In September 2014, there were big changes made to the National Curriculum. The core subjects of the primary curriculum are still English, Maths and Science. The National Curriculum sets out in detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week. As a Catholic School, we also teach and celebrate Religious Education for 10% per week of curriculum time.
Alongside these are familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. Schools now have much more flexibility regarding the content they cover in these areas.
At St. John's, we have specialist teachers who come into school to teach Drama, Spanish (Lingotots) and some of our P.E. lessons (Sporting Futures).
Click on the picture below to download a guide to the 2014 National Curriculum for Primary Schools.
At St. John's, we enrich the curriculum with 'theme' weeks throughout the year and have a four-year rolling programme of these. Photos will be celebrated on the website following one of these and also shared during the Spring Term Parents' Consultations in the hall.
Theme Week Timetable
2015/16: Autumn Term - Friendship
Spring Term - Science & Technology
Summer Term - Story World
2016/17: Autumn Term - Global Challenge
Spring Term - Spanish
Summer Term - Artists/Works of Art
2017/18: Autumn Term - Math-letics
Spring Term - Through the Decades
Summer Term - Healthy Living linked to the World Cup
2018/19: Autumn Term - Crime Scene Investigation
Spring Term - Chinese New Year
Summer Term - Outdoor Learning Week