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As church school worship is central to all we do, it helps explore the Christian values that our community holds. Our mission statement; Love of God, Love of Neighbour, Love of Oneself is at the heart of our journey as learners.
Early Years is the foundation of the learning at St John’s CE School. Our teaching is based upon the Early Learning Goals criteria set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance Development Matters. This is the foundation upon which we build throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The curriculum prepares the children for school on many levels; educationally, physically, socially and emotionally. Each aspect of the EYFS curriculum plays as important a part in developing our children to successful learners and engaged, happy members of our community.
During the school year we have a lot of specialist support to aid our delivery of the curriculum and have themed days and weeks to enthuse and engage our children as learners, in order to maximise their progress and enjoyment.
At Key Stage 1 and 2 we adopt the National Curriculum. This requires we teach the core subjects of:
In addition to this we also teach the foundation subjects of:
Modern Foreign Languages are taught throughout Key Stage 2, as they are a statutory part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum; we teach French to Years 3, 4 & 6.
Long Term Curriculum Plan
To find out more about the curriculum plan for your child's year group, please click on the links below:
To find out more on how St John's is following the curriculum, click on any of the subjects above.
Phonics at St John’s
We have a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics at St John’s. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ materials to support the children’s development in phonics. This introduced to our children in Nursery with early phonic games and consistently built upon throughout EYFS, KS 1 and KS 2 where needed. Support for spelling is taught in latter KS 1 and KS 2 where appropriate. Phonics groupings are differentiated in order to give the necessary level of support for each child maximising their progress.
Parent workshops are offered to all parents to support the partnership between school and home in enabling our children to achieve success in becoming readers and writers.
Reading at St John’s
Weekly Reading Partnership is an essential part of our teaching of reading. The stimulus for the partnership work comes from the class guided reading sessions that are led by the teacher; this is then followed up by a home session where we expect parents to work in partnership with the child’s class teacher.
Individual reading is also part of our weekly reading provision. Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, although this is supplemented by numerous other schemes in order to provide breadth and depth, enabling teachers to respond to the children on an individual basis.
Reading for enjoyment is our mission; there are regular visits to our local library, world book events, weekly school library sessions, class book areas, and class story time and story time club.