Sherborne St John CE Primary School delivers a creative, stimulating and diverse curriculum. We do this through providing children with a balance of focused subject teaching with well planned opportunities to use, apply and develop their knowledge and skills across the whole curriculum. This is facilitated by the engagement of children’s interest through educational activities which are imaginative and inspirational.
Sherborne St John CE Primary School follows the National Curriculum framework, but where possible subjects are delivered through cross-curricular projects. Each project is introduced by a ‘hook’ to trigger enquiry and inspire learning. Children work towards an ‘outcome’, giving their work purpose and with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with an audience where appropriate.
The following document gives an overview of the curriculum for each class. Whole School Map 18 – 19
If you would like further information about our school’s curriculum please ask your child’s teacher or contact the school office.
If you would like further information about the National Curriculum please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
Please visit the National Curriculum Guide for Parents for more information
We follow the National Curriculum for English. At the core of this are literacy sessions during which the skills of reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught in a structured way. Through the specific genre of texts for each term, the children read and study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. During these literacy sessions children are taught the skills of reading and writing through whole class/year group lessons followed either by an independent task often working within an ability group or a guided task working with the teacher or learning support partner.
Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and develop higher order reading skills. We have a library and organise book fairs to promote reading.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children are taught phonics through a structured and systematic scheme produced by Ruth Miskin called Just Phonics, which is part of the Read Write Inc Programme. This scheme teaches children to recognise and write phonemes and how to use these to blend for reading and segment for spelling.
Children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge and key word recognition though whole class and group guided reading sessions, as well as individual reading sessions. They are given the opportunity to practice their reading through our home school reading books. These incorporate a range of recommended reading schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cats.
Children are taught to write with purpose and audience in mind. They learn to plan, draft and edit their work. Spelling and grammar are taught at every stage of the process. Reading and writing are also incorporated into all other areas of the curriculum.
Please click on the year groups for our SPAG objectives
Years 1-6 SPAG
We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics. This is delivered through a daily maths lesson. In most lessons there is an initial emphasis on mental and oral work, where the children are encouraged to use a variety of strategies to perform calculations quickly and accurately. The main teaching activity which follows may take a variety of forms which begins with some whole class/year group teaching. Usually the lesson will end with a plenary, providing the teacher with an opportunity to summarise the main points of the lesson and address any misconceptions. The maths curriculum is delivered through a balance of practical, investigational and problem solving tasks.
The National Curriculum for science teaches scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the Programmes of Study. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop both investigative and analytical skills. We teach them to observe and measure accurately, to predict outcomes, and to classify, record and communicate their experiences.
The School is a Church of England foundation school safeguarded by the Education Acts. Religious Education in this school reflects the aims of the agreed Hampshire syllabus “Living Difference III”. Religious Education should foster in pupils a reflective approach to living and enable and enrich this process through their study of living faiths, acknowledging the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian but taking account of the other principal religions represented in the Country.
Please click here for our RE Overview
Computing in our school is taught from National Curriculum through both specific computing and cross-curricular topics. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and we have a bank of forty laptops for pupil use. All of our PCs and laptops are networked and have internet access, they have full multimedia capacity and access to colour printing. Children use IT in a variety of ways which include: programing, word processing, desk top publishing, spreadsheets, data handling, graphics packages, presentation software and simulations.
In History, the children study important episodes and developments in Britain’s past from ancient to modern times, learning about ancient civilisations and the history of other parts of the world. The children are encouraged to develop a range of historical skills and concepts. Chronology, change and continuity, the importance of historical sources and of differing interpretations are all important aspects of this subject.
Geography starts by giving the children the opportunity to study their immediate location, after which they look further afield. Children are encouraged to develop lines of enquiry. We make good use of the local environment, including the grounds of The Vyne.
Many of our Art topics have cross-curricular links with other subjects. The children are given the opportunity to communicate their ideas and feelings in a visual form. They will use a wide range of media and techniques. We also study the work of various artists and the techniques they used.
The Design Technology curriculum allows children to develop the skills of designing, making and evaluating products. Pupils work with food, wood, card, fabric and electrical control. This subject is mainly practical and often linked to cross-curricular topics.
In Music, we encourage the children to sing, perform and using their own notation, record the musical ideas they have developed. We study a wide range of music from all times and many cultures. We focus on listening skills and how to communicate their moods and feelings through the medium of music. We also buy into the Hampshire Listen2Me scheme.
The PE curriculum covers gymnastics, games, dance, athletics and swimming. All children from Year 1 onwards are offered swimming lessons. Each class has timetabled sessions for indoor and outdoor PE. Good sportsmanship and teamwork are encouraged throughout. We also take part in sporting events and competitions with other local schools.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education
We have a comprehensive programme relating to PSHCE. This includes working on personal safety, citizenship, health and personal fitness and global issues as well as learning about Growth Mindsets. We currently use SEAL and Heartsmart as resources.
Please click here for our PSHE Overview