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St John the Baptist CE VC Primary School

Curriculum Intent Statement

Learning for Life: Loving to Learn



 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. Matthew 22

 ‘If I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing’. 1 Corinthians


St John’s:  ‘Everyone different, everyone loved’.


We aim to provide an education based on Christian values, which enables children to deepen and grow in faith. We aim to provide an environment where they can learn RESPECT for all people and property – knowing that we are all different and all loved. We want all our children to show compassion and be thoughtful to others, learning to collaborate with others.


We will ensure that all our children learn RESILIENCE and are determined to succeed at whatever they are doing, with a healthy mind and body, by encouraging a willingness to take risks and accept failure. We will provide a safe and secure, but challenging, learning environment for them to do this in.


We want all our children to set goals, explore, be curious and have aspiration, in READINESS for their next stage. Through an inspirational curriculum, we want them to experience new things and develop a love for learning, with a purpose, so they know they can contribute to and be employable in their community and beyond. We will nurture them to become confident, independent individuals who have skills for later life.



We want our children to:

  • Be fluent in basic skills - especially vocabulary
  • Be healthy, active learners - in mind and body
  • Be inquisitive and ask questions
  • Be independent

An Accessible Curriculum


Our motto is 'Everyone Different, Everyone Loved' and we pride ourselves on our curriculum being accessible to all children - those in mainstream classes and in our EMS provisions. For more information on how we comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND Regulations 2014, please see our SEND page.

Skills and attributes

Through our curriculum and ethos, we aim to instill these attributes in our children so they can reach their full potential and prepare them for lifelong learning:

  • Perseverance
  • Positivity
  • Resilience
  • Confidence
  • Independence
  • Stamina

Our Promises


While you are in our school, we promise you will do the following:




Cornerstones Curriculum Y1-Y6


We follow an exciting curriculum based on the Cornerstones materials which has inspirational titles to engage and motivate pupils – for example

Bottoms, burps and bile!

Enchanted skies

Scream machine

Muck, Mess and mixtures


See our 'Class Pages' to find out what your child is learning about this half term. Click on the link below...


Long term Curriculum Overview

2019/2020 Year A

2020/21 Year B

2021/2022 Year A

2022/2023 Year B

National Curriculum

If you wish to view to full programmes of study from the DfE, please follow the link below.


English, Reading and Phonics




Literacy is taught both through theme work 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 children can read and write to a good level by the time they leave our school.

Children are encouraged to read regularly, both at home and school. We ask that parents/carers support this by encouraging children to read with them as they learn to read and as they become more proficient readers to support them in their understanding of what they are reading.

We have many high quality resources to support the teaching of literacy and pride ourselves on the quality and amount of texts we have in school.

Our aim is to enable pupils to become successful readers through the specific teaching of the strategies and skills necessary to develop this fluency. This is provided both within the teaching of English and beyond it, through the wider curriculum, including modelled, shared, guided and independent reading.

We use READING RULES throughout school which is a toolkit used with children to encourage them to be able to predict, question, talk about texts and link to text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world. This encourages them to link their reading with what they already know in order to make sense and understand what they are reading.

Our phonics programme is under review to ensure it meets the requirements of a systematic, synthetic phonics programme and our reading provision is being reviewed to ensure it meets the Reading FrameworkOur youngest children learn to read through the daily systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, we are currently following the Letters and Sounds programme, which enables them to learn the phonetic code and to apply understanding of letter sounds with the corresponding letter shapes (graphemes). We introduce them to sounds which they learn to blend in order to read and segment in order to write. Children in Foundation Stage also use Jolly Phonics actions to go with the sounds. Phonics teaching is a daily part of English throughout EYFS and Year 1/2 and is used to target children throughout KS2 who may require additional support in securing these skills. As children make progress they then transfer to Spelling Shed which is another daily programme we use to teach spelling strategies. This is usually from Year 2 up to Year 6.

In addition to specific teaching of reading skills, pupils are given opportunities to further develop and refine their reading outside of their English lessons. Pupils have access to a wide range of appropriate reading material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play-scripts, with a class library in each teaching room, and also through a wide range of ICT programs and resources. A variety of reading scheme materials and ‘real books’ are used to support the children’s reading development, including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, Phonics Bug, Rigby Star and Project X however initially children will learn to read using fully decodable phonics books called Big Cat Collins. 

Children reading at home also forms a vital component of the school’s approach with parents being encouraged and supported in taking an active role in the development of their child’s reading. We encourage frequent dialogue between school and home, which helps to keep parents informed and actively involves them in their child’s learning.


Speaking and Listening


It is vital that we offer as many opportunities as possible for children to develop their speaking and listening skills. This may be through 1-1 work and discussion or through whole class Circle Time – and many other things in between. We try to provide different experiences for your children from trips to visitors in school that give children things to talk about. Developing a rich and wide vocabulary is really important as this will help them in many other areas of the curriculum.




Children are encouraged to write about their own first hand experiences and interests. Children are often taken out on visits as well as inviting visitors into school.

Developing children as writers is so much more than asking them to remember grammatical constructions or tricky spellings. It is a complicated and intricate process – for a child to become a writer we have to give them a voice, support them to communicate and provide them with a skill that is vital for all of their schooling and to their life beyond.

We want our children to:-

1 Understand the role reading plays in developing writers and the value of being immersed in quality literature

2 Ensure children have experience of a breadth of texts including those that are visual and digital

3 Provide a range of meaningful opportunities to write for real purposes and audiences and to respond to writing

as a reader

4 Develop an understanding of the craft of writing by engaging with professional authors and their processes

5 Understand and model the processes of writing authentically

6 Support children to identify as writers and develop their own authentic voice

7 Give children time and space to develop their own writing ideas

8 Use creative teaching approaches that build imagination and give time for oral rehearsal

9 Ensure the teaching of phonics, grammar and spelling is embedded in context

10 Celebrate writing through authentic publication and presentation across platforms



Religious Education


We follow the Stockton Agreed Syllabus for RE with some elements of the Durham Diocesan scheme.

Click here to view the Stockton Agreed Syllabus for RE

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.

Religious Education must be taught to all registered pupils in maintained schools (not nursery) with the exception of those pupils withdrawn by their parents. If you wish to withdraw your children from RE sessions, please come and discuss this with Mrs Coe, Head Teacher.

Everyone Different, Everyone Loved