The pupils at St John’s are divided into four classes (Foundation Stage Nursery and Reception, Years 1/2, Years 3/4 and Years 5/6) and the topics covered are organised in a biannual cycles for these mixed age group classes. Our schemes of work for each curriculum area are planned for progression and continuity by taking into account the pupils’ previous experience and the range of ability within each class. Depending on the planned learning outcome, teachers may organise individual work, group activities or whole class lessons. When working together, children may be organised in mixed ability groups, friendship groups or ability groups.
The subjects taught in KS1 and KS2 include all of those laid down in the National Curriculum, i.e. RE, English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communications Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, PE, Music and PSHE. The children in Foundation Stage follow the Foundation Stage curriculum.
Subject co-ordinators monitor pupil progress and the resourcing of each curriculum area. In this way expertise can be shared. Teachers regularly attend courses organised by the school, the LEA and other trainers to keep them abreast of current theories and practice.