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St John's CE Primary School Curriculum Intent




‘Growing and learning together, sharing the love of God’

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’   John13.34

Our strategic curriculum intent is underpinned by our Christian vision and values so that;


  • Children have the opportunity to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ
  • Children grow in their sense of personal worth and their respect for others
  • Children develop an appreciation of being a responsible member of a community
  • High quality teaching and learning is experienced by every child
  • Children develop a love of learning
  • School and families work closely with each other to foster positive, supportive relationships that benefit the child


At St John’s CE Primary School the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to grow spiritually, develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.  ‘The Cornerstones Curriculum’ provides a framework and Imaginative Learning Projects offer opportunities for children to: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. We use a combination of ‘Discovery RE’ and, ‘Understanding Christianity’ to deliver our RE curriculum.


Every child at St John’s is recognised and valued as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and making connections. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  Our Christian values encourage positive attitudes to life and learning which nurture the attitudes and skills needed to get on well together, promote responsibility for learning and enable all to flourish.


Community interaction is an essential part of our curriculum and values the chance to involve and be involved. Children are given a wide range of opportunities to take an active role in events throughout the year including sporting and artistic activities.  Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, learn from  mistakes, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

Cornerstones Curriculum
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. 
How it Works?
Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
At the "Engage" stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
  • Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
  • Develop spoken language skills.
  • Take part in sensory activities.
  • Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
    At the "Develop" stage, children:
  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Develop and practice their new skills.
  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
  • Research their own questions and those set by others.
  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.
    At the "Innovate" stage, children:
  • Apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
  • Solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
  • Get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
  • Revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
    At the "Express" stage, children:
  • Become the performers, experts and informers.
  • Share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
  • Evaluate finished products and processes.
  • Link what they have learnt to where they started.
  • Celebrate their achievements.

‘Growing and learning together, Sharing the love of God’