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St John's

Church of England Infant School

A small school with a big heart, a great place to grow.






Curriculum Intent


it is our intent to provide an ambitious, progressively sequenced, broad and balanced curriculum that meets the contextual needs of the school and ensures that every member of the St Johns family can:


  • Consider our school values in all that they do – Faith, Love, Kindness and Respect
  • Develop the aspirations, confidence and resilience needed to flourish.
  • Acquire the cultural capital, skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for the next stage of their education and life in 21st century modern Britain.
  •  Staff have high expectations of EVERY child’s achievements; we aspire for ALL children to achieve their best

 Curriculum Implementation


  • Staff place emphasis on the skills of interacting well, personal development and practising the skills of mental well-being and the retrieval of knowledge on a daily basis.
  • A rigorous assessment programme is in place to monitor and track children’s progress in all areas of the curriculum, allowing timely intervention to take place and enable children to ‘catch up’ and be ‘challenged’.
  • Our entire curriculum is designed and adapted to meet the needs of our pupils and school, and, because pupil needs change and evolve over time and in different contexts, our curriculum will keep evolving and being adapted over time in order to keep all teaching and learning experiences relevant.

Curriculum Impact

  • Our children enjoy learning and feel safe at school.
  • Our children progress well and attain in line with or above other children nationally.
  • Our children are happy, caring and confident individuals who know how to maintain personal, physical and mental well-being.
  • Our children are resilient and respond well to challenges.
  • Our children respect diversity, are supportive and inclusive and interact with others very well.
  • Our children contribute positively to their local community.
  • Our children leave us with the knowledge and skills needed for their junior education journey and the cultural capital and aspirations essential to succeed in 21st century Britain.


The Three 'I's: intent, implementation and impact

  • Intent – the extent to which schools demonstrate a rich and varied curriculum, one which is not simply focused on teaching to the tests or achieving good exam results.
  • Implementation – that teachers present all aspects of this broad and balanced curriculum (not just English and maths) and are visibly encouraging discussion and the whole-hearted engagement of pupils, without an over-concentration on outcomes and with a far greater emphasis on processes.
  • Impact – that learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the whole curriculum. It follows that there will be a greater emphasis on the behaviour and attitudes of pupils and a much less single-lens approach to data.


What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.


About our curriculum

We aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace British values and ensure all children are ready for their next step in their educational journey.


Through careful planning, we ensure the children gain both knowledge and skills which are progressive and built upon as they move through the school. Planning takes the form of an engaging and inspiring topic based approach.


Whilst the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and Computing are taught on a regular basis, the foundation subjects may sometimes be taught as blocks of work over a number of weeks. Information communication technology and computing skills are essential to pupils living in today’s world and it is imperative that pupils are confident users of a range of technology. IT is embraced and supports learning throughout the curriculum with children having the opportunity to use a wide range of technological resources to facilitate and enhance their learning. We have adopted the Diocesan Primary RE Syllabus and RE is taught as a discrete subject but also linked into other areas of the curriculum where relevant.


At St John’s Church of England Infant School, we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend their learning. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom e.g. day trips, intervention sessions, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers, theatre visits and much more. We also have a range of after school clubs covering a variety interests.


Pupils are supported to develop a strong sense of moral purpose and understanding, tolerance and respect for people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race, religion, culture or sexuality. Our motto is 'We are all different, but we are all special.'


When children leave our school at the end of Year 2, they are equipped with independent learning skills that enable them to become lifelong learners.


We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on being open, friendly and approachable and encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning.


At St John’s Church of England School  we cover the curriculum in line with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) in Reception and the National Curriculum in KS1.  




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I am the vine and you are the branches

-John 15