At St John’s we have worked together with staff, children and governors to create a personalised curriculum that is a vehicle to realise our mission statement ‘challenging ourselves and supporting others to succeed and flourish’ and our core Learning and Living values.
Perseverance Ambition Curiosity Team Work Creativity
Honesty Respect Loving Trust Peace
Staff have carefully chosen whole school topics based on our values to inspire and capture pupils interest.
Whole school planning meetings are timetabled termly to ensure the curriculum; - is broad and balanced with a clear progression of skills - develops core skills (reading, writing and maths) across the curriculum - meets the needs of all our pupils - promotes life skills - makes meaningful links - is creative - provides pupils with a range of enrichment opportunities.
Enrichment opportunities include: - visits (e.g. local - in and around our historically rich city Canterbury and visits further afield - London) - outdoor learning (e.g. Forest School) - community links (e.g. King’s School and Canterbury Christ Church University) and supporting charities (e.g. British Heart Foundation and Pyjama Fairies) - real life experiences (e.g. The Rock Academy and workshops at the Marlowe Theatre) - visitors (e.g. authors, musicians and scientists) - clubs (e.g. gymnastics, art and archery) - specialists (e.g. music teacher, language teacher and PE coaches).
We launch each topic with a ‘hook’ to excite pupils, which could include a special event or experience, a trip or visitor. We finish each topic with a ‘wow end’, for example a performance or presentation, this is an opportunity to share and celebrate our learning with parents. Each class also produces a termly newsletter for parents, to communicate what the children will be learning and curriculum highlights from the previous term. We also share experiences in our weekly school newsletter.
St John’s is a vibrant, exciting and welcoming place to learn. We celebrate diversity through different festivals and special days throughout the year (for example Diwali and Chinese New Year) and we take great care in teaching the children acceptance. Our pupils are tolerant and friendly towards people of all faiths and are developing their enquiry skills so as to make informed decisions and form opinions of their own. This is taught by embedding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and British values at the heart of our curriculum.