all year groups within school and is fully embedded within our curriculum.
We use the Stockton ICT Curriculum Progression Statements to ensure all pupils receive a broad and balanced ICT experience. The statements are organized into 7 themes, which can be applied in a range of cross-curricular contexts:
Cookery is integrated into our curriculum across the school. Your child will have the opportunity to cook a variety of foods while they are at St John’s. We work alongside The Children’s Food Trust and focus on healthy eating. Parents can join in with our fun cookery sessions, at our after school club! Find information about how to join us in the kitchen or have a go at our recipes yourself, at home. Our recipe page is updated regularly, so keep checking for new ideas!
We promote understanding and respect for democratic processes, individual differences and different cultures and traditions within society. We celebrate difference whilst understanding that we are all the same, so preparing our children to grow up as productive, empathetic and tolerant members of a multi-cultural Britain.
Our school motto is ‘Everyone different, everyone loved’.
School ensures that this is central to its ethos. We hold IQM Gold Award and were awarded an Outstanding judgement in our SIAMS inspection in July 15. Community cohesion is a strength of the school (Community café, bank and allotments) and we hold the Leading Parent Partnership Award.