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;
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.
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: