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Curriculum Overview

In September 2014, the government implemented a new National Curriculum. St John's Catholic Primary School has adopted this curriculum, and we have planned around it to ensure that it matches the needs of our children, while ensuring that they receive a wide range of opportunities across all subjects.

 

On this page is the rolling programme of topic planning for each keystage. We follow a topic approach to the humanities subjects with an enquiry led question to develop the children's learning and skills. On each class page there is information about the curriculum in individual year groups.

 

Please scroll down to see how the government's focus on British values is implemented in our school.

 

The link to the DFE website, where details of all curriculum subjects can be found is:  

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

 

Alternatively, details can be found on this site under individual subject tabs.

 

 

 

 

PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES

St John’s actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are exemplified in our curriculum, through collective worship and through our ethos.

 

All staff at school are aware of the Prevent Strategy, and have due regard of the need to prevent people from being drawn in to terrorism. The link to this document is:

 

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/Prevent_Strategy.pdf

 

Democracy

 

We provide many opportunities for our children to express their opinions. The school council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class meetings.

 

The school council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. This year the council have elected to look at playground safety, and have agreed to visit other schools in order to obtain ideas on how our own environment may be used, including the purchase of equipment.

 

In the summer term, they organise St Johns has talent to enable their peers to demonstrate their artistic abilities.

 

All of the children in school complete an annual questionnaire in which they can put forward their views about the school.

 

Debates take place in lessons, and children are asked to share their views on different topics, especially during RE or Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural lessons.

 

The Rule of Law

 

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class/school (Golden Rules), or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and also through school assemblies.

 

Pupils are taught value and reason behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. This is especially important for our most vulnerable children.

 

Individual Liberty

 

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young people to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to voice their opinions through debate, but they are also able to reflect on their learning and the teaching in their classes during one-to-one and small group pupil conferencing sessions with the Senior Leadership Team. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example throughout E-Safety and SMSC lessons. Training in internet safety is a key aspect of this.

 

As pupils move through the school, they are given more responsibilities and freedoms e.g. preparing the school hall for assembly, organising their own cake sales for their chosen charities.

 

Mutual Respect

 

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values, with the teachings of Christ as our guide. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Pupils are aware that there is no distinction in the level of respect that they should to different people.

 

Visitors to the school often comment on the level of respect shown to them. Teachers regularly receive compliments about our children when they are out of school on visits.

 

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

 

St John’s is situated in area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children, Religious Education and SMSC lessons are planned to ensure that our children have some knowledge and understanding about other faiths.

 

We are a Catholic school but welcome any family who wishes to join us regardless of their personal faith. Our mission is to provide our children with the knowledge which enables them to make up their own minds about their own beliefs, and ask the big questions. We regularly find that RE lessons are stimulating and exciting because of the way in which our children are happy to discuss beliefs and share thoughts.

 

Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning both in assemblies and in class. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Work in class often includes stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.

 

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