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.

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

From September 2019, Ofsted now focus on the wider curriculum schools are teaching and will be looking at these in terms of the school’s intent, implementation and impact. At St. John’s, we have reviewed our curriculum to suit the needs of our children and focus on our local area. Click on this link to read more – Our Curriculum Intent Statements.

If you have any questions about the school curriculum, please contact the school on 01642 643400 to discuss with your child’s teacher.