Our Curriculum

Belonging   Believing   Becoming

Growing a creative school community that encourages belonging,

nurtures believing and works together to become responsible members

of God’s family and the world.



‘The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.’ 

Sydney J Harris
The curriculum 'is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation); and for what knowledge and understanding students have gained against expectations (impact).  EIF January 2019
At St John's Church of England Academy, we follow the National Curriculum which sets out the subjects and standards for Primary and Secondary schools. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces them to ‘the best that has been thought and said;’ and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (statutory framework) underpinned by Development Matters (2021).

The curriculum is broad, balanced and ambitious for all pupils. It is carefully planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills are built upon what has been taught before, with clear end points identified - Key Assessment Criteria (Focus Education).
The curriculum is taught through a combination of published schemes for English, Maths, RE, Music, PE and Languages and an enquiry approach for foundation subjects. These build upon knowledge and skills; transferring knowledge to long term memory. 
The impact and measure of our curriculum is to secure progression throughout each subject to ensure that children at St John's Church of England Academy are equipped with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. 

Through the delivery of our curriculum, we want our children to be ready for life beyond St John’s Church of England Academy.

We aspire for them to be:

-       Articulate

-       Aspirational

-       Curious

-       Appreciative


We want our children to be confident speakers who speak fluently and coherently and are able to articulate their feelings, beliefs and their learning.

What it looks like

-       Children are exposed to and taught technical language and vocabulary

-       Children experience ambitious vocabulary through high quality texts

-       Quality teaching of phonics

-       Reading books in KS1 support current phonics teaching

-       Children are given planned opportunities to talk, discuss and debate

-       Philosophy for Children is used as a forum for discussion

-       Children lead worship and actively take part in a class worship

-       Student Council allows children to have a voice

-       Teachers model the use of correct Standard English and encourage pupils to do the same.

-       Children are encouraged to ask questions

-       Children are well mannered

-       Children understand how to deal with conflict


We want them to be the best versions of themselves, have confidence and take pride in whatever they do or chose to become.

 What it looks like

-    Children are aware of both the positive and negative power of technology.

-    Visitors are used to inform and to inspire.

-    Teachers and pupils have high expectations of themselves and others

-    Children show visible pride in their work through their presentation and their desire to talk about their learning.


We want our children to leave with the confidence to ask questions to further their own learning and the skills to find answer for themselves. We want our children to ask questions and question ideas that are relevant to their lives now and in their future. We want them to become familiar with encountering the unfamiliar.

What it looks like

-       Children are taught how to ask relevant questions.

-       Philosophy for Children allows the children to develop higher order thinking, questioning and speaking and listening skills

-       At the beginning of every enquiry, children are taken to look for books that relate to their current enquiry.

-       Children have access to learning hubs which have enquiry related reading books that they are encouraged to read for pleasure.

-       School visits and visitors are used to inform and to inspire

-       Learning journeys are shared with the children and children are given the opportunity to ask their own questions related to it.


We want our children to leave with an ability to be mindful individuals who show an appreciation for who they are, what they have and where they live but have sufficient knowledge, skills and confidence to explore the wider world, making a positive contribution to both their community and wider society.

What this looks like:

-       We teach our children what mindfulness is and how to practice it.

-       All enquiries are personal or related to their locality.

-       Children’s work is displayed and celebrated in corridors and on Facebook

-       Children are given opportunities to review and celebrate each other’s work.

-       Teachers model mindful appreciation and find opportunities for children to do so equally.

-       Children are well mannered

-       Children treat all adults equally


Equal Opportunities

St John's C of E Academy is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act 2010.

We aim to reduce disadvantages, discrimination and inequalities of opportunity, and promote diversity in terms of our pupils, our workforce and the community in which we work.

We will assist our pupils in achieving to their very best potential. Where pupils experience barriers to their success we will work with them to address these in a sensitive and sympathetic way. We will teach our pupils the importance of equality and what forms discrimination can take and the impact discrimination can have.


There are nine protected characteristics outlined within the Equality Act 2010, these are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The school does not tolerate any form of bullying or discrimination against people with one or more of these characteristics. Any pupil or teacher found to be discriminating against any of these characteristics will be disciplined in line with the relevant school policies.

The school’s curriculum will celebrate diversity and the SLT has a responsibility to ensure that the curriculum does not discriminate against any of the above characteristics.

The school will have due regard for the Equal Opportunities Policy at all times when planning and implementing the curriculum.

Supporting pupils with SEND

Pupils with SEND will receive the additional support they require both academically and with their personal development, in line with the school’s SEND Policy.

When appropriate pupils with SEND will work with TAs in smaller groups once a week to work on topics covered in lesson to ensure they do not fall behind their peers.

Pupils with SEND will not be discriminated against in any way and they will have full access to the curriculum.

The progress of pupils with SEND will be monitored by teachers and reported to the SENDCO.

The SENDCO will work closely with teachers to help them break down any barriers pupils with SEND have to education. 

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