At St John’s, our aim is to provide a curriculum which develops both skills and knowledge. Our mastery approach to the curriculum means that pupils learn to use the skills they are taught in a range of contexts, the aim being that they become ‘masters’ in using the skill. We also aim to build resilience in our pupils and develop their independence. This is because we want our pupils to be prepared to meet the challenges they will face in their learning and to be prepared for secondary school when the time comes. Our Forest School has been introduced to help develop such skills as well as problem solving, team work and risk analysis.
Our curriculum has been designed to limit no learners, no matter their age or ability. Teachers differentiate through the challenges they set and pupils are encouraged to select a challenge that is most appropriate to their personal learning journey. This means our pupils can choose to take greater support when they are working in areas they feel less confident and can select challenges which are more complex in areas which they excel. Through this, pupils are able to become more aware of their own learning needs and become aware of what helps them to learn, when they need help and when they are confident to take a risk in their learning. This enables them to excel in areas where they have strength and receive extra support when they need it.
Our curriculum includes the following subjects:
* Maths- we work within the principles of the Maths Mastery approach
* English- we are embedding Talk for Writing skills
* Religious Education- following both the agreed Staffordshire syllabus and Understanding Christianity scheme of work
* Physical Education
* Forest Schools
* Topic, which is led by both Geography and History skills
* Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education
* Modern Foreign Languages (pupils might learn German, French or Spanish depending on year group)
* Art and Design