Children in the Reception Year follow the Foundation Stage curriculum. This is divided into six areas of learning:
Communication, Language and Literacy,
Knowledge and Understanding of the World,
Social, Emotional and Moral development,
The school curriculum consists of clearly identified areas of knowledge and experience. These are laid down by the National Curriculum, established by the Reform Act of 1988 for all pupils of compulsory school age in maintained schools in England and Wales.
Documents for all subjects in the National Curriculum have now been published by the Department for Education and Skills. We develop and review policies according to these requirements, making them relevant to St John's.
The curriculum is divided into core and foundation subjects. All subjects are identified as separate areas. At St John’s we also identify as many opportunities as we can to link learning across the curriculum to support the learning and understanding of pupils. At St John’s this means that pupils study the following areas:
Personal, Social and Health Education & Citizenship
The National Curriculum programmes of study are organised by each class teacher for the children in that class taking account of individual needs and levels of achievement.
School visits and excursions are used to reinforce or extend work in many areas of the curriculum. Most of these are made possible by voluntary contributions from parents and supported by contributions from the St John’s Association and our school fund.
Sex education is taught to children in Years 5 and 6. In addition to National Curriculum science, children learn about puberty, menstruation and human reproduction. This is taught in the context of family values and moral responsibility. Further details of what is taught and the resources used are available for parents to see at the beginning of the summer term. A letter will inform parents when sex education will be taught. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons if they wish.
All pupils study the French language. At Key Stage 1 this may involve oral responses to the register as part of the daily routine. By Key Stage 2 there will be a weekly session for French with the oldest pupils recording some of their work in written format. The emphasis is on speaking and listening and we aim to give all children a basic knowledge of the language and an appreciation of the culture of our closest european neighbour. Learning French as a modern foreign language offers real opportunities to use ICT and other subject skills to explore a different modern culture and to make comparisons with their own.