The New National Curriculum is fully implemented throughout St. John’s and English and Maths are taught during the morning session.

The remainder of the curriculum is taught through a topic based approach. Assessments take place at the end of each year. Children in Reception class are assessed throughout the year using the Early Years Outcomes.

Here at St. John’s our aim is for every child to achieve his/her maximum potential at everything, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field or in the playground. We recognise that every child is an individual and we endeavour to meet each child’s needs regardless of their ability.

Some children do have special educational needs, which are met. We consider each child’s needs individually and decide how best to support him/her. Usually support is provided in the classroom but sometimes we withdraw children for short periods. Parents are always kept informed of their child’s progress.

Phonics and Spelling

EYFS and KS1

A combination of Read Write Inc. and Success For All planning and resources are used to teach phonics across EYFS and KS1. Children are placed in ability groups which are based on assessments carried out by the Phonics Leader. Teachers adapt planning for the groups they are teaching and lessons are tailored to meet the children’s individual needs.


The No Nonsense Spelling Programme is used across KS2. Some children use the Sounds Write scheme to provide extra support in their spelling. Additional information can be found on the website.

P.E. curriculum

Our P.E. curriculum includes swimming for children in Year 3. We ask parents to send a contribution of £3.20 each week towards transportation costs.

Some of our topics include educational visits. These visits are an important part of topic work and should not be missed. Again, we usually ask for a contribution towards the costs of these visits.

The school’s named Governor for English is Mrs. F. Smollett.
The school’s named Governor for Maths is Mrs. C. Roberts.

What is PSHE Education?

PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.



What is the Multiplication Tables Check?

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics.

Please see the chart below for guidance about which times tables children should be fluent with in each year group.

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Expectations for time multiplication tables for each year group:
Year 1 Count in multiples of 2,5 and 10.
Recall and use doubles for all numbers to 10 and corresponding halves.
Year 2 Count in multiples of 2,5 and 10.
Recall and use doubles for all numbers to 10 and corresponding halves.
Year 3 Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3,4 and 8 multiplication tables.
Year 4 Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12
Year 5 Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.
Year 6 Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.

Key facts about the MTC

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