Our school is an exciting and vibrant place to belong and grow. Our staff are dynamic and innovative, they think very carefully about the building blocks to successful learning and design learning experiences that focus on individual pupils and their needs.
As a school we offer something different, a spiritual dimension to the young lives of our learners within the traditions of the Church of England, working in partnership with Christ Church to achieve this.
We are a place of distinctive excellence, where we value all in our community as individuals and God’s children. We share our enduring Christian values and we live them each and every day, at home and at school. We create relationships in which selfless care and Christian love are apparent to all and are felt by all. This makes St John’s Church school a safe and awe-inspiring place to belong. Our school is at the heart of the community, inspiring trust, wholeness and healing; a place where there is a welcome and hospitality for all, a place where great things happen because of our commitment to God – a school that is very much alive with the word of God.
We are all unique and yet we share the same goal, parent, teacher, lunchtime supervisor and cleaner, we want your child to be part of the community, add to it, make a difference to it and make life better for all around them.
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ' live life in all its fullness' by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with our Christian values at its heart. We have looked carefully at the National Curriculum and through the lens of our Christian Values have designed a curriculum that is purpose-built for our community.
The inner curriculum centres on the skills and attributes needed to flourish morally and spiritually. This creates security and space for its community to think and be challenged academically.
Strong behaviours are encouraged through our three school rules; Ready, Respectful and Responsible.
We ensure that our curriculum meets our children’s needs, not only by focussing on appropriate subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ, developing and building learning powers, developing a can-do attitude, a sense of responsibility and service so that they become well rounded kind people.
There is a strong emphasis throughout the school on reading from the initial building blocks of phonics, through to building fluency. We develop a confidence in comprehension and an understanding of what is read and above all fostering a “Love” of reading. This is underpinned by our work on vocabulary and oracy.
The design of the curriculum centres around a “Big Question”. This creates meaning and purpose with real-life situations often being brought to the front as well as abstract concepts. The curriculum content allows for some very local aspects to be studied. Pupils have a voice in its design through the initial practice of gathering
K W L’s (What do I Know? What do I Want to know? What have I Learnt?)
Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across core and foundation subjects, all children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, courageous and creative learners.
Subject leaders have mapped out the knowledge that children will acquire whilst at our school through knowledge organisers, they have devised skills journeys to ensure progression and looked at how their curriculum area can facilitate the learning of our inner curriculum. They have worked with the inclusion team to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are accessible to and to ensure equality.
Curriculum Knowledge organisers are created for children to share with parents at the beginning of each ½ term. These are used as an assessment tool too.
Class working walls create a journey of learning that helps the children to reflect on and to embed their learning.
The inner curriculum consists of weekly forest school sessions that give children opportunities to influence their own learning through age-appropriate and progressive themes. Each class engages in weekly strive sessions, strive helps us to assess children’s signals and see how we can support their emotional well-being. PSHE is at the core of this inner curriculum and we follow the Cambridge Curriculum but mould it to our “Big Question”, this is also enhanced with resources to ensure the well-being and digital safety is covered explicitly.
Effective learning characteristics including being resourceful, reflective, resilient and reciprocal will drive teaching and learning. This is a strong aspect of our STEM curriculum
Our children have a confident set of skills, knowledge and Christian values, which can be used to get ahead in education and life more generally. In short, they are learning more, remembering more, enjoying more and developing more as spiritual, social and emotional beings. Thus enabling them to be ready for their next stage in education.
This effectiveness is monitored through;
Attainment and progress measures.
Data challenge meetings
Pupil voice and student council feedback