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.


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