This section of the school website is focused on our Curriculum and provides an overview of our offer for all pupils.
Our Essentials: These drivers reflect our Vision and Mission Statements and are central to every subject and aspect of the formal and informal curriculum at St. John’s.
We have also added a list of core aspects for each driver along with information to view or download on each subject plan.
You can view or download the Curriculum Overviews by clicking the links below. View the curriculum in action by visiting our class pages on our website.
Nursery Curriculum Overview
Reception Curriculum Overview
Year 1 Curriculum Overview
Year 2 Curriculum Overview
Year 3 Curriculum Overview
Year 4 Curriculum Overview
Year 5 Curriculum Overview
Year 6 Curriculum Overview
Monitoring the Curriculum
This link shows the class and subject links for each governor. Governors In School 19-20
Curriculum – Subject Evidence (Displays)
At St. John’s C of E Primary pupils are inspired by a range of Artistic experiences throughout school. They develop their skills and creativity through a range of mediums. From ‘messy handprint’ in Nursery to detailed drawings Year 6, the children taught exactly what skills they need to develop in order to be the best Artist they can be.
We aim for all children to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on the value of art and create their own masterpiece. In our Early Years Foundation Stage the children are given opportunities to develop their ideas and practise controlling their skills when painting, drawing or using clay! They also enjoy getting their wellies on and experiencing outdoor Art work and make their own collages. Art materials are always available in Early Years, so our budding Artists can start from an early age.
Across school, work is produced in a range of formats. In addition to individual singular items of work, pupils also contribute to whole class displays for our main hall and have their own sketch books. In KS1 and KS2 pupils also have opportunities to be creative at play times.
We are a partnership school for The Auckland Project based in Bishop Auckland. This is an exciting ‘new’ project developing ‘Wellbeing through Art’ within the local community. It provides our pupils with the opportunity to develop ‘Cultural Capital’ through the study local artists linked to the Mining Heritage. Through this and other activities we intend our pupils to realise that anyone can become an Artist for pleasure or a career and to experience inspirational visits.
Children are introduced to Art from other Cultures: linked to other subjects within the curriculum, this enables them to experience how people from different cultures and faiths express themselves through Art.
Across school the children study and are inspired by world famous Artists such as Anthony Gormley and Picasso as well as others less well known but equally engaging. The children enjoy learning about the Artists and start to describe similarities and differences between different Artistic styles.
Discussion around meanings and interpretations are also a key feature of art activities, providing the opportunity for children to deepen their thinking and appreciation of Art and its place in society.
Design & Technology
We inspire our children to have a curiosity and fascination about the world around them and its people. The Geography topics we cover build knowledge of diverse places, people and resources. This in turn allows the children to have a greater understand of the world in which we live.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world, and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Shildon, Co. Durham, and the surrounding localities of the North East. We want to develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We are also developing the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.
In Early Years we aim to develop an awareness of their local environment and slowly move away in other key stages to look at places further afield. We use various maps and atlases to help the children locate where our country is in relation to others and helps them get an understanding of how big our world is.
We also focus on identifying the human and physical features of our world and can comment on the similarities and differences between the localities they are studying. The children develop a range of investigation skills to help them find out information that is required for their tasks and also helps them to begin to understand the impact humans have on the world and think of ways we can help in the fight against climate change
We are developing our links with other agencies to extend and enrich learning. We are currently planning work with The Wear Rivers Trust.
Class discussions and viewing ‘Newsround’ enables the children to explore and challenge what is happening in our world.
We are a 2019/20 Music Mark School Member. Our nomination from the Durham local Music Service recognised the value that we place on music. We ensure that pupils at St. John’s C of E (Aided) Primary School are able to access and engage with a high quality music education, offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Please see specific SEND section of website for further details of our support for pupils and families. If you have any questions about SEND please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.
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